The value of a powerboat today often hinges on how well it functions in multiple areas – day cruising, fishing, water-toy towing, swimming and diving, eating and drinking. The days of the single-purpose recreational boat – like the hardcore fishing machines of a decade ago – may well be over.
Pursuit has always built versatile boats. But this model – the ST 310 – really shines as a multitasker.
"The boat is really well-thought-out from top to bottom," says Pursuit Boats marketing manager David Glenn. "It's a good crossover model between a true center console and more of a cruising vessel."
The ST 310 was available for sea trials at a Yamaha Marine Group press event in Fort Myers, Fla., in mid-June.
Twin Yamaha F300 V6 four-strokes pop the Pursuit out of the hole quickly, and the bow stays low, leaving a clear view of the horizon. The hardtop's minimal framework helps keep sightlines clean.
On some boats, windshield glare impedes visibility for the helmsman, but the Fort Pierce, Fla., builder uses a dark helm color to lessen this effect. The Yamaha F300s (introduced in late 2009) "are a great match for this 24-degree deadrise hull," says Glenn. "They push the boat at a top speed of about 54 mph." Impressive, but also take note of the fuel economy. With the twin Yamahas burning a combined 46 gallons an hour, the Pursuit gets 1.6 miles to the gallon at a cruise speed of 36 mph (4000 rpm) – not bad for a 31-footer with 600 hp. The boat holds 260 gallons of fuel. Using 90 percent of that capacity, she has a range of 375 miles at the 36-mph cruise speed.
This center console provides comfortable seating from bow to stern. The console extends to the starboard gunwale. This design frees up space for a two-person cushioned companion settee here.
Check out some of the standard equipment: windlass, fiberglass hardtop, trim tabs with indicator, freshwater and saltwater systems, a slide-out refrigerator, a sink, and a forward dinette table. The dinette converts to a sunpad – multitasker, indeed. In the full-headroom head compartment more standard equipment awaits, including a manual toilet, macerator, and holding tank.
The console door and its hardware stand out as an example of Pursuit's workmanship, attention to detail, and smart boatbuilding. With the aid of a stainless steel gas lift, the forward console door opens on a heavy-duty stainless steel hinge. The lift keeps the door open, which is great if you’re using the head as a storage area and need to get in and out of there multiple times during an outing.
For fishing, Pursuit provides four stainless steel, flush-mounted gunwale rod holders in the cockpit, a 20-gallon livewell in the helm seat console, folding rod racks under the bow seats, and an in-deck fishbox.
The seat in the stern lifts, revealing the battery switches and a storage tub that can be removed for access to the bilge. Access to the bilge pumps, batteries, and battery charger is good.
The hull is hand laid, and the builder uses resin infusion to fabricate the stringer system, transom, hardtop, hatches, and other parts. She has a solid fiberglass bottom and the hull sides are constructed with an end-grain balsa coring.
Most of the Pursuit ST 310 boats are selling with the twin F300s, says David Glenn. With this power package the boat retails for $231,255. The price drops to $220,665 with the standard Yamaha F250s.
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