The new Everglades 340DC possesses the superior offshore capabilities for which all Everglades models garner praise. Additionally, it provides outstanding amenities and comfort. What specific highlights await?
The 340DC’s hardtop integrates with the windshield, providing structural integrity and awesome weather protection. It looks great from without—as the photo above attests—and the view from the helm proved excellent. Grab rails installed on its underside proved a nice touch that many builders neglect. The windshield’s center pane closes electrically to seal the deal: Just hit the switch. Everglades integrates mounting pads into the top for the optional outriggers.
There are double-wide helm and companion seats; the companion seat converts into a chaise longue. Abaft the helm, a galley with sink, two-tiered Corian counter, refrigerator and optional grill reside. Inside the portside console, find a snug cabin complete with berth, TV and an optional air conditioner. A commodious head occupies the starboard console, providing privacy and comfort.
Now, head to the bow, with its richly upholstered lounges, integrated cooler and removable table. It’s deep and secure, as well as plush, so crew can truly enjoy the ride. And how does the 340DC ride?
The boat confidently burst through the inlet and raced toward the horizon as we met the incoming Atlantic swell. Soft and quiet under way, thanks to Everglades’ better-than-most construction and rigging, this boat encourages adding speed to your run as desired. Certainly, the twin 425 hp Yamaha XTO outboards delivered better than 1 mpg between trolling speed and 40 mph. These engines also hurtle this boat to 54 mph. For ultimate seaborne comfort, order the optional Seakeeper gyrostabilizer. It stopped the rock aboard our tester at the touch of a switch.
Anglers need not fear: With a 96- square-foot cockpit, a 24-gallon livewell, a 71-gallon fish box and optional Gemlux carbon-fiber outriggers, the 340DC stands ready to fish. With two folding seats at the transom, you’ll do it in comfort and style. Oh, yeah.
⋅The companion seat converts from a doublewide seat to a chaise longue.
⋅Optional Seakeeper gyrostabilizer tames the roll.
⋅What a hardtop!
⋅Everglades offers tough, unsinkable, premolded, foam-filled construction.
Draft: 2′8 1/4″ (drives up)
Dry Weight: 13,000 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 300 gal.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin 425 hp Yamaha XTO
Drive/Props: Outboard/16 5/8″ x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.79:1
Fuel Load: 148 gal.
Crew Weight: 600 lb.
Everglades Boats – Edgewater, Florida; 877-555-9300; evergladesboats.com