By admin ~ June 30th, 2011. Filed under: New Boats.
Fishing, swimming, diving, cruising—it’s
By Liz Pasch
all in a day’s work for this center console.
People use their boats for all kinds of activities, and you can find a model specifically designed for any one of them. But if your family likes to do it all, you might want to consider the Pursuit ST310. This boat is a brand new design created for boating enthusiasts who have grown up multi-tasking in every area of their lives, including recreation.
Weight: 8,500 lbs. (dry)
Fuel/Water: 260/20 gals.
Power: 2x Yamaha F300
Top/Cruising Speed: 54/29 mph
Range: 400 miles
Fort Pierce, FL
“The idea was to offer much more comfort with seating and amenities, along with the ability to fish, cruise, dive, snorkel, etc.,” says David Glenn, marketing manager for Pursuit Boats, which is headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida. A division of S2 Yachts—the same family-owned company that builds Tiara Yachts—Pursuit has spent the past five years on an aggressive track to fill voids in the marketplace with high-caliber outboard-powered products from 18 to 37 feet.
Although it is designed as a multi-use boat, the ST310 also makes an ideal tow-behind tender. The one I ran in Fort Pierce, in fact, was destined for delivery the next day to her owner in Nassau, Bahamas—a family man with active kids and grandkids who want to do it all every time they visit grandpa on his 105-foot yacht. At first, I assumed the delivery would be via a transport ship. After my seatrial, however, I realized the Pursuit could easily make the trip on its own bottom. This 31-footer felt like it had the weight, stability and smooth ride of a much larger cruiser, but combined with the responsiveness of a performance boat. With twin Yamaha F300s on the transom, the ST310 tops out at an impressive 54 miles per hour.
Center console boats are not usually known for their storage space, but the ST310 incorporates specially designed compartments from bow to stern that keep the deck clutter-free. Comfy, cushioned lounge seating forward locks and lifts for access to compartments that are equipped with built-in rod holders with padded reel protectors.
While most center consoles have claustrophobic head compartments barely large enough for their primary purpose, the ST310’s is light, bright and airy. A custom-molded fiberglass door swings open wide for easy access. A holder for three dive tanks keeps equipment secure while the boat is underway. This area also provides ample storage space for day supplies, and a dedicated space to secure the tabletop that converts the bow seating into a sunpad with filler cushions.
At the helm, a triple-wide windscreen enables the helmsman and two companions to benefit from wind protection. There’s room for two large multifunction display screens in the dash. The asymmetrical console and half-walkaround takes a little getting used to since the helmsman has to move in order for others to get in or out of the seat beside him, but the spatial benefit of the design far outweighs the inconvenience. The adjustable helm seat and dual-passenger seat have armrests and integrated footrests. Overhead, the surfboard-styled hardtop is supported by white, powder-coated, heavy-duty aluminum tubing and has dedicated mounts on its topside for outriggers, radar, lighting and antennas. Underneath, the top is rigged with built-in handrails, molded speaker ports and an electronics box.
Two rear-facing passenger seats are molded in aft of the helm seat module, along with a livewell and insulated cooler compartment, all within convenient reach. Storage under the seat unit holds docklines, fenders, life jackets, and yet another fishing rod rack. Opposite, the forward-facing transom seat conceals another large storage bin, beneath which the aft bilge and mechanical systems are accessible. An insulated in-floor fish box and gunwale-mounted rod holders round out the cockpit.
Whether you want to beat the fleet to your favorite fishing hole, casually cruise the coast, drop in for a wall dive or anything in between, the ST310 lets you to do it with comfort and class. But if you are the kind of boat owner who mixes work with pleasure, I’d encourage you to leave the briefcase at home. While this boat is a multi-tasking workhorse, she’s all fun.