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Everglades 255cc: A Center Console With All The Trimmings

The Everglades 255cc center console combines stout construction with high performance to create a remarkable luxury fishing package.

1st January 2014.
By Gary Reich


 

 

Introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November, the Everglades 255cc is the latest addition to the company's line of center console boats, which are almost universally accepted as some of the finest fishing craft on the market. Inside every Everglades boat you'll find patented RAMCAP composite construction, renowned Bob Dougherty design, impressive and efficient performance, a close attention to details, and liberal use of first-in-class materials and hardware-and the Everglades 255cc is no exception.

The Everglades 255cc: a compact but complete fishing machine.

Dougherty Design

You really can't talk about an Everglades boat without saying a few words about the company's CEO Bob Dougherty, a boat builder and designer with more than 55 years in the business. Remember when Boston Whaler transitioned from cathedral-type hulls to a deep-V setup? Yep, that was Bob Dougherty, and many of those traditional Whaler designs were his, too. Maybe you're familiar with EdgeWater boats. Bob Dougherty started that company with his son Stephen. Dougherty's formula over the decades has not only been about creating high-performance designs that operate well in the roughest conditions, but also building them using industry innovations such as Everglades' patented RAMCAP process, which we'll talk about later.

All Everglades boats have a clean, sharp look, and the 255cc doesn't break with tradition there. Our test boat had the standard cream gelcoat scheme on deck and hull, but there are a myriad of color options available to customize one to your own style. The center-console unit itself is a work of art, replete with custom powder-coated metalwork, an expansive hard top, and tempered glass windows. The forward windshield not only has a wiper and washer combo, but it also lowers electrically, another patented Everglades feature.

When you want a breeze at the helm of the Everglades 255cc, just press a button.

Yes, That's Standard

If you've ever shopped for an Everglades, you may have winced a bit at the manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP). For the Everglades 255cc, that MSRP is $115,432 for the boat only and $176,480 with standard power. That's high but not stratospheric in this segment of top-shelf boats, and keep in mind that the options sheet for the 255cc is less than a page long (and would be way less than a half page if you took out the extensive hull color and Awlgrip paint options). Fully upholstered helm and companion seat with an integral, aft-facing bait prep station: standard. A 45-gallon aerated livewell with friction hinge lid: standard. Anchor, anchor rode, and electric windlass: standard. OK, you get the idea. Aside from putting in a navigation and fish finding package, there's not much you'll need or want to get up and running on the 255cc.

Rugged Rigidity

Adding to the value department is the build quality and durability. Perhaps one acronym you'll see more than any other when talking about Everglades' construction process is RAMCAP, which stands for Rapid Molding Core Assembly Process. What makes this patented process special is that the closed-cell foam core is fabricated and molded as a single, separate part-not sprayed in or applied from standard, premade sheets. Once the closed-cell foam core is pulled from the mold, it is refined, shaped, and inspected for voids before being placed into a bed of resin lining the solid fiberglass hull. Then the inner hull-another resin-coated piece of hand-laid fiberglass-is lowered onto the foam core, before the whole sandwich is placed under an extreme vacuum to enhance bonding and eliminate any voids. The result is a rigid, one-piece hull.

The deck hardware found on the 255cc exudes quality in most every way possible. Sturdy pop-up stainless-steel cleats are not only found at the bow, but also amidships-something every boat should have. Another nice deck hardware element often found only on larger boats is the two stainless stern cleats, which are mounted under the gunwale and accessed for tie-ups through hefty hawse pipes. The standard anchor and windlass package tie in with a beefy stainless-steel anchor on the bow. There's ample under deck stowage, with an 85-gallon fish box forward and another in the aft cockpit that can swallow up 50 gallons of fish and ice. Additional stowage is found under the forward bench seating at the bow, and there are rod racks under each gunwale.

Another element that sets Everglades apart from other boat manufacturers is the attention the builder pays to its center consoles. Everglades is proud of the fact that it does all of its own metalwork in-house… and they should be. Surrounding the helm and supporting the hard top on our test boat were beautifully crafted, powder coated aluminum riser supports with integral handholds and an expansive set of rocket launchers for fishing rods. Below the center console is a marine head with macerator, electric accessory fuse panel, and space forward for lifejackets, fishing tackle, and other gear.

Power and Performance

Our test boat was equipped with two of Yamaha's venerable F200 inline four-cylinder outboards, but available power options include twin Yamaha F225s, a single Yamaha F350, twin Honda BF200s, twin Honda BF225s, or twin Mercury Verado 200s. The Yamaha F200s come with the manufacturer's Command Link Plus display, which displays all sorts of engine performance and fuel consumption figures, but I unfortunately found it almost impossible to read it because of weird backlighting, a shiny screen, and its position behind the steering wheel. It's not a big issue, but if you're like me and constantly refer to your engine stats, it's a bit annoying.

I thought the Command Link gauge could be better located, but otherwise the helm is nicely laid out and ready for large-screen electronics.

A stiffening north breeze greeted Annapolis Boat Sales owner Walter George and I as we pointed the 255cc south toward Eastern Bay to give the Everglades 255cc a chance to stretch its legs a bit. Power came on full and early (par for the course with the Yamaha F200) as we throttled up and despite the stiff chop, the 255cc cut through or skimmed right over the two- to three-foot whitecaps Eastern Bay threw at us-even when the throttles were open wide at 6000 rpm and 50 mph.

Specifications

Length

24'7″"

Beam

9'3″

Draft

1'7″

Deadrise

21 degrees

Displacement

5,800 lbs

Fuel capacity

163 gal.

Fuel capacity

20 gal.



Innovative construction and design, thoughtful features, thrilling performance, and a great ride are what Everglades boats are all about, and the 255cc definitely carries on that tradition in fine form. I liked it so much I spent the rest of the week trying to figure out how to buy one. If performance, build quality, and durability in a feature-rich package interest you, the Everglades 255cc is well worth a look.

Other choices: Anglers searching for similar center-console machines should also check out the Regulator 25. The Grady-White 271 Canyon is a slightly a longer option, and the Chris-Craft Catalina 26 places a bit more emphasis on family features and a bit less on fishing.

 

 



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