The Pursuit 3000 Express is a boat made to run with much larger boats on blue water tournaments. She is a rugged offshore fishing machine that has quality features and accommodations for four. With diesels under her hood the 3000 Express is now more fuel-efficient, powerful and most importantly, reliable.
The cockpit has more than 52-square feet of fighting area with bolster padding all around. Other cockpit features include four Lee rod holders, a raw-water washdown and a removable fishbox (with macerator pump) in the transom sole. A raised bridgedeck lifts electrically to expose the engines, and there’s good access room. Up on the bridgedeck there’s an L-shaped lounge for two that is fully adjustable and sits just ahead of the bait-prep console with sink, cutting surface and tackle drawers. The entire helm tilts back for easy access, and the airline style multi-function gauges by Faria are easy to read at a glance. Down below, the cabin is trimmed entirely in teak, and the centerpiece is a heavy-duty teak dinette table with maple inlays. Even though the galley is compact it still comes complete with dual-voltage Norcold refrigerator, single-burner stove, and sink. Standing headroom is nearly 6’1” all the way up to the forward berth, as well as in the full-size head.
With roots that date back to the 1950s wooden runabouts of Leon Slickers, Pursuit Boats of Fort Pierce, Florida, is one of the most respected builders of mid-sized boats. Although most Pursuits are marketed primarily as fishing machines, the Pursuit 3000 Express also offers a small, luxurious cabin suitable for overnight or weekend cruising for a couple or small family. A product of Pursuit’s in-house design team, the Pursuit 3000 Express was introduced in 1998 and remained in production through 2003. (Don’t confuse it with the 3000 Offshore, offered during the same period and only a few inches longer, the 3000 is a foot-and-a-half wider than the 3000 Express and not comparable.)