Some boat builders struggle to match a vessel’s dock appeal to its performance, and to design the layout and functionality demanded by serious anglers and their families, but Pursuit continues to deliver on all those levels. The new S 358 we tested in early October out of Fort Pierce, Florida, demonstrates yet another example.
Anglers will find all they need for a successful day on the water aboard the S 358. Rod storage includes 12 flush-mount holders (eight on the covering boards, four on the transom) and horizontal racks with reel pads below both gunwales. The boat also features a tackle center with storage drawers and removable Plano boxes, a 32-gallon livewell — lighted and recirculating — with aquarium-style window and calming blue interior, and twin 27-gallon, insulated fish boxes with diaphragm discharge pumps. A transom door, outlets for electric reels or downriggers, and aluminum-reinforced downrigger mounting plates further enhance the offshore-fishing capabilities.
Generous seating starts with molded, port and starboard bow seats with insulated storage and an electrically-actuated table and backrests for lounging, and a forward-console double lounger with adjustable backrest and fold-down armrests. At the helm, triple captain chairs come with folding arm-rests and flip-up bolsters — the center chair also features fore, aft and vertical adjustments — and at the transom, a bench for two folds away to clear the cockpit.
The well-appointed cabin features a settee that converts into a berth and a private head compartment with storage, vanity, countertop, sink/pull-out shower and porcelain marine toilet. In the cockpit, the entertainment center incorporates a sink with fold-down faucet and removable cutting board, an insulated cooler, an electric grill and a pull-out refrigerator.
Other noteworthy amenities include a JL Audio system with Bluetooth, an aft-tilting helm with a fold-out fiberglass footrest, a dash wide enough for dual 16-inch displays, a bow thruster with joystick control, an anchor locker with a windlass, a through-stem anchor roller and stainless-steel plow anchor, raw and freshwater washdowns, a hot and cold cockpit shower, and LED lighting.
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Twin Yamaha 425 XTOs provide all the juice the S 358 needs to perform at its best. In fact, with a sizeable crew of seven, our test boat topped 51 mph at wide-open throttle, went from 0 to 30 mph in 15 seconds, and proved quite responsive and nimble during a wide range of maneuvers at varying speeds. The smooth ride ensured everyone onboard stayed comfortable, even while taking on sizeable wakes from passing vessels.
|Base Price:||$528,760 (w/ twin Yamaha 425 XTOs/Helm Master EX)|
|LOA:||37 ft. 4 in.|
|Beam:||11 ft. 4 in.|
|Draft:||2 ft. 5 in.|
|Transom Deadrise:||22 deg.|
|Dry Weight:||15,600 lb. (w/ engines)|
- Engines: Twin Yamaha 425 XTOs
- Test Load: Seven adults, 257 gal. fuel
- Time to 30 mph: 15.2 seconds (avg)
- Top Speed: 51.1 mph @ 5,800 rpm
- Best MPG: 1.06 mpg @ 31.8 mph and 4,000 rpm
Pursuit Boats – Fort Pierce, Florida; 800-947-8778