Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Pursuit was established in 1977 as a sub-brand of Tiara Yachts of Holland, Michigan, and as demand for them grew, a separate brand and a modern dedicated facility was built in Fort Pierce Florida in 1983 (and later expanded) dedicated only to the building of Pursuit boats. Pursuit is still part of the Tiara Yacht family and is headed by Tom Slikkers, son of Tiara founder, Leon Slikkers who also founded Slickcraft Boats and S2 Yachts.
Pursuit is not huge in terms of number of boats produced as manufacturers of pleasure boats go, but more dedicated to the perfection of hand built boats. Pursuit creates a Controlled Work Instruction for each step in the manufacturing process where every boat is documented along the build process and is signed off by each technician at every completed step for efficiency, consistency, and quality control. Every process and result is measured and scores kept.
For 2014, Pursuit offers sixteen models from eighteen to thirty-eight feet in six series of Center Console, Sport Tender, Inshore, Dual Console, Offshore, and one thirty-six foot Sport Coupe model with Integrated Outboard Technology. The OS 255 subject of this review is the start of Pursuit’s five Offshore models from this twenty-five footer up to the triple outboard powered OS 385 Offshore. All Pursuit boats are now strictly outboard powered.
The OS 255 is, and has been, one of Pursuit’s most popular models. At 27’3” LOA including bow pulpit on an 8’9” beam and weighing in at 6,100 pounds dry weight including the most popular power package of twin 150 outboards, it is considered quite reasonably trailerable and thus its popularity. In fact, 8’6” is the legal trailerable width in Canada and in most states and so technically, a trailering permit is required and easily obtainable in most jurisdictions.
Three factory pre-rigged, four-stroke, outboard engine packages, all standard with Yamaha® Fuel Management System, are available for the OS 255; the aforementioned twin Yamaha® 150’s; and either a single Yamaha® 300 V6 or 350 V8 with electronic control. Pursuit performance data suggest top speed with the twin 150’s is 46.5 mph increasing to 52.7 with the single 350 with respective cruising speeds of 30.2 and 33.2 mph at 4000 RPM achieving respective fuel mileage of 2.42 and 2.47 miles per (US) gallon. The numbers for the single 300 hp outboard would be expected to fall between the above ranges.
Construction highlights of the OS 255 include a one-piece, self draining inner cockpit liner with molded-in integrated transom, molded-in aft bench seat with removable insulated fishbox/cooler beneath, and molded-in seat bases. The bow anchor pulpit is also molded-in as part of the deck mold. The cabin headliner is also molded fibreglass. Foam flotation for sound and thermal insulation purposes as well as for added safety and rigidity surrounds the backbone inner hull stringer system. The hull itself with its relatively deep-vee 21° deadrise, splash rails, high freeboard, and flared bow is designed to offer a smooth, dry ride in relatively big water.
Cockpit amenities include port & starboard aft-facing single seats with backrests and complete with a circulating blue-lined livewell under the hinged port seat cushion and a cooler/fishbox under the starboard one. The cockpit also features padded coaming bolsters, a fresh water sink with umbilical faucet, raw water washdown, transom door leading to removable boarding ladder, four gunwale stainless rod holders, a built-in tackle box, opening side windshield vent windows, plus a swivel helm and companion seat with armrests. Also standard are dual batteries with switching, windshield wipers, trim tabs recessed into the hull mold, and hydraulic steering with a custom stainless steel wheel. For 2014, the hardtop is also standard equipment.
Inside the smoked companionway sliding door, the cabin features a V-berth for two adults with storage beneath and with a china bowl head with holding tank beneath the centre cushion, two storage cabinets, one with a fresh water sink, plus interior lighting, a screened deck hatch and two stainless steel, screened port lites.
Notable factory available options include a canvas package to enclose the helm and hardtop area, an electric head, anchor windlass, Clarion® AM/FM stereo, Rupp outriggers, underwater LED lighting, and a Raymarine E97 electronics package with or without radar.
Given its size, its extensive list of standard equipment, and its performance, it’s easy to see why the OS 255 Offshore is one of Pursuit’s best sellers.
|Length:||27' 3"||8.31 m|
|Beam:||8' 9"||2.67 m|
|Dry weight:||5,726 lbs||2,597 kg|
|Draft:||2' 4"||71 cm|
|Fuel Capacity:||130 US gals||492 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Single or Twin Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 350|