The Everglades 273CC is a premium sub-30’ (9.14 m) center console that offers cruising features like bow seats with removable backrests and a head in the console with plenty of angling-focused accessories so a family that likes to fish can enjoy a full day on the water.
- Power windshield
- Bow seats with removable backrests
- Private head in the console
- Available with single or twin outboards
- Standard fiberglass hardtop on powder-coated aluminum frame
2.41 m (max)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||2.9 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.3 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||72 deg., 89 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: 1|
2 x 250-hp Yamaha
1 x 425-hp Yamaha
2 x 200-hp Yamaha Digital inline 4 cylinder
2 x 250-hp Yamaha with Command Link
Contents of Report
- Mission Statement
- Major Features
- Features Inspection
- The Bow
- The Helm
- The Cockpit
- The Aft Cockpit
- Options to Consider
Many boats in this size range feel like a stretched version of a shorter model, but the 273CC is designed to feel more like a smaller offshore boat than a bigger inshore model. She has tall hullsides, a large livewell and fishbox, and a deep-V bottom design with 20-degrees of deadrise at the transom. The 273CC also has the versatility that a family is looking for with cruising amenities like bow lounges with removable backrests, seats that fold into the transom and a private head in the console.
- Large bow seating area
- Power center section of windshield
- Patented Ram-Cap construction
- Private head in the console
- Choice of single or twin outboards
As we’ve seen with many competitive center consoles, the bow is a great illustration of the 273CC’s versatility. On each side, there are adult-sized lounges with backrests that can be removed quickly. The console also has a seat for two on the front. The gunwales on each side have stainless steel beverage holders, connectivity plugs, and speakers.
Bow Storage. The bottom cushions for the bow lounges are hinged and fold up to access lockers that are finished in gelcoat. Beneath the bottom cushion in the bow is an insulated 97-quart (91.8-L) cooler. In the foredeck, there are two 8” (20.32 cm) cleats, plus separate navigation lights, combination rod and cupholders and the anchor locker that houses the windlass and all related equipment. Adjacent to the console seat, gunwale compartments fold inward to provide extra capacity. Two bungee-style latches hold down the console seat bottom cushions that opens to access the cooler in the base. Just ahead in the deck is an 82-gallon (310 L) fishbox.
The Private Head. Passageways on each side of the 273CC’s console are 19” (.48 m) wide and a hatch in the port side provides entry to the private head. Inside there’s 5’3” (1.6 m) of standing headroom and 3’10” (1.19 m) from the toilet to the overhead. The 273CC’s head has a porcelain toilet, a screened opening port, expandable netting and open and closed storage. Two hatches make it easy to access the helm rigging.
A feature unique to the 273CC is the power front windshield. It raises and lowers with the push of a button and can be stopped short of the top frame to let fresh air pass through. The helm has a compass in line with the port side steering wheel. Centered in the top of the angled panel is the 7” (17.78 cm) Yamaha Command Link Plus display.
Our test boat had optional twin 16” (40.64 cm) Garmin GPSMap 7616xsv dual multifunction displays with push-button style accessory switches in a row across the top. The VHF radio is below the steering wheel and to starboard are the digital controls with trim tab buttons just ahead. Adjacent to the trim switches are the Optimus joystick, connectivity plug-ins and two cupholders.
Ahead of the companion seat are a stainless-steel grabrail and a glovebox below. The angled footrest and helm deck are finished in the optional fatigue-reducing foam and the seat has individual fold-up bolsters. Overhead in the hardtop are the autopilot and other electrical accessories forward. The top is built on a powder-coated aluminum frame and it contains speakers and courtesy and spreader lights.
The Prep Station. On the aft side of the leaning post, the prep station has an open sink to port with a cutting board in the center and a 31-gallon (117 L) livewell to starboard. Grab handles are integrated into the countertop and outboard to starboard, there’s a beverage holder. To port below the helm seat is a locker with slots for Plano-style tackle boxes.
The Aft Cockpit
The 273CC’s cockpit has 108 sq. ft. (10.03 sq. m) of space. There are two rod holders on each side with 8” (20.32 cm) cleats in each aft corner and racks for rods or long-handled accessories in the gunwales. Fresh and raw-water washdowns are in each corner. Across the stern, two seats that fold down when not in use flank a 45-quart (42.59 L) cooler.
To get to the stern, it’s easy to step on the cooler hatch. A swim platform with a boarding ladder underneath is to port and to starboard, our test boat had the optional 8’ (.30 m) Power Pole.
The Numbers. Everglades lists the 273CC’s empty weight at 6,400 lbs. (2,903 kg). With twin 250-hp Yamaha outboards, two people, 78.5 gallons (297.16 L) of fuel and test gear on board, we had an estimated test weight of 8,415 lbs. (3,817 kg).
Revving up the two engines to 6000 rpm, we hit a top speed of 51.5 mph.
Best cruise came at 3500 rpm, where the boat ran 32.1 mph and burned 17.2 gph. That works out to 1.9 mpg and a range of 264 statute miles. At 600 rpm, the boat ran 3.5 mph and at 1000 rpm, we recorded 5.9 mph.
In acceleration tests, the 273CC planed in 2.9 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.0 seconds and through 30 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Test day served up a 1’ (.30 m) chop with winds gusting to 20 mph. The 273CC’s sharp bow entry and deep V design with 20-degrees of transom deadrise cut through that chop easily. In turns, she held her line well and around the docks, the joystick and twin engines made maneuvering easy.
Everglades builds the 273CC and all its boats with what the company calls the Ram-Cap process. Large pieces of 6-lb. (2.7 kg) density foam are molded to fit exactly into dedicated places in the hull, which has been prepared with glass and resin to create a bond. The foam tops are covered in resin and fiberglass and then the deck and liner are set in place and the hull and all are bonded under a vacuum, creating a single piece. Everglades is the only builder that inserts foam this way.
Everglades is one of the few brands that guarantee level flotation in writing if the boat is swamped.
- Lifetime Hull warranty
- Five-year component warranty
Options to Consider
- Docking lights
- 30” (76.2 cm) Rigid Light Bar
- Lee 16’ (4.88 m) or Taco 15’ (4.57 m) outriggers
- 8’ (2.4 m) Power Pole blade
- Additional swim platform with ladder
- Anti-fatigue pad at helm
- Optimus 360 electric power steering (joystick)
- Optimus 360 digital power steering
At 27’ 3” (8.31 m) long without the motors, a 9’3” (2.82 m) beam and an estimated test weight of 8,415 lbs. (3,817 kg), the Everglades 273CC is one of the biggest towable center consoles on the market, which further enhances the boat’s versatility.
For number crunchers, the difference in weight between the single 425-hp Yamaha XTO Offshore and twin 250-hp Yamaha F250s in the 25” (63.5 cm) shaft length is 150 lbs. (68 kg). The XTO weighs in at 952 lbs. (432 kg), giving the motor a weight-to-power ratio of 2.24 lbs. (1.02 kg) per horsepower.
The F250 weighs 551 lbs. (249 kg). Double that and the result is 1,102 lbs. (500 kg) for a weight-to-power ratio of 2.204 lbs. (1.0 kg) per horsepower so the difference is minimal. The F200 is a 4-cylinder and the 25” (63.5 cm) version weighs 489 lbs. (221.81 kg). Do the math and the weight to power number is 2.44 lbs. (1.11 kg) per horsepower, and of course, it does not have the torque of 6-cylinder engines.
We think that traditionalists who like redundancy will lean toward the twin 250-hp engines even though they will burn slightly more fuel than the single 425 and twins are easier to dock. Folks who prefer simplicity and plan to stay closer to shore might prefer the single 425-hp engine. Everglades only rigs for Yamaha engines.