The Everglades 325CC is a new offshore center-console fishing boat has the chops to take on big water—and big fish.
This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.
If you’ve spent any time looking at offshore center-console boats you know that Everglades has a solidly cemented reputation for building some of the finest, most durable offshore boats in the business. Having run our fair share of the Everglades lineup, we can attest that this reputation is well deserved, indeed.
Nestled in the upper-middle end of the builder’s lineup, the 325cc is sandwiched on either end by the company’s 295cc and 355cc/355T models. Though it’s a perfectly capable coastal angling platform, the 325cc’s true pedigree is that of an offshore angling machine that’s built to travel quickly to and from the canyons in comfort and safety.
That comfort and safety is thanks largely to an excellent deep-vee design, but also because of the way the builder constructs every one of its nearly bulletproof, unsinkable hulls. RAMCAP is the acronym Everglades uses for its Rapid Molded Core Assembly Process that’s at the heart of each boat. Instead of pouring foam into the hull and deck structure like many other manufacturers do, Everglades custom molds each foam piece before carefully fitting it into the hull and deck. This guarantees a rock-solid, durable, one-piece structure. The result you’ll feel is a smooth and solid ride that isn’t fatiguing over a long day of fishing, even in the nastiest of conditions.
Getting underway on the 325cc we found chop and whitecaps out on Biscayne Bay as far as the eye could see. Despite the challenging conditions the 325cc performed as expected, leaping across the waves and landing with nary a thump or bang. Most every boat has its share of rattling or vibration underway, but these were undetectable in the 325cc—even at top speed.
Our test craft had a pair of 300-horsepower Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboards bellied up to the stern. They were mated to electronic steering and engine controls that made driving her a joy. As a plus, our 325cc was also fitted with Yamaha’s excellent Helm Master joystick control system. We were happy to have it, especially when docking and casting off in the challenging currents. We pushed the big Everglades over the water up to a top speed of around 50 MPH at 6,250 RPM. You’ll pay for that speed in fuel burn, however, with 52 gallons of fuel vanishing from the 306-gallon stainless-steel fuel tank per hour at wide-open throttle. Most owners will cruise in the 28 MPH range, which produces a lean fuel burn of around 18 GPH. Do some quick math and that nets a theoretical cruising range of around 475 miles. Though a pair of Yamaha’s 350-horsepower F350 four-stroke outboards are an option, many folks will trade in the brute acceleration and slightly higher top speed the F350s provide for the better fuel economy of the F300s.
Another quality of an Everglades boat is that you don’t have to compromise on comfort to get fishability, and that theme carries through nicely on the 325cc. Starting in the aft cockpit you’ll find twin fold down jump seats that are quite comfy. It’s also where the nicely upholstered gunwale cushioning starts. Comfort at the helm is exemplary, with super plush and cushy twin helm seats set behind an expansive dash. There’s also Everglades’ patented, power-operated, tempered glass windscreen to consider, which can be lowered to increase airflow or raised to keep things dry underway. Inside the console is a fully enclosed head/shower with washbasin. Forward is a U-shaped seating/lounge area in the bow with a center table that raises and lowers electrically. Strip the cushions out and lower the table to form a wide casting deck. There’s also a two-person upholstered bench ahead of the console. Whether you’re on a sundowner cruise with family and friends or trolling your favorite canyon spot offshore, there’s little chance you’ll want for much of anything, comfort-wise.
Of course we’d be remiss in not discussing the tons of great fishing features this boat has. Best to start out back at the stern, where an 81-gallon insulated fishbox and 34-gallon livewell cap the transom. Our test boat was fitted with an optional dive door in the cockpit to port, a nice feature that also comes in handy when boating large fish. Between the rocket launchers on the hard top, flush-mount rod holders in the deck, and under-gunwale rode stowage both forward and aft, bring your fishing rod A-game; the 325cc can swallow more than 20 rods. Fish stowage also abounds with the aforementioned transom fish box, as well as a slide-out 75-quart Yeti cooler under the helm chairs and a 129-gallon fish box forward.
All of this quality, fishability, comfort, and performance don’t come cheap, however. As equipped, our review craft pushes well into the mid-$300,000 area, though we’re told that many dealers have wiggle room for negotiation. The only other negative we could find during our afternoon with the 325cc was a lack of comfy gunwale bolstering forward of the helm, though the aluminum handholds that replace it sure do make you feel secure when walking forward in big seas.
The bottom line? If you’re in the market for a high-end offshore center-console boat, the Everglades 325cc is going to be difficult to beat.