Pursuit Boats C 280 Boat Review

The C 280 has proven itself to customers who admire Pursuit’s eye for design and superior performance.

December 24, 2014

The C 280 has proven itself to customers who admire Pursuit’s eye for design and superior performance. Its wide beam gives it plenty of stability and roll resistance while trolling, and its deep deadrise and sharp stem cleave the seas for a smooth ride. Pursuit’s solid construction contributes to its creamy-smooth cruising capabilities by resisting vibration and rattling that magnify a rough ride on lesser vessels.

Built for fishing and designed by anglers, the C 280 boasts a clean cockpit for fighting fish and all the accoutrements needed for competitive kingfishing or successfully entertaining family and friends while filling the insulated, macerated fish boxes. Stainless-steel rod holders are ideally placed, and the hardtop is designed for sturdy installation of outriggers. Livewells benefit from ideally positioned water pickups and pumps that supply for optimum water flow.

Pursuit provides all this without forgetting the comfort of riders, too, and our survey respondents rewarded Pursuit with high marks for design and construction for just that reason. While many boat’s wraparound bow -seating interferes with access to the anchor locker, the C 280 splits the seating there, giving ample walkway to the anchor and demonstrating an eye for practical application of comfort. It continues in the cockpit with foldaway seating that integrates with the transom coaming pads to offer a fish-fighting cushion for knees and thighs.


The boat’s capabilities are only enhanced by the broad helm station that boasts room for two large displays and all the necessary Yamaha Command Link instrumentation. The wraparound windshield is tempered glass, too, adding to safety through improved visibility and scratch-resistant durability. Also a nod to the safety side: recessed grab rails at the bow, easy to grab for balance, unlikely to snag a line or net.


LOA: 28’** | Beam:** 9’6″** | Fuel Capacity:** 220 gal.** **** | ****Dry Weight: 7,510 w/ power | Max Horsepower:** 500 ** ­****Certifications: **NMMA Colormatched hardtop supports add to the great styling.
Recessed grab rails at the bow add safety for passengers or anglers on the deck during rough seas.
Pullout transom seats are a hallmark of versatility, accommodating crew while making way to the fishing grounds and folding away for fish-­fighting ­action.
Tempered glass windshield is ­durable and easily cleaned ­without scratching.

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