The power dinette table says it all. If there’s any conceivable option left wanting on the Everglades 35 LX, it would be…well, inconceivable. The 35 LX hits the mark in both creature comforts and fishing amenities, all in a standard package.
We put the 35 LX through its paces on a day just short of a Small Craft Advisory. The 35 LX runs as good as it looks. Pushed by triple Mercury Verado 300 outboards, it has torque on tap throughout the rpm range, allowing the boat to be held at any position on the back of a sea. And at 40 mph, leaping off the tops of swells, it reenters with a softness that only plenty of LOA and lots of deadrise can deliver. Its 57.0-mph top speed puts the 35 LX near the head of its class in performance, despite a beam of 10’8″ and the weight of a full cabin.
At more than $400,000, the 35 LX is pricey, but you get a lot for your money. Like that solid teak dinette table. It’s located forward of the console in a sitting area with yacht-style wraparound lounges. In the down position it’s a filler for a double bunk. Hit a button. It rises to luncheon height. It’s characteristic of the things that make most Everglades models “gee whiz” boats. The air-conditioning vents in this area and on the console are also part of that picture. Since the 5kW generator is standard, just button up the sitting area with the clear curtains and watch the world go by in cool comfort. The helm seats, bucketed and bolstered, offer electric adjustment.
The 35 LX features “hull-within-a-hull,” or ramcap, construction. It’s unsinkable and solid, thanks to pressurized foam filling every inch of space belowdecks. All hatches are finished on the undersides, besides being gasketed and guttered to prevent water intrusion and rattling.
Fuel economy is good at lower rpm, peaking at 1.5 mpg at 22.3 mph and 14.7 gph. I’ve seen twin carbureted 250s that burned more. At 47.2 mph the 35 LX burns 57 gph, still good. But advance those throttles and you’ll quickly remember you’re feeding 900 horses: fuel burn leaps to 89.4 gph at 51.4 mph and 90.1 gph at full throttle.