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Pursuit SC 365i
Draft (max/min): 3'1"/2'2"
Displacement (approx.): 17,750 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 9'11"
Max Cabin Headroom (when applicable): 6'8"
Fuel Capacity: 300 gal.
Max Horsepower: 700
Available Power: Twin 350 hp Yamaha F350 outboard motors
With no engines inboard, there’s more room for accommodations and stowage. Outboards are the quietest internal combustion marine engines. Outboards are virtually smoke-free, another pleasantry, and, because they tilt clear of the water, they make viable destinations of anchorages unavailable to inboard and sterndrive craft. The corrosion resistance of outboards needs no amplification from me.
With a test crew of two aboard, the boat achieved 47.3 mph at wide-open throttle and cruised most efficiently at 32.7 mph burning 35.5 gph, netting 0.92 mpg and a range of 249 miles. During another trial, we ran with a crew of six and full tanks and recorded 43.5 mph at WOT and a cruising speed of 30 mph that burned 39 gph and netted 0.76 mpg. In both cases, speed and economy are superior to those of similarly sized cruisers with sterndrives and V-drives by 10 to 15 percent, as a review of Boating’s boat-test archive shows.
To see tests pitting various propulsion types against one another, click these links:
The Sea Ray 370 Venture, which we tested laden similar to our heavily loaded trial of the SC 365i, produced a top speed of 42.15 mph and a 30.9 mph most efficient cruise, burning 31.8 gph for an economy of 0.84 mpg and a range of 175 miles (note: the Sea Ray carries 100 fewer gallons of fuel).
Numbers don’t tell the whole story. The Pursuit achieved plane with even more authority, accelerated even more powerfully at midrange speeds, and delivered an even more confident feel at the helm than did the Sea Ray. I credit the larger displacement and increased torque of the Yamaha F350s — which swing larger-diameter props than the Mercury Verado 300s — more than I do the 100 hp disparity. The Yamahas are thirstier for any given boat speed.