Looking for a new 20-something center console that stands out from the pack? Good luck-this is a crowded category. Yet, the Everglades 240 proves to be something special. It combines a long list of unexpected standard equipment with more fishing space than just about anything in the class.
Among the wow factor items is the power windshield. Open it when the weather is hot and calm or close it when it's cold and snotty. Another rare piece of standard equipment is the T-top, a massive powder-coated, custom-built unit that looks as if it could work as a rollbar. You can also get the standard fiberglass hardtop in gel coat colors to match the hull. There's a porcelain head inside the console, an Ultra-Cool fiberglass cooler with upholstered top that serves as a seat in front of the console, and an Autoanchor windlass system on the bow.
With its broad beam and ramcap construction process, which ensures that every inch of space belowdecks is filled with closed-cell foam, it's no surprise that the 240 weighs two tons. The result? You feel total confidence when you jump off a wave or slam through an inlet.
Handling is effortless, with no tendencies to trip or skid in emergency turns. The 21-degree hull responds well to lots of trim. I topped out at 44.2 mph at 6200 rpm. Economy is excellent throughout the range, and if you troll at 1000 rpm, the twin Hondas will consume a miserly 1.2 gph.
The boat is fully loaded for fishing, including space to store 22 rods. The 45-gallon livewell is built into the back of the leaning post and features a magnetic latch to hold up the lid while you're dipping out pinfish-why doesn't every builder add one of these? All compartments have a slick gel coat finish, including the hatch lids, and all are padded to prevent rattling and keep out rain. Larger compartments also boast stainless-steel gas rams to help boost the lid.