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Old 06-04-2010, 08:17 AM
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Default Pursuit vs Wellcraft

I'm looking to upgrade my '04 Century 2300 to a 30ft. rig. My options are, but not limited to, as follows:

1. Brand new '10 Wellcraft 290 Coastal loaded out with features with no electronics.

2. '07 Pursuit SF 345 Drummond Tournament Series loaded out with all the electronic goodies like radar, auto pilot, ect.

3. '08 Pursuit 315 OS loaded out with all the electronic madness like rador, auto pilot, ect.


I am looking for a nice walk around so my family can enjoy the boating with me. Any thoughts and opinions are much appriciated.
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pursuit pursuit pursuit - you cant beat the quality, fit/finish and customer service notice that almost all pursuit owners that sell their boats buy anotherr pursuit? oh - and if you buy a used pursuit they will treat you just like they treat the guy who walks into a boatshow with a suitcase of cash and pays full offered side

both of those pursuits are nice (ive had the older version of the 315) but the drummand will be a much better riding boat given the narrower beam, longer LOA, 24 degree deadrise and aggressive entry. This hull as i understand was the basis for the new C340 hull which will go down in history as the best center console ever built. Disclosure: Ive never been on the drummand but own a C340.

I like the layout of the drummand - if you dont mind the big box just aft of helm you still get a bigger cockpit and more room along the gunnels to fish. If your using it for cruising roo though the 315 may be the better option. Cabin space is probably better in the 31 than the drummand 34 but my old 31 was tight. i couldnt lay flat in the bed and i had to keep bathroom door open with legs hanging out to crap and im only 6'2"
What kind of power on each?
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I'd go either Pursuit. Even though I think the 290 Coastal is one of the best Wellcrafts designed, it's no Pursuit...
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Pursuit Drummond -- one of the nicest boats I've ever seen in that class.
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Of course I am biased. But I will tell you Pursuit is a better boat hands down. I have owned two. And I never had a problem with either boat that was not my fault. Customer service is first class. They truly take pride in their work. They can be pricey though. How do the prices compare?
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X2....what jhutches said.....I have also owned a Wellcraft........I'd opt for option 3 because the 315 would be much more condusive (bigger cabin space) for overnighting.........I wish I had the $$$$$ for an option 3. The Drummond is cool in it's own way though......
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Thanks for the opinions. I figured that most would prefer the Pursuit.

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Of course I am biased. But I will tell you Pursuit is a better boat hands down. I have owned two. And I never had a problem with either boat that was not my fault. Customer service is first class. They truly take pride in their work. They can be pricey though. How do the prices compare?
WellCraft=130k (seems to be best deal on brand new boat)
Pursuit sf Drummond=135k
Pursuit 315=150+ (still negotiating)

I want to lean on the WellCraft because of the new warranties on everything, but I can't help but drool over the Pursuit boats. Keep in mind that the WellCraft has ZERO electronics. Thats going to drive the price up about 20-25k for a decked out package.
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Thanks for the opinions. I figured that most would prefer the Pursuit.



WellCraft=130k (seems to be best deal on brand new boat)
Pursuit sf Drummond=135k
Pursuit 315=150+ (still negotiating)

I want to lean on the WellCraft because of the new warranties on everything, but I can't help but drool over the Pursuit boats. Keep in mind that the WellCraft has ZERO electronics. Thats going to drive the price up about 20-25k for a decked out package.

Also, keep in mind you'll incur a much steeper depreciation percentage with a new boat, versus a late model used.
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both of those pursuits are nice (ive had the older version of the 315) but the drummand will be a much better riding boat given the narrower beam, longer LOA, 24 degree deadrise and aggressive entry. This hull as i understand was the basis for the new C340 hull which will go down in history as the best center console ever built. Disclosure: Ive never been on the drummand but own a C340.
So, how does the C340 ride? I would think that the Drummond and the 340 have the same ride considering the hull and beam being the same. Great comparison boat! If you look at the pics of the Drummond, it seems that the helm is closer to the bow than the 340 helm. I don't know how that would affect the ride..

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What kind of power on each?
Twin Yamaha 250 4 strokes on all.
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Also, keep in mind you'll incur a much steeper depreciation percentage with a new boat, versus a late model used.
Sticker on a brand new WellCraft 290 Coastal is 200k+. I have seen 1-2 year old 290's listed at the same price used as I can get this one new, so I think I would be safe on this paticular rig. Otherwise, I completely agree.
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Pursuit vs Wellcraft. BMW vs Chevy. Hmmm.
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Pursuit/Tiara customer service is indeed a step above the rest.

Even though I own a modest 21 year old Tiara I have been given first rate service. I was also able to purchase a couple of dozen of replacement 12v switches and warning lights from them.........I found it pretty amazing that they still stocked replacement parts for a 21 year old boat.
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Pursuit!!! Nothing else!!!!!
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Pursuit.... no question about it.
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Pursuit all the way i have owned 2 of them , and they have had some items that needed to be fixed , they (pursuit) was 110% if getting the problems fixed.
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like plug said thats like comparing a GM against a BMW
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Pursuit. Different league boat.



Where are you going to store it? Consider storage fee's, running costs / fuel costs.

How often are you going to overnight on the boat? IMHO buy the correct boat for how you will use it 90% of the time. Always a compromise...
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I own a 2008 OS315. I have to say, this is one of the best decisions I have made. Overnighting, fishing and build is exactly why I chose her over others in the same $$ range.
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I will also affirm Pursuit's customer service as being STELLAR!
I'm the third owner of a 2002 3070 Express...they have answered every inquirey I've had about the boat and it's systems promptly, and treated me like I am the original owner.
I've owned Welcraft...the old V-20, which was a GREAT utility boat...but Pursuit is several notches above in quality.
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Pursuit. Different league boat.



Where are you going to store it? Consider storage fee's, running costs / fuel costs.

How often are you going to overnight on the boat? IMHO buy the correct boat for how you will use it 90% of the time. Always a compromise...
Storing in dry storage regardless of rig. Good point on the use. I won't overnight much and never with the family. Mostly daily use in the Gulf....if allowed.

Thanks to everyone who commented. I appriciate the tips and it seems that pursuit will be the way to go.
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