When you think about Pursuit Boats, center consoles, walkarounds and express fishing boats probably come to mind. Sure the boats are equipped with comfortable seating, insulated coolers and heads and — depending on the model — air conditioning and other amenities. But Pursuit made its name by building boats for fishing first, cruising second.
However, boaters more than ever seem to be enjoying multiple activities on the water, not just fishing. They want what the folks at Pursuit call “yacht-caliber detail,” says David Glenn, marketing director for S2 Yachts, Pursuit’s Holland, Mich.-based parent company. “We feel like there is a transition away from real hardcore fishing and people doing a lot of fishing to more general-purpose boating,” he says.
Pursuit has responded with the Yamaha-powered 36 Sport Yacht, which the builder expects to display Oct. 25-29 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The boat’s overall length is actually 41 feet, 2 inches because of its stern platform and outboard power package, Glenn says.
Pursuit has been periodically releasing details, specifications and photos this spring and summer. For example, a press release says, “Upon completion, Pursuit will show notable advances in a full beam midcabin, spacious galley and cockpit features.”
“We want to really keep consumers interested,” Glenn says. “We want to keep them excited about what we are doing along the whole course of the product development, as opposed to making one announcement until the product comes out. We are trying to keep a body of customers engaged.”
The Fort Pierce, Fla., builder also has promoted the Yamaha package, the details of which remained undisclosed at press time. “We see an opportunity to bring new technologies to the sport yacht market, giving customers distinct advantages in performance and fuel efficiencies not available in today’s marketplace,” Pursuit president Tom Slikkers said in a statement.
Yamaha declined to comment about the engine package. The engine manufacturer has said it expects to announce this fall its version of a joystick helm control.
Pursuit builds outboard boats exclusively. The builder’s lineup, from 18 to 39 feet, consists of five offshore models, six center consoles, two dual consoles and two inshore center consoles. The fleet also includes two “Sport” models — the ST 310 and S 280 — that are center console designs outfitted primarily for day cruising. So it’s no surprise that Pursuit is expanding its offerings beyond hard-core fishing boats.
On the ST 310, introduced at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, padded seating fills the interior from bow to stern. The boat accommodates about a half-dozen passengers in the bow, two in aft-facing cockpit seats and another three on the transom bench seat. Standard amenities include fresh- and saltwater systems, a slide-out refrigerator, a sink and a forward dinette that converts to a sunpad. The stand-up head includes a manual marine head, macerator and holding tank as standard equipment.
“It’s a good crossover model between a true center console and a cruising vessel,” Glenn says. “And it’s being built to be a tender to big motoryachts and convertibles. The first hull was delivered to a motoryacht called Independence and will be exclusively used a tender.”
The S 280 includes similar amenities, such as a pull-out fridge, padded seating and a teak-accented helm and leaning post.
The 36 Sport Yacht likely will have all of these comforts and more, according to Pursuit. The company will continue to periodically release information about the sport yacht until the Fort Lauderdale show, Glenn says. Check it out at www.pursuitboats.com/Z6.htm.
36 SPORT YACHT
LOA: 41 feet, 2 inches
BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 17,000 pounds
PROPULSION: Yamaha (horsepower to be announced)
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 275 gallons fuel, 75 gallons water, 25 gallons waste
CONTACT: Pursuit Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla.,
PHONE: (772) 465-6006.
This article originally appeared in the September 2012 issue.