If your concept of a center console is some Spartan platform for sweaty fishermen who drink a battered cooler full of beers while hosing off blood and guts after a day on the water, think again.
The Pursuit S 368 Sport is elegant where many center consoles are stark, comfy where many are not, and just as much at home on a family outing as she is stalking big game offshore. I call her a center console yacht, one that would serve well as a mega-yacht tender.
The boat’s actual center console conceals a double berth that converts to a sofa, a functional (albeit mini) galley, and an enclosed head with VacuFlush toilet and hot shower.
Fishing equipment is on board too, in an upgraded way. The cockpit has in-deck fish boxes to port and starboard, rod holders along the gunwale and a 28-gallon livewell. For family time, fold down the transom settee, slide out the hidden barbecue grill and reach into the Isotherm fridge for a cold one.
The S 368’s raised mezzanine seating under the hardtop is just as well-suited for keeping Aunt Edna out of the sun as it is for protecting anglers while they watch their lines off the 18-foot Top Gun telescoping outriggers. Additionally, a Makefast awning emerges from the hardtop to shade the cockpit.
That hardtop, by the way, isn’t just a bolt-on T-top. It’s engineered to be strong enough to hold an additional helm station on top of it.
The area forward has seating that wraps around the bow, as well as lounge seating atop the cabin with folding armrests and a fold-down beverage holder, and a cocktail/dining table that stows in a well. Shade comes via an awning from the pilothouse that covers the entire area, braced by carbon-fiber poles.
Standard power is triple 300 hp Yamaha F300s that are good for about 43 knots at wide-open throttle, or owners can up the ante with the optional triple 350 hp outboards and hit close to 50 knots.
Some other nice, upgraded touches aboard the Pursuit S 368 Sport include stitched upholstery and fine woods. A bow thruster is standard for easy handling in close quarters; the boat has a 4.2 kW Fischer Panda genset to power the air conditioning in the cabin and pilothouse; and Pursuit allotted space for a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, to keep things calm when the seas rile themselves into a snit.
Like I said, this vessel is truly a center console yacht. And she’s capable of more than you might expect.