Ramcap construction is what? In the marine world, it is sometimes difficult to find a marketing term that means what it says. But Ramcap says it all.
It gives the 253 CC Destroyer class durability and rigidity with an incredibly solid connection from keel to deck, to hardtop and superstructure. High-density foam is molded under pressure to both create unsinkable flotation and enhance structural rigidity. That, and the 20-degree deadrise hull sliced through ferry and tugboat wakes with nimble gentleness. Everglades’ construction and design give the 253 a scant 16-inch draft ideal for following snook and redfish in tidal flats while retaining the sea-slicing durability to venture offshore on milder days.
In the cockpit, the active ingredients for successful fishing are all in place. An oval leaning-post livewell with side drain and gasketed lid keeps bait circulating, lively, and fresh to attract your prey. We were surprised at the ample cockpit space behind the leaning post, which means crew can fight fish while the gaffer moves around easily to bring the catch aboard.
Undergunwale rod storage on both sides offers sturdy rod hangers to protect the tackle from banging, and rubber snubbers hold them firmly to the hangers. There is no shortage of gunwale rod holders either, and they are all plumbed to drain overboard, not to the bilge like lesser boats. Insulated fish boxes will hold trophy wahoo or mahi, and the livewell in the leaning post has a side drain to eliminate hiding places for bait.
Everglades specially designed its leaning post to fit two 30-quart Yeti Hoppers — they’re nicknamed Hopper holders — and they’ll ensure the crew can carry on adequate refreshments and keep them in place as the 253 CC makes its way through big bays or choppy coastlines. There is additional cooler space ahead of the console under the jump seat, but we are fond of the accommodation to carry on coolers.
The forward casting decks have stowable seat cushions with forward-facing backrests fit to rod holders. A thickly padded bolster with military-quality corners and double stitching makes the forward deck a sunning, reclining or dinner-cruising conversation area for socializing.
Ramcap makes it a tough fisher, but Everglades gives it plenty of fun for families too.
* Integrated Rigid Industries LED spreader, side and forward lights illuminate the whole boat when needed without draining batteries.
* Side-drain livewell is more reliable and convenient than standpipe livewells.
* Forward seating is comfortable, practical, and easily stowable
Price: $145,729 (with test power) for fishing.
How We Tested
Engines: Yamaha F300
Drive/Prop: Saltwater Series II 15.5″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 80 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Everglades Boats – Edgewater, Florida; 386-409-2202; evergladesboats.com