Pursuit ST 310
Posted on 06 September 2011
Written by Chris Landry
Sport utility vehicles may have lost some luster with American drivers, but the production of multifunctional boats seems to be on the rise. Case in point: the new 2011 Pursuit ST 310.
“It’s a good crossover model between a true center console and more of a cruising vessel,” Pursuit Boats marketing manager David Glenn says. “The boat is really well thought out from top to bottom. You can scuba-dive, use water toys, fish, take dinner cruises.” The boat also was designed to serve as a tender for motoryachts and convertibles, he says.
Perhaps the most noticeable differences between the ST 310 and a more traditional center console are the ample cushioned seating and the console’s extension to the starboard gunwale, allowing for a two-person companion settee. The console houses a stand-up head compartment (manual marine head, macerator and holding tank), and the nicely finished forward console door, which opens on an oversized stainless hinge and a gas lift, illustrates Pursuit’s workmanship and fit and finish.
Removing a storage tub beneath the stern seat gives access to the lazarette. The bilge pumps, batteries and standard battery charger are within easy reach. The dark-colored dash — a distinctive trait for Pursuit and its sister company, Tiara Yachts — reduces windshield glare.
Noteworthy items on the ST 310’s standard equipment list are a windlass, fiberglass hardtop, fresh- and saltwater systems, a slide-out refrigerator, trim tabs with indicator, and a forward fiberglass table with a Corian insert that receives a sunpad filler cushion. Standard fishing amenities include a 20-gallon live well, four flush-mounted stainless gunwale rod holders in the cockpit, folding rod racks under the bow seats and an in-deck fishbox.
The builder hand-lays the solid fiberglass bottom and uses balsa core for the hull sides above the waterline. The stringer system, transom, hardtop, and hatches and deck parts are resin-infused.
Cruising at 29.6 mph, the Pursuit gets 1.7 mpg with twin Yamaha F300s. At this throttle setting (3,500 rpm) she has a range of 400 miles, using 90 percent of the 260-gallon fuel supply. She sells for $231,255 with the F300s Contact: Pursuit Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla., (772) 465-6006. www.pursuitboats.com
LOA: 31 feet, 2 inches
BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 2 feet, 10 inches (engines down)
DISPLACEMENT: 8,890 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
ENGINES: twin Yamaha F250s or F300s
SPEED: 54.8 mph top, 29.6 mph cruise (3,500 rpm)
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 24 degrees
TANKAGE: 260 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water, 20 gallons waste
This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue.
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