The mid 30-something LOA range is a sweet spot for outboard-powered boats, something I noted when reviewing the Pursuit DC 325 this spring. Now Pursuit has a cabin to match up with their 34’6” long hull, creating the OS 325. And again, this boat hits that sweet spot.
It’s big enough to feel substantial underfoot and take on significant seas, but still small and light enough to run with twin outboards. It performs well with a cruise over 30 MPH and a top-end close to 50, but gets reasonable fuel economy and stays over one MPG throughout most of the range. And it has plenty of deck space for fishing, yet also makes room for creature comforts. However I look at the OS 325 I keep coming back to that one word: sweet.
The biggest difference between the DC 325 and the OS 325 is, of course, the cabin. Yes, the dual console boat has one inside the port console, but the OS 325 is a full-blown express with all the goodies. In exchange for the open bow cockpit on the DC you get a dinette (with a solid wood table on a gas-assist pedestal) that converts into a V-berth, a full galley, a fully-enclosed stand-up head, and a large mid-cabin berth. Extra bonus: Pursuit mounts overhead rodracks in the mid-cabin, so four of your prized rods and reels have a safe place to live; my only wish was room for more.
Pursuit also adds sound-deadening insulation to the cabin deck liner, a smart move that reduces water noise as the hull moves across the waves. This is usually the loudest noise belowdecks in an outboard-powered boat, and in some cases it creates a drum-like reverberation that’s quite annoying. I’m glad Pursuit went the extra mile to provide a quieter ride. And I’m not in the least bit surprised, considering how far they go in other aspects of construction: the hull is hand-laminated with vinylester resin, the structural grid system is infused; the transom is five-ply infused composite with a reinforcement grid; upholstery has dri-fast foam and mesh backing; the forward windshield is a single piece of laminated glass and side windshields are tempered; and the boat’s electrical system consists of UL-rated color-coded tinned-copper wiring.
Fishing-wise, the cockpit is ready for action. It has under-gunwale rodracks, four stainless-steel gunwale-mount rodholders, a 24-gallon livewell, a tackle center, integrated fishboxes, and a quick-disconnect raw water washdown. The only must-have for offshore anglers that’s considered optional is the ($3,000) 18’ hardtop-mounted set of outriggers.
But don’t let the fishing distract you from your comfort. Air conditioning is piped in at the helm, there’s a fold-out transom bench seat, and bait-watchers get treated to a built-in aft-facing seat next to the tackle station.
Another comfort-boosting feature is the transom design. Yes, I said transom design. The OS 325 has the same integrated transom platform extensions we first saw on the DC 325, which make things like boarding and using the transom as a swim platform a whole lot easier. It’ll also come in handy if you ever need to get under one of the powerplant’s cowls or untangle a line from the props.
Is the OS 325 the right boat for you? Naturally, you’re the only person who can answer that question. But if you’re looking for a 30-something outboard-powered fishing boat that can be had for a bit more than $300K, offers a full cabin, and keeps you comfy from stem to stern, the OS 325 brings just one word to mind: sweet.
Other Choices: Savvy comparison shoppers will also check out the Grady-White 330 Express, and the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest.
For more information, visit Pursuit. And if your mind is already made up, here are the current Pursuit OS 325 listings.
|Fuel capacity||300 gal.|
|Water capacity||30 gal.|
|Test conditions: Three POB. Performance data courtesy of Pursuit.|
|Power||Twin Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboards, swinging 15.5" X 17" three-bladed stainless-steel props.|