Advertisement

Pursuit DC 246 Boat Review

A family dual console that fishes, cruises and tows.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Pursuit DC 246 on the water
LOA: 25 ft. 8 in.; Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.; Transom Deadrise: 21 deg.; Draft: 1 ft. 9 in.; Dry Weight: 6,138 lb. (w/ engine); Fuel: 118 gal.; Max HP: 300; Base Price: $143,040 (w/ Yamaha Digital F300) Courtesy Pursuit Boats

On my November test day, Pursuit’s new DC 246 demonstrated its sweet design in a washboard chop on the Chesapeake Bay’s broad Chester River. With the digital Yamaha F300 purring, the 246 ran easily at a sweet spot of 30.1 mph, turning 4,500 rpm and achieving 2.2 mpg.

Pursuit’s craftsmanship showed in a solid feel at all speeds; the sharp bottom strakes and broad chines deflected all spray. Even with 21 degrees of transom deadrise, the boat drifted easily, thanks to those steadying chines. 

DC 246 cockpit
While a dual console appeals to families, Pursuit’s heritage is in fishing. The DC 246 comes with a standard 15-gallon well to port, a fish box, and a transom door for boarding big fish. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

With a dual-console layout, the DC 246 naturally speaks to family boating and tow sports. But Pursuit builds fishing boats, and the DC 246 creates no exception. Add the optional hardtop to add four rodholders on the legs and four more on the top’s aft edge to supplement the four in the gunwales. The hardtop and rod holders offer multiple rigging options for trolling, including streaming planer boards.

Advertisement

The 246’s transom holds a 15-gallon, blue, insulated livewell to port and a 31-gallon insulated fish box on the centerline aft. A sturdy transom door to starboard provides access to a broad platform that wraps around the engine. Opt for a wet bar behind the helm seat to add a cutting board and freshwater sink, with a 45-quart Yeti cooler beneath.

Cooler on the DC 246
Add the optional wet bar to add a cutting board, sink and cooler to the cockpit. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

The cockpit offers plenty of space for anglers to jig over a reef or cast to breaking fish while the skipper watches the (optional) Garmin 8612XSV display with Airmar CHIRP thru-hull transducer for charting and fish spotting.

The standard through-stem, galvanized 14-pound plow anchor with 150 feet of 1/2-inch rode and 10 feet of chain provides holding power for bottomfishing trips. A windlass and stainless anchor are optional.

Advertisement

Twin bow lounges, plush helm and companion seats, an innovative aft-facing seat with pullout lounge to port, and folding seats for three at the transom deliver on the family comforts; a rugged but easily removed tow pylon facilitates wakeboarding and tubing. A 60-inch locker under the sole between the consoles stores boards and tow toys.

Read Next: Pursuit DC 326 First Glance

DC 246 running in the ocean
Pursuit’s DC 246 ensures that family anglers can spend all day on the water to fish, to picnic, and to cruise — whichever mood hits. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Hull Specs

Base Price: $143,040 (w/ Yamaha Digital F300)
LOA: 25 ft. 8 in.
Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.
Transom Deadrise: 21 deg.
Draft: 1 ft. 9 in.
Dry Weight: 6,138 lb. (w/ engine)
Fuel: 118 gal.
Max HP: 300

Performance

  • Engine: Yamaha Digital F300
  • Load: Two crew, 25 gal. fuel
  • Time to Plane: 2.9 sec.
  • Time to 30 mph: 13.7 sec.
  • Top Speed: 46 mph @ 5,900 rpm
  • Best MPG:  2.2 mpg @ 30.1 mph (4,500 rpm)

Pursuit BoatsFt. Pierce, Florida; 772-462-5515

Advertisement
Advertisement

More Boat Reviews

Advertisement