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Pursuit S 358 Boat Review

Luxury, functionality and performance in a 35-foot center console.

November 4, 2021
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Pursuit S 358 running offshore
LOA: 37 ft. 4 in.; Beam: 11 ft. 4 in.;Transom Deadrise: 22 deg.; Draft: 2 ft. 5 in.; Dry Weight: 15,600 lb. (w/ engines); Fuel: 343 gal.; Max HP: 850; Base Price: $528,760 (w/ twin Yamaha 425 XTOs/Helm Master EX) Courtesy Pursuit Boats

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.

Pursuit S 358 helm
Triple-wide helm seating and an expansive dash provide all the comfort and convenience necessary for captain and crew. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

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.

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Pursuit S 358 transom livewell
The transom bulkhead features a 32-gallon livewell, rod holders, a fish box and a transom door as well as a foldaway bench. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

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.

Pursuit S 358 cabin
The cabin comes with a private head and a settee that converts into a berth. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

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.

Pursuit S 358 bow seating
Plush bow seating gives family members plenty of room to enjoy a day on the water after the fishing is over. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Hull Specifications

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)
Fuel: 343 gal.
Max HP: 850

Performance

  • 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

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