The 25-foot long Everglades 255 CC can handle the rough stuff. I can say that definitively because I just took her out off Ft. Lauderdale in a squall, cresting 7-foot tall waves at 25 knots. And I do mean I just
took her out. In fact, my hair's still wet. Right now you might be thinking to yourself: Well why's that Kevin? Is she a wet boat?
Nope. Not in the slightest. It's because it was a freaking squall and it was raining cats and dogs. C'mon guys, stay with me.
Everglades prides itself on the rigidity of its hulls. That rigidity was ever so present during my ride, where the boat felt as solid as an I-beam as it sliced and crashed through the seas. Everglades achieves this rigidity with a somewhat unorthodox build process. The outer part of the hull is a single, solid piece of fiberglass below the rubrail. During the build phase, workers spray that piece with resin. Then they take six separate pieces of super-buoyant foam-to the tune of 6-pounds-per-square-foot density, whereas many builders use foam that is 1 to 2 pounds per square foot-spray them with resin, and place them inside the outer hull. Lastly they take another resin-sprayed, single piece of fiberglass and sandwich in the foam. After vacuuming all the excess air out of the build, and letting it cure for about a day, the hull is fully chemically bonded and is essentially one piece. And the results speak for themselves.
Onboard, the boat I tested had seating for at least nine, a full arsenal of rod holders, and one of the small things I appreciate most about Everglades builds-plenty of well-positioned handholds. I've been testing lots of center consoles lately, and one of the things that has become a pet peeve is the absence of a good place to get a grip. Note to center console builders: If you're going to build an open boat that runs at 40, 50, or even 60 knots, guys, give people something to hold on to! And put it in a place where passengers can have some leverage as they skip across the waves. Everglades understands that.
The boat, which comes with a variety of outboards (mine was running twin 200-horsepower Yamahas), will make her official debut at this year's Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. She'd work well as a primary or a secondary boat, and she sure as hell won't be backing down from anything.