While some anglers might view anything other than a center-console as a “gentleman’s” boat, Pursuit’s OS 445 powered by triple Yamaha 425 XTO outboards is a modern take on an express sport-fisher. Its ability to enclose the bridge deck and sleep six turns it into an all-weather mothership-fishing combo.
But unlike its diesel-powered inboard counterparts, this 46-footer can romp at nearly 50 mph.
Pursuit’s designers created a boat that puts angler comfort in the forefront. That starts with tamping down noise levels. During our performance test of the OS 445 in Tampa, Florida, it displayed superior noise insulation with the bridge deck’s aft glass door and giant flip-up rear window closed versus open. At a trolling speed of 10 mph, the difference was 8.5 decibels. At an eco-cruise speed of 27 mph, it was a whopping 12 decibels.
With a 13-foot-10-inch beam and a cockpit free of obstructions, there’s plenty of room to fish. Those who like to troll will appreciate the rear-facing mezzanine bench seat. An optional electric sunshade ($20,320) extends at the touch of a button. Gunwale height is the right size at 27 inches. Anglers will appreciate the standard Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer in rough seas.
A total of 10 rod holders come standard, with an option to add six more on the hardtop ($3,465). Three tackle-storage stations are strategically placed around the cockpit, and the transom has a rigging station with a freshwater sink.
For fish storage, there’s a 75-gallon transom box that’s 52 inches long. Two additional in-sole boxes hold 82 gallons each and up to 54-inch-long fish. The solitary transom livewell holds 50 gallons.
The driver’s forward vision through the 60-inch-tall glass windshield is impressive. A Stidd helm seat is extra wide and electrically adjustable fore and aft, with 7 inches of height adjustment. For shorter skippers, there’s a flip-down footrest riser. The OS 445 comes standard with twin flush-mount 22-inch Garmin GPSMap 8622 displays, and Yamaha’s Helm Master joystick is within easy reach to the right. Pursuit also adds a standard bow thruster for quick docking corrections.
The triple Yamaha F425 XTO outboards represent the only power package for the OS 445. Our test boat had a load of six people with 520 gallons of fuel. It was surprisingly fast out of the hole, with the 20-degree transom-deadrise hull getting on plane in 6 seconds with minimal bow rise and without using the standard Zipwake interceptors. The zero-to-30 mph time was 14.1 seconds, but we reached 20 mph in only 6.7 seconds. The OS 445 maintained plane at 17 mph, which is useful when it gets rough offshore. Its 600-gallon fuel tank provides a range of 332 miles with a 10 percent reserve when cruising at 27.1 mph. This boat provides a strong blend of lift and sliceability. It was nimble during hard turns, and didn’t have that extreme lean that many larger boats with more deadrise exhibit.
Those weekending to destinations like the Bahamas will appreciate the yacht-like amenities, including a master cabin with a larger-than-queen hybrid memory-foam-innerspring combo bed that flips up to reveal additional storage. The secondary cabin has a double-wide bed and plenty of headroom. An optional height-adjustable dining table on the bridge deck increases the sleeping capacity to six. A roomy head compartment has two entryways for privacy and includes a clear acrylic-enclosed shower stall.
Heading to the bow is easy thanks to the 12-inch-wide walkways to port and starboard. This gives access to the giant lounge (with adjustable backrests) and forward bench seat.
It wouldn’t be a Pursuit without luxurious features, like the flip-down 42-inch smart TV on the bridge and a smart 32-incher in the primary cabin. A cockpit table can be installed, and adding some wow factor is a hullside boarding platform that electronically hinges down for easy access to the water. A flip-down stern bench yields more seating. A cockpit grill is perfect for cooking up the catch, and there’s a full galley on the bridge deck. A tilt-down wine rack taps into the air-conditioning system for chilling.
The OS 445 sports impressive standards, like a Panda 12 kW diesel generator and Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer, which is reflected in its $1.4-plus million price. Don’t like the white hull? You
can choose from five available gelcoat color schemes (starting at $7,975) and carbon-fiber outriggers ($12,080). This is a boat designed for serious saltwater anglers of discerning taste who place equal importance on fishing, cruising and entertaining.
- Weather: Sunny
- Location: Tampa, Florida
- Wind: Calm Sea State: Calm Test Load: Six adults, 530 gallons of fuel
|Weight:||28,375 lb. (w/ power)|
|Price:||From $1,434,300 w/ triple Yamaha 425 XTOs|
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