Hot Take: When you’ve carried as many anglers to the fishing grounds as Pursuit, you understand their needs. If this new boat doesn’t do it all, it comes pretty close.
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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- Builder: Pursuit
- Model: Pursuit S 408 Sport
- Boat Type: Center Console
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $643,940
- LOA: 43'0"
- Draft: 3'6" (motors down)
- Beam: 13'0"
- Fuel Capacity: 450 gal.
- Water Capacity: 65 gal.
- Standard Power: 3/350-hp Yamaha F350 outboards
- Cruise Speed: 28 knots
- Top Speed: 44 knots
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.