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Fishability Test: Pursuit DC 326

Popular dual-console styling excels in overnighting, island hopping and serious offshore fishing.

August 5, 2020
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Pursuit DC 326 running offshore
More anglers are turning to dual-consoles, which include more seating on the bridge deck, wider hardtops for more shade, and roomier aft decks for fishing than comparable center-consoles. Courtesy Pursuit

The new Pursuit DC 326 exemplifies the many advantages of a dual-console layout, and it combines them with abundant offshore fishing features.

The twin-outboard-powered 34-footer has everything anyone would want in an all-purpose platform, including overnight amenities ideal for spending a few days fishing away from home.

When it comes to fishing features, the Pursuit offers 15 rod holders in the form of five flush-mount holders across the transom, four on the gunwales, and six additional vertical rod tubes on the hardtop, available as an option. There’s a 26-gallon livewell, covered and lighted, in the starboard quarter, and a pair of massive in-sole fish boxes bracket the aft deck, both insulated to keep ice and fish as cold as possible, with individual diaphragm pumps to evacuate meltwater, fish blood and gruel overboard. For tackle stowage, an aft-facing seat in the forward port corner of the cockpit features a cabinet behind the angled backrest. The tackle cabinet is removable for easy access to the rigging behind it.

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Nicely outfitted anchor locker on the DC 326
The anchor locker features an in-stem roller, windlass, LED light and raw-water and freshwater washdowns. Courtesy Pursuit

Our test boat came with a pair of optional Taco Marine Grand Slam 380 outriggers with 18-foot telescoping poles for offshore trolling. Mounted on the hardtop, these can be deployed and retracted from the bridge deck. To make anchoring simple, the DC 326 features a redesigned in-stem anchor roller, and a cavernous anchor locker served by an electric windlass.

To beat the heat, an optional motorized cockpit shade deploys from inside the hardtop. And a grill and fridge reside in a module abaft the helm seating, great for those evenings spent in the islands. Nothing’s better than chilling with a cold beverage and grilling a tasty meal after a hard day of fishing.

An integrated swim platform, a Pursuit trademark, extends on each side of the twin outboards. A portside transom door lets you access the platforms, and there’s a step-across between the two. A standard hullside door on the starboard-side of the aft cockpit eases the task of sliding aboard a big swordfish, tuna or wahoo. It also makes it easier to board and disembark while carrying fishing rods and other gear. And should you decide to break up the day with some snorkeling or scuba diving, the side door is the easiest way to get in and out of the water.

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Cockpit dining table on the DC 326
A table is easily added to complement seating for dining alfresco. Courtesy Pursuit

Some of the biggest changes between the DC 326 and its predecessor model, the DC 325, are the redesigned topside lines, integrated hardtop featuring port and starboard overhead ventilation hatches with screens, fiberglass-framed windshield, and curving side windows—all of which result in a yachtlike profile sure to generate admiring looks from passersby.

Inside the Pursuit, a pair of foldout bench seats—one across the transom and another on the port side of the cockpit—allow crewmembers to take a load off. When it’s time to fish, these seats fold away quickly and easily.

A wide, comfortable helm seat offers a flip-up bolster and a two-tiered footrest for bracing yourself in rough seas. If you want extra height while standing, the footrest folds down to create 5 inches of extra elevation.

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Pursuit DC 326 helm
The helm seat features flip-up bolsters, fold-down armrests and swivels 90 degrees. Courtesy Pursuit

When it comes to electronics, factory options include dual Garmin MFDs and peripherals, such as radar, autopilot, fish finder, FLIR thermal imaging, and a cockpit camera.

You’ll discover versatile seating on the port side of the bridge deck. It can be used as a lounger or a seating nook. The helm seat swivels 90 degrees for socializing when not underway.

For snoozing in comfort, the port console features increased berth size versus the DC 325, plus a hanging locker, and stowage for four rods and safety gear. The starboard step-down console interior houses a head compartment complete with vacuum-flush marine toilet, molded sink with freshwater faucet, Corian countertop and vanity mirror. Both consoles use Pursuit’s patented dual-action doors.

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Ample storage in the DC 326
The port console interior offers a berth, hanging locker and rod stowage. Courtesy Pursuit

A pair of forward-facing loungers/wraparound seats invite guests to the bow via a walkway between the consoles.

Propelled by twin Yamaha F300s, the DC 326 vaulted from zero to 30 mph in 13.6 seconds, with a top speed of 48.5 mph. Handling proved precise as the hull knifed through 2- to 3-foot waves. If you’re not sure dual consoles are suitable for fishing, take a close look at the Pursuit DC 326. If any dual console can make you a convert, this is it.

Specifications

Length: 34′6″ | Beam: 10′10″ | Draft: 24″ | Deadrise: 20 degrees | Water: 30 gal. | Fuel: 300 gal. | Weight: 12,900 lb. (w/ power) | Max HP: 600 | Price: $331,050 w/ twin Yamaha F300s | Pursuit: pursuitboats.com

Test Conditions

Weather: Cloudy | Location: Tampa, Florida | Wind: Southeast 15 to 20 knots | Sea State: 2- to 3-foot waves | Test Load: Three adults, 300 gallons of fuel

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