While Pursuit has made is reputation as an offshore fishing boat line of center consoles and express boats, in fact there has always been a strong cruising component to most Pursuit boats, especially the last 15 years or so. Pursuit stays close to its owners and it has long known that they use Pursuits for all manner of things.
This year it introduced the ST 310 which is a boat that takes the concept of a versatile boat one step farther -- she can literally be used for almost anything, in our opinion, except for over-nighting. She is truly “a boat for all reasons.” For example, she can be successfully used on a evening harbor cruise entertaining 15 people in comfort, or dashing out to the canyons to troll for the big ones. The builder has packed a lot into this boat, so let's take a look.
She has a Oceania Blue 20 gallon insulated livewell with a fiberglass cover, a 29 gallon fish box in the cockpit sole with a diaphragm pump, 4 ss rod holders in her gunwales, rod lockers under her bow seating, rod racks under the aft gunwales, and a bank of forward-facing tackle drawers. Put a cutting board on the lid over the livewell or the cockpit sink and it creates a bait prep station.
The ST 310 comes standard with what Pursuit calls a “surfboard” hardtop. One look at it and it will be known how it got its name. There one can put optional rocket launchers and outriggers. She has both freshwater and saltwater wash down, so if one gets some bloody fish on the fiberglass cockpit sole it is not a problem.She is built for rough water at speed, has a sharp entry forward and a 24-degree deadrise at the transom. With the Pursuit heritage behind her, she is ready for offshore work.
Is she a flat-out fishing boat like some of the other Pursuits? No. There are too many compromises for her to be a fishing machine and they start at the stern. Because of the bench seat and her large outboard engines, when standing facing aft it is a full 85” (2.15 m) from toe-tip to the outboard edge of the engines. Stand by the transom door and to be closer to any game fish raised. Because the helm console connects with the starboard gunwale there will be no working a fish on the starboard side, only to port, and then the boater will have to hand the rod around the aluminum hardtop supports. This is a boat that will require the skipper and the angler to work closely together because most of the fishing will be out of the stern.
The ST 310 is full of creature comforts and comfortable seating. There are bolsters on all of the exposed gunwales. The seats are ergonomically designed to be comfortable. Seating has been arranged both in the bow and in the stern so that passengers can face each other -- and have plenty of knee room. In the stern there are two wide seats facing the bench seat which can hold three people facing forward. In the bow the seating almost makes a complete circle except for the passageway to it on the port side. The bow seating is contoured not only to the human body but also to the shape of the of the space in an artfully-designed, sweeping shape that is very unlike other American-built open boats. A large, removable pear-shaped table makes cocktails or lunch on the bow a cool place to be.
The Head/Changing Room/Storage Room
Every cruising boat needs a head and the ST 310 has perhaps the largest one we have ever seen in this size boat. It is entered not from the side as in practically every center console on the planet, but rather from the front. The forward-facing seat on the port side swings away and reveals a large compartment under the console. There are two steps down into it. It has 5'9” (1.75 m) of headroom. There is a fiberglass lid that covers the toilet when not in use to form a counter top flush with the sink. This can be used for all sorts of things, such as sitting when taking a sea shower, or changing a baby's diaper. Also in the head is a rack for three aluminum dive tanks. This is a great place to store them rather than on deck where they take up much-needed space. The toilet is a Raritan PH-2 manual head with macerator, holding tank, & overboard discharge Y valve. Up above and behind the scuba tanks is a rod for hanging foul weather gear or wet suits. There are two portlights into the this compartment bringing in ambient light.
Three people can sit comfortably at the helm; the skipper in an adjustable seat with arm rests, plus a 40" (101 cm) wide double seat for the navigator and communications officer. All the seats have foot rests. There is a standard Isotherm refer drawer under the helm seat that pulls out to the side. The helm instruments and wheel are inboard and the two companion seats are outboard going flush to the starboard gunwale. This tremendous helm seating is made possible by the boat's 9' 6" beam (2.89 m). Despite this ample helm, there is still 20" (50 cm) of clearance for the passage forward to the bow. Overhead the hardtop and liner has an integral overhead storage box, 4 speakers, 2 LED spreader lights, 4 overhead tricolor LED lights, S.S. overhead hand rails, and isinglass front and side curtains. There is a Clarion AM/FM stereo and single CD with four speakers, remote control pad at helm and iPod docking kit.
In addition to the usual gauges and instruments there is a remote control for the anchoring system which comes standard with an S.S. plow anchor that is mounted through the stem. Also there is an indicator for the Lenco electric trim tabs. The 14.5" (36.8 cm) steering wheel actuates dual-cylinder hydraulic steering. About the only thing we don't see here which we would like are windshield wipers with spritz.
Performance And Handling
We have not tested the ST 310 so can not, unfortunately, offer any guidance as to her performance and handling in a seaway. The folks at Pursuit have run their own speed trials and report that powered with twin 300 Yamahas she has a WOT speed of 54.8 mph, burning 52.1 gph at 5900 rpm. Pursuit reports that the boat's best cruise is at 3500 rpm where she goes 29.6 mph and burns 17.3 gph for 1.71 mpg and a range of 400 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve.
The "Pursuit Protection Plan" includes a 5-year hull/deck structural warranty, 5-year blister-free warranty, and 2-year limited warranty on the whole boat, with some exceptions. Check with a Pursuit dealer for the details and the fine print.
Power and Price
Standard power are twin 300 Yamaha engines. The MSRP price of the ST 310 with the twin 300s and fully equipped with outriggers and some other gear was around $262,315.
Perhaps the best observation that we can think of for this boat is actually from Pursuit itself. The builder specifically suggests that the ST 310 would make an ideal tender for a megayacht. That speaks volumes about the strength and ruggedness of this boat. Being towed by a large yacht going 20 knots or more by a crew that may have forgotten that it has a boat in tow is perhaps the worst treatment one can give a boat of this size. A company would only invite such sales if it was not worried about warranty problems.Because the Pursuit ST 310 can almost literally perform any sea-born day boat function she is an ideal tender for a large yacht which needs a versatile vessel to meet the needs of an ever-changing passenger list as well as changing watersports opportunities. People lucky enough to keep their boats behind their houses (she draws 1'7"/.48 m) can use this boat the same way for guests as would a megayacht owner.About the only thing the ST 310 does not have a tow pylon, but perhaps she should, then we could add "sportboat" to her long list of functions.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|