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.
A Closer Look
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.