Everglades 285CC: 2023 Boat Buyers Guide

The 285cc combines innovative features, performance, fishability and comfort.

Everglades 285cc cruising
The 285cc is full of fishing features. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Everglades—a leader in the development of the center-console fishing boat for decades, and the builder of fine dual-console and bay boats—offers  best-in-class fishing amenities, refined fit-and-finish, and unmatched hull performance. Everglades’ patented, closed-molded RAMCAP construction features a precisely molded high-density, closed-cell structural foam block that fits perfectly between hull and liner, creating a rigid one-piece construction that provides a stable ride and superior handling. Unsinkable Everglades hulls carry a lifetime warranty.

Everglades 285cc

Everglades’ new 285 Center Console is a bluewater-ready, family-friendly fishing boat. 

Dual helm seats rotate into mezzanine seating, facing two folding transom bench seats to create a social zone aft. The versatile bow offers a bow casting platform, sun pad with filler cushions, or bow table.  The console, beneath its integrated fiberglass hardtop, has a patented sliding tempered-glass windshield; within the console is a fully furnished head compartment.

Everglades 285cc fishing offshore
11 rod holders line the ­gunwale. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Boosting fishability are full coaming bolsters and a 25-gallon insulated circulating livewell. Forward is a 60-gallon in-deck fish box with macerator pump-out. The transom contains a 35-gallon fish box, and 11 rod holders line the gunwale, plus four combination rod/cup holders. The leaning post has a rigging surface and tackle-tray storage; rod and storage racks beneath gunwales stretch 8 feet long. 

A Gemlux outrigger package is an option, as is a second livewell. Other options include a Seakeeper 1 gyroscopic stabilizer and an automatic engine-flushing system.

Standard power is a pair of Yamaha 300 hp outboards with digital electric steering and several Yamaha Helm Master and other control options.

Manufacturer’s Remark

The 285cc offers an exciting combination of innovative features, performance, fishability and comfort.

Performance Data

  • Test Power: Twin Yamaha F300HP
  • Test Props: 19″ x 15 1⁄4″ Yamaha HP SSII
  • Test Load: 135 gal. fuel, 20 gal. water, Seakeeper SK1, and 810 lb. gear and people
  • Test Speed: 55.4 mph at 5,800 rpm (WOT)
  • Max Range: 312 miles at 30.1 mph, 3,500 rpm


Fuel Capacity:200 gal.
Dry Weight:9,200 lb. with power
Max HP:600

Editor Says

Luxurious upholstery and teak accents give this fishing boat a yachtlike feel. There’s also plenty of comfortable seating to go around, with full-beam retractable seats that disappear quickly to provide plenty of fish-fighting space. -Joe Albanese, Executive Editor Salt Water Sportsman

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