One crew slept on the forward seat en route to the fishing grounds while I wedged myself in next to the helm console. The radar constantly scanned beyond our vision to find telltale flocks of feeding birds. Once we reached the prime area, we managed dolphin and broke off a wahoo but couldn't find a single tuna. What I did find, however, made the trip worthwhile. The Pursuit 2870 qualifies as pure fishing machine. Beam sea, head sea, 4- to 6-foot waves or gentle rollers - none of it matters to the 2870. It stays dry, stable and comfortable.
Since our trip, I have seen owners augment the rod storage aboard their 2870s by mounting vertical rod holders on the center-console sides with Velcro openings in the T-top canvas to accommodate the rod tips. Make no mistake, however, factory-supplied rod storage is quite adequate with space for 15 rods in and around the cockpit and more in the bow storage areas and bow seat boxes. You'll also appreciate the broad expanse of surface to flush-mount electronics.
The 2870 accommodates several anglers in the stern with no shortage of work space. Plus, the transom contains an insulated and plumbed well that can serve as a fish box, bait well or bait cooler alongside a rigging station and sink for quick and easy rigging. Additionally, a large, in-deck fish box with a macerator and a standard-equipment leaning post with a big, recirculating live well assure that every fishing contingency will be covered.