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January 28, 2009

Pursuit C 280

Pursuit finds the right mix with its C 280 Center Console

Although the overall footprint of the console remains the same, new refinements add to the comfort level. A 140-quart cooler forward doubles as a seat, while greater interior height provides more room. A manual macerated head is standard, along with a sink. The console has a tempered-glass windshield, and the footrest is wider too. Convenience features like the Clarion stereo, dual 12-volt receptacles and iPod interface jack are built in.

The console was large enough to flush mount two Raymarine E120 displays on the test boat. The adjustable bolster-style helm seats are wide with heavy padding for comfort.

Our test boat came with the optional fiberglass hardtop, and I can't imagine ordering a boat this size without one. Besides adding more rod holders and shade, it includes easy access to life jackets overhead, abundant lighting, wraparound weather enclosure and electronics box. An outrigger package is also available.

The fiberglass leaning post has built-in lockable storage with removable boxes and hanging lure bags. Pursuit was the first production builder to tint livewells blue to keep bait calm (others quickly followed suit), and that practice continues on this 52-gallon version. Fully insulated 29-gallondeck fish boxes straddle the leaning post outboard. Both have macerator pumps and gravity drains.

Like its larger siblings, the C 280 has a convenient bait prep station with molded tool/hook rack in the starboard corner of the transom. The sink is equipped with a freshwater sprayer. A locking compartment houses the battery switches and three Plano 4-24 storage boxes. On the transom centerline, a 45-gallon fish box is sandwiched by a rugged stowaway bench seat. Other than the coaming backrest, the seat is snag-free and stows easily. An acrylic transom door to port facilitates boarding and outboard maintenance.

In the cockpit deck, a systems compartment is another carryover from the larger models. It is well organized for easy maintenance on pumps, batteries, and fuel valves. As an extra benefit, the center stringer grid system channels any lingering bilge water away from components.

The C 280 is yet another example of a great-riding, functional fish boat from one of the top builders in its class. As long as Pursuit continues to upgrade with the same attention to detail and quality with future models, it'll have no trouble whatsoever keeping current customers in the fold - or adding new ones either.

LOA......28'  
BEAM......9'6"  
DRAFT......1'7"
WEIGHT......7,300 lbs.  
MAX HP......500
FUEL......220 gals.  
BASE PRICE......$156,925
w/twin Yamaha F250 outboards

Pursuit Boats ? 772.465.6006 ? pursuitboats.com