|LOA||41 ft., 2 in.|
|Beam||12 ft., 6 in.|
|Draft||3 ft., 3 in.|
|Displacement||(dry) 16,500 lbs.|
|Engines||Twin Yamaha F350 V-8 outboards|
|Pursuit uses resin-infused fiberglass technology for the stringer grid and a ply resin-infused composite transom along with a hand-laminated hull.|
|Hardtop, bowrail, windlass w/anchor, chain and rode, fresh- and raw-water washdown fore and aft, cockpit table w/teak accents (converts to sun lounge), sunroof, LED cockpit lights, tilt Teleflex wheel, twin hanging lockers and more.|
|Blue-colored hull (other colors are available), upgraded Weblon canvas, side and aft curtains, sunpad cupholders and deck rail, Raymarine electronics package, Yamaha Helm Master system, rod holders, hardtop-mounted outriggers, cockpit A/C unit, bow thruster, shore-power cable reel w/50-foot cable and more.|
|Pursuit Boats (a division of S2 Yachts), Ft. Pierce, Fla.; pursuitboats.com|
|West Coast Dealer|
|West Coast Marine, Newport Beach, Calif.; (949) 673-2060; westcoastmarine.com
Islands Marine Center, Lopez Island, Wash.; (360) 468-3377; islandsmarinecenter.com
Posted: April 1, 2013 | Boat Type: Express Cruiser
Under cover: Pursuit’s new sports coupe has something big to hide.Anyone who watched “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” will remember the segue they used when transitioning to another unrelated sketch: “And now, for something completely different.” That sentiment seems to be the perfect introduction to Pursuit’s new coloring-outside-the-lines model: the Sport Coupe 365i.
So what’s different about it? Pretty much everything. For starters, the SC 365i is the only Pursuit without standard rod holders or a livewell — designed more for the dayboater/weekender who is into entertaining, cruising and the hottest “new” boating passion: “coving,” aka day gunkholing. Its styling is also entirely different, channeling the Euro flair for the dramatic with a cockpit that brings the outdoors inside. One of its primary design elements is the huge one-piece spherical glass windshield whose arc continues into a hardtop roofline that’s anchored by stout stainless steel side supports that also curve gracefully. The windshield combines with the partial side windows and the manually operated sunroof to afford guests a panoramic view to go with a little breeze.
Like most great ideas in the marine industry, the SC 365i’s signature feature originated as scribbles on a cocktail napkin. S2 Yachts, the parent company that produces Pursuit (along with Tiara), delineates the brands thusly: Tiara has gas or diesel inboards along with either conventional shafts or the more high-tech pod-drive technologies from both Mercury and Volvo Penta. Pursuit features Yamaha outboard power exclusively. At first glance, the Pursuit SC 365i appears to be allied with the Tiara inboard power scheme, but hidden within the rear sunpad are a pair of Yamaha F350 V-8 outboards. Pursuit reshaped the idea of what an outboard-powered boat can be with what it calls Integrated Outboard Technology.
So why hide the outboards under a patent-pending design? Aside from the aesthetics of creating a clean, dramatically swooping rear shearline that is very much in vogue with European designers, it has a number of functional pluses. First, unlike on other traditional outboard-powered boats, the 365i has a full-width swim platform for staging watersports or just hanging out. There’s a bench seat molded into the rear hatch, although it could have been enhanced with a comfy cushion. The vessel is not designed as a fishing boat, but the rear bench would be a perfect spot for the angler in the family to fish while at anchor. There’s also what appears to be an abbreviated sunpad on top of the hatch, but the adjoining curved fiberglass engine lid section looms as a roll-off-the-back hazard, so it’s better to use the optional front-deck sunpad with a tilt-up backrest for catching rays and a snooze.
Unlike the 370 Venture, Sea Ray’s cruiser that hides Mercury outboards under two different enclosures, Pursuit houses the twin Yamaha F350s under one roof. Far from being crammed in there, they have free range of motion, are able to be tilted up far enough to get the props out of the water and even have enough inbetween spacing to accept Yamaha’s new Helm Master system, which includes a joystick to allow the driver to tilt or twist the stick in any direction and make the boat respond in kind by articulating the engines in different directions. Even if you aren’t comfortable docking this 41-footer, the 12-year-old gamer in your family will have no problem. Bristles surround the massive V-8s — not to shine them up but to reduce spray into the compartment.
One of the advantages of the hidden-outboard scheme is readily apparent when you start the Yamahas, with one press of the Push Button Start system. Your only cue the outboards are running is to watch the Command Link gauges, because aside from the cranking sound, the outboards are virtually silent at idle. My trusty 13-year-old Radio Shack decibel meter picked our test day to give up the ghost, perhaps in frustration as it tried futilely to measure something, so I can only use my experience to say it was one of the quietest outboard-powered boats I’ve ever driven.
The helm station is well situated, with plenty of room for twin 12-inch Raymarine e125 electronic displays, although the color — bright blue — of the fiberglass helm sectional is one of those love-it or hate-it propositions. Visibility through the windshield and all other quadrants is fantastic, and the ultra-wide helm seat is exceptionally comfortable. The dash is fairly tall, so there’s a flip-down riser to stand on while driving. Our test boat isn’t equipped with the optional Helm Master control system ($19,650), which gives you engine-management and control features in addition to joystick docking. Instead, we had the more conventional setup, with a responsive bow thruster for docking assistance. Experienced outboard-boat drivers will have to make one adjustment: not being able to see what direction the motors, being hidden, are facing.
After idling into the Intracoastal Waterway in Stuart, Fla., near where Pursuit Boats are built, the driver jammed the throttles, and we got on plane slowly with a fair bit of bowrise. I timed the transition to plane a second time, with the trim tabs deployed, and the result was far better, with a time of 10.2 seconds with reduced bowrise. Despite having around 200 gallons of fuel on board (300-gallon max), the 700 hp of Yamaha muscle pushed the 16,500-pound hull (dry weight) to 30 mph in 15.5 seconds. From 4000 to 4500 rpm, we saw the biggest jump in speed, from 24.5 mph to 33 mph. The top end of that range is also the SC 365i’s happiest cruising speed; at 33 mph, the fuel-management gauge registered 0.95 mpg, which is outstanding for a boat with a 12-foot, 6-inch beam and 20 degrees of deadrise. It translates to an estimated range of 255 miles, assuming 90 percent of the fuel tank is usable.
I tried to predict our boat’s top speed while we cruised at 4500 rpm. I guessed low 40s, but after we reached 5000 rpm, we were able to really start trimming the engines out, an impossible maneuver with inboards or pod drives. By the time we hit 6000 rpm, we had six lights glowing on the trim gauge and were flying along at 47.7 mph. Fuel burn at this speed wasn’t wallet-shreddingly penal — the Yamahas were achieving a respectable 0.7 mpg.
Cranking the SC 365i hard over revealed its sporty handling. Dodging a crab pot or a piece of flotsam won’t be an issue. We didn’t have any waves to challenge us, but experience with similar Pursuit hulls — such as on the similarly sized Offshore 385, which features 2 degrees less deadrise — leads me to believe the ride in rough conditions will be outstanding. One advantage of the outboard scheme is reduced draft, which can be as little as 28 inches with the Yamahas trimmed up, so you won’t fret about your running gear when you pull up to a beach.
Chillin’ and Grillin’
The heart of the SC 365i’s entertainment zone is toward the stern — an L-shaped lounge that features flawless upholstery and stitching, which is certainly no surprise from Pursuit, whose boats are the gold standard in their class for fit-and-finish excellence. Just behind the forward curved settee to the left of the helm station is a food-prep area that has a Corian working surface. The left half flips up to reveal a standard smokeless grill, so your onboard chef can crank out food à la minute. Set into the helm-seat mounting module is a standard 12v, 2.3-cubic-foot cockpit refrigerator.
Working space down in the in-deck “engine” room on the starboard side is a mechanic’s dream, mainly because there are no engines, only an 8.0 kw Panda diesel generator with a 24-gallon tank. Access to all the boat’s systems in the well-lit room is easy. Pursuit doesn’t play the low-ball à la carte add-on game that would drive its already-premium $408,786 MSRP price tag into the stratosphere. Items such as the genset, the 16,000 Btu air-conditioning unit and the windlass with a stainless steel plow anchor are standard, just to name a few.
Day or Night Duty
The compendium of standard features continues into the well-appointed cabin, which is set up to sleep four when you shift into weekend cruiser mode. The cabin is well lit with six slit port windows (from outside, they appear to be two really long windows) and three overhead hatches. Light anigre wood on the cabinetry contrasts with the dark walnut of the sole and the triangular high-gloss dining table, which can be lowered electronically to form the base of a V-berth that employs a clever cushion-filler scheme to quickly prepare it for sleeping. To port is the galley, which features a generous Corian food-prep station along with a two-burner glass-top stove, a microwave/convection oven and a 4.6-cubic-foot refrigerator.
The SC 365i is entertainment ready, with a 26-inch flat-screen smart Apple LED TV with a preregistered iCloud account, an iPad and a killer sound system with a subwoofer, four cabin speakers and four cockpit speakers. The amidships cabin is no cave; rather, it has two sources of natural light and a generous amount of headroom. A stand-up head has hot water (supplied by an 11-gallon water heater) and a glass vessel sink to give it a big-boat feel.
With the Sport Coupe 365i, Pursuit is seeking a different customer, one who is into pursuits other than chasing dinner. Boaters who are into outboards but want a modern, more traditional-looking sport yacht are ready for action, whether it’s cruising to Catalina for the day or heading to Mexico or the San Juan Islands for more extended fun.
Posted By: Ron Burkdoll, Business Development Manager - Pursuit Boats On: 4/15/2013
Title: Pursuit SC365i
For more information on the new SC365i please contact our Westcoast Pursuit Dealers:
Westcoast Marine, Newport Beach, CA. www.westcoastmarine.com
Islands Marine Center, Lopez Island, WA. www.islandsmarinecenter.com.