Pursuit’s S 358 Sport Is a Water Transformer

The S 358 Sport is built for myriad on-the-water adventurers.
Pursuit S 358 Sport
The Pursuit S 358 Sport has a choice of five hull colors. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Pursuit’s S 358 Sport is the company’s first center-console in this size class. It’s a tender, an offshore fishing boat, an entertainment platform, a capable cruiser and more.

One thing’s certain: It does not lack for amenities. There’s a row of three helm seats with fold-down armrests beneath the protection of an oversize hardtop and a tempered safety-glass wraparound windshield. Abaft the helm seats are a covered electric grill, refrigerator and sink, with foldout trays that convert to two aft-facing mezzanine seats. There’s also a fold-down transom bench in the cockpit.

Forward is wraparound bow seating with swing-out backrests that create a pair of lounges. Raise the motorized table halfway and add a cushion for a sun pad, or elevate the table when it’s time to dine, with the forward console seat providing a place for guests to sit and socialize.

A pocket door on the helm deck slides open to reveal a wide companionway and a step-down cabin with rich wood accents and tinted side windows. Port windows allow for fresh air. An enclosed head compartment has a vanity, sink, VacuFlush toilet and shower. A settee converts to a berth, and there’s a microwave—all conveniences for overnighting in a calm, secluded cove.

Pursuit S 358 Sport
The S 358 Sport I got aboard had a pair 16-inch Garmin multifunction displays, both networked with the boat’s radar, sonar, autopilot and other systems. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

The S 358 can handle sport-fishing duties as well, with a 32-gallon transom livewell, 12 rod holders, a tackle center, and in-sole insulated fish boxes on the port and starboard sides, with diaphragm pump-outs. Eighteen-foot Taco outriggers are optional for anglers who like to troll for pelagics. A standard inward-opening, starboard-side door makes it easier to boat a big tuna or swordfish, and it doubles as a dive door (with a removable boarding ladder) or an easy way to step aboard from a mothership or marina floating dock.

The S 358 is built rugged with handlaid fiberglass, and an infused fiberglass structural grid system adds rigidity. The hull and deck have a five-year structural warranty.

Powered by a pair of 425 hp Yamaha 425 XTO V-8 outboards and carrying a crew of six with 260 gallons of fuel, the S 358 I got aboard achieved an average top speed of nearly 43.5 knots with a smooth ride. There was easy handling at speed, as well as in tight quarters, with the Helm Master joystick and forward bow thruster.

Fast, flexible and multifunctional, the Pursuit S 358 can effectively shape-shift for the adventure at hand.

Pursuit S 358 Sport
Two of the S 358 Sport’s trademark features are the swim platforms that extend on each side of the outboards, and the fold-down platform at the helm that allows better visibility. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

265 Nautical Miles

That is the S 358’s reported maximum range at 4,000 rpm and a 26.7-knot cruising speed with a 10 percent reserve. At a 43.5-knot top hop, it’s 177 NM.

Creature Comforts

The Pursuit S 358 Sport is available with options such as a 6,000 Btu system for the cabin and a 12,000 Btu system for the cockpit. Owners also can spec a Seakeeper 2 gyrostablizer. To power it all while away from the dock, there’s an optional 6 kW Fischer Panda diesel generator. If owners plan to use this boat as a tender, the heavy-duty bow tow eye is a must.

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