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!
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?.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 350-hp Yamaha, twin 150-hp Yamaha 4-strokes, or twin 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke engines.
We have not tested the boat, but Pursuit has tested the her 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.
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.
The MSRP of the Pursuit DC 265 with the 350 Yamaha engine are $132,085.
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 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.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|