complete redesigning of the materials and engineering of the transom
to support and maximize performance
of twin 350 engines marks the distinctive difference in the 2008
Pursuit C 340, a brawler and a powerhouse craft. ItÂ’s an offshore
center console for hard-running pelagic action, and the anglers at
Pursuit put it to its paces in last yearÂ’s SKA circuit,
placing high in a number of tournaments and running upwards of 300
miles each way for their days of tournament fishing. Engineers at
Pursuit have redesigned and strengthened the transom to support the
of the new engines.
Hull Draft (motors up): 1Â’10Â”
Hull Draft (motors down): 2Â’6Â”
Fuel capacity: 371 U.S. gallons
Approx. Dry Weight (with twin 250s): 9,685 pounds
Max. Horsepower: 700
Holding Tank cap.: 10 U.S. gallons
Water capacity: 30 U.S. gallons
Clearance to top of Hard-Top (from waterline): 9Â’4Â”
Clearance to top of windshield (from waterline): 6Â’9Â”
Deadrise: 24.5 degrees
We discovered that these 350 engines have a higher center of gravity, but due
to their higher thrusts we wanted to optimize the geometry of the motor and maximize
its performance with a new design. We used new materials and a new enfusing process
to build the transom and to engineer that performance. WeÂ’re trying
to eliminate the deck from any structural load and let the transom carry it all,Â” said
one of the boatÂ’s primary designers. There are a lot of
noteworthy performance features in this boat that deserve a closer look.
This setup will run as fast or faster than most of the triple-engine setups,
up to 275 horsepower triple engine setups, but it will burn about 35 gallons
an hour less in fuel,Â” said the Pursuit engineer. The
C 340 has a 371 gallon total fuel capacity.
Practical concerns are at the top of PursuitÂ’s list
of priorities for its boats and customers. Fittingly, the C 340 has
a host of design features
that its makers believe will enhance the ease and enjoyment of
using it, wherever your adventures take you. The fuel access hatch
gives easy access to the top
of the fuel tank controls and the fuel management system, by which
anglers can control which engine feeds off which of the boatÂ’s
four tanks. This system lets you manage the fuel use depending
boat better in various sea states and for performance.
the easily accessible fuel filters next to the fuel control system.
For a long time now, weÂ’ve been continually working to give anglers
maximum access to all their electronics and radar and batteries and equipment
panels and controls, and we feel like weÂ’ve come pretty close to
granting complete access with this boatÂ’s designs,Â” says
Michelle VonGerichten, manager at Pursuit.
Panels for access to radar and other electronics equipment in
the step down console hatch.
Double sided gaskets
with a molded-in basket recess, finished on both sides are state
of the craft for durability and longevity.
Power steering can be eliminated with a flick of the switch if
the driver prefers manual steering. Â“One notable thing that we did with the power steering
was that we made it optional, because in certain sea conditions the boat will
perform better without the power steering, so we give captains that option. The
other thing is, when youÂ’re trolling, you can turn that pump off
and conserve the draw on the battery.Â” Beyond its incredible power,
the C 340 is a roomy, comfortable, smartly-laid out fishing animal, clearly imprinted
with the desires of guys who like to fish hard, even in extreme conditions. Its
fishability is immense and absolutely one of the C 340Â’s
most attractive qualities.
The boat sports 6 gunnel rod holders and 20 others around the
boat. Should be plenty of rodholders!
The front ring.Â” The spacious bow has enough room
to set up camp. For gaffing purposes, you can get a good angle
bow from those benches. The in-deck fish boxes have been a
more popular option, but
coffin boxes are also an option from Pursuit. The 4 insulated
in-deck fish boxes, with dedicated macerators, do allow for a
lot of room
to dance on
the deck, though
the coffin box allows more room for ice.
Of course, BIG fish boxesÂ…4 of them!
Hard top offers complete sun protection and total ventilation,
with an optional, complete helm enclosure system for protection
and cold weather.
Plus, its color-coded bottom minimizes the sunÂ’s reflection on anglersÂ’ eyes
The 55 gallon livewell has a dedicated recirculating pump
and can be pressurized to stabilize bait and of course,
are colored with a blue
that calms the baits, according to results of a Pursuit-sanctioned
study. It is also double-gasket sealed to prevent overflow
in rough conditions.
The C 340 also has conveniences built right in, too many
to mention them all, but a few are:
Overhead console dry storage for charts and valuables.
Tackle storage like crazy.
All cushions are removable for outside boat storage and
for cleaning. All the upholstery has been redone
on all PursuitÂ’s models for the Â’08
Cell phone rack: holds five phones. Smart touch!
No more phones lost overboard!
No doubt, this C 340 is a brute, but a smart one
that can race, fish and carry your team, crew or
power of a
high-powered center console, try to get a ride on
a C 340, and youÂ’ll
never forget it.
The logo is distinctive and memorable. Their boats
are as well.