Looks like they were right all along, and not only does size matter, but bigger is better. In the case of the Pursuit C310 you’ve got a large deep-V hull designed to get you out and back when others are at the dock wishing they were out with you. Multiple lifting strakes leading to a hard chine add to the performance that Pursuit is famous for. And while tournament fishermen are clinging to triple drives, Pursuit had managed to keep everyone happy with twins, a cheaper and more economical advantage. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of this boat’s offshore fishing features.
Pursuit C310 (2011-) Specifications
31' 2'' 9.5 m
8,600 lbs. 3,901 kg w/engs
9' 6'' 2.9 m
2' 8'' 0.81 m
260 gal. 984 L
20 gal. 75 L
7' 11'' 2.16 m w/ hardtop
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Pursuit C310 (2011-)Engine options
Currently no test numbers
2 x 250-hp Yamaha four-stroke 2 x 300-hp Yamaha four-stroke
With a LOA of 31'2” (9.5 m) and a beam of 9’6" (2.9 m) the Pursuit C310 has the chops to deliver you out to the canyons and back again.
Capt. Steve Says…
Pursuit is often imitated, but never quite duplicated. They’re built by fishermen, for fishermen, and as a result, you’ll find qualities on these boats that don’t seem like much by themselves, but combine them with all the other qualities as a whole, and you'll find a whole lot of boat, too.
Simple things like the padded bolster that covers 360-degrees around the boat. What, you mean you only fish from the stern of yours? Hmmm. Sorry, but real fishermen use the entire boat when in a fight. That means that not only will the bolsters get a workout from bruise free thighs, but there are no nasty protrusions around the boat to get in the way, save for those twin engines.
As an example, look at the bow. Recessed bow rails. You only need them for hanging on, not keeping you onboard. So having them recessed keeps you from snagging a line on them. Want to anchor and fish a wreck? No problem, the absence of a pulpit keeps the anchor below the gunwale in a steel thru-hull, and even the optional windlass is under a covered deck hatch.
Notice the recessed rails and wrap-around bolsters. We also can’t help but notice the missing pulpit that lets us fish across the bow. The fish boxes in the bow double as lockable rod holders.
Like to drift fish? Minimal windage and a hard chine keep you comfortable in beam seas while the boat presents its whole side to the drift. How are those 360-degrees of bolsters looking now?
And let me guess… you’re into live bait, right? Pursuit’s got you covered there too with one of the largest livewells in class, the Pursuit C 310 features a nearly round 52 gallon (196.8 L) livewell that is gelled in baby blue to reduce shock to the bait. I know, everyone does that but Pursuit did it first. This well is also equipped with multiple inlets that allow for variable water levels and aeration strength. Being sealed, it can be filled it to the top to prevent sloshing and damaging your bait on the hard ride out to the fishing grounds.
An easy to deploy rumble seat gives a comfortable ride out and stows for getting down to business. Notice the tool holders around the cutting board. The boarding gate opens inward and protects you from falling out if you fall against it.
More Treats for the Fishermen
It gets better for the humans on board too, but not so much for the fish. Pursuit managed to allow for a roomy head compartment, while keeping the console low enough not to hamper visibility. That’s a rare combination and usually no one gets it right.
Quick, find the horn button. Notice how the ignitions are out of the “knee” zone. The 14.5" (36.83 cm) tilting stainless steel polished wheel with a knob is connected to dual cylinder hydraulic steering. Pursuit also includes Lenco trim tabs with LED indicators. We’re glad to see the compass in line with the helm instead of in the center of the console.
The helm is nothing short of first rate, with plenty of real estate on the panel for dual 12” (30.48 cm) displays in addition to the Yamaha Command Link and fuel management gauges. And how often have we complained about the lack of a grab handle on a center console? You’ll also appreciate the helm seats that wraparound you even when you're standing.
The optional hard top is a must have as it’s loaded with features. Like what? Glad you asked… overhead lighting in two colors (for day and night), additional storage, spreader lights, outriggers, grab handles and mounts for radar and antenna arrays to suit your tastes. The downside: Pursuit could have done a better job of keeping the mounting hardware out of the windshield.
The seats are built for heavy weather with wrap-around comfort. Rocket launchers just behind add to the array of gear storage.
Bad news for the fish… the C310 has dual fishboxes under the bow that are self draining. Two more are in the deck, with macerators. Yet another fishbox is in the transom. The bad news for you… fill them all up and you’re likely over your limit. By the way, these boxes all have recessed channels to divert water out, and both the channels and the boxes themselves drain into a separate compartment that auto-pumps overboard. Why? To keep the bilges dry and reduce the number of thru hulls.
Notice the tool holders built around the livewell. All overhead supports are powder coated. The two deck hatches are covering macerated fish boxes.
Built to Take It
Strength is another factor that Pursuit builds into their boats. The hull and deck are vacuum infused, hull sides are balsa cored, and the hatches are vacuum bagged. But the real strength lies in the one-piece stringer system. It’s a grid-type system that is laid into the hull while it’s still in the mold. Then it’s bonded with Plexus. The net result is a boat that is joined together as if it were one piece. This means that when the going gets rough, you won’t hear rattling or squeaking of deck joints. It also means that your Pursuit can likely take more than you can.
Pursuit strives to crank out as much performance as it can with minimal power. It’s about performance and handling, rather than speed. As such, where others seek triple screws, Pursuit is content with twins, and that suits the owners just fine. Pursuit tells us that with twin V-6 Yamaha F-250’s the C310 will reach a top speed of 53.4 mph while burning 42.1 gph. But who really runs that hard when offshore? Typically, you’ll be at best cruise which yields 33.8 mph and a 19.3 gph fuel burn. That translates into a range of 410 miles with a 10% reserve.
For those of us sold on the design of center consoles, life is truly good indeed. The Pursuit C310 simply adds enough features to raise the bar to a level that says you’ve arrived. Having a solid hull with a seakindly ride makes the difference between staying in on your only weekend off work, and bringing home the bacon. Having a 31' (9.45 m) boat to do it in also gives you bragging rights that say I’m saltier than you. My boat’s better than yours. It’s a Pursuit.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Pursuit C310 (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Pursuit C310 (2011-) Warranty
Pursuit C310 (2011-) Warranty Information
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