Offering more in less.
When writing a Boat Test for Lakeland Boating magazine, I feel there's an obligation to bring more to the reader than just ezpounding how the boat rides or spewing a bunch of specs. I have an obligation to delve deeper, bring the not-so-obvious to the surface, to highlight hidden gems.
Fishability Test: Pursuit S 428
Serious family fun and offshore fishing in one package.
At the bow, an integral anchor locker with windlass makes it a cinch to store and deploy the through-stem anchor. Adding to the large, in-floor chamber between them, twin raised compartments provide insulated storage at the bow, as well as cushioned seating enhanced by powered backrests that fold out for reclining, complemented by dual stowable tables.
Pursuit Boats S 428
Pursuit Unveils The Flagship of it's Sport Line and The Biggest Pursuit Ever Built
When it came to creating the flagship of Pursuit Boats’ center console Sport Series, they aimed for iconic. And, that’s exactly what they achieved. The size, power, and amenities built into the brand new S 428 deem it the epitome of a legend—with the ability to cruise, entertain, and fish in unrivaled style and comfort.
2021 Pursuit S 428
This 42-foot center console offers everything you want and some things you didn’t even know you needed.
Pursuit’s S 428 is a top-notch, top-dollar center console that harnesses the latest boatbuilding technology to provide luxury, amenities, performance and fishability.
Don’t discount the little things.
Sometimes it’s the little things that will sway your decision when choosing one boat over another. Sure, you look for the cool features if you’re trying to trick out a fishing platform.
The Florida fishboat builder launches its largest model yet, the Pursuit S 428 Sport.
Fort Pierce, Florida, is an angler’s dream town. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), it boasts a deep-water channel providing a quick route to Fort Pierce Inlet and the Atlantic. “Sailfish Alley,” a famous hotspot during the winter months, lies just offshore, and many other species—including wahoo, grouper and snapper—also lurk in the ocean depths. It’s no wonder that Fort Pierce has been home to Pursuit Boats since 1983.
Pursuit Boats Review: S428
Pursuit Boats have tough, proven hulls matched to dependable Yamaha Outboards, which have earned them a devoted following among fishermen in the Northeast who want to get to the fishing grounds—and back—in comfort. They build a wide selection of 14 different boats across four categories (Offshore, Center Console, Dual Console, and Sport), ranging from 23- to 42-feet, powered by dependable Yamaha Outboards.
Pursuit boats are known for their hulls, reinforced with a resin-infused, fiberglass structural grid system that provides a finished surface inside the bilge area. Pursuit provides a five-year hull and deck structural warranty with a two-year component warranty, all of which are transferable to subsequent owners. Quality is visible in their ultra-premium gelcoat, which is backed by a five-year hull blister warranty.
Pursuit S268 Sport Boat Test
A midsize, twin-engined center console fishing boat.
Pursuit’s new S268 Sport delivers 5 gallons from a 4-gallon bucket. The S268 Sport boasts a bigger cockpit, bigger helm, 3 inches of additional beam, and 7 more inches of internal volume fore and aft. Additionally, Pursuit added 8 more inches of deck extension on each side of the twin 200 hp Yamaha outboards, making boarding safer and changing a prop easier while the boat is in the water.
Pursuit S 428 Sport First Glance
New flagship center console blends top-notch fishability with luxury cruising.
The largest Pursuit yet built, the flagship S 428 center console offers unrivaled space and power. Pursuit says it’s equipped to fish, cruise and entertain.
Pursuit S 378 Sport
Engineers at Pursuit know a few things about boats designed for many purposes. This builder was one of the first to put cruising features on its center console models when demand for the combo really started to pick up steam a decade ago. “We’re well-poised to make boats that can do a lot of things on the water, in addition to fish,” says Christopher Gratz, vice president of engineering at Pursuit.
Pursuit honors top dealers
In September, Pursuit Boats announced their top domestic dealers, international dealer and salespeople for their 2020 model year.
Top honors for the number one Pursuit dealer went to Quality Boats, a dealer that has multiple locations in Clearwater and Sarasota, Florida.
Tested: Pursuit S268
There was no mistaking the two siren bursts from the USCG vessel that had just turned around and was headed back toward our stern. The crew of Coasties tied up to our port side for a routine safety check. I meandered to the bow area to stay out of the way, and the serviceman standing on the forward deck of the rigid-hull inflatable asked, “Hey, what kind of boat is that?”
A Versatile 32-footer
The Pursuit of Nautical Distancing
“While you have seen other 32-foot center console boats, I assure you you’ve never seen one as loaded with features as this Pursuit,” said industry veteran Mark Taiclet, the director of brand management at Pursuit Boats. These were the words he used at the most recent Miami International Boat Show to lure us toward the S 328 Sport from Pursuit. After a thorough walk-through at the dock, along with an exhilarating ride out on the water, Mark made believers out of us.
New Boat: Pursuit Sport 378
Whether you outfit her for cruising or fishing—or a little bit of both—this new offering from Pursuit should be one goin’ machine.
Pursuit Grows Sport Family of Luxury Family Fishing Boats
Pursuit’s boats have earned them a devoted following among fishermen in the Northeast who want to get to the fishing grounds in comfort.
Pursuit’s tough, proven hulls, matched to dependable Yamaha Outboards, have earned them a devoted following among fishermen in the Northeast who want to get to the fishing grounds—and back—in comfort.
Raising the bar even higher.
So much effort is made to create multifunctional boats for families today that the notion of single-handed boating gets lost for fear of crossing the dreaded “politically incorrect” meridian.
I know the wife would never grant me permission to buy a boat without, say, 12 months of advance consultation, including side trips to the Magnificent Mile that always seem to end with a skillet of Bandera cornbread and a Hendricks gin martini. Now, mention that you want said boat for the occasional solo Saturday trip and that skillet becomes an unwelcome explanation point. Upon returning from a test ride on the inspired Pursuit Dual Console (DC) 326, I realize this is indeed the perfect boat for social distancing, yet is also ideal for couples with small kids who savor an escape from traffic. And, yes, it also has a functional layout for the skipper to easily handle all seakeeping tasks by himself should the opportunity ever arise. Just saying.
New Boat Report: Pursuit S 378 Sport
The Pursuit S 378 Sport combines performance with plenty of comfort and fishing features
The newest member of Pursuit’s Sport series is, by any measure, a standout. The S 378 Sport debuted at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.
Boat Test: Pursuit DC 266
A stylish, multipurpose dual console with plenty to delight the anglers in the family.
The new DC 266 was designed with versatility in mind, instantly becoming a top option for anyone in search of the ideal boat for casual fishing, cruising and family time. At first glance, the boat appears larger than its specs indicate, and once aboard, you quickly notice the slew of appointments that make a day on the water fun for the entire family.
Twin Outboards Versus Triple Outboards
Are more outboard engines better than two?
Outboard-powered cruisers have never been more prevalent than they are today, owing largely to the growth of outboard motors themselves. The Yamaha 425 XTO Offshore V-8, for example, stands near the pinnacle of available outboard oomph and technology, and is well-suited for boats such as the Pursuit OS 355, which serves as both a capable cruiser and an offshore fishing machine.
Pursuit DC 266 First Glance
New dual console offers creature comforts as well as fishing features.
Pursuit’s new DC 266 replaces the DC 265 as the fifth model in the company’s dual-console lineup, which stretches from a 235 to a 365.
The Pursuit DC 365 is the builder’s biggest dual console yet, and she’s as comfortable as she is fishable
Yes, you can have it all.
I was chatting recently with a build-captain friend about a refit project he is heading up. He noted that the owner has been requesting a number of changes to the plans, as he wants to build the best and most up-to-date yacht possible. My friend, in summation of our conversation, stated that he is in the “yes business;” yes, he will realize the owner’s wishes the best he can and, yes, he will deliver the owner’s dream yacht.
Load up a Pursuit S 368 SPORT with family and friends, point the bow for the Bahamas, and see what happens next.
At 33 feet below the ocean’s surface, the human body is neutrally buoyant — essentially weightless. Above that, the gases in your body naturally make you float upward. Below it, the atmospheric pressure compresses those gases, and you sink at a rate that increases with your depth. Divers call this phenomenon “the doorway to the deep.”
Pursuit S 408 Sport Review
Many big center console boats are simply supersize versions of existing layouts. Not so with Pursuit’s new S 408 Sport. The company’s design team took a clean-slate approach. The result is an interior that you might mistake for a cruiser.
Pursuit S 408 Sport Review
When the team at Pursuit Boats proudly introduced the S 408, CEO and President Tom Slikkers used a combination of words that would seem odd in the same breath in most circumstances: “badness, meanness, softness.” But those of us who talk about beefy center consoles and what they have to offer know exactly what he’s talking about. These offshore fishing boats are mean: They’re animals on the high seas, pouncing on rough conditions and eating up the chop, with running surfaces designed to meet nearly anything you throw at them and powered by ever-higher-climbing outboard packages, both in numbers of motors and horsepower.
Pursuit OS 355 Review
Pursuit’s all-new OS 355 Offshore is an open-water capable, twin outboard hardtop with impeccable style, well-planned fishing capabilities, day boat seating for eight to ten persons, and overnighting facilities for four persons. Her 20-degree deadrise at the transom and extended hull sections under the swim platforms flanking the outboards help ensure a comfortable ride at cruising speeds.
Pursuit OS 355 Review
Never a company to rest on its laurels, Pursuit Boats sets a new standard with the recent introduction of the OS 355 express. Rather than spruce up the preceding OS 345, the design team built this one from the keel up, adding numerous significant — and stylish — improvements in the process. And the 355 is no slouch in the performance department either.
In pursuit of innovation
When you test boats nearly every week for a living, you become leery of formulaic advertising boasting “new features,” “improved performance” or “innovative design.” But when Bruce Thompson, vice president of operations for Pursuit Boats, leaned over at a new products dealer meeting and personally wanted to point out the OS 355 with at least 80 significant design features and engine changes, out came the reporters pad, on went the polarized sunglasses, and I said, “let’s go.”
Pursuit OS 355 Review
The 2016 Pursuit OS355 represents a keel-up redesign based on the 345 model introduced in 2008. “We had one goal, which was to maintain tradition but bring new, clean styling and exterior lines,” said Chris Gratz, Pursuit Director of Engineering. The team brought to the OS355 some 80 new design features, which are on display literally from stem to stern.
A gentlemen's fishing boat
Distinctive voices, especially those with a rich British accent, create quite the impression. To help paint the setting for our review of the Pursuit OS 325, watch a video clip of actor John Gielgud in the movie Arthur, starring Dudley Moore. Here I am, on my hands and knees, in the sole of this boat, inspecting the beefy hardware, when out of nowhere I hear this regally delivered statement, “She is quite the gentlemen’s fishing boat!”
Big enough to take the whole family offshore for a day of adventure yet compact enough to easily tow, Pursuit’s new DC 235 checks a lot of boxes for Great Lakes boaters.
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