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October 31, 2008

Everglades 32 Express

If you want to impress yourself and your friends with cutting-edge technology, Everglades should be on your "must-drive" list.

Design and Construction
Of course, this represents the place where Everglades truly shines. The bridge deck's EZ2CY enclosure has a great doorway that unzips and then slides sideways out of the way. Everglades installs a gas generator made by Westerbeke, and I point out two important aspects to this: Most outboard-powered boats with generators have diesel models due to the carbon-monoxide issue (diesels don't issue CO). Everglades uses Westerbeke's Zero-CO model that emits no carbon monoxide, and since it uses gasoline, it doesn't require a separate fuel tank. I always worry about some dock jockey pumping gas into the diesel tank or vice versa.
 
Additionally, the unit is extremely quiet. Coupled with Everglades' outstanding soundproofing in the compartment and hatch, you never hear the generator. Everglades set up an auto-start feature where you push the start button on the   E-Plex touch screen and walk away. The system automatically runs the blower for four minutes to ventilate the lazarette then starts the generator. Slick. The genset   also runs not one but two separate air-conditioning units: one for belowdecks and another for the bridge deck and windshield defrosters.
 
Belowdecks boasts outstanding headroom. And unlike so many cabin boats of this size, the 320 affords comfortable seating around the dinette for four to five adults. The table drops down to make a double V-berth, and one other person can sleep in the midship single berth.
 
The galley also smacks of "big-boat styling" with its Corian counters, single-burner ceramic cooktop, microwave with integral coffee maker and pot, and a drawer-style, under-counter refrigerator.
 
 Whether belowdecks or on deck, storage abounds.
 
I also liked the lazarette and engine-splashwell floors, which sport a molded-fiberglass diamond-plate pattern: unusual and more carefree than nonskid when it gets dirty.
 
Conveniently, the dockside water, shore power and water fill all mount on centerline on the outside of the transom, so you needn't run cables or hoses through the cockpit or have lots of deck fittings in each side of your boat. Also in the transom area, Everglades' superb scupper system is unlike any other.
 
And one final touch that stops you cold walking down the dock at night: A handrail across the back of the portside bridge-deck seating has the Everglades name cut out, and it lights up at night. Speaking of lights, all lights aboard are LEDs, including the underwater transom lights that come standard. In fact, you'll find only five items on the Everglades 32 EX options list. That speaks to how the Doughertys want you to boat - in total safety and comfort.
 
 
LOA......35 ft.
BEAM......10 ft. 8 in.
HULL DRAFT......2 ft.
WEIGHT......10,800 lb. (w/o power)

DEADRISE......25 deg.FUEL......288 gal.
MAX HP......Twin 350 hp OB
MSRP......$369,231 (w/ twin 350s)

Everglades Boats / Edgewater, Florida / 386-409-2202 / www.evergladesboats.com