Contents of Report
- Mission Statement
- Major Features
- Features Inspection
- The Cockpit
- The Consoles
- Options to Consider
Everglades has expanded its dual console lineup in a big way with the 340DC. This boat is designed to feel larger than its 33’6” (10.21 m) LOA with a deep cockpit and bow. Available L-shaped cockpit seating and the spacious bow expands the boat’s cruising capabilities and there’s even a private head in the starboard console. With a 96-sq.-ft. (8.9-sq. m) cockpit, a standard livewell and insulated boxes ready to take home the day’s catch, she’s more than ready to fish as well. Power options include twin 350-hp or twin 425-hp Yamaha outboards.
• Large bow seating area
• Power center section of windshield
• Patented Ram-Cap construction
• Cabin in port console
• Private head compartment in starboard console
• Available L-shaped lounge for cockpit
• Available twin 425-hp Yamaha XTO Offshore outboards
Fishing Features. We measured the 340DC’s cockpit at 9’ (2.7 m) wide and 5’ (1.5 m) from the stern to the base of the aft-facing port lounge. Deck height is 33” (83 cm). For angling, there’s a 24-gallon (91-L) livewell to port with an insulated 71-gallon (269 L) fishbox across the stern. The hatch opens on twin stainless-steel gas struts and closes on thick rubber gaskets. Inside are removable dividers.
Cruising Features. Across the stern, two seats fold out on sturdy hinges and there are built-in backrests. If an owner wants more seating capacity, Everglades offers a lounge that fills the gap between the stern and the aft facing seat on the port side. It basically creates a long aft-facing lounge or a bench that could seat a number of people facing inboard. In the port gunwale cutout, there are twin stainless-steel beverage holders and connectivity plugs. Overhead, the fiberglass hardtop is built on a rugged frame that’s built in-house. It’s equipped with LED and spreader lights, a radio box, and speakers. Our test boat also had the optional Makefast retractable awning that extended aft to provide shade for the cockpit.
To starboard, there’s a utility door in the 340DC’s hullside and the passage to the swim platform is a 10” (25.4 cm) step up. A gate closes the 16” (40.6 cm)-wide passageway and there’s a pull-up shower outboard to starboard. The swim platform is 33” (.84 m) front to back and the walkway ahead of the splashwell is 9” (22.9 cm) wide. There’s a wet storage locker outboard to port.
The Cockpit Galley. On the aft side of the doublewide helm seat to starboard, the galley comes standard with a stainless-steel refrigerator and a stainless-steel freshwater sink. Our test boat had the optional grill beneath a removable section of the solid surface countertop. There’s also a dedicated wastebasket compartment and built-in storage. Across to port is a lounge with a bottom cushion that can be folded into the gunwale so passengers can sit facing forward, aft or inboard.
The Helm. To starboard, the helm has twin Garmin 16” (40.6 cm) multifunction displays in the angled upper panel with accessory switches just below. The stainless-steel steering wheel is centrally positioned with the compass in line. There’s a cupholder in the flat to port of the wheel and to starboard are the digital Yamaha controls, the trim tab buttons, and the Helm Master joystick with set point. Outboard is a tray where the drive can set down his phone and there’s a glove-box style compartment in the gunwale.
The Bow. Push a button at the helm to open the center section of windshield. It effortlessly slides out of the way and no one ever has to worry about having to manually open it or having it bounce around in a traditional design. There’s also an air dam that closes off the bottom half of the 28” (71.1 cm)-wide passageway. The bow has wraparound seating with angled backrests on the front of each console. There are folding armrests inboard on each side and the gunwales have cupholders, speakers, and connectivity points. The bow table secures to a bracket that’s up off the deck, which we prefer.
Bow Storage. For storage, there’s space under the bottom cushions on each side and the compartment under the forward cushion is an insulated cooler. The foredeck has twin combination cup holders/rod holders outboard of the anchor locker that contains the Pro-Fish windlass and has access to the anchor rode below. Hatches in the bow passageway open to reveal storage and access to the freshwater tank and water heater.
The Cabin. The port console opens and there are steps that lead down to the 340DC’s cabin where there is 5’4” (1.63 m) of standing headroom and 3’9” (1.14 m) when seated on the berth. Our test boat had a single, but Everglades informed us that future models will have a double berth. The cabin has air conditioning and reverse-cycle heat and a 19” (48.3 cm) TV that folds out for better viewing.
Starboard Console. To starboard, the console opens to provide entry to the boat’s head, which has a solid-surface countertop, a sink, a toilet under a fold-up teak seat and a pull-up shower. Headroom dimensions are the same as in the cabin. Two hatches in this area open to provide access to the helm rigging.
Systems Access. A hatch in the middle of the cockpit deck opens so a technician can climb down to access the fuel-water separators for the engines, the bilge pumps, and the sea chest for the onboard systems that need to dump water. The seachest is a good idea because it lets multiple systems such as the head and sump send water to a single collection area before it’s dumped out via a single thru-hull instead of having to utilize multiple thru-hull fittings. The fewer holes there are in the bottom of a boat, the better. The batteries are easily accessed beneath the bottom cushion of the port lounge adjacent to the helm. Just remove a snap-in storage net.
The Numbers. Everglades lists the 340DC’s empty weight at 13,000 lbs. (5,897 kg). With two people, 140 gallons (530 L) of fuel and test gear on board, we had an estimated test weight of 16,164 lbs. (7,332 kg).
With the twin 425-hp outboards spinning 16 5/8” x 19” (42.3 cm x 48.3 cm) stainless-steel propellers, we hit a top speed of 53.4 mph at 6100 rpm.
Best cruise came at 3500 rpm, where the boat ran 27.8 mph and burned 21.7 gph. That works out to 1.3 mpg, which is a number that offshore anglers should like, and a range of 346 statute miles. At 600 rpm, the boat ran 3.8 mph and at 1000 rpm, we recorded 6.3 mph. In acceleration tests, the 340DC planed in 3.2 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.3 seconds and through 30 mph in 8 seconds even.
The 340DC rides on a deep-V design that has a sharp bow entry, an average deadrise of 30-degrees and 20-degrees at the transom. The design worked, cutting through the wind-blown foot of bay chop and crossing our photo boat’s wakes with ease. Around the docks, the Yamaha joystick system made slow-speed maneuvering easy.
Construction. Everglades builds the 340DC and all its boats with what the company calls the Ram-Cap process. Large pieces of 6-lb. (2.72 kg) density foam are cut and placed into a prepared hull. The block tops are covered in resin and fiberglass and the two are bonded with resin and fiberglass. Then the deck is set in place and the hull, foam blocks and deck are bonded under a vacuum, creating a single piece. Everglades is one of the few brands that guarantees level flotation in writing.
• Lifetime Hull warranty
• 5-year component warranty
Options to Consider
• Aft U-shaped seating with a high-low gloss teak table
• Convert aft livewell to insulated cooler
• Makefast electrically actuated cockpit awning
• Interior and cockpit air conditioners (with 30-amp shore power and requires generator)
• Seakeeper 3
• Gemlux carbon-fiber outrigger package with 18’ (5.5 m) poles
• Grill in cockpit galley
• Water heater
• Diesel generator
• Cockpit cover
• Yamaha Helm Master controls
• Optimus 360 electric power steering
• Custom-painted engines
• Garmin VHF radio 315 or VHF 315 AIS
• Garmin GPSMap 7616xsv dual displays
• Garmin GMR 24 xHD marine radar
• Underwater camera
The Everglades 340DC is one of the biggest dual consoles on the market and should be a capable do-everything boat for a family that enjoys fishing as well as a variety of watersports. The cockpit galley, plethora of rod holders, livewell, and fish box have angling covered. The utility door in the hullside makes it easy to board large fish and it would be even better for watersports like diving if Everglades offered an optional ladder for the opening.
A boat in this size range could be the perfect match for a pair of the 425-hp Yamaha XTO offshore outboards. They offer the power the boat needs and a better power-to-weight ratio than hanging three 300-hp motors on the transom. Being able to stick with two motors facilitates rigging and makes for a cleaner stern.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Everglades 340DC (2019-) is 53.4 mph (85.9 kph), burning 76.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 290.31 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Everglades 340DC (2019-) is 27.8 mph (44.7 kph), and the boat gets 1.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.55 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 346 miles (556.83 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2x 425-hp Yamaha XTO direct fuel injected 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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