Pursuit’s all-new OS 355 Offshore is an open-water capable, twin outboard hardtop with impeccable style, well-planned fishing capabilities, day boat seating for eight to ten persons, and overnighting facilities for four persons. Her 20-degree deadrise at the transom and extended hull sections under the swim platforms flanking the outboards help ensure a comfortable ride at cruising speeds.
|Length Overall||37’ 11'' / 11.56 m|
Currently no test numbers
2 x 350-hp Yamaha F350 Engines with command link plus
Pursuit’s all-new OS 355 Offshore is designed to expand entertainment and family fishing capabilities of a new boat with proven fishing features.
Two main areas — the aft cockpit and the cabin — give fishermen and cruisers separate spaces of concentration, while the helm deck serves to tie them together, bridging the functions with excellent views in every direction, comfortable seating under a protective hardtop, and thoughtful command and control solutions.
As expected from Pursuit, the build is rugged and reliable, just what fishermen and their families want when heading offshore. The hull is hand laminated with vinylester resin and engineered fiberglass fabrics used to take maximum advantage of their construction alignments.
Hull integrity relies on a resin-infused, molded structural grid system, with integrated bilge water management. The transom is built with a five-ply, resin-infused composite system and a Pursuit-patented reinforcement grid.
The one-piece deck and cockpit liner includes molded slip-resistant footing and large overboard drains for fast runoff. Pursuit joins the hull and deck with mechanical fastenings and chemical bonds for long lasting strength.
Pursuit boats have a long history of building well-designed and equipped fishing boats. The new OS 355 Offshore continues that tradition, and expands it with more seating features and a dedicated food prep center.
Fishing features start with four stainless steel rod holders and two drink holders in the gunwales. There are four rocket launcher rod holders on the standard hardtop supporting aft legs. And there’s under gunwale rod storage port and starboard.
A fold-down transom bench seat
is standard. Selecting the optional starboard flip-down bench seat will take away some under gunwale storage. But Pursuit includes rod storage in the mid-cabin below. Both have toe relief when folded up to help fishermen stand closer and lean into bolster pads.
The cockpit features plenty of wide-open space, and an aggressive slip-resistant surface under foot, for safer, more effective fishing when multiple hookups are experienced. Bolsters are found on both sides of the cockpit, as well as on the inside of the transom not occupied by the livewell.
On both sides of the cockpit are insulated in-deck fishboxes, with dedicated discharge pumps, flanking a center mechanical locker. All have stainless steel locking latches, and are held open with gas assist struts for safety. And all feature molded recessed hatches, gaskets, and deep draining channels.
There is a two-drawer tackle center to starboard, recessed into the face of the transom, and a lighted Oceana Blue 28-gallon (106 L) recirculating livewell to port, next to the transom door. In the center of the transom there’s a top-opening locker with removable tray that could do double-duty as a chilled bin for prerigged live bait, or additional general storage. A raw water washdown and a hot/cold fresh water hand held shower are standard features.
Integrated swimming and boarding platforms are a welcome feature. So too is the connecting walkway just abaft the transom and ahead of the splashwell, making it easier to walk between the two platforms when fishing. The splashwell is deep enough that when the engines are tilted up, the lower legs are completely above the water, even when the boat is fully laden.
In the center of the cockpit sole is a large hatch leading to a mechanical room. This area houses the standard 8 kW Fischer Panda diesel genset in a sound shield (served by a separate 24-gallon/91 L diesel fuel tank), bronze sea strainers for the raw water pump and the livewell pump, a fresh water pump, and fuel filters for the outboards — all within easy reach.
There’s also a molded sump with a 900 gph bilge pump with a float switch, and one 1,500 gph bilge pump with a high water float switch and alarm.
With the standard twin aft facing seats and forward facing folding transom bench, seen earlier, plus the option to add another folding bench to starboard, the cockpit can quickly become a comfortable space for entertaining.
The portside locker forward contains a molded sink with hot/cold pressure fresh water, an electric grill with a spatter guard, a cutting board, storage below, and a 120-volt outlet. This is a better idea than using the bait prep area for food, seen too often on some fishing boats.
A custom molded cockpit table with dedicated storage is available, an option that makes entertaining more relaxed. There’s an optional canvas Bimini that rolls out under power to cover the entire cockpit. And on the foredeck, accessible by two steps leading up to the side decks, there’s an optional sun pad.
Helm Deck Features
Two steps up lead to the raised helm deck, with an L-shaped lounge to port and a well-designed helm console to starboard. Views all around are very good, particularly through the new optically clear one-piece laminated and tempered forward windshield.
Two heavy-duty pantographic wipers
with washers handle spray or rain. There is an electrically actuated center vent window to improve airflow on warm days, Stratoglass curtains, and available air conditioning.
The helm seat swivels and adjusts fore and aft, and has a flip-up bolster, as well as flip up armrests. The molded two-level footrest beneath the wheel is hinged to flip down and provide a raised deck level for those who want a higher vantage point.
Instruments and Controls
is laid out for twin 15” MFDs ahead under a stitched brow, and the 12-volt switches are within easy reach to the left of the wheel, and there are two 12-volt power outlets and one dual USB charger port there, as well.
A flat for the bow thruster joystick to the left of the tilting stainless steel wheel, and a dual-lever binnacle to the right of the wheel that leaves room for an optional joystick control.
On the helm deck, there is also a 1.3 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer just behind the captain’s seat to minimize the need to go below often for drinks, and an entertainment center with Bluetooth compatibility with four premium speakers in the hardtop.
There’s an acrylic sliding door leading from the helm deck to the cabin interior, as well as a sliding screen door for those days when natural ventilation is preferable to the standard 16,000 BTU air conditioning/reverse cycle heating. A flush-mounted opening foredeck hatch and two stainless steel opening ports, both with screens, add to the potential cross-ventilation.
A three-step teak and stainless steel ladder
leads down to the open cabin. The layout includes a normal-, people-sized enclosed head compartment to starboard, a mid-cabin berth below the forward part of the helm deck, a galley to port, and a forward dinette that converts electronically into a V-berth.
has a 6” thick, full size mattress in a solid wood base. There is headroom on the port side for standing and dressing. The bulkhead aft is equipped with four rod holders.
Beautiful tongue-and-groove hardwood floors add charm and beauty to the cabin interior. Pursuit, and its sister company Tiara, have a heritage of fine woodworking that stretches back to the furniture building craftsmen in the S2 Yachts headquarters in Holland, Michigan.
Beneath the centerline locker
, there’s 7.5 cu. ft. of storage space. Pursuit includes a digital-media-ready entertainment system with two speakers and a 28” LED television, mounted on the forward facing bulkhead of the head compartment.
There are forward outboard storage compartments, gunwale storage shelves, and a cedar-lined hanging locker to help keep everything in its place and off the cushions.
Corian counter tops and Maple drawers are standouts in the compact galley. The standard appliances include a 12-volt stainless steel 4.6 cu. ft. refrigerator, a 1.1 cu. ft. 120-volt microwave oven, and a 240-volt dual burner glass cooktop. The stainless steel sink with Corian cover is expected, but the unexpected is the pantry storage locker with hardwood keepers and positive door locks on each opening.
We have not tested this boat.
During factory sea trials in September 2015, Pursuit recorded a 28.1 mph efficient cruising speed at 4000 rpm with twin 350-hp Yamaha 4-stroke engines. At those sea trials, the builder measured a fuel burn of 29.6 gph at that cruising speed, with a predicted range of 331 statute miles, based on a 90% fuel capacity. Wide open throttle (WOT) speed during the trials was 46.8 mph.
with swivel base, folding armrests, fore and aft adjustment
Cockpit Entertainment System:
12V Bluetooth compatible stereo system, premium speakers (seven total, four in hardtop, two in the interior and a subwoofer), amplifier and remote at helm
with a molded sink, hot/cold faucet, an electric grill, cutting board, storage, 120V outlet and fiberglass lids/doors
1.3 cu. ft. bridgedeck refrigerator/freezer
with fiberglass lid
Molded fiberglass hardtop
with integrated visor, four rod holders
Aft facing spreader light
heavy-duty pantographic windshield wipers
16,000 BTU interior air conditioning
with reverse-cycle heat, sound shield
Digital media ready cabin entertainment center
with 28” LED TV and dedicated, amplified TV audio system
Electrically-actuated custom V-berth seating
with fixed cushions that converts into queen size berth. Solid wood table with electrically-actuated adjustable table base
8.0 kW Fischer Panda diesel generator
with sound shield
With a good blend of fishing and family features, the Pursuit OS 355 Offshore gives serious fishing fans who want the flexibility to cruise with the family, and fish when the bite is on, a compelling vessel.