If you live on a lake that's great or small, or a river, bay or reservoir that's still big enough to get rough, there's a new brand of boat coming to town. At the Marina Dealer Conference and Exposition in Orlando, recently, we saw the 23-foot flagship of the new Pursuit Boats Inshore series, which was attracting notice from a freshwater crowd of boat dealers. In recent years, Pursuit has sold larger models retailing for well over $100,000 and has sold its products mainly in saltwater locales; the new series, first introduced at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show last month, includes 18- and 20-foot center consoles and the DC 235.
Development manager Ron Burkdoll showed us around the dual-console-style DC 235, which clearly shares DNA with its well-known offshore Pursuit models. These 23-footers are built with vinylester resin and a high-strength resin-infused stringer system, and the hull carries a 24-degree deadrise for easy running in waves. The cockpits fore and aft are deep and comfortable, and a 250 Yamaha 4-stroke outboard rides on the transom. Ron pointed to the fact that there's not a scrap of carpeting in the boat, which is nicely finished with tough 32-ounce vinyl and fiberglass moldings throughout. While Pursuit models are known for their fishability, the new series are more "family-style SUV-type designs," according to Ron, and include good access to the water from the transom.
Ron said the company is counting on its new configurations to get noticed in the inland markets, where acceptance of outboard-powered family boats is on the rise. With suggested retail prices ranging between $33,000 to $73,000, they may well be on to something. For more on this series, visit the Pursuit Boats website. You might also be interested in an informal tour of the 180 by Ron, shown on the company's YouTube channel as two short videos.