John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Pursuit S280 Sport
OCTOBER 2009
 
   
Length overall  28' (w/o pulpit)
Beam  9' 6"
Draft  2' 10" (engines down)
Deadrise  24 degrees
Weight8,245 lb (dry, w/engine)
Fuel 220 gals/ Water20 gals
Waste  20 gals
Base Price  $173,000 w/ twin 250hp yamaha four-strokes

Pursuit's S280 Sport has the power, interior space and amenities for day cruising, while its rugged construction, seaworthy design and features mean it can chase fish just about anywhere.

This large center-console is based on Pursuit's proven 28-foot hull with its sharp entry and 24-degree transom deadrise. The standard hardtop features stanchions bolted to the gunwales. This means following a big fish around the boat requires passing the rod around the stanchions, but it also means more shade than a conventional T-top. There's a cooler seat on the front of the console, while forward seats port and starboard provide secure, lockable general storage and can be fitted with rod racks. An insert that fits between the three forward seats has aggressive nonskid for casting. With a pair of fitted cushions, it converts to a sunpad. There's also an anchor winch under the foredeck that deploys a stainless steel plow anchor from a recess just below the stemhead.
The console's well laid-out interior, with 6 feet of headroom, contains a toilet and sink, and the helm has space for a pair of 12-inch electronic displays. The large, teak-trimmed leaning post has helm and companion seats with flip-up bolsters, plus slide-out refrigerator racks for beverage bottles in the door. The aft side features a fold-down seat for two on sturdy stainless hinges that faces a similar seat in the transom. Fishing features include horizontal rod racks, a rocket launcher on the hardtop, a transom livewell, in-sole fishboxes and a tackle station.

The only power option for the 280 Sport is a pair of Yamaha F250 four-stroke outboards. According to company figures, this combination can push the boat to a top speed in the mid-50s. It cruises efficiently in the high 20s and low 30s. Pursuit Boats, Ft. Pierce, Fla.; 772-465-6006; www.pursuitboats.com