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Pursuit makes fishing boats in three proven and popular formats: dual-console, offshore and sport center-console. The company proudly proclaims that each is built to yacht-quality standards.
A Pursuit boat and its propulsion system are considered together in design for optimal ride, handling and performance. Hull designs, within which are resin-infused fiberglass grid systems, are distinctive, created with meticulous and innovative techniques. Gelcoat finishes are ultra-premium. The company builds its own custom-made components and calls its helms “intelligently designed.”
Pursuit Boats carry five-year hull and deck structural, and five-year blister-free warranties, plus two-year limited warranties. They’re transferable, and resale values are among the industry’s highest, the company says.
Pursuit received NMMA’s Innovation Award in 2018 and 2022, and has consistently earned the NMMA CSI award.
Made in Fort Pierce, Florida, Pursuit Boats are part of the Tennessee-based Malibu Boats family, which also includes recreational and fishing powerboat brands Cobia, Pathfinder, Maverick and Hewes.
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Pursuit Sport S 378
The S 378—one of the most popular members of Pursuit’s award-winning Sport center-console family—blends quality, fishability and versatility.
This boat’s ample cockpit supports a full day of fishing—until it’s time to relax and socialize. Then, a patented entertainment center, with a sink, a grill, a refrigerator/freezer, a cutting board, power outlets and more, moves into place at the touch of a button.
Below, the air-conditioned cabin offers a TV, a microwave oven, a forward berth, and a pair of side windows which line up perfectly with the hull side windows affording passengers a water view. The private head has Corian countertops, a vacuum-pump toilet and a shower.
At the helm, one commands the power of triple Yamaha 450 XTO engines from the central adjustable and armrest-equipped seat in the trio of Pursuit’s custom captain’s chairs. The Yamahas are securely mounted on a five-ply infused composite transom system with a patented reinforcement grid. Boating and fishing information is provided by a Garmin electronics package.
In the bow, electric-actuating forward-facing backrests serve as port and starboard seats, while a removable jump seat provides a clear passage forward to additional seating, a table, and a bow sun pad.
The S 378 has 10 stainless-steel rod holders total in the gunwales, transom and bow. Rods store in gunwale racks, under the hardtop and in the lockable cabin. In the aft gunwale, aluminum reinforcement plates and wiring await downrigger installation. A lighted 36-gallon recirculating insulated livewell has a fiberglass lid and an acrylic window. There’s also a cockpit tackle center and two 41-gallon insulated fish boxes with diaphragm pumps. Fishing options include a second livewell, hardtop rod holders and outriggers.
A Fischer Panda diesel generator with a sound shield provides power, and a SeaKeeper 3 gyrostabilizer and underwater lights are among options.
While there’s certainly something to be said about the ability to run to the offshore grounds quickly, it’s really nice to have the ability to spend the night there too. You’ll be ready to go as the first rays of false dawn hit, without having to make a long run in the dark. -Joe Albanese, Executive Editor Salt Water Sportsman
Test Power: Triple Yamaha 450 XTO engines
Test Speed: 29.6 mph at 3,500 rpm
Max Range: 288 mi.
LOA:40’5″Beam:12′Fuel Capacity:427 gal.Dry Weight With Power:19,870 lb.Max HP:1,350Certifications:NMMAPowered By:Yamaha
Pursuit Boats – Fort Pierce, Florida; pursuitboats.com