Su­perb build qual­ity, a long, long list of stan­dard equip­ment, and mul­tiuse ver­sa­til­ity mark this new Pur­suit.

Boating - - FRONT PAGE - —Chris Caswell

SS­port util­ity: It’s a phrase that has been bandied about for so long, first in au­to­mo­biles and now boats, that it’s been dulled by cor­rupted us­age. Some boats (and cars and trucks) place the em­pha­sis on “sport” with lit­tle util­ity value. Oth­ers are purely util­i­tar­ian, spiced with a flashy de­cal in hopes of seem­ing sporty.

Pur­suit, on the other hand, re­ally gets it, and its new DC (dual con­sole) 365 is an equal blend of sport and util­ity. Ac­tu­ally (I know, it’s not math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble), the DC 365 is 70 per­cent sport and 70 per­cent util­ity. Here’s how we fig­ure.

The sport side of the 365 has im­pres­sive cre­den­tials: triple out­boards, 50-plus-mph speeds,

bowrider cock­pit with lounge seat­ing, sexy pro­file with hard­top, cock­pit seat­ing for the whole gang, and the dou­ble helm seat swivels to join the party. But when you want util­ity, check out these fea­tures: flip up the cock­pit seat­ing for se­ri­ous fish­ing space, use the hull­side door for div­ing, bait up from the 28-gal­lon livewell, or or­ga­nize lures in the built-in tackle cen­ter. Ice your catch in over­size in­su­lated fish boxes, and rinse the cock­pit with ei­ther salt- or fresh­wa­ter wash­downs.

But the Pur­suit DC 365 isn’t just a re­ally cool sport “ute” — it’s your home on the wa­ter too. With the low pro­file, we didn’t ex­pect much more than a tiny por­ta­ble toi­let in a box un­der the deck but, sur­prise, there’s full head­room and an en­closed head with elec­tric toi­let, ves­sel sink, and a most civ­i­lized shower with a door so you don’t soak ev­ery­thing. For week­end­ing, the for­ward V-berth is pleas­ant, but we might opt for the larger berth aft, which, at 52 by 80 inches, is just shy of queen-size. And be­cause a Fis­cher-Panda 8 kW diesel gen­er­a­tor is stan­dard along with a 10,000 Btu cabin air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem,

you’ll sleep in cool com­fort.

Hun­gry? The con­sole be­hind the helm seat con­ceals a Kenyon grill big enough to bang out steaks and fil­lets, the sink has hot wa­ter, and a re­frig­er­a­tor/freezer keeps things cold. In the cabin, a mi­crowave is for fast cof­fee or Hun­gry Man din­ners. And it’s all stan­dard but for the re­frig­er­a­tor.

In fact, that’s one thing we par­tic­u­larly liked about the Pur­suit DC 365: The stan­dard list is long and the op­tions list is short (mostly elec­tron­ics). Ev­ery­one hates be­ing nickel-and-dimed for stuff you want, from the bow thruster to the elec­tric sun­roof in the hard­top to the gen­er­a­tor to the air con­di­tion­ing. Pur­suit un­der­stands that and sim­ply in­cludes an im­pres­sive list of stan­dard equip­ment.

Be­yond that, Pur­suit has clearly brought its years of boat­build­ing ex­per­tise to bear on this new ad­di­tion to its five-boat du­al­con­sole line. And you’ll find that in the de­tails that are so eas­ily over­looked, yet which can be­come con­stant ir­ri­ta­tions when not done prop­erly. Pur­suit got it right.

Take that bow cock­pit, for ex­am­ple. You want to be able to close it off when it’s wet or windy, yet many builders fail this sim­ple task. On the DC 365, there is a hid­den sin­gle-piece door plus a fold­ing wind­shield panel to seal off the bow, but Pur­suit went the ex­tra mile to place a drain so wa­ter can’t run aft un­der the door into the cock­pit. Take a look at the hatch gut­ters in the cock­pit for the fish lock­ers and the gen­er­a­tor com­part­ment; they’re not only ex­tra deep, but they link to over­size drain chan­nels car­ry­ing the wa­ter over­board. Very thought­ful.

The an­chor chute/roller piece is sim­ply mas­sive, with a hor­i­zon­tal an­chor wind­lass with re­mote con­trol, fresh- and salt­wa­ter wash­down, and an an­chor locker to han­dle both chain and eight-plait rode. An­other an­chor hides aft for bow-stern an­chor­ing whether at the beach or at a fa­vorite dive spot. You’ll find room for dive tanks in lock­ers un­der the seat­ing, and the high bul­warks for­ward are safe for kids. There’s even a ded­i­cated tube for an 8-foot gaff. Get queasy? The DC 365 is pre-rigged for a Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer with mount­ing in the gen­er­a­tor com­part­ment.

So, what’ll she do, as the car guys ask? With triple Yamaha 300s (stan­dard), the DC 365 picks up her skirts and flies. We topped out at 51.3 mph, which is pleas­antly quick, but here’s the best part: At 35 mph, you’re getting about 1 mile per gal­lon! No more hav­ing to drop back to slow speeds to con­serve fuel — you can put the ham­mer down with­out feel­ing pains in your wal­let.

If you’re shop­ping, take a look at the Bos­ton Whaler Realm 350 ($480,000) with triple Merc 300s and a dif­fer­ent take on bowrid­ers, with port­side ac­cess and a sin­gle berth cabin.

With all the Pur­suit off­shore ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s no sur­prise that this is one soft-rid­ing hull. With 20 de­grees of dead­rise and two full-length strakes, the DC 365 eases softly through seas and throws spray well to the side. Con­struc­tion is high-qual­ity, with a hand-lam­i­nated vinylester hull and an in­fused struc­tural grid sys­tem backed by the Pur­suit Pro­tec­tion Plan: five-year hull/deck struc­tural war­ranty and five-year blis­ter-free war­ranty.

Eas­ily trans­formed from sporty party boat to off­shore wagon and back, the Pur­suit DC 365 truly ful­fills the con­cept of sport util­ity.

Though it re­quires a sep­a­rate fuel supply, a diesel genset helps re­tain the al­ready en­hanced safety of gaso­linepow­ered out­boards.

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