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2.49 m (max)
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2 x 300-hp Yamaha
From the stern, Pursuit’s DC 325 looks much like many other express fishermen. But it's the large bow seating area that sets this boat apart.
Mission of the Pursuit DC 325
This noteworthy all-new boat has been designed for boaters used to the very best who want to enjoy many boating activities instead of just one or two -- and want to be able to do it all in a single, versatile boat.
They may be stepping down from a far larger boat, say, a 50' to 60' battlewagon that has gotten to be a drag because of her deep draft, lack of day-boat functionality, and high operating expense. Or, they may be trading in a smaller boat, one with limited room for friends and family, marginal offshore sea-keeping abilities, and lack-luster performance.
The Pursuit DC 325 is designed to take care of all of those needs in one multi-functional boat built to the highest standards in class.
The midships helm and seating beneath a hardtop, and the large cockpit aft with fishboxes (port and starboard in the deck) and live bait well (port side in the transom) are inherently similar to many express fishermen.
New Trends in Boat Ownership
Many anglers seldom use the cabins in large, expensive convertibles, because once the fishing is done for the day, they want to relax ashore. Rather than stay on a cramped boat with waves slapping against the hull all night, they prefer to eat and sleep ashore. So what do they need a floating condo for that has high operating expense? More and more, big convertible owners are downsizing.
Further, many anglers and general boaters with large express fishboats have also come to the conclusion that they don't use their sleeping cabin with mini galley except during the day. And because of the cabin there is no place to sit or entertain except in the cockpit -- which was designed for fishing, not entertaining.
A growing trend among boat builders these days is to replace sleeping arrangements with features better suited to daytime boating. The question then becomes what to do with the bow? Pursuit’s answer -- a large bow cockpit with wrap-around seating -- will surely appeal to many boaters for the versatility it adds.
The DC325 is Born
New Directions. The Pursuit DC 325 easily handles excursions offshore. The hardtop and full-height windscreen provide shelter from sun and weather, and the roomy cockpit has all the requisite features for serious fishing. But by building in fold-away seating in the cockpit, and adding a removable table, it can be used for entertaining as well. An inverter-powered electric grill is easy to use anytime, not just at the dock in the evenings or under generator power. Pursuit also included a full head with shower beneath the starboard helm console and even a small cabin across the boat, beneath the port console and seating.
Better Use of Space. The forward part of the boat that is rarely used for a sleep-over, is cramped and stuffy, can now be turned into an exciting outdoor location. By putting in wrap-around seating makes a deep hull a safe, comfortable place could be created for entertaining with a table, sun bathing with a filler cushion, or just cruising along with two forward facing chaise seats. The bow now becomes a distinctly different place aboard to enjoy the water -- one that’s open to the sun and air, and separate from activities aft.
The Bow Cockpit
This forward cockpit appears safe because it is so deep. The bulwarks come to about shoulder level when seated. A 1" (25 cm) ss handrail circumscribes the cockpit on three sides, with additional handrails down around seat level. The raised coaming should keep light spray from dribbling into the seats. Note the hatch on the foredeck to access the thru-the-stem ss anchor, windlass and 10’’ cleat -- all standard.
The forward cabin has been replaced by a huge, almost circular seating area that can be used for cruising and entertaining. With the insertion of the standard table it is now a dining venue. Have a picnic, or enjoy cocktails at sundown. Note the height of the seat backs that provide secure seating even in a chop. (Photo Courtesy of Ocean Blue Yacht Sales)
A filler cushion turns the bow into a large sunning pad large enough for two or three people.
Below the deck in the bow there is a large, deep compartment for storage. Below its floor is the bilge with an automatic pump. All of this in the space that in another boat would be a cabin. (Photo Courtesy of Ocean Blue Yacht Sales)
• Bow Cockpit. Seats with backrests wrap all the way around the large forward cockpit. The two seat backs just ahead of the windscreen include flip-down armrests. Pursuit includes drink holders and stereo speakers here as well. The forward cockpit also adds storage beneath the seats and also in a hatch in the deck to get to even more storage.
For sunning underway, the forward cockpit is both easier to access and inherently safer than a typical sun pad on the bow of an express cruiser. The arrows point out the shoulder height in this deep cockpit, which is much deeper than most in class.
By integrating the hardtop and windscreen, Pursuit avoids the typical awkward isinglass transition from windscreen top to hardtop bottom. The entire system is more rigid and offers better visibility, too.
The Bridge Deck
Hardtop and Windscreen. Pursuit includes the hardtop as standard equipment for a reason -- it’s built as an integral part of the boat. This allows a particularly rigid structure with full-height windscreens. Think of it more as a cabin top that’s partly open on the sides and open in the back, not something added afterward. The hardtop includes tri-color bright white, dim white, and red LED overhead lights as well as recessed stereo speakers. Pursuit includes side enclosure curtains and offers aft clear enclosures, too.
The large center panel of the windscreen opens, as does a pair of doors below the windscreen, to pass through to the bow. In foul weather the windshield and walkthrough dam can be closed keeping the bridge dry and cozy.
The reinforced fiberglass windscreen frame ("A") is integral to the fiberglass hardtop. Side windows ("B") and the opening center window are set in aluminum frames. Compare this arrangement with many express fishboats that have a gap between the top of the windshield frame and the hardtop which is usually filled in with isinglass. ("C") is the powder-coated aft supports for the hardtop.
The DC325’s helm includes space for a full suite of electronics, including two widescreen displays, yet the dash is kept low, where it doesn’t interfere with visibility forward. This is unusual and, we think, a very good design. Note the round black air conditioning vent where it blows a cool breeze through the steering wheel onto the captain. The VHF radio is installed high so that the screen can be read, the joystick is to the right of the wheel; and there are drink holders to the right which can also hold a smartphone.
The helm seat is double-wide and can seat two. Note the arm rests that can swing down.
• Helm. The DC 325’s helm console accommodates electronics where they’re easy to see and reach. The tilt steering wheel adapts well for driving while seated or standing. And there is full standing headroom. A folding step recessed into the lower part of the helm flips down to provide a footrest as well as a 6” higher perch for those who like to stand a bit higher when docking.
The DC 325 also offers an optional 12,000 BTU air conditioner with vents to blow cool air onto the helmsman as well as those seated at the settee across the boat.
To port is creative seating that is both comfortable and functional. The inclined back against the forward dash provides aft-facing views. The opening portlight goes to the port-side sleeping/storage cabin.
The forward-facing has two fold-down arm rests. When in port three people can sit here.
• Port-side Seating. A long settee on the port side, beneath the hardtop, can accommodate a couple of people stretched out or several people sitting. There is no table here. Proper dining happens at the removable table in the bow or the removable table and the folding seats in the cockpit.
One person can face forward with feet on the deck, and a second thin person, or perhaps a child, can face forward with feet extended. In this way three sets of eyeballs can be helping with the piloting. Alternatively, and probably more likely, one person will face forward and one will face aft using the angled chaise back rest. When at anchor, three people can sit here.
The Aft Cockpit
An aft-facing cockpit seat conceals the drink cooler -- note the double hinge that allows the drink box lid to open with the cushion still attached. The seat back folds toward the stern to access tackle storage. The door on the lower right of the photo encloses…
…the battery switches and the DC electrical system breakers and toggles.
• Convertible Cockpit Seating. The aft-facing seat at the forward end of the cockpit is sure to be a favorite perch whether fishing, cruising or just watching the world go by. Below it is the built-in cooler.
The cockpit also includes two folding cockpit seats -- one tucked beneath the port gunwale that opens to face starboard, and another against the transom that opens to face forward.
With the fold-away seats secured in the transom and port gunwale, the cockpit is ready for fishing action.
When it is party time the fold-away seats turn the cockpit into a social venue for cocktails or just ample seating for harbor cruises with friends.
Combined with the DC 325’s fixed aft-facing cockpit seat, the two folding seats create a U-shaped settee with a removable table that comfortably seats four adults or a family of five. The table stows beneath the cockpit sole.
The 12V refrigerator with pull-out drawer has a 2.3 cu. ft. capacity and is standard as is the sink. The electric grill is optional and we recommend it for the added utility. Note the swing-up trolling seat forward of the rod racks.
• Electric Grill, Sink and Refrigerator. An outdoor galley includes a sink with hot and cold running water, drink holders and counter space. The optional electric grill is powered from an inverter with a dedicated battery for silent grilling at anchor, or from shore power or an optional diesel generator.
Across the stern of the boat are two lids that are left up easily thanks to their gas-assist struts. The large bin in the foreground can be used for all sorts of things. It pulls out for cleaning and below, the yacht's four batteries are stationed -- one for each engine, one house battery, and one for the bow thruster.
To port along the stern is the 25-gallon recirculating livewell. Note the 10" pull-up cleat, one of six on the boat.
There are port and starboard fishboxes in outboard sides of the cockpit sole. They drain overboard. Note the side-mounted table base.
• Fishing Amenities. Standard equipment includes a 25-gallon recirculating livewell, 2 fishboxes forward and an insulated box under the aft-facing cockpit seat, tackle storage, freshwater and saltwater washdown connections, under-gunwale rod storage and 3 rod holders in the gunwale.
Pursuit even pre-wires power for an electric downrigger or fishing kite reel on the starboard side. Options include 18’ outriggers mounted atop the hardtop and five more rod holders.
The starboard-side door allows access to the extended swim and boarding step. The 4-step re-boarding ladder is tucked under the deck to starboard (arrow).
The arrows point to the sponsons under the protruding decks port and starboard. They add a little buoyancy when getting underway. The DC 325 has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom which should make her comfortable offshore at speed in a chop. This boat is intended to go fast.
• Extended Boarding Steps. While the running surface of the hull ends where the outboard engines are bolted to the transom, Pursuit extended the swim steps a bit farther aft, built atop boxed fiberglass platforms that extended out beyond the primary hull structure. This moves the swim ladder aft and provides a convenient step upon which to board the boat from a floating dock.
The Sleeping/Storage Compartment
The compartment inside the port console is accessed through the door and an automatically retracting hatch seen here. The hatch, like a companionway makes entry easy. There is a step and hand-hold inside.
Port-side Cabin. For most boaters, the port-side cabin will likely collect duffle bags of extra clothes, PFDs, fenders, scuba tanks, and the like. A hanging locker is set into the forward bulkhead, alongside the AC electrical panel, and Pursuit includes storage for four fishing rods and the forward cockpit table here.
We think most owners will use this for storage as the vessel will be used as a day boat. However, for families it is comforting to know that if someone wants to lay down to rest, they can do so and not disturb the routine of the vessel.
One-handed Opening Companionways into Both Console Cabins. There is yet another clever enhancement that illustrates the refined experience aboard that Pursuit strives for. Both the starboard head and port cabin are entered through a hinged opening door and sliding overhead hatch -- a typical “companionway”. But instead of making this a two-step affair -- slide open the top and then swing open the door -- Pursuit engineered a mechanism that automatically slides the overhead hatch open as the door is opened, and then closes both together as well.
Air Conditioning. An optional 6,000 BTU air conditioner cools both the head compartment and the sleeping cabin across the boat. Another 12,000 BTUs can be added for the helm/pilothouse with side curtains.
The ship's AC panel with breakers is at right with 2 120V outlets. There are three 12V outlets in the boat. This boat is rigged with the optional A/C system for the cabins. The storage drawers and cabinets will come in handy.
The bed in the cabin is built in three parts and is normally left pushed aft to provide more standing room inside the cabin and also for a place to sit. Pulling the handle on the forward section (bottom center of the photo) slides the whole assembly forward, converting it into a bed. Note the dedicated storage for the table at right that still allows the four rods a place to live.
With the mattress fully extended there a place to nap during a long hot day. The dedicated storage at left is for the cockpit table.
The Head Compartment
The head compartment access door and hatch is just forward of the helm.
• Head and Shower. The head, tucked beneath the helm console, offers standing headroom. Pursuit includes a standard vacuum-flush toilet with a 10 gallon (38 L) holding tank, deck pump-out fitting and macerator for discharge offshore. The sink faucet lifts out to become a shower head. The water heater is standard equipment but requires either dockside power or the optional generator.
While it’s easy to see the wisdom in having a head aboard a 34’ (10.36 m) boat, the utility of the shower might be a bit less apparent. Consider this, though -- after a day on the water, a shower and fresh clothes can precede dinner at a waterside restaurant and then a starlight cruise back home. There is a sump for the shower.
The head includes a Corian countertop, a pull-out hot and cold water mixer head for the sink and shower, a mirror, and storage within the vanity.
By having a fiberglass seat over the toilet this compartment makes a more comfortable changing room as well as being a sit-down shower.
More Noteworthy Standard Equipment
The robust list of standard features on the DC 325 includes a 3-hp electric bow thruster, electric windlass, hardtop with integrated lights and 7 stereo speakers, freshwater and saltwater washdown connections, trim tabs and indicators, and an enhanced sound system with Bluetooth. Other notable standard items include--
• 3-hp bow thruster
• 316 SS plow anchor and thru-the stem deployment
• 4-step re-boarding ladder
• Fold-away port gunwale seat
• Fold-away transom seat with adjusting backrest
• 2 molded tables with dedicated storage
• 2-mile navigation lights
• 60 millimeter Stratoglass Side Curtains
• 4 battery system
A classy standard feature is the polished stainless steel plow anchor and thru-the stem launch system. Inside the anchor compartment is a standard windlass and cleat. (Photo Courtesy of Ocean Blue Yacht Sales)
One Engine Choice
Pursuit offers just one engine option on the DC 325 -- a pair of Yamaha 300 hp, 4.2 liter, V-6 outboards. The engines come standard with Yamaha’s Command Link Plus system, which provides smooth, electronic shift and throttle actuation and expanded engine gauge information.
Optional Joystick Control.< The optional Yamaha Helm Master system replaces standard Teleflex hydraulic steering with an electronic helm and electric over hydraulic drive-by-wire steering. Besides power steering, Helm Master also adds Yamaha’s joystick for intuitive maneuvering as well as a keyless ignition with integrated theft deterrent.
Because it’s drive-by-wire, not a physical steering connection from helm to engine, Helm Master automatically adjusts the feel of the helm. The wheel is a bit stiffer at higher rpm and looser at slow speed. Engine trim is also automatic, with programmable trim levels for five rpm settings.
The Pursuit DC 325 at 11,775 lbs. (5,341 kgs.) and a 10'10" (3.30m) beam is a big boat by anyone's standards.
The Pursuit DC 325’s hull is hand laminated using a vinylester resin barrier coat that allows the builder to give the boat a 5-year anti-blister warranty. The hull's structural system is a infused fiberglass grid with a molded-in finish and a bilge water management system, which includes a forward compartment with its own automatic bilge pump.
Thru-hull fittings below the waterline are bronze, and are chrome over bronze above a 7-degree heel line.
The cockpit deck and liner is one piece and is joined with mechanical fastenings to the hull. 316 stainless steel hardware is used throughout the boat for fittings of all types. Note that there is an important difference between 316 stainless and other grades of stainless used on boats. (316 is the most corrosion-resistant.)
The consoles have both molded liners and decks. The hardtop is fiberglass.
The transom that holds the 300-hp twin engines has a patented reinforcing grid and is made with 5-ply resin infused composite.
The fuel system has been carefully engineered and it is here that Pursuit obviously goes the extra mile to make sure problems don't develop -- even after many years of operation. The twin fuel tanks are EPA-compliant lined, Rotomolded, with engine pick-ups, shut-off valves, and a digital level indicator. The company says that its fuel lines are "custom built" with mechanically-crimped fittings. It is important to note that this boat does not use aluminum tanks which can be problematical under certain conditions.
Pursuit used the DC 325 to launch a subtly refined new look. The boat’s new sheer line dips just a bit at the bow and sweeps much more gracefully aft from the transom to the swim step. The lines of the windscreen and side windows have also changed a bit from previous Pursuits.
If gelcoat and varnished surfaces are unblemished, if joints at the edges of fiberglass and wooden components come together tightly, if spaces around locker doors and hatch lids are uniform, and if latched doors don’t wiggle or squeak while underway, it’s assumed that other details -- those that aren’t readily seen in the finished boat -- are similarly tended to.
We have not tested or inspected this model so cannot make any specific comment on her fit-and-finish. However, in virtually all Pursuits that BoatTEST staff has been aboard over the years, finish work has been top-notch and usually many small details combine to elevate Pursuit above the fleet in design and execution.
With forward cockpit seating, hardtop and a windshield and fishing-equipped cockpit, Pursuit’s DC 325 does many things well.
Because of the DC 325’s versatility, how she is suited to her mission depends upon where her owners are coming from -- and where they are going.
Someone stepping down from a 40' inboard-powered express fisherman or even from a 50' to 60' convertible battlewagon, will find the DC 325 quite similar in function from midships aft. While her fighting cockpit is not 15' to 17' wide, it is every bit as deep and fishing amenities are just as handy. Could a fighting chair be mounted here? Not without some factory or aftermarket modifications, but the DC 325 wasn't really designed for that. But she can certainly provide everything else needed right out of the box for big game anglers.
Most important to this caliber of angler will probably be the quality of the build, and it is here that the DC 325 should fit the bill for this constituency which is used to getting the best when they buy something of this magnitude.
We think that the DC 325 looks fast even on a trailer. At 10'10" (3.30 m) she can be trailered most anywhere in the U.S. with an easily-obtained permit, we're told. There is no "Wide Load" regimen required. That makes her ideal for trucking back and forth to Florida.
For those stepping up, the extra LOA, beam and twin outboards greatly increase offshore ability. The boat's added cockpit seating plus bow seating and removable tables means the boat can be used for cocktail parties and picnics with a huge crowd of people operating in two venues -- fore and aft. With the standard refrigerator and optional grill, the DC 325 can be a popular place for cookouts for family and friends.
Considerable standard equipment leaves few options aboard the Pursuit DC 325.
Options to Consider
Options like a teak deck, electric cockpit sunshade, electric grill, underwater lights, navigation electronics, outrigger and rod holder package are a matter of personal preference. Nevertheless, we think a few items deserve special attention--
• Helm Master Joystick Control. Since the boat comes with a 3-hp bow thruster, why is a joystick needed? The real advantage to joystick control is its intuitive nature. Boaters who have a hard time shifting engines into the correct gears to make the boat rotate in the desired direction -- or worse, those who can’t seem to find neutral when needed -- likely benefit most from joystick control. Push the joystick in any direction (not just sideways) and the boat moves in that direction. Let go of the joystick and the engines return to neutral and idle.
The optional electrically-extending sun shade is becoming popular on more and more boats these days.
• Air Conditioners. Since this boat isn’t meant for overnight cruising, it’s the optional 12,000 BTU air conditioner for the helm area that probably gets most serious consideration. It manufactures a cool breeze while trolling on a hot, still afternoon, or cuts humidity when rain or spray dictate that enclosure panels be zipped shut. There is also a 6,000 BTU option for the cabins. A/C is simply a great perk to have in the tropics. But for this option, another will also have to come along.
This diminutive yet adequate Fischer Panda generator tucks beneath the cockpit. The sound shield keeps it quiet while diesel power -- with its own 16-gallon fuel tank -- is safer than potentially having gasoline fumes inside the boat.
• 4.2 kW Fischer Panda Diesel Generator. Considering the inverter and dedicated battery to power the grill, along with one 120-volt AC outlet near the grill, the generator is only needed for the water heater or air conditioners, or perhaps a fishbox icemaker if installed.
• Canvas and Isinglass. We would recommend the optional forward cockpit tonneau cover and the three-piece drop curtain around the pilothouse. This investment can turn the boat into a three-season vessel.
We think that the Pursuit’s DC 325 fills many roles well.
It seems clear that Pursuit gave considerable thought to the end user of the DC 325. While there are numerous instances throughout the boat, the following two examples sum it up well.
Standard Bow Thruster. A 3-hp standard-equipment electric bow thruster takes docking jitters out of the decision to move up to the DC 325 from a smaller boat. It also eases docking concerns when stepping down from twin inboards to maneuvering with less-responsive, more difficult to dock, twin outboards.
Grill with Inverter. While the grill is an option, it comes with an inverter and battery for power. Sure, the optional diesel generator would power the grill while away from the dock, but in most climates this boat’s intended use doesn’t call for a generator. Plus a generator adds weight, takes up space and increases maintenance.
Summing it up, Pursuit’s DC 325 does most of what a larger express fisherman, sterndrive sport boat, or a large center console can do. The forward cockpit, dual cabins and integral hardtop also add versatility that none of those can claim.
Unless overnight accommodations are needed, and perhaps for offshore fishermen who aren’t hindered by a stiff breeze, the Pursuit DC 325 may be all things to many people.
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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