When the team at Pursuit Boats proudly introduced the S 408, CEO and President Tom Slikkers used a combination of words that would seem odd in the same breath in most circumstances: “badness, meanness, softness.” But those of us who talk about beefy center consoles and what they have to offer know exactly what he’s talking about. These offshore fishing boats are mean: They’re animals on the high seas, pouncing on rough conditions and eating up the chop, with running surfaces designed to meet nearly anything you throw at them and powered by ever-higher-climbing outboard packages, both in numbers of motors and horsepower.
On the inside, that’s where that softness comes in—the ride and beyond. Pursuit designed a layout to minimize compromises. A beefy hardtop boasts a full windshield and keeps the helm station and seating under cover—a helm seat and two companions all have folding bolsters and arms for a variety of comfort positions. Aft supports for the top are equipped with multiple rodholders—she is a Pursuit after all—and double as ladder rungs to simplify access above.
A spacious cockpit offers an aft-facing mezzanine seat, a hullside dive door, a 44-gallon livewell, a 47-gallon fishbox with refrigerator/freezer coils, and much more. The companionway leading belowdecks is on the aft side of the console, and down there is a spacious area with seating that converts to a V-berth (positioned beneath the foredeck’s truly massive three-wide sunpad). The area also has a galley with microwave, four opening ports, air conditioning, and a separate head.
I wasn’t able to find any “badness” anywhere on this boat, but maybe that’s just an expression.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.