There is a new definition of bigger and better among boaters. That new truth is exemplified in the Everglades 273 CC, and it’s this: More versatility means bigger, not necessarily longer and more horsepower.
The 273 CC is designed to bring the low windage of an inshore boat together with the capabilities and dual power of an offshore boat. In it, anglers can decide to fish the inlets, bays and beaches on blustery days and, thanks to the high bow flare, venture far offshore when weather allows.
Everglades makes this 273 sparkle with dual 250s tapping the speedo at 53 mph, but it will operate nicely on a single 350 Yamaha, sacrificing just a little top speed while reducing fuel and maintenance costs. That leaves a bigger budget for fun.
The helm station brings big-boat features to the skipper too, with space for dual displays, plus gauges and stereo controls — unless you choose to integrate audio into your display system, as is possible now with brands like Fusion and Rockford Fosgate.
The skipper and crew are protected by a glass windshield hydraulically operated to expose the helm to the breeze on sultry days. Underneath its spaciousness is a large head compartment with a flushing toilet and below-deck holding tank.
Fishermen won’t be impressed by all that, as a rule, but the 273’s beauty and convertible seating will make this head-turning classic a day cruiser’s delight, and family and friends will appreciate the convenience it offers.
Comfortable jump seats at the stern fold down to give anglers a broad casting deck. Somehow, there is still ample room to move behind the leaning post to battle fish. If the fish head for the outboards or drag you abeam, the aft deck’s design clears the way for following the battle, even guiding the fish under and around the outboards.
Cockpit rod holders were ample: three per side and all snazzy Mate Series cup holder/rod holder combos. Gunwale rod holders are a personal touch, and Everglades stands ready to place more where you want them. Rod stowage includes rocket launchers and racks beneath each gunwale.
Big is relative among today’s boaters. Big economy and big versatility mean big value to boaters, and that’s the kind of “big” the Everglades 273 CC is all about.
* Everglades’ unique through-hull manifold system feeds livewells and raw water via just one hull penetration.
* Cockpit bolsters make the vessel comfortable for cruising and relieve anglers’ legs when battling fish.
* Jump seats are hidden in the aft casting deck.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha 250s
Drive/Props: Outboard/Power Tech 15¼" x 18" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 80 gal.
Water on Board: 10 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$208,000 (as tested)
Everglades Boats Edgewater, Florida; 877-902-6287; evergladesboats.com