Pursuit S 288: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide

The compact new Pursuit S 288 is a lean but fully equipped fishing machine.

January 1, 2019
2019 Pursuit S 288
LOA: 30′ | Beam: 9’8″ | Fuel Capacity: 230 gal. | Dry Weight: 8,220 lb. with power | Max HP: 600 | Certifications: NMMA Courtesy Pursuit

Want something done right? You might do it yourself, like Pursuit Fishing Boats does with many of the components of its boats.

Pursuit offers 15 different boats across four categories — offshore, center-console, dual-console and sport center-console — 23 to 42 feet long, all powered by Yamaha outboards. Ahead of those outboards is a lot of Pursuit craftsmanship.

The company makes its own wiring harnesses, with fully tinned, color-coded copper wire, waterproof connectors, and chafing protection. Battery cables are crimped, heat-sealed and color-coded.


Upholstery and canvas components are made in-house, with quick-draining foam for cockpit seating and cushions. Sunbrella or Stamoid fabric overhead protects the boat and its occupants from the weather.

Roto-molded polyethylene fuel tanks ward off ethanol ­effects, and Pursuit makes its own fuel lines using pressed fittings.

A five-year hull-blister warranty backs the gelcoat. Transferable five-year hull and deck structural warranties and a two-year component warranty boost resale ease and value.


No wonder, then, that Pursuit is among the brands our survey respondents say they’d be most likely to consider when ­shopping for a new boat.

Pursuit S 288
The compact new Pursuit S 288 is a lean but fully equipped fishing machine, a luxury center-console designed and built to fish bigger than its platform-extended 30-foot LOA.

Four stainless-steel rod holders in gunwales augment four shotgun holders in the transom — a full complement for fishing offshore or inshore, according to our survey respondents.


The hardtop, which has a full-height, tempered-glass windshield and stands ready for options such as outriggers or a second station.

On the transom, baits swim within a lighted ocean-blue recirculating livewell with a clear lid, favored by 29 percent of our respondents. A pair of 45-­gallon insulated in-floor fish boxes flank the leaning station and folding aft transom seat.

A large door provides entry to the console cabin and its handheld freshwater shower, electric head and generous ­storage space.


Forward is in-floor storage, and even more is within the­ ­forward seating — just what survey respondents found lacking in some previous models.

The spacious Pursuit S 288’s 24-degree deadrise helps it slice through waves.

Survey Says: On Target

  • Exceeds passenger seating demands
  • Raw and fresh water standard
  • Generous ­storage space

Owners Say

  • Easy handling, fishing space, dependability
  • Space for pleasure and fishing
  • Great fishing boat, lots of deck space

Pursuit Says

  • Proven hulls matched to dependable Yamaha outboards
  • Provides endless hours of enjoyment
  • Multiple layers of quality checks

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