Pursuit DC 325
With all the emphasis on center consoles in the last few years, it can be easy to forget that there are other boats that can give you a similar sense of being at one with your environment. One such design is the oft-forgotten bowrider, like the Pursuit DC 325. This boat offers a bit more protection than a typical center console, without sacrificing her sporty feel. She also, of course, has that big, open bow that is undeniably inviting.
I was lucky enough to test the Pursuit down in the Abacos, where, as many of you know, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. When the wind and rain whipped up in open water, it was nice to be able to close off the bow section completely, effectively sealing us into a dry, warm place, as the boat ably skipped across the chop. For anyone with any questions about the seaworthiness of a bowrider, it’s worth noting my 34-foot test boat made the trip from Florida to the Bahamian out islands with no problems at all.
I took the helm as we passed through a channel on the way to a bar and grill for lunch one day. The boat handles exactly as you’d hope she would. Sweetly powered with easy-to-maintain, twin 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards, she gets up and on plane effortlessly, maintains excellent trim angles throughout her rpm scale, and turns surely and tightly. Flat out we hit a two-way average of 41.6 knots, and she loped from cay to cay at a fast cruise of 32 knots, burning a reasonable 32.8 gallons of fuel per hour. Which is to say, we made the short journey to lunch in no time flat.
Though a relatively small boat, the Pursuit DC325 can handle a crowd, thanks to her open bow, where two forward-facing lounges are inarguably the best seats in the house. Moving aft, her namesake dual console houses a head to starboard, and a surprisingly usable berth to port. I say surprisingly usable because, while berths onboard boats this size usually end up acting as extra stowage, one of the guys on our trip actually slept in it one night, and reported it was quite comfortable, and surprisingly roomy. There’s also space down there for rod stowage on the wall, a telltale nod that this boat isn’t simply a dayboat.
Another forward-facing seat to port, across from the helm, is the ideal place to take cover from wind and rain. Aft of that there’s a seat facing the engines, an excellent place to get one of those iconic sunset shots where you can see the engines and wake too. (Your Instagram followers will be jealous.) The helm itself has the kind of sightlines you’d expect from such an open boat, as well as twin Raymarine HybridTouch screens. Aft of the helm there’s a sweet little Kenyon grill, perfect for cooking up the fish you catch, with the help of extra rodholders, two in-sole fishboxes, and a livewell and stowage box in the transom. We only did a little inshore fishing on her, but I would guess from the way she handles the chop, and maneuvers at slow speed, she could definitely do some offshore stuff too.
Able and sporty, with enough amenities to keep everyone onboard happy, the Pursuit DC 325 is pure fun. Your wife will love lounging on it, your kids will love fishing and swimming off it, and you, I dare say, will love owning it.
Pursuit Boats, 772-465-6006; www.pursuitboats.com
: 11,775 lb.
: 300 gal.
: 30 gal.
: 2/300-hp Yamaha V6 4.2L outboards
: Upon request
: 4.2-kW Panda
: 15 x 18.25 Yamaha SWS IIs
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.