Boat Test: 2007 Everglades 243CC

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Boat Tested2007 Everglades 243CC
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Center Console
Manufacturer Everglades
Length24ft 3in / 7.39 m
One of the world's great fishing grounds is in Florida, which is also the largest boating market in the United States. Numerous boat builders have established themselves there and many specialize in offshore fishing boats.
Everglades, a recent entry, has chosen a very competitive market segment, but the pedigrees of founders Bob and Stephen Dougherty show in the Everglades 243CC. This model is essentially an open fishing boat with a centre-mounted console under a hard top supported by a sturdy welded aluminum framework finished in powder coat paint. It's a handy thing to grab in rough running.
The fishing features abound from stem to stern and the boat can easily handle the biggest outboard power available. Aggressive non-skid fibreglass covers virtually everything in the interior and the expanse of flooring has gasketed hatches and large scuppers so water can drain out fast. Exterior features include large pull-up cleats, a serious anchor locker with fibreglass lining and internal brackets to hold your anchor so it doesn't pound its way through the hull.
The test boat had full bow cushions that could snap out and store in the large forward locker. The lid had a gas strut as much to keep it open as for ease-of-opening. We found JBL speakers mounted forward and also padded in-wales for fishing comfort.
The fishing features abound with an aft mounted, 36-gallon live well under a neat clear cover, a 75-gallon in-floor fish box and up to 22 different rod holders!
Everglades 243CC has port and starboard tackle lockers. The well-designed centre console features an industry first - a slide-up windshield.
There were analog and Suzuki multi-function gauges, compass, storage space in the console plus overhead lockers under the hardtop for mounting electronics. The hardtop has overhead lights for evening use.
The helm seat is Everglades' "Combo Leaning Post Command" seat with a swing-up footrest, a forward cushioned cooler with a backrest and grab bars everywhere.
And you'll need 'em with the Suzuki DF 300.
It is the industry's first 300 hp four-stroke outboard. This marine-only 4.0 L V6 is a drive-by wire engine that really performs. With one press of the button, the computer starts the engine, which immediately settles to a very quiet, smoke free idle. The 24 foot, 3 inch long Everglades has an 8 foot, 2 inch beam and a 21-degree deadrise at the stern.
This is a really deep Vee, but the ride and seakeeping qualities are well worth it. The hull weighs 3,100 pounds and it feels very heavy and solid. With three people aboard and nearly full fuel tanks, the steering remained light and accurate.
Even in very tight high-speed turns, the Everglades seemed to take a seat and hang on with great stability. The big Suzuki really blasted it out of the hole and raced up to a turbine-like 6000 rpm doing 47.6 mph.
For a Great Lakes salmon fisherman, the solidly-built, foam-hulled and unsinkable Everglades may be just what you're looking for.
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