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Everglades 235cc Boat Review

Everglades’ 235cc takes the definition of entry-level to the next level.

February 12, 2021
Everglades 235cc running nearshore
The new Everglades 235cc brings a host of innovative, deluxe features to the entry-level center-console market. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Everglades Boats designed its new 235cc for the entry-level center-console boat market, but this high-sided, smooth-riding fishing machine redefines the category with features that few starter boats can boast.

Everglades 235cc swiveling helm seat
The helm seating easily swivels to create a social area in the aft cockpit or to allow crew to watch trolling lines. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Need an example? Check out the double helm seat that spins aft to form a conversation area in the aft cockpit when dual, beam-to-beam transom seats are folded out. It swivels effortlessly with the flick of a lever then locks solidly in place. The deluxe high-back seats come with flip-up bolsters, and a footrest below that folds down for comfort.

Bait-rigging station on the 235cc
A compact table on the aft side of the seating module folds down for rigging lures and baits. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Built to Fish

For fishing, the back of the helm-seating pod features a fold-down table for rigging, with four rod holders above it. In the seat base, you’ll find a four-drawer cabinet on the port side and a drawer, four utility box slots and leader holders on the starboard side.

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Motorized windshield slides down to provide fresh air
The motorized windshield on the 235cc slides downward when you need fresh air behind the helm. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Patented Windshield

The helm is ready for the grunt work of fishing, too, with an integral hardtop, glass side windows and Everglades’ patented glass windshield that slides downward at the push of a button to usher in a cooling breeze. That’s pretty advanced for an entry-level model. The dash offers room for a pair of optional Garmin GPSMap 8612 multifunction displays. The step-down console interior includes a portable marine head as standard equipment.

Port-side tuna door opens inward
The port-side tuna door hinges inward so you can use it as a boarding gate at the dock. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Welcome Aboard

Here’s something else you don’t find on most entry-level boats: A portside tuna door as standard equipment. It hinges inward and includes a removable boarding ladder. You can use it to go diving, step aboard or haul a big fish onto the aft deck. A combination of Mate Series rod/cupholders and standard rod holders in the gunwales, bow and transom make the 235cc as fishy as you could need. There’s a 17-gallon transom livewell in the starboard quarter and a 68-quart cooler in the port quarter—which could be plumbed to serve as a livewell too.

Bow seating is comfortable
Add backrests and filler cushions to convert the forward casting deck to an expansive lounge. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Forward Thinking

The bow area has stowable seat backs to create forward lounges ahead of the forward console seat. A center filler completes the bow for use as a full casting deck or sun pad, depending on your frame of mind. Below the forward deck resides bucket storage. You’ll also discover storage under the bow seats, as well as a 92-quart cooler under the forward console seating.

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Everglades 235cc running 40+ mph
A single Yamaha F300 V-6 Offshore outboard propels the 235cc to speeds approaching 46 mph. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Power to Spare

The 235cc comes with big power—a single Yamaha F300 V-6 Offshore outboard—that propelled it to 30 mph from a standing start in 10.3 seconds in my test. It achieved a top speed of 45.9 mph at 6,000 rpm. Best fuel economy settled in at 2.2 mpg with the boat running 33.4 mph at 4,500 rpm. Like other Everglades models, the 235cc carved turns at speed with grace and precision, and its modified V-hull rode with smooth confidence across the chop.

Fishing aboard the 235cc
The 235cc’s deep freeboard, smooth ride and shallow draft allows anglers to fish a wide variety of marine waters, from shallow bays to the blue waters of the inner Gulf Stream. Courtesy Everglades Boats

Versatile Value

But here’s what will stand out and stand up to coastal anglers: Even with its high bows, deep freeboard and brawny horsepower, it draws just 15 inches, no more than most bay boats in that length class. So, with its 19-degree transom deadrise, solid RAMCAP construction and reliable Yamaha power, the 235cc can chase snook in all but the skinniest water, fish comfortably on windy days in nearshore waters, and make it safely to offshore reefs for bottom fishing.

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Hull Specs

  • LOA: 24 ft.
  • Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.
  • Transom Deadrise: 19 deg. Draft: 1 ft. 3 in. (engine up) Dry Weight: 5,600 lb w/ engines
  • Fuel: 105 gal.
  • Max HP: 300 hp
  • Price: $129,899 (w/ Yamaha F300 V6 Offshore outboard)

Performance

  • Engine: Yamaha 300 HP V-6
  • Load: Four adults, 50 gallons of fuel
  • Time to 30 mph: 10.3 sec.
  • Top Speed: 45.9 mph @ 6000 rpm
  • Best MPG: 2.2 mpg @ 33.4 mph (4,500 rpm)

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