New offshore powerboat unveiled in Conn.

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Pursuit’s largest offering is designed to attract boaters looking for performance, comfort and fishability

Pursuit’s largest offering is designed to attract boaters looking for performance, comfort and fishability

Following its world debut in March at the Palm Beach (Fla.) Boat Show, the new Pursuit OS 375 was introduced in the Northeast at a May 16 press event at Island Cove Yacht Sales in Old Saybrook, Conn. The event was followed by an open house and demo days over the weekend to allow the public to walk through and sea-trial the fishable express boat.

The OS 375 Offshore, at 36 feet, 10 inches (without pulpit), is the Fort Pierce, Fla., manufacturer’s largest powerboat designed for outboard power.

George Hetzel, vice president of sales, says the company hopes to attract boaters downsizing from larger diesel-powered sportfishing boats, as well as offer a step up for current Pursuit owners.

The builder was striving for a more “yacht-like” boat with a higher level of finish and appearance, Hetzel says.

“The idea was performance, style and longevity,” he says.

The OS 375 Offshore is powered by either twin or triple Yamaha 350 four-strokes.

Pursuit tested a triple-outboard version and reported a top speed of 54 mph with an optimal cruising speed of about 34 mph. At that rate, the engines produced 0.89 mpg and with a 370-gallon fuel tank, a range of 296 miles. A twin-engine version the company tested produced the same sweet spot of fuel burn and range at 32 mph.

The hand-laid hull consists of a solid fiberglass bottom with balsa cored sides and a four-inch thick transom of infused plywood and fiberglass designed to hang three 350-hp four-strokes. A reinforced, infused FRP one-piece stringer grid is designed for weight savings. (The boat’s approximate dry weight is about 18,000 pounds, depending on the engine configuration).

Features include a wraparound infused fiberglass windshield with tempered safety glass, infused fiberglass windshield frame and a cockpit grill with fiberglass cover.

Below is a custom convertible master berth with curving lounge/settee to port. The mid-cabin sleeps two.

A stand-up head features a fiberglass shower compartment with bi-fold door and molded-in fiberglass seat. Extensive storage has been designed throughout the cabin.

A spacious galley includes a two-burner electric glass cook top, stainless steel sink, microwave, Corian countertops and two stainless steel refrigerator/freezers. Also standard is a 16,000 BTU air conditioning system with reverse heat in both the cabin and bridge.

Suggested retail pricing is $444,345 for twin engines and $479,900 for triples. To contact Island Cove Yacht Sales, call (860) 388-9007, e-mail info@islandcoveyachtsales.com or visit www.islandcoveyachtsales.com .

Pursuit’s Web site is www.pursuitboats.com.