New Boats

The new­comer to the Pur­suit line may be smaller than her sib­lings, but her level of fin­ish and smart de­tails make her mighty.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Michael Ver­don

We re­view the new­est models from two cen­ter con­sole builders: Pur­suit’s S228 and the Jupiter 43 SF.

Pur­suit’s new S288 han­dles be­ing the baby of the fam­ily quite well, es­pe­cially since it will be com­pared to its larger Sport model sib­lings, the S408, S368 and S328, not to men­tion the other 28-foot walka­rounds in its class. De­signer Chris Gratz was tasked with bring­ing the new Pur­suit down to 28 feet with­out los­ing the pro­por­tions and dis­tinct fea­tures that give it the unique DNA of the builder’s Sport se­ries.

“Peo­ple tend to think that de­sign­ing big­ger boats is harder, but the smaller ones can be trick­ier,” says Gratz. “We had to keep the boat’s tone but scale ev­ery­thing so it re­tains the fam­ily look.” The de­sign team ini­tially did a se­ries of com­puter-gen­er­ated de­signs, and then built full-scale mock­ups of the boat to make sure it stood out in the real world. “We need to be able to look at it from 20 feet away, then step up to the con­sole and walk the side-decks to make sure we’ve got it all right,” says Gratz. “And it needs to scream Pur­suit.”

The team ac­com­plished its mis­sion. The S288 shares the same clas­sic pro­file as its sib­lings, with a slight Carolina bow flair (or what Pur­suit calls “Florida flair”) and soft-edged style. The boat has a sharp en­try, tra­di­tional strake place­ment amid­ships and re­versed chines that run the length of the hull. Tran­som dead­rise is 24 de­grees.

The cabin has 6 feet of head­room, quite a feat for the de­sign­ers since it needed to re­tain the sleek pro­file. “We worked from the keel up to be able to achieve that kind of space,” says Gratz. “We’re very par­tic­u­lar about head­room in all of our models. We’re care­ful to pro­vide what a cus­tomer might need in terms of space.” Ditto on the ameni­ties. The cabin has a head, a hand­held shower and classy hard­wood de­tails.

The S288 has been de­signed as a cross­over boat with three so­cial zones that do not com­pro­mise its fish­ing abil­i­ties. “We worked re­ally hard to main­tain that bal­ance,” says Gratz. Pur­suit in­cluded gun­wale-mounted rod hold­ers, livewell, in-floor fish­box, lean­ing post with tackle cen­ter and un­der-gun­wale racks. Fam­ily fea­tures in­clude fac­ing, fold-down seats in the cock­pit and lounges in the bow. A port­side dive door is ideal for kids tak­ing a swim or an­glers boat­ing a fish.

The helm re­tains the Sport fam­ily re­sem­blance, with the wrap­around wind­shield (with black ac­cents), full hard­top and dou­ble helm seat. Hard­wood ac­cents were in­cluded in the de­sign to give it a clas­sic Pur­suit look. “We also had to de­sign the con­sole ac­cess to the cabin,” says Gratz. “We went from a tra­di­tional open­ing on the S408 to a scaled ver­sion on the S288; the door opens but doesn’t swing so far that it hits some­one sit­ting on the front seat. We have to be very care­ful with de­tails like that.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pur­suit, the S288 will hit a top end of 48 knots at 5800 rpm with twin 300-hp Yamaha F300s. A friendly cruise speed of 26.8 knots at 3500 rpm de­liv­ers a range of 346 miles. (It con­sumes 17.6 gph at that speed.) Run­ning the boat at 3.5 knots of­fers a range of 634 miles.

The op­tions list in­cludes hard­top-mounted rod hold­ers and Taco Grand Slam 360 out­rig­gers. A com­plete Garmin elec­tron­ics pack­age, in­clud­ing its GMR 24 XHD dome radar, is also avail­able. Pur­suit also of­fers a bowthruster, a nice op­tion when com­bined with Yamaha’s Helm Mas­ter joy­stick steer­ing sys­tem. —

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