I gotta be quick," I tell myself, as I reach for the two-stroke oil. The sun was already starting to break the horizon; we had a 20-minute cruise to get to the chumming grounds; and the stripers had been biting strongest in the first hour of daylight. I ripped the cap off a one-gallon bottle and jammed it into the fill.
Does this haste sound like a surefire way to spill stinky, nasty, hard-to-clean two-stroke oil all over a beautiful new boat? Sure does-in any other boat. But as the oil tank on the Pursuit 3370 Offshore neared full, a red warning light illuminated. I yanked out the nozzle, screwed on the cap, and shouted "Okay, let's go." No clean up necessary.
BRAIN FOOD. That oil-fill light is a simple little detail. But why doesn't everyone build one into their boats? Once they see how well it works on the 3370 Offshore, they will. And this isn't the only display of ingenuity you'll find on the 3370 Offshore. In fact, it's the most minor one. Consider hull construction, for example. To make a 33' boat run well with twin outboards, you have to build it light while maintaining strength. So here's what Pursuit did: It used a vacuum to resin-infuse the entire hull. You've heard of vacuum bagging, right? The vacuum pulls resin through the laminate, eliminating excess resin and boosting the strength-to-weight ratio. Pursuit's process is similar, but it sandwiches perforated balsa between solid glass, then uses a vacuum to pull the resin through the perforations in the balsa at 28 psi. The net result is a hull that's every bit as strong as traditionally built boats, but the 3370 Offshore's displacement is only 9,520 pounds compared to your average express that weighs 12,000 to 15,000 pounds.
One other weight-saving technique Pursuit used to boost performance was to eliminate wood-cored stringers. Instead, a molded grid is bonded to the hull with Plexus adhesive, then pumped full of sound-deadening, impact-reducing foam at 7 psi. Want to get a gander at just how beefy this stringer system is? Remove the insulated, macerated, liftout fishbox in the cockpit deck-noting, of course, that it's big enough to hold a 100-pound tuna-to check it out. You'll be impressed.
After learning about these construction advances, the next question anyone who's ever owned a Pursuit will ask is, "Does it ride as well as Pursuits built with wood-cored stringers?" I say, "Yes." After running to the striper hot spot at 39.9 mph while turning 4500 rpm through a one-to-two-foot chop, the 3370 Offshore admirably squished waves, reacted quickly and predictably to the Lenco trim tabs (which reset themselves every time you turn off the ignition key), planed at low speeds for comfortable cruising through rough waters, and-get this-planed on one motor. In fact, I cruised at 18 mph with one of the 300-hp Yamaha HPDI outboards tilted up.
Grady-White's Express 330 ($236,250 with twin 300 HPDIs) also cut weight by using foam-cored stringers and eliminating the usual wood; it weighs in at 9,500 pounds. When we tested it, speeds from cruise to top end were 4 to 6 mph slower than the Pursuit, but that was with twin 250-hp outboards. Adding 300-hp HPDI powerplants should narrow the difference. Buying the Pursuit would save you more than $26,000, but note that the Grady-White has 1'1" more beam and a more comprehensive standards list, which slims the real-world pricing gap between these two boats significantly.
Abovedecks and below, this boat is a looker that will make you a fish cooker. Top end: 48.4 mph.