In Pursuit of Perfection
Sport utility vehicles may have lost some luster with American drivers (gas guzzlers just don’t seem to have the same shine to them these days), 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. The head also shows Pursuit realizes that the center-console market has changed, and while they’re still rough-and-tumble boats, a small degree of luxury goes a long way.
Removing a stowage bin 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 livewell, four flush-mounted stainless gunwale rod holders in the cockpit, folding rod racks under the bow seats, and an in-deck fishbox. Those latter accouterments ensure that this relatively small boat can compete with the big boys when the bite is on.
The 310 is solidly built, without being so heavy as to become cumbersome. The builder hand-lays the solid fiberglass bottom and uses balsa core for the hull sides above the waterline. The stringer system, transom, hardtop, hatches, and deck parts are resin-infused.
Cruising at 25.7 knots, the Pursuit gets 1.48 nmpg with twin Yamaha F300s. At this throttle setting (3500 rpm) she has a range of 400 miles, using 90 percent of the 260-gallon fuel supply.
: 8,890 lb. (dry)
: 260 gal.
: 20 gal.
Bow towing eye, $1,300; underwater LED lights, $2,140; Raymarine E125 wide screen package, $8,655; Rupp Revolution outriggers w/telescoping poles and rigging kit, $2,790; electronic head w/holding tank and macerator, $730; teak sole, $14,000.
Air temperature: 74ºF; wind: 5-10 knots; seas: light chop; load: 260 gal. fuel, 20 gal. water, 2 persons. Speeds are a two-way average measured w/GPS. Range is 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.