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Pursuit 3800 Express
(w/ 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels)

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Pursuit 3800 Express
Pursuit 3800 Express
The 3800 Express is the flagship of the Pursuit fleet. She’s a stylish sportfisher that delivers great power and an exceptional ride.

Key Features

    What doesn’t she come with? The 3800 is always ready to take to the islands or to the tournament trail. She’s loaded with standard features and luxurious accommodations that will keep everyone aboard happy. The cockpit features an expansive bait prep station, raw and fresh water washdowns, large fishboxes, and an optional baitwell is available. It’s a step up to the helm, which features a good line of sight in all directions, plus plenty of space for added electronics. Across to port an L-shaped lounge area can seat up to four or five comfortably. The cabin features a pedestal berth, L-shaped dinette seating area, and a fully-equipped galley.


Pursuit 3800 Express Specifications
Length Overall 40'11'' Dry Weight 21,800 lbs
Beam 14'2'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3'11'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 450 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 110 gal.
Deadrise/Transom ~ Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom ~ Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance ~ Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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 3800 Express Engine options
Std. Power None
Tested Power 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels
Opt. Power Not Available

Pursuit 3800 Express Line Drawing


Pursuit 3800 Express Photo Gallery

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On the Prowl

A 3800 Express heads for the blue water with a 24-knot cruising speed and 32-knot top end.

Space Age Helm

The helm offers digital instrumentation, single lever controls and plenty of room to flush-mount a complete array of marine electronics.

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Locked and Loaded

The portside bait rigging station includes a large recirculating livewell with viewing port, a tackle center, conveniently located baitwell pump switches, freshwater sink and poly bait cutting board.

Quiet Time

When the fishing is done, the forward stateroom will provide an elegant repose to relax in between bites.

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Nature Calls

A full-function standup head provides all of the comforts of home when overnighting it on the offshore grounds.

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Pursuit 3800 Express Captain's Report

If you are serious about offshore fishing and have spent enough time out on the open water to learn the difference between a good boat and a great boat then the new Pursuit 3800 express may be the perfect choice to confidently accomplish all of your offshore adventures.

The 3800 Express is the result of years of refinement and design throughout the Pursuit fleet. The 3800 charges triumphantly across open water with speed and stability due in part to her advanced hull design and excellent weight distribution.

Starting at the bow there’s a molded anchor roller and hawse pipe in the bow pulpit with a large anchor locker in deck that houses both fresh and saltwater washdowns. The entire foredeck is non-skidded and there are three finely crafted low profile stainless steel and Lexan deck hatches that brighten the interior. The windshield is of a wrap around design and adds to the sleek lines of the 3800’s express appeal. A full tuna tower is optional and highly desired if you’re going to chase the big ones. Towers range in cost from adequate to aerodynamically streamlined and from observation to fully instrumented dual station. Fighting chairs are also optional ranging from simple and plastic to elegant and varnished.

The cockpit is all business and is strictly designed for the offshore fisherman who knows the finer points of angling. There’s a huge livewell with viewing port and storage for tackle beneath, a mate’s seat to starboard with tackle drawers beneath, floor storage, and a huge fishbox in the cockpit sole. The tuna gate in the transom is designed for oversized catches and there’s an aft bench seat that flips into use for those evening cocktail cruises.

The bridge deck is where you’ll find comfortable seating for guests and crew alike. To starboard is the command center of the 3800 with digital instrumentation and precise electronic controls for easy navigation and operation. Just aft is a wet bar with icebox beneath and additional engine room access is located through this floor hatch. To port you’ll find a comfortable “L” shaped lounge with storage beneath. There’s even a neat chart station just forward of the port lounge seating complete with a clear cover for easy viewing while underway.

The salon is tastefully appointed with teak veneered walls, coveted appointments throughout and a teak and holly sole with storage beneath. The elegant and comfortable settee to starboard converts into a double berth. Just aft is the galley complete with sink, sprayer, stove, and refrigerator/freezer. To port there’s a tournament rod locker fit for the tools of the trade and a leather couch that converts into an over and under double bunk. Moving forward you’ll find a full sized head with shower stall and forward still is the owner’s berth with privacy curtain. Entertainment systems can range from adequate to extreme and feature some of the newest in flat screen technology and sub woofer sound systems.

The 3800’s wide beam of 14’2” and her overall length of 40’11” give her a true battlewagon ride while offering the finer points of craftsmanship and design.

Out on our test run we reached a top speed of 37.7 mph turning 2650 rpm with the pair of Volvo 74P diesels. We determined the best cruise speed to be 27.5 mph turning 2000 rpm giving us a range of 376 miles based on the 450-gallon fuel capacity. She’s adequately quick as well getting on plane in only 15.3 seconds.

Utilizing the proven designs and technology of the Pursuit fleet, the 3800 is surely to become a coveted fishing machine among the serious offshore crowd. Even if you don’t fish, this boat would make a great cruiser and provide years of unparalleled service for you and your guests.

Pursuit 3800 Express Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Pursuit 3800 Express is 37.7 mph (60.7 kph), burning 54.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 205.9 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Pursuit 3800 Express is 27.5 mph (44.3 kph), and the boat gets 0.93 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 376 miles (605.11 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Pursuit 3800 Express Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Pursuit 3800 Express Warranty

Pursuit 3800 Express 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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
1000 10.5 9.1 5.6 1.9 1.6 756 657 1217 16.90 21.20 0.80 81
1250 11.4 9.9 12.0 1.0 0.8 383 333 616 18.30 45.42 0.40 83
1500 16.7 14.5 18.0 0.9 0.8 375 326 604 26.90 68.14 0.40 84
1750 21.8 19.0 25.0 0.9 0.8 353 307 568 35.10 94.64 0.37 88
2000 27.5 23.9 29.6 0.9 0.8 376 327 605 44.30 112.05 0.40 92
2250 31.8 27.6 38.0 0.8 0.7 338 294 544 51.20 143.85 0.36 88
2500 35.0 30.4 47.6 0.7 0.6 297 259 478 56.30 180.19 0.31 91
2635 37.7 32.7 54.4 0.7 0.6 280 244 451 60.70 205.93 0.29 95

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels
Time To Plane 15.3 sec
0 to 30 25.3 sec.
Test Power 2 x 480-hp Volvo Penta 74P diesels
Transmission ZF 280A
Ratio 1.769:1
Props 26 X 30 3-blade nibral
Load 4 persons, 1/2 fuel, 1/8 water, min. gear
Climate 90 deg., 85% humid., wind: 10 knots; seas: calm

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