Steps lead up to the bridge deck, an area protected by a massive molded fiberglass hardtop which seamlessly incorporates handrails, lights, hatches, life-jacket storage and speakers, covering a truly spacious and well-done helm area. Pursuit and its sister company, Tiara Yachts, have this design element down cold. No one does a bridge deck and helm area better.
The starboard-mounted helm chair sits atop a molded fiberglass box which has a hatch, affording access to lots of stowage space. The large helm area features a flat surface above the wheel for mounting two or more large electronics displays, and visibility is very good through the massive tempered-glass windshield.
The center section of the windshield opens on an electric ram to provide fresh air, but you don't really need it because the entire bridge deck gets cooled by vents from the boat's air conditioning system. Rear drop curtains keep the cool air in. An L-shaped couch to port sits atop the boat's DC electrical panel.
Belowdecks, the 345 really shines, providing an impressive amount of room for a 34-foot boat. Remember that crowned bow? It creates tremendous headroom, enough for a guy that's 6-foot-4-inches tall (me) to stand up. The head sits to starboard as you enter the cabin and comes complete with a stylish glass-bowl sink and an aqua-blue acrylic door, which does double duty as a bifold closure for both the head storage closet and the shower compartment.
The boat's AC electric panel fits into the bulkhead on the forward end of the head compartment, and in the forepeak there's a double berth that has a high-low table for dining, which lowers and is covered by a filler cushion to create a larger berth. A flat-screen TV sits at the very forward end of the cabin, by the anchor locker.
An ample galley sits aft and to port, and it has all of the necessary ingredients for time spent at sea: a microwave oven, a Kenyon cooktop and a small refrigerator. Aft of that, beneath the helm area, there's a midberth which will hold two people, or it can be used for additional storage. The entire cabin is finished with a rich teak-and-holly sole for a plush feel.
The twin Yamaha F350s provide all the performance you'll ever need, getting the big boat on plane quickly and reaching a respectable cruising speed of 32 mph at 4,000 rpm. The OS 345 is no lightweight and isn't meant to be. Instead, it provides a smooth, dry and solid ride in most conditions and is long in the comfort department, a big plus for fishing families.
If you're looking for a large, family-oriented fishing boat, this would be a great choice. The OS 345 combines Pursuit's excellent fit-and-finish and quality construction techniques with well-designed and -executed fishing features. That's a combination that adds up to a winning package overall.
Pursuit OS 345
Draft (engines down)......2'11"
Base Price......$356,475 with twin 350 hp Yamaha outboards
Pursuit Boats: 772-465-6006 www.pursuitboats.com