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Sailfish 325 DC (2016-)

2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado

Brief Summary

Family-friendly features aboard the Sailfish 325 DC include a cockpit galley with sink, hard-surface worktop, and an available grill and refrigerator. A compact cabin in the port console hides another sink, as well as seating and space for a microwave. Fold-away cockpit seating boosts the partying capacity to 15, and a removable ski pylon makes tow-sports an option. All the usual Sailfish fishing features are also present, including abundant heavy-duty rod holders, an aerated livewell and jumbo fishboxes.

Key Features

  • Fusion stereo system with Amp, subwoofer, Bluetooth and USB port
  • Full digital instrumentation with Yamaha CommandLink or Mercury VesselView
  • Passenger seat with storage, cup holders and cooler
  • Deluxe doublewide Captain’s chair with flip-up bolster and armrest
  • Corian countertop with sink, refrigerator, trash can with filler and cutting board
  • 25 quart built-in bow cooler, drains overboard
  • Recessed starboard side aft rod storage
  • Aft in-floor fishbox
  • Baitwell with LED lighting
  • Walkthrough transom door with Wave Guard and step

Test Results

500 3.3 2.9 0.8 4.13 3.59 1103 959 72
1000 5.7 5 2.2 2.59 2.25 693 602 72
1500 7.9 6.9 3.7 2.14 1.86 571 496 71
2000 9.5 8.3 6.2 1.53 1.33 410 356 73
2500 13 11.3 8.4 1.55 1.35 414 360 76
3000 19.1 16.6 11.9 1.61 1.4 429 373 77
3500 27.8 24.1 17.1 1.62 1.41 434 377 80
4000 33.4 29 22.2 1.5 1.31 402 349 82
4500 39 33.9 28.3 1.38 1.2 368 320 88
5000 45.9 39.9 42.8 1.07 0.93 286 249 90
5500 53.1 46.1 58.7 0.9 0.79 242 210 91


Length Overall 34' 0'' / 10.4 m
Beam 10' 0''
3.05 m
Dry Weight 11,066 lbs.
5,019 kg
Tested Weight 12,823 lbs.
5,816 kg
Draft 22''
55.88 cm
Deadrise/Transom 24-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 297 gal.
1,124 L
Water Capacity 21 gal.
79 L
Total Weight 12,823 lbs.
5,816 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.5 sec.
0 to 30 7.0 sec.
Ratio 1.75:1
Props Revolution 4 19" Pitch
Load 2 persons, 3/8 fuel, 1/10 water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 66 deg., 59 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: 1-2

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 600-hp Yamaha F300UCA
2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado 300XXL
1 x 350-hp Mercury Verado 350XXL

Captain's Report

Sailfish 325 DC running shot

The Sailfish 325 DC has a length of 34’ (10.4 m), a beam of 10’ (3.05 m), and a draft of 22” (55.88 cm).

Mission Statement

Sailfish designed the 325 DC to be a big, versatile bluewater boat that has the amenities to please a family and still live up to her strong sportfishing heritage. For the former, she has full bow seating, separate cabin and head compartments and a retractable ski tow. For the latter, all the cockpit seats fold away to provide more than 670 sq. ft. of space for angling, and there’s a standard livewell as well as insulated fishboxes.

Sailfish 325 DC floor plan

This floorplan drawing shows the Sailfish 325 DC’s cockpit with the seats folded out. Seating capacity exceeds 15 people.

Sailfish 325 DC floor plan

An optional 36” (91.4 cm) foldaway seat to port creates the most abundant cockpit seating we have ever seen in class.

Distinguishing Features

• Fully family-friendly from bow to stern

• High freeboard/deep cockpit

• Port-side cabin with seat and optional microwave


• Starboard side, front-entrance head compartment

• Longitudinal stepped hull with varying deadrise angles

• Kevlar and carbon fiber used in hull and deck

• Three standard foldaway seats in cockpit

• Captain and companion seating at the helm

• Standard hardtop

• Full digital instrumentation

• Push-button pump room access

Sailfish 325 DC standard hull colors

The Sailfish 325 DC comes with six standard hull colors in either White, Bone, Burnt Orange, Ice Blue, Shark Skin or Titanium.

Sailfish 325 DC optional hull colors

The buyer has the option to choose a premium color in Black, Deep Blue, or Slate Blue.

Features Inspection

Stern Passage.

The easiest way to board the 325 DC from a floating dock is via the small swim step aft to starboard. Then passengers pass through the gated walkway into the cockpit. From the water, boarding is by a four-step swim ladder beneath a hatch in the passageway.
In each corner on the stern are two of the six 8” (20 cm) stainless steel pull-up cleats, which is a safety feature when boarding from a fixed dock and stepping on the gunwale, in addition to not snagging lines when fishing. There is a standard pull-out shower in the transom.

Sailfish 325 DC ladder

Just aft of the starboard passageway into the cockpit is the unusual four-step boarding ladder beneath a hinged hatch. Note that the freshwater fill is also in this area.

The Cockpit. The seats in the 325 DC’s cockpit make a family-friendly and guest-friendly cockpit for entertaining when at rest and riding when underway. This is a valuable feature and we feel no boat in class should be without it. When in fishing mode, the seats fold into the gunwales to create a large open fishing area.

Sailfish 325 DC starboard seat

Shown is the optional 36'' (91.4 cm) wide starboard aft folding seat.

As we saw throughout the boat, the sole is finished in Sailfish’s Dot Matrix Non-Skid finish that the manufacturer says is easier on bare feet and easier to clean.

Push-Button Access.

There’s a large insulated fishbox aft in the cockpit and the entire bench seat assembly across the stern opens with the push of a button to provide access to pumps and other mechanical systems below. This is a noteworthy feature because few boats in class have it, and some require a struggle to get at the pumps and bilge.
Aft in the transom gunwale are rod holders and a retractable stainless steel ski tow.

Sailfish 325 DC family friendly

The design of the Sailfish 325 DC focuses on family and fishing. Note the starboard side optional 36”-wide foldaway seat, something rarely seen on any dual console design.

Sailfish 325 DC seating

These seats in the 325 DC’s cockpit all fold into the gunwale to create a large fishing area. The transom seat is 48” (121.9 cm) wide, and the port foldaway seat is 52” (132.1 cm) fore and aft. Note the 27” (68.6 cm)-wide aft facing jump seat which is somewhat unusual.

Sailfish 325 DC cockpit

With port and starboard foldaway seats, as well as those facing forward and in the transom, Sailfish has made this cockpit as entertainment and family-friendly as any boat we have seen in class.

Sailfish 325 DC

The entire aft bench seat assembly raises on a power ram to provide access to pumps, fuel filters, and other equipment. This system is unusual and we like it.

Sailfish 325 DC

The stainless steel ski tow pylon that extends up from the center of the stern comes standard. This feature makes the 325 DC an all-purpose boat that can accommodate the changing desires of children for different watersports as they get older.

The Wet Bar.

On the aft side of the helm seats to starboard is the 325 DC’s wet bar. It comes standard with a sink and wastebasket and owners can opt to add an electric grill and a refrigerator. For those owners planning on splitting their time between fishing and family outings, this option is a good one to consider.
Storage is provided in three stainless-steel drawers and the only seat that doesn’t fold away is a small jump-style cushion that doubles as a step for passengers boarding from a dock.

Sailfish 325 DC wet bar

Some would call it a wet bar, but Sailfish prefers to use the term “cockpit galley” and it includes a sink, storage and wastebasket. We would option it to be a full galley as that creates much more utility for the boat for only a small up-charge. All countertops are Corian.

Sailfish 325 DC waste basket

The underside of the hatch for the wastebasket has a cutting board and notice the 12-volt power plug outboard to starboard.

Sailfish 325 DC grill

The grill and the refrigerator below are available options. When the lid is down it doubles as a bait prep station.

Sailfish 325 DC drawers

The three drawers in the cockpit galley have space for utensils or tackle and fishing tools.

Sailfish 325 DC companion seat

Looking at the companion seat from the cockpit we note that it has a particularly high back rest and is well-anchored on a fiberglass base rather than on an aluminum pedestal. Note the storage cabinet with the ss front sandwiched between the companion seat and the jump seat.

Sailfish 325 DC awning

This optional awning extension can be a welcome addition when out cruising with friends. A misting system is also available.

Companion Seat.

This is a double-wide, well-padded seat that should make any companion feel comfortable. It has an unusually high back for plenty of support. Directly behind it is a countertop, a cabinet with storage or a refrigerator and an aft-facing jump seat.

Sailfish 325 DC storage

This storage compartment in the port console is deep enough, and large enough for a purse or other bulky gear; and, it has a 12-volt power plug.

Sailfish 325 DC shorepower

When the 325 DC is equipped with shorepower, the plug is in the port gunwale just above the speaker. In this location it is sure to stay dry, a primary consideration.

The Helm.

For the driver and a companion, the 325 DC’s driver’s seat has two individual cushions with fold-up bolsters, and an angled footrest forward and a locking armrest on the port side. Part of Sailfish’s Intelligent Ergonomics design, the vertical dash panel has space for a 12” (30 cm) chartplotter in the center and to starboard is a digital engine screen from Yamaha or Mercury.
To port are all the toggle-style accessory switches. Just below to the immediate left of the steering wheel is the Fusion stereo and a small storage compartment. Digital throttle and shift controls are in a gunwale cutout to starboard.

Sailfish 325 DC dash

The 325 DC’s dash has space for a chartplotter/fishfinder with a 12” (30 cm) screen. The digital screen for the engines is to the right.

Sailfish 325 DC stereo

The Fusion stereo comes standard with an amplifier, subwoofer, Bluetooth and USB port and there’s a small storage tray right next to it.

Sailfish 325 DC helm seat

The two-person helm seat has individual fold-up bolsters so the driver can opt to run the boat while standing and the companion can sit.

Sailfish 325 DC arm rest

In this photo, the companion has the locking armrest in the “down” position and the boat is equipped with a chartplotter in the dash. Note the white powder-coated windshield frame.

The Hardtop.

The 325 DC’s standard hardtop provides more than shelter from the sun or a passing shower. The powder-coated frame has rod holders, docking and spreader lights, PFD storage, and two speakers for the stereo.

Sailfish 325 DC hard top

The 325 DC’s hardtop has zippered storage for PFDs, recessed LED lights, and more.

The Cabin

On many boats, when a passenger opens the port console, he or she would find the on board head. On the 325 DC, opening the port console reveals a cabin area that has a small sitting space. There’s a sink with storage in the base and owners can opt to add a microwave oven.
This cabin is a remarkable addition to a 32’ (9.75 m) boat of any type.

Sailfish 325 DC sink

The cabin comes with a sink and lounge area and the microwave oven is an option.

Sailfish 325 DC cabin headroom

This photo gives a better idea of the headroom in the 325 DC’s cabin which makes the vessel a “crossover”.

Bow Passage.

Moving forward into the 325 DC’s bow is easy with the walkthrough section of the windshield. A hatch closes off the bottom half of the passageway, which should appeal to boaters in northern climates when temperatures start to drop. For storage, there’s a locker in the port console and a larger compartment for skis and boards beneath a hatch in the deck.

Sailfish 325 DC locker

This locker in the port console has enough capacity for boat bags and other bulkier items.

Sailfish 325 DC compartment

This in-floor compartment would be good for skis, boards, paddles and other long items. The rod rack is an option.

The Bow

In the bow, the 325 DC has seats with angled backrests on the front of the consoles and coaming pads that run the length of the inwales. Grabrails are below deck level to keep fishing lines from snagging and in the bow, the power windlass is in a dedicated compartment. There’s storage under the outboard bottom cushions and the bow has an integrated 25-quart (24-L) cooler. The channels around the cooler opening need to have a drain installed to prevent water from filling them.

Sailfish 325 DC bow seating

The bow seating area has space for passengers to relax around the optional table. The table is optional and can be used both here and in the aft cockpit.

Sailfish 325 DC bow

The angled backrests on the consoles and the powder-coated grab rails create a comfortable lounge area in the bow. Below the seats are insulated fishboxes/storage compartments which are self-draining. The arrow indicates the hatch to the head.

The Head.

In the forward side of the helm console is a hatch that opens up to the private, step-in head. It’s equipped with a sink that has a pull-up shower, a flush toilet and a removable Sea Grass mat. A hinged hatch on the aft bulkhead provides access to the dash panel.
Again this is an unusual design, as we don’t see many starboard-side heads, much less ones that open to the front. This detail makes it much easier to enter. Having the water closet separate from the main living compartment has obvious advantages.

Sailfish 325 DC

The step-down design of the private head improves the headroom for the compartment and note the hatch that provides access to the helm rigging.

Power and Performance

The 325 DC is available with twin engines from Mercury or Yamaha up to a combined total of 700-hp. We tested the boat with a pair of 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke supercharged outboards turning Mercury Revolution 4 14 5/8” x 19” (37.15 cm x 48.3 cm) four-blade stainless steel propellers through 1.85:1 reductions.
Our test boat had an estimated test weight of 12,823 lbs. (5,816 kg) and test day brought 2’ seas and 15 knot winds that gusted to 20. We hit a top speed of 53.1 mph at 5500 rpm. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm where the boat ran 27.8 mph and burned 17.1 gph, giving the boat a range of 434 miles with 10% of the boat’s 297-gallon (1,124 L) tank in reserve. In acceleration tests, we planed and hit 20 mph in 4.5 seconds and reached 30 mph in 7 seconds.

Sailfish 325 DC running shot

The white Mercury outboards blended in well with our test boat’s colors and they pushed the boat to a top speed of 53.1 mph.

Designed for Big Water

Sailfish designs the 325 DC and the 320CC on the same bottom. In what the manufacturer calls the Variable Degree Stepped (VDS) hull, the 325 DC has a 24-degree deadrise between the keel and the first strake. It lowers the deadrise in the outboard areas of the bottom in two more longitudinal steps. The intent is to give the boat the ability to slice through waves with the sharper V at the keel and still provide lateral stability with less deadrise at the chines. We found that the boat handled the wind-blow chop well and in maneuverability tests, she displayed an agility that belied her size. She carved smooth sweeping arcs in wide turns and when we crisscrossed the wakes of our photo boat.

Sailfish 325 DC running shot

The 325 DC’s sharp entry gives the boat the ability to slice through waves during an offshore run.

Sailfish 325 DC deadrise

The variable deadrise bottom design tapers from a sharper deadrise at the keel to a shallower one at the chine. These deadrise angles are over twice as sharp at the bow for a softer ride.

Sailfish 325 DC freeboard

Sailfish boats are known for their high freeboard and the 325 DC is no exception.

Fishing Features

While the 325 DC makes a comfortable boat for family and friends offshore, Sailfish is famous for its no-holds-barred fishing machines. And the 325 DC follows that heritage as well. She comes standard with a baitwell with LED lights, built in rigging tubes, a large fishbox in the aft deck, two more self-draining fishboxes in the bow to meet fishermen, and six rod holders in the gunwales. There are four more in the hardtop.
Perhaps most important of all is the standard hardtop which provides anglers with important UV protection. And it is there that optional misters can be added.

Sailfish 325 DC profile

As can be seen in this image, there is plenty of room in the cockpit for multiple anglers and the rest of the family rests comfortably in the shade forward.


The 325 DC is built with hand-laid composite materials, including Kevlar in the bottom and carbon-fiber reinforcement in critical areas on deck. Kevlar is used in the chines and in the corners of the transom. This is done to keep the boat stiff and rigid, so that the bottom and sides do not distort or flex when being pounded at high speed offshore. The transom is 100% composite and the stringers are foam filled.


The boat comes with high-performance, dual-ram trim tables with indicators and auto retract.

Sailfish 325 DC construction

Prisma composite supports are bonded in place beneath the deck to make it stronger and keep it from flexing.


• $227,429 with twin 300-hp Yamaha F300UCA 4-stroke outboards

• $222,994 with twin 300-hp Mercury 300XXLVerado 4-stroke outboards

• $232,571 with twin 350-hp Mercury 350XXL Verado 4-stroke outboards


10-year Warranty.

Options to Consider

• Bow shower

• Cockpit and bow covers

• Removable bow table

• Hardtop enclosure

• Sureshade MTF

• Three-bank battery charger with LED readout

• Garmin GPSMap 1040xs or 761xsv with Airmar B75m or B60 transducer

• Garmin radar and power cable 30’ (installed)

• Galley package with shorepower, electric grill, inverter, battery charger, and microwave oven

Sailfish 325 DC sun shade

The optional retractable sunshade could be a popular option on the Sailfish 325 DC.


The Sailfish 325 DC provides a good mix of family boat and fishing machine in one package. Potential owners should like how comprehensive the standard-equipment list is. A manufacturer is almost always going to show a boat like this with the hardtop, windlass and cockpit wet bar at a boat show, so it makes sense that the boat comes included with them for the base price and the Sailfish 325 DC does.
We think this boat is noteworthy for a number of reasons, a major one being the fact that she is loaded with equipment that we often don’t see as standard.

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