Everglades calls its new 235cc an “entry-level” center-console. Not to contradict the boatbuilder, but this fishing/family boat is far beyond the usual stripped starter offering.
Check out the helm seats. Everglades has patented the clever swivel helm seat that turns the dual forward-facing seats into mezzanine seating that overlooks the cockpit while still giving the skipper a comfortable leaning post and ample standing room. Either way, the seats have folding armrests and flip-down footrests.
Powered by a 300 hp Yamaha Helm Master EX outboard, the 235cc tops out at nearly 46 mph—fast enough for distant fishing grounds and to tow kids on water toys, and plenty to get you home quickly if the weather turns. Drop back to 38 mph, and you get a 202-mile range.
The no-glare dashboard is ready for a single or pair of large-display Garmin GPS/chart plotters, sounder and VHF with AIS. Helm Master controls and Bocatech finish the dash.
Everyone is going to have something to love. Fishermen will appreciate the Everglades angler touches, with a rigging station, tackle-tray stowage, tool/leader storage and four rod holders. Tucked in the transom is a 17-gallon circulating livewell on one side, with an insulated cooler opposite. Undercoaming rod racks keep the cockpit clear, while both divers and anglers will use the standard fold-in utility door in the port hull side.
Families, on the other hand, will welcome the surprisingly spacious head compartment with a portable potty. Up front, the console has contoured seating plus another insulated cooler, and the wraparound seats flip into lounges. In the cockpit, retractable full-transom seating folds down.
The 235cc is unsinkable, with a lifetime hull warranty and no wood used in the hull construction. Strength is added by closed-cell foam, and the hull is protected by premium vinylester gelcoat.
If this is a “starter” boat, the 235cc raises the bar for all builders on layout, equipment and construction.
- Fiberglass hardtop is on a powder-coated frame, and includes LED lighting, spreader lights, electronics box and four rod holders, plus life-jacket storage. The sliding windshield is patented by Everglades.
- Sounds come from a premium Fusion 770 with Bluetooth, plus JL speakers, amps and a subwoofer.
- Unsinkable hull adds security, wiring is high-grade tinned copper, and the inner liner is fully finished. The hull carries a lifetime warranty.
LOA: 25′0 (with engine); 24′0″ (without engine)
Draft (max): 1′3″ (hull only); 2′6″ (engine down)
Dry Weight: 5,600 lb. (with power)
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 105 gal.
Available Power: Single Yamaha 300 hp
Price: $129,899 (base)
Everglades Boats – Edgewater, Florida; 386-416-0083; evergladesboats.com