Pursuit S 328

The Sport line gets a new midsized entrant that facilitates catching fish, rays or a pleasant vibe.

It’s a center console and has all the trappings of a nice fishing boat, but it also has seating for a dozen or more people and many amenities of a dayboat. The Pursuit S 328 can pull double duty without breaking a sweat. Heck, given the berth — it converts to an aft-facing sofa — and the head below, it can pull triple duty for a couple on a weekend getaway.

With lines, amenities, styling, and a hardtop and windshield system borrowed from its larger Sport line mate, the S 408, the S 328 has taken a proven and popular concept and made it accessible to even more people. We’ve probably used this before, but the S 328 is a bit of a reverse mullet: business in the back and party in the front. But thanks to two fold-down cockpit seats, the boat can be party in the front and back.

When the seats are folded up, the cockpit is a fishing arena. A transom livewell and two in-floor fishboxes are the obvious fishing amenities. Outriggers protrude from the hardtop. Rod holders are built into the transom and gunwales. Rod storage can be found under the gunwales and belowdecks on either side of the berth. An optional portside dive door can help to land the really big ones.

In the bow, a U-shaped wraparound lounge hugs the hull sides and provides seating for four or five passengers, while a forward-facing settee is built into the forward part of the helm console.

Amidships, under an integrated hardtop and behind a custom windshield, is the helm, which houses two 12-inch Garmin multifunction displays, engine controls (including the optional Yamaha Helm Master steering system), a VHF radio, an optional autopilot and more. A bench helm seat faces the dash. It’s plenty big enough for two people and can fit three in a squeeze. A refrigerator is built in under the starboard side of the seat console. Owners can opt to add a grill in the cockpit, for grilled fish straight out of the ocean.

On the transom hang twin Yamaha F300 outboards (though the Pursuit literature indicates owners could opt for 350s). That’s plenty of power to get to the fish quickly, and they’re quiet enough not to interrupt a harbor cruise.

Whether two fishermen spend all day in the cockpit and say five words to each other or 10 dayboaters spread out from stem to stern and won’t stop talking, the Pursuit S 328 can handle it.

LOA 34 ft., 6 in.
Beam 10 ft., 10 in.
Draft 2 ft., 8 in.
Deadrise 20 degrees
Displacement (Dry) 11,775 lbs.
Fuel 300 gal.
Water 30 gal.
Engines Twin Yamaha F300 outboards
Price (tested) See Dealer
S2 Yachts, Holland, Mich.; (772) 465-6006; pursuitboats.com
Alexander Marine USA, Newport Beach, Calif.; (949) 515-7700; alexandermarineusa.com

Islands Marine Center, Lopez Island, Wash.;
(866) 270-8847; islandsmarinecenter.com