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2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport

The S 288 Sport is a luxury center-console full of modern conveniences.

January 1, 2019
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2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
LOA: 30’0″ | Beam: 9’8″ | Draft (hull): 2’0″ | Dry Weight: 8,220 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht certified | Fuel Capacity: 230 gal. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Pursuit’s S 288 Sport debuts as the latest member of the builder’s luxury center-console family. It incorporates generous stowage and a sizable console with a step-down head compartment.

Boat buyers who place a premium on refinement will appreciate the elegant accents and upholstery. The entire family will love the conveniences. The dedicated anchor locker up front, for example, has a raw-water washdown and a windlass controlled at the helm and via remote — to effortlessly deploy and retrieve the through-stem anchor with the touch of a button.

2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
Seating in the bow sports comfy cushions on the hatches and coaming bolsters for backrests. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

At the bow, above-deck compartments to port and starboard provide substantial dry storage and serve as seats, with comfy cushions on the hatches and coaming bolsters for backrests. A large in-floor compartment just forward of the console stows fenders or other oversize gear, and the console’s double forward seat includes flip-down armrests and a cooler underneath. The larger section of the console’s split facade swings open to allow entry to the head compartment inside, which comes well-appointed with sink and freshwater faucet, Corian countertop, vanity mirror, and a vacuum-flush toilet that has a macerator discharge pump.

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The console’s clever aft-tilting helm with instrumentation visor minimizes glare and improves the viewing angle on the expansive electronics mounting surface. The visor accommodates two 16-inch MFDs, Yamaha Command Link Plus display, waterproof stereo, Lenco trim-tab switches with indicator, a phalanx of 20 illuminated rocker switches and more.

2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
At the helm, there are two 16-inch MFDs, Yamaha Command Link Plus display, waterproof stereo and Lenco trim-tab switches. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Dual adjustable teak-accented seats with fold-down bolsters and armrests make for comfortable seating or leaning at the helm. They’re nestled in a fiberglass module that incorporates stowage drawers and tackle trays, along with a 12-volt main distribution panel, drink holders, and an aft-facing bench identical to another facing forward on the transom.

2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
The S 288 Sport is equipped with a step-down head compartment. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Propelled by twin Yamaha F300s, the S 288 jumped onto plane, averaged 7.9 seconds from zero to 30 mph and flirted with 55 mph at wide-open throttle. Range? On a full tank, it will trek nearly 350 miles at 30 mph while turning 3,500 rpm.

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2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
Ample seating aft enables the crew to cruise in comfort. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

High Points

  • Ample seating fore and aft enables crew to cruise in comfort or gather to interact while at anchor or at the dock.
  • Cockpit seating folds out of the way for fishing.
  • Transom and portside doors simplify boarding and loading, and help boat larger fish.
  • Acrylic hatch on the hardtop provides added ventilation and access to optional second helm station.

Price: $230,400 (base with twin Yamaha F300s)

2019 Pursuit S 288 Sport
Pursuit S 288 Sport Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha F300s
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 15.25″ x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 160 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.

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Pursuit Boats – Fort Pierce, Florida; 772-465-6006; pursuitboats.com

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