Pursuit’s new Drummond Runner

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Pursuit Boats builds rugged offshore fishing boats from 27 feet to 35 feet and is the sister company to luxury cruising- and fishing-boat builder Tiara Yachts. Now Pursuit has added some “jewelry” of its own.

Pursuit Boats builds rugged offshore fishing boats from 27 feet to 35 feet and is the sister company to luxury cruising- and fishing-boat builder Tiara Yachts. Now Pursuit has added some “jewelry” of its own.

 

The new Pursuit 3480 Drummond Runner takes the deep-vee hull of the Fort Pierce, Fla., builder’s 3480 center console and adds the Denali series layout, with a cuddy cabin and long cockpit. There are also such luxury details as chrome, stainless steel and extensive use of teak, including a custom dresser unit — what Pursuit founder Leon Slikkers calls “boat jewelry.” When he designed the Drummond Runner (with Carl Boehler), Slikkers says he felt it was a boat he would like, though he realizes it’s not your average boat.

“When you design something that’s just off the beaten path, there are people out there that can identify with it,” says Slikkers, who also is chairman of S2 Yachts. “I think it will be copied. You can copy it, but it’s a little like a Rolex — there’s something about the genuine.”

The Drummond Runner shows a faintly S-shaped sheer line, and has a tall, welded aluminum windshield frame and fiberglass hardtop with an aluminum frame, grab rails, spreader lights, speakers and a full enclosure. Optional hull colors include Pursuit Runner Red. Slikkers says the boat was designed to stand out and attract a certain boater.

“They want something different,” Slikkers says of Drummond Runner owners. “They’re not looking for the normal white fiberglass boat. They’re looking for something for themselves, a boat with a personality.”

Functionality also is part of the equation. For years Slikkers and his family have explored the waters of Georgian Bay’s pristine North Channel in Ontario, more than 300 miles from home in Holland, Mich. Slikkers envisioned making the trip from Holland to Drummond Island, at the beginning of North Channel, in one day rather than two. He says the Drummond Runner, with a pair of 250-hp Yamaha 4-strokes, makes the trip in eight hours.

“The new 4-stroke outboards are so quiet you can hardly hear the engines,” he says. “You can really carry on a conversation in the boat very easily, except for the wind noise.”

The large cockpit is laid out with an island galley, as well as a removable teak table. The galley comes equipped with a single-burner gas stove, microwave, top-loading refrigerator/freezer, stainless steel sink, and Corian countertop. It has an integrated, aft-facing fold-away electric seat that faces the cockpit table and extends to a full-size sun lounge. An aft seat also faces the opposite end of the cockpit table.

The centerline helm station has adjustable electric helm and companion seats with armrests and teak ladder backs. The companionway is to starboard. Below, there is a V-berth forward, cedar-lined hanging locker, the aforementioned dresser, and a head compartment aft and to port. The cabin includes a 15-inch flat-screen television, teak-and-holly sole, and vinyl headliner with teak battens.

“I think the boat itself displays a touch of elegance and a touch of timeless, classic design,” says Slikkers.

Pursuit also has introduced a 3480 Drummond Sportfish, which sports a different deck design that incorporates a center island bait prep station in lieu of the Runner’s island galley. In fact, the Drummond Sportfish received an Innovation Award in the Fishing Boat category at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.

SPECS

LOA: 34 feet, 5 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 6 in ches

HULL DRAFT: 1 foot, 10 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 10,395 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 24 degrees

TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water, 10 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 600 hp

SPEED: 48 mph top, 27 mph cruise (with twin Yamaha F250s)

SUGGESTED PRICE: $250,795

CONTACT: Pursuit Boats, Fort Pieerce, Fla.

PHONE: 772-465-6006

URL: www.pursuitboats.com