Pursuit S 288

This 55-mph fishing machine is surprisingly adept at dayboating too, with seating all around its center console.

The Pursuit S 288 is the newest and smallest member of the builder’s Sport line, but at 30 feet long it has the size and capability to take its show on the road, perhaps to the Bahamas or Mexico. Its deep-V hull has 24 degrees of deadrise and a steep entry for slicing through gnarly conditions. While it carries a price tag of $223,225, it is maxed out with standard features most companies charge extra for, including a windlass, trim tabs, a cockpit shower, a hardtop and a JL Audio sound system with a subwoofer.

Power is provided by a pair of factory painted Pearlescent White Yamaha F300 outboards that push the S 288 to 55 mph. For absolute control, buyers can spend $22,505 for Yamaha’s Helm Master joystick docking with Set Point virtual anchor, or they can limit the upcharge to $5,140 with a bow thruster.

Serious fishing features include a 24-gallon livewell, 45-gallon insulated fishboxes with overboard discharge and rod storage. Lots of rod storage: in-gunwale, under-gunwale and at the transom, with the option to add more on the hardtop. Offshore anglers will likely add Taco Grand Slam outriggers ($4,635). The helm has enough dash space for twin 12-inch displays.

The Pursuit S 288 is also serious about its social game, featuring great seating throughout — something center consoles aren’t noted for. Not only is there a flip-down transom seat but an identical one opposite it deploys from the leaning post. The two create an area for mingling. Another conversation pit up front features twin bench seats that have foldout bowrider backrests. And in front of the console is a double-wide jumpseat with fold-down armrests.

When the call of nature strikes, a door in the front of the center console swings open to reveal a roomy head compartment equipped with a standard vacuum-flush head with a nine-gallon holding tank.—Alan Jones
Pursuit, pursuitboats.com


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