New Boat Report: Pursuit S 378 Sport - Anglers Journal - A Fishing Life

The newest member of Pursuit’s Sport series is, by any measure, a standout. The S 378 Sport debuted at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.

“The newest addition to our Sport family possesses the quality, fishability and versatility that our owners have come to expect, but also features advanced innovations not before seen in this market segment,” Pursuit Boats president Bruce Thompson says. “We are increasingly proud of the entire team at Pursuit for consistently creating, building and presenting new products that not only reflect but exceed market demands.”

The S 378 is well-equipped for fishing, but also is loaded with comfort features for overnighting or dayboating with family and friends. The boat has so many standard features that it’s worth spending some time on the Pursuit website to take it all in.

The S 378 combines handsome lines with innovative touches and the latest in composite construction. As with all Pursuit boats, the fit and finish is exceptional, from the gelcoat to the upholstery. Pride in craftsmanship is evident in every detail.

With a length overall of 40 feet, 5 inches and a 12-foot beam, the boat weighs in at about 21,500 pounds with a full load of fuel and gear. The S 378 rides a deep-vee hull with 22 degrees of transom deadrise and is rated for 1,275 ponies, making it a perfect match for triple 425-hp Yamaha XTO Offshore V-8 outboards. Pursuit says the engine package gives the boat a top end of more than 52 knots, and its best cruising efficiency settles in at 28 knots while burning 35 gallons per hour. This gives the S 378 enough range to make multiday runs from Florida to the Bahamas and back without refueling.

An anchor locker with an overboard drain contains a stainless-steel plow anchor and a windlass, with controls at the helm and inside the locker. Wraparound bow seating pairs with lounge seats on the forward side of the console to create what Pursuit calls a “social zone.” The lounge is certain be a popular spot on board.

The helm area has seating for three and two multifunction displays, as well as engine monitoring systems. The area is protected from the elements by a hardtop and wraparound glass windshield.

Accessed via the console, the cabin has an enclosed head and shower, and a V-berth that converts to a dining area with plenty of natural light, thanks to large tempered-glass panels aligned with hull-side windows. There’s a flat-screen television forward to keep the kids — or anglers — entertained when the fishing is slow.

Abaft the helm is what appears to be a mezzanine settee, but looks can be deceiving. The entire unit slides aft on tracks at the push of a button, transforming it into an outdoor entertainment center with a grill, sink, refrigerator and dedicated stowage. The entertainment center blends with a fold-down transom seat to create a second social zone with a table and dedicated stowage when not in use.

The cockpit measures 63 inches in length when the unit, which also has a bait-prep center, is retracted. Cockpit fishing amenities include a lighted and insulated 36-gallon live well with an acrylic viewing port. There’s no shortage of gunwale rod holders, with four in the cockpit sides, two at the transom and four at the bow, plus under-gunwale rod stowage for five rod-and-reel outfits and four more under the hardtop. Six optional rocket launchers on the aft edge of the hardtop provide additional rod stowage.

A dive door in the cockpit, which includes a swim ladder, can aid in boating big fish. Retractable shades are available for the bow and stern areas.

With the S 378, Pursuit has blurred the line between family cruiser and hard-core fishboat. Check it out at

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