Pursuit 3370 Flybridge
JANUARY 2004
 
   
Length overall  35'1"
Beam 10'6"
Draft  2'4"
Displacement  9,520 lb
Fuel Capacity  310 gals
Water Capacity  30 gals
Clearance to top of hardtop from waterline  9'7"
Standard power  Twin Yamaha 300 HPDI outboards  
Base Price  $209,990


Pursuit's David Glenn mans the helm, protected by a molded tempered safety glass windshield.

Fifty years ago, when Leon Slikkers was still working as a joiner fitting cabin tops at Chris-Craft, he started building fourteen-foot runabouts in his garage after work. When he was inducted into the National Marine Manufacturer's Association Hall of Fame in 1999, he was cited for his creation of Slickcraft, S2 Sailboats, Grand Slam Sailboats, Tiara Yachts and Pursuit fishing boats, all 'industry standards to which other quality-seeking boat builders aspire.' The new 3370 Offshore, just launched last fall, is the largest outboard fishing boat that Pursuit has built to date, and its details reflect the half century of experience that Leon has gained and passed on to his son, David, and the whole crew at Pursuit's Ft. Pierce, Florida, plant.

Pursuit's David Glenn was eager to show me some of those details on board hull number one of the new boat docked at the Annapolis-area dealership, Rhode River Marina. This is essentially an outboard adaptation of the inboard-powered 3100 Offshore, with the addition of the two extra feet to hang the outboards, he explained.

The twin Yamaha 300 HPDI two-strokes hang off the stern behind the wide well, on the port side of which is a hatch that opens to reveal the fuel filters. Just inside the transom gate, there are remote two-stroke oil inputs with an electronic tank sensor that tells you when they're full, to avoid spills.

The transom itself has a specially designed 45-gallon circulating bait well with a clear, gasketed lid and a light blue interior finish. Next to this are a cutting board and a handy tool rack. A sturdy two-person bench flips up from the transom. The Westerbeke Diesel generator is located inside the transom underneath the baitwell, the access hatch for which is underneath the bench seat.

Under the cockpit sole, there's a large, macerated, removable fish box. Aft-facing jump seats fold down out of the way. Behind the port seat, there's a sizeable built-in cooler. Of course, there's rod storage under the padded coamings.

Molded steps lead up to the side decks, and they placed hand holds strategically on the windshield to help you hang on while transiting to the foredeck. One-inch welded stainless-steel railings protect this section while anchoring or docking. The integral bow pulpit has a single anchor roller and a Maxwell windlass with a remote control at the dash. The chain locker has mounts to secure a spare anchor and a washdown tap where you can attach a hose.

The windshield is quite the technological wonder, raked back at a sexy angle, with molded tempered safety glass that offers little distortion in the curves. The center pane opens with an actuator to provide plenty of ventilation. You'll note that the supports separating the panes are quite narrow, providing minimal obstruction to the view from the helm. Each of the large windshield wipers has its own washer nozzle to clear away salt spray.

The helm deck is two low steps up from the cockpit. Here, a short, L-shaped settee to port has storage underneath. The hard top protecting this area has two Bomar hatches, overhead storage compartments, and plenty of extra handholds.

The helm features an adjustable seat, and a fold-up foot rest for comfortable operation wither sitting or standing. From here, the windshield is quite high, so the top frame doesn't obscure the view as it does in so many other boats. The dash is hinged, so you can tilt it back to access all the wiring. This one was equipped with a full array of Raymarine electronics, while the Yamaha digital monitors arrayed above display all the pertinent data clearly.

The Yamaha controls provided smooth handling. The clouds were obscuring the sun the morning we left the marina and ran out the Rhode River onto the Chesapeake. Acceleration was swift and sure as maneuvered through the crab pots and out onto the open water. Out there, we found a southeasterly breeze kicking up a two-to-three foot chop against the falling tide. Still, the boat took it all in stride, providing soft landings and a relatively dry run.

We went back inside the river, where it was relatively calm, to do the numbers. We found a comfortable cruising speed at 4200 rpm, which gave us a reading of 33.7 knots on the GPS. The Yamaha fuel management monitor showed a burn rate of 31.5 gallons per hour at that speed. Wide open, we got about 42 knots at 5300 rpm for a burn rate of about 60 gph. Factory tests indicate a range of about 350 miles at cruising speed.

The hull shape is similar to other Pursuit models, with a deep-V entry and a relatively deep 21-degree angle of deadrise at the transom. Lifting strakes and reverse chines run nearly the full length. The tabs are recessed.

You slide the hatch to slip down the companionway, three steps to the cabin below. This is a snug configuration that provides all the comforts of home in a compact package. A double berth runs diagonally across the bow with plenty of storage underneath. A compact galley station to port has a microwave oven built into the cupboard above a molded countertop and a small refrigerator underneath. The sink is molded into the countertop, and a lid lifts to reveal a single-burner electric stove. There's storage in drawers and the single cupboard.

A comfortable settee swoops around a beautifully inlaid teak table along the starboard side. This dinette configuration is raised about a foot, with storage underneath. This, of course, converts to a berth. Additional sleeping is available in the snug mid-berth area tucked underneath the helm deck, perfect for stowing kids or other bulky items.

The enclosed head features a molded vanity countertop with a stainless-steel sink and a Vacuflush marine toilet. The sink faucet pulls out to double as a hand-held showerhead. The head and the cabin have about six feet of headroom, just a couple of inches shy of being completely comfortable to this large boater.

A Panasonic flat-screen TV with a DVD player sits on a rotating base on a cabinet beside the settee, so it can swivel for viewing from there or from the bow berth.