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Pursuit DC 265 (2011-)
Pursuit DC 265 (2011-)

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The Pursuit DC 265 is one of the newest boats in the builder’s line and it is the only dual console the company builds. Boaters who are familiar with Pursuit know what to expect, but let us tell newcomers: expect fit-n-finish and quality of workmanship second to none in class. This could be just the right bowrider for people who are not fishaholics but want a salty-looking vessel.

Specifications

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 25' 10''
7.65 m
Dry Weight 5,650 lbs.
2,563 kg
Beam 8' 9'' 2.71 m Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 1''
0.94 m
Fuel Cap 150 gal.
568 L
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap 18.5 gal.
70 L
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 7' 6''
2.29 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.

Engine Options

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-)Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha
1 x 350-hp Yamaha

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Line Drawing

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Captain's Report

Pursuit DC 265

The Pursuit DC 265 can go toe-to-toe with the fishiest boats in class or take the family cruising in style – take your pick, or choose both. Or, make her into a good all-around "utility" boat.

Two Fold-Away Seats in the Cockpit

When we stepped aboard this boat for the first time we almost yelled “Eureka!” – because finally a builder had done something we thought has needed to be installed for years. Namely, to not only put a fold-away seat in the transom below the coaming – but also put one in the side of the cockpit as well!

Pursuit DC 265

Note the handles for the fold-away seats in the gunwales both to port and in the transom. The hatch to the "pump room" is large for easy access.

Now this might seem like a little thing, or easy enough to conceive of, but in fact few builders actually do it – an exception being Pursuit’s big sister company, Tiara. Virtually every 25’ CC, WA or express fishboat on the planet has rod storage under both port and starboard gunwales. But with rod storage several other places on the boat as well as a dozen rod holders all over the boat, why waste this valuable opportunity for cockpit seating?.

Pursuit DC 265

With the fold-away seats down there is comfortable seating for four, five if you count the aft-facing seat at far right. Note beefy ss brackets, the absence of legs and the bolster to port which also serves as a back rest.

The reason this extra fold-down seat is so important is because the Pursuit DC 265 was meant for more than fishing. It was also meant for family cruising and modest entertaining. When the anchor is down, the snacks are out, and drinks are served, it is nice to have several places for ladies and children to sit comfortably in the cockpit. This is something about which many male anglers give little thought -- and we guess that is simply because men think nothing of sitting on the cockpit coaming. The coamings on this size and type boat are typically 26” to 28” high.

For Women and Children

We haven’t met many women who feel comfortable sitting on a cockpit coaming, even if they are wearing shorts or a bathing suit. The cockpit coaming is just too high for most gals to hop onto and we suspect that also the surface may not agree with their toosh. In any case, full marks to Pursuit for both the side fold-away seat and for making it standard equipment.

By the way, the seats are cantilevered out from the bulwarks with thick stainless steel supports that don’t need legs which will just scratch and mar the gel coat on the cockpit sole. When comparing boats on your short list this is a good feature to note.

Pursuit DC 265

The large hatch in the cockpit allows good access to batteries, pumps, filters and the macerator. The two round hatches access and protect metal fixtures on the tank.

More Attention to Detail

In the cockpit sole there was easy access to the “pump room” where the batteries, pumps, macerators and thru-hulls are located. Just forward of the pump room is a fiberglass compartment that houses the 150-gallon molded plastic fuel tank. (Please note that the tanks are not made of aluminum which can rust out with time if water puddles on them.) Access to the fuel pick-up fixtures in the top of the tank is through a gasketed plastic screw-on hatch. A hatch under a hatch?

Pursuit DC 265

By having a second screw-in plastic hatch with water-tight O-ring, Pursuit is able to keep water off the metal pick-ups on top of the plastic molded tanks.

Yes, and the reason is that no matter how weather proof you make a large hatch in the cockpit, water – including saltwater if that is where one uses the boat – will find its way below somehow. It just happens. And if the metal fittings and valves are exposed they can corrode, stick or freeze-up. The folks at Pursuit weren’t born yesterday.

This is one of the little details that their salesmen are unlikely to mention for fear of making customers' eyes glaze over, but there are a dozen or more little things like this around the boat that Pursuit installs. The company has simply learned over the years that it is necessary to do these kind of things in order to have a Class-A boat both at the boat show and five years later.

Pursuit DC 265

The fixed companion seat to port is extra wide. Note the thick seat cushions and the foot rest at lower right.

On-Board Head

Another difference we noticed in the 265 cockpit was the size of its head compartment in the port console, just forward of the companion seat. It is one of the few console heads that we have visited on any size boat that one could actually walk forward down into. In most cases one must back into the head. Once there, and seated on the standard manual fixed head, we were able to measure 52” of headroom.

Pursuit DC 265

You can face forward when entering this head which is in the port console.

That is not full standing headroom by any measure, but it is “full sitting” headroom for most people. Remember, this is a 26’ boat and the person in the companion seat would like to be able to see forward over the console when running.

At The Helm

The helm seat was 25” off the deck and there is a foot rest molded into the console. Make sure your feet reach the foot rest when sizing up this boat. If they don't you can shave an inch or two off the seat pedestal. The wrap around windshield is attractive not only because the glass is curved but also because of the infused fiberglass frame around the top. This is unusual in this category of boat as most builders use polished aluminum, powder-coated aluminum, or stainless steel.

Pursuit DC 265

Visibility is improved by the black -- Pursuit calls it "Expresso", a color that is a bit lighter than black -- dash which greatly reduces glare on the windshield. All builders should do this but only a few do. Note the red horn toggle and room for a nav screen or two.

Forward through the walk-thru windshield is the customary bow-riding area which comfortably seats two, sitting forward with their backs against the cushions. The below deck, through-the-stem, anchor mounting is neat and Pursuit includes as standard a stainless steel plow anchor, ss hull pad, and some chain.

Pursuit DC 265

Or…you can sit facing aft. The SS anchor in under the bow hatch and ready to drop.

Standard Equipment

In looking over the boat we noticed several items of equipment that are often not included in some boats in the premium category. Those items are the raw water washdown, 4-step swim ladder, cockpit courtesy lights, insulated Ocean Blue live well, Racor fuel filters, and recessed trim tabs.

Power and Performance

Engine options on the DC 265 are simple: either a single 300-hp V-6 Yamaha 4-stroke engine or a single 350-hp V-8 Yamaha 4-stroke engine. We have not tested the boat, but Pursuit has on a hot day with three people aboard and full fuel and water. The boat had a total test weight of 7,610 lbs. (3,459 kgs.) (Its dry weight with the 300 Yamaha is 6,050 lbs./2,750 kgs.)

According to the company, the boat when powered by the F300 had a WOT on test day of 46.0 mph at 5900 rpm. Her best cruise was 30.0 mph at 4000 rpm, getting 2.55 mpg and giving a range of 345 statute miles with a 10% reserve.

Pursuit DC 265

The console with sink abaft the skipper's seat is standard.

Pursuit has also tested the boat with the F350 Yamaha outboard. The company says the boat had a WOT of 49.4 mph at 5900 rpm. Best cruise was either at 3500 rpms or 4000 rpm, depending on how fast you like going. At 4000 rpm the boat got 2.36 mpg and had a range of 319 miles with a 10% reserve.

An Apples-to-Apples Comparison?

These kind of head-to-head tests seem never to be quite apples-to-apples, even when the boat builders or engine companies test the boats themselves. In this case, the F350 V-8 engine itself weighed 246 lbs. (111.8 kgs.) more than the F300 but the test boat’s total weight was 255 lbs. (115.9 kgs.) less, weighing in at 7,355 lbs. (3,343 kgs.) with the F350 V-8 clamped aboard.

Pursuit DC 265

The Pursuit DC 265 is a basic bowrider with lots of optional fishing features that makes it a good boat for nearly any purpose.

Since these two tests were performed on sister ships it seems possible that the hull with the F300 might have weighed more than the boat with the F350. Not every boat coming out of the same mold weighs the same, just as not every engine going down the assembly line has the same horsepower.

If you are the kind of person who likes speed bragging rights, our guess is that on a cool day, with 50 gallons of fuel and two skinny people aboard the boat should top 50 mph with the F350. If you don’t care about an extra 3 mph at WOT, then go with the F300 and save the money and weight. If you do care, then get the F350 power, or maybe you would be happier with another brand of boat altogether.

Price

The MSRP of the Pursuit DC 265 we looked at with the F300 Yamaha is $133,254.

Recommendation

The Pursuit DC 265 has a deadrise of 21-degrees at the transom which is less than the 24-degrees some boats have in class, but more than others which might have something on the order of 18-degrees. All things being equal, the boat with the flatter deadrise will go faster, but speed shouldn’t really be your consideration with this boat.

Pursuit DC 265

The DC 265 has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom and a sharp entry forward.

Pursuit doesn’t design its boats for speed cowboys. Rather its boats are intended for boaters who want a safe, well-built, attractively designed boat for family cruising or for serious fishing.

In case you haven't noticed, Pursuits are typically priced right up there with the very best boats in class, which is where it belongs given the attention to detail, standard equipment, and construction of this boat. If that is your niche, then this boat and only a couple of others should be on your short list.


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Standard and Optional Equipment

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
Radar Optional
Systems
CD Stereo Optional
Head: Portable Standard
Head: Fixed Optional
Power Steering Optional
Trim Tabs Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Windlass Optional
Exterior Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Transom Door Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Warranty

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 5-year
Deck Warranty
Years 5-year
Blistering Warranty
Years 5-year
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Price

Pursuit DC 265 (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $133,254.00
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.

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