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Pursuit Boats DC 326 Boat Test

A big dual-console boat for a variety of purposes.

October 7, 2019
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The new Pursuit DC 326 dual console features redesigned topside lines and fiberglass-framed side windows that result in a profile reminiscent of a yacht. The 326 comes standard with a starboard-side cockpit door and an integrated swim platform that extends on each side of the twin Yamaha outboards. Once on board, you’ll find two easy-to-use foldout bench-style seats—one across the transom, the other on the port side of the cockpit. A redesigned aft-facing seat in the forward port corner of the cockpit boasts tackle stowage behind its angled seatback. On the opposite side, a grill and fridge reside in a module abaft the helm seating. To beat the heat, a motorized cockpit shade deploys from inside the optional hardtop. Anglers will appreciate the livewell in the starboard quarter; although, at 26 gallons, it is on the small side. Rod holders abound, with five across the transom and four in the gunwales. The wide helm seat offers a flip-up bolster and a two-tier footrest that folds down to create extra elevation.

Pursuit Boats DC 326 overhead shot
LOA: 34’6″ | Beam: 10’10” | Draft: 2’0″ (motors up) | Displacement: 12,900 lb. (with power) | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8’6″ (hardtop only) | Fuel Capacity: 300 gal. | Max Horsepower: 600 | Available Power: Twin Yamaha F300 outboards | More Information: pursuitboats.com Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Factory electronics options include a single or two Garmin multifunction displays, and peripherals such as radar, autopilot, sonar FLIR thermal imaging, and a cockpit camera.

Seating on the port side of the bridge deck can be used as a lounger or a seating nook. The helm seat swivels for socializing. The starboard step-down console interior houses a head compartment with a vacuum-­flush electric marine toilet and molded sink with freshwater faucet. The port ­console features a berth, hanging locker and storage for four rods. Both consoles use patented dual-action doors. A pair of loungers and wraparound seating invite guests to the bow, where they can use the standard table to enjoy snacks. You can also lower the table and add a cushion to create a sun pad.

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Pursuit Boats DC 326 running shot
A pair of loungers and wraparound seating invite guests to the bow. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

The 326 displayed spirited performance with twin Yamaha F300s. We recorded a 5-second time to plane and a zero-to-30 mph hole shot of 13.6 seconds. Top speed was 48.5 mph. Handling proved precise, and the hull knifed smoothly through 3-foot waves.

Pursuit Boats DC 326 running head on
The hull knifed smoothly through 3-foot waves. Courtesy Pursuit Boats

High Points

  • New starboard-side door facilitates boarding, diving and landing big fish.
  • Sliding tray in the bilge compartment eases battery changes.
  • All-purpose design will please both angling and cruising factions.

Low Points

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  • No horsepower options—twin Yamaha F300 outboards is what you get.
  • Serious saltwater anglers will want more live-bait capacity.
  • Portside seat on the bridge deck is tight for more than two adults.

Toughest Competitor
Grady-White’s Freedom 325 dual console ($348,585 with twin Yamaha F300s) comes with a larger livewell (32 gallons), and the hardtop is standard equipment.

Price: $331,050 (base with twin Yamaha F300s)

Available Power: Outboard

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Pursuit Boats DC 326 performance data
Pursuit Boats DC 326 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested
Engine: Twin 300 hp Yamaha F300 outboards
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 15 1/4″ x 18″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 300 gal.
Crew Weight: 630 lb.

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

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