The new 3000 is a single-minded Pursuit, and that's bad news for the fish.
The more specific a tool's purpose, the more effective its application. For instance, you can be pretty sure the knives they sell on TV at 3:00 a.m. are not very good. They slice, dice, mince, chop, julienne vegetables, hack down trees, and are still so sharp a five-year-old could puncture titanium with them. You get the feeling they do everything but cut. Meanwhile, consider the under-appreciated wonder of say, the nail clipper. It's simple, efficient, and has one very specific use.
As many boatbuilders try to make each new model all things to all people - the something-for- everyone approach - Pursuit's new 3000 may be the nail clipper of the boating world. She arrives with an unapologetically singular purpose: fishing. Her layout, features, range, and ride are all built to enhance your fishing trips.
The new Pursuit 3000 doesn't have an identity crisis. She knows exactly who she is and what she's after.
As is true with all "Palm Beach" or opell-style sportfishermen, the 3000's cockpit sits just a few quick steps from the helm and provides a host of fishing features. Four rod holders in the covering boards and optional outriggers allow for a variety of trolling setups. The cockpit coaming is fully padded. Aft on the non-skid decks, a hatch that dogs down provides access to the rudder posts and steering gear, while three small, circular hatches expose the fuel tank connections. A transom gate and door make it easy to haul in your catch, and a large fishbox that drains overboard gives you somewhere to stow it once onboard.
A bait-prep console sits center forward in the cockpit. It has removable plastic tackle drawers, an insulated, circulating baitwell with both fresh- and saltwater pumps, a sink with washdown, and a cutting board. These features are at a perfect working height and give the cockpit's open space a free-flowing feeling, from bait prep center to rod holder to fishbox. Another nice touch is chrome-plated stainless steel fasteners; the chrome inhibits the rust weeping mat normally occurs around stainless steel hardware.
Through the door and into the fishbox, it's one easy step.
The bridge holds more features for the fisherman. To each side sit consoles with pedestal seats facing forward and cushioned lounge seats facing aft. As any fisherman knows, aft-facing seats, especially raised ones, are great while trolling. The port seat flips up to reveal dry stowage, while the starboard one has an insulated cooler and a second tackle locker. The centerline helm has its own raised pedestal seat, which provides visibility at all running angles.
The dash is raised for easy flush mounting, and it tilts aft for access to the wiring. Breakers and waterproof rocker switches complement VDO gauges, including a unique four-in-one gauge that monitors fuel level, oil pressure, engine temperature, and voltage. This not only makes it easier to watch all four systems at once, but it reduces the clutter both on the front of the dash and in the wiring scheme behind. There's also a clear, waterproof chart table to port and drink holders spread throughout.
The optional command tower makes a great trolling station for the captain.
Just aft of the helm seat a 2 1/2'x2' hatch opens into the engine room for quick, easy access. For more extensive maintenance and repairs the entire bridge raises via an electric/hydraulic lift. However, the deck only raises about 2 1/2 feet and entering is a bit of a circus act. Ideally, the deck would lift higher for easier movement in and out of the the engine room.
A half tower with hard top and full enclosure are standard, but a full tower is optional. A sparse dash features only engine controls, tachometer, and on/off switches, but the tower station is practical and safe at all speeds. A triple-wide seat and Bimini top keep you comfortable, and a six-station rocket launcher holds your gear as the 3000 charges through the water.
She moved well across large rolling swells and handled admirably (even in a quartering sea) during my test. Side exhaust ports kept her running clean, and recessed trim tabs aided her jump to plane and running speed. Her most efficient output was at 3200 rpm, where she hit 27.8 mph and had a 254-mile range. However, she felt more comfortable in the slightly less efficient 3600- to 3800-rpm range. Either way, the 3000 felt steady enough for coastal trips and even offshore runs under the appropriate conditions.
Details, details - grabrail and footrest at the nav station and drink holders on the bait-prep console.
With its traditional teak and holly sole, teak accents, and tasteful design, the interior flashes a pretty face yet still displays the underlying practicality favored by fishing enthusiasts. Upon entering, an electrical panel, optional stereo, and hanging locker face out from the starboard wall. Forward is a lounge with rod stowage below. The back cushion of the lounge raises and clips into place, transforming this seating area into two single bunks.
Along the aft bulkhead , a galley with a microwave, electric stovetop, and a.c./d.c. refrigerator provides all the basics for an overnight trip. A vertical rod-stowage locker, head, and single benchseat span the port corner. The head includes a sink wilh a faucet that pulls out to become a shower, a medicine cabinet with mirror, and a manual toilet. The entire forward section of the cabin is a double berth, with stowage below the mattress and in a large drawer. A removable table mounts on a post between the forward berth and the lounge and pivots to serve either area.
Teak and holly accent the galley.
Pursuit has always been known for producing quality fishing boats, and the 3000 makes a statement by taking a definitive step away from the multipurpose cruisers made by its sister company Tiara. By reinforcing its roots and establishing itself as a company in tune with fishermen, Pursuit is seeking a bond with that market. The company hopes this simple, efficient, and effective boat will become as much a part of every fisherman's gear as the rod and reel. The logic does make some sense. After all, when you have something to do, you want the best tool for the job. If you don't agree, try clipping your nails with a set of steak knives.