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The Everglades 435CC was created for serious fishermen to ensure that they have everything they need for their most successful days on the water. By putting everything in it as standard that most fisherman need and doing it in the best way possible, the 435 is intended to appeal to boaters who want only the very best in class. She also has creature comforts designed to appeal to the whole family and make the boat a multi-use vessel.
• Two 60 gallon (227 L) pressurized circulating livewells with lights
• 225 gallon (852 L) in-floor, pump-out fishbox
• 45 gallon (170 L) self-draining fishbox with optional freezer
• RamCap build process with 6-lb. density floatation
• 610 gallon (nominal baffled aluminum fuel tank)
• 110VAC 30A system
• Stainless refrigerator
• Wood grain vanity
• Molded-in fiberglass footrest at the helm
The Everglades 435CC has a 12’ (3.66 m) beam and an empty weight of 16,800 lbs. (7,620 kg) and with a light load of fuel, three people and gear, our test boat weighed 20,898 lbs. (9,479 kg). She was powered by four Yamaha 5.6 L V-8 XTO engines developing 425-hp. Our test boat was fitted with 21” x 16-3/8” 3 blade props.
We recorded a top speed of 60 mph or 52.1 knots at 6000 rpm.
Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where she averaged 24.7 mph, 21.4 knots, burned 34.2 gph getting .7 statute miles per gallon. .6 nmiles, for a range of 396 statute miles and 344.6 Nautical Miles, both with a 10% fuel reserve in her 610-gallon baffled aluminum fuel tank.
As we accelerated note that there is not much bow rise and the nose quickly came down to about a 5 degree running angle as we got on plane. We recorded 0 to 20 MPH in 5.3 seconds, hitting 30 mph in 8.4 seconds.
The folks at Everglades tell us that the average deadrise of the 435 is 41-degrees from bow to transom, and they feel that measurement is a more important indicator of performance and ride than a deadrise measurement at the transom by itself. There, her deadrise is 25-degrees, which is the deepest of the deep-Vs. That alone should make her one of the smoothest riding center consoles on the water.
Ride is Most Important. The fact that Everglades has opted to have such a deep-V bottom indicates to us that the company has decided to go for the smoothest, most comfortable ride possible in sloppy conditions, rather than a faster top-end which she would probably have with a 21-degree to 23-degree deadrise at the transom. Since no one drives their 43-footer for more than a few minutes at WOT, it seems to us that Everglades has made a very practical decision to go with the softer ride.
We tested the 435CC in protected water, so about the only thing we could do was run through our photo boat’s wake, which we could hardly feel. At all times we had a solid stable ride and the Seakeeper gyro was not on.
Our test captain reports that she seemed to turn almost as soon as the wheel to was moved one side or the other, and when backing down offshore, the quad Yamaha 425s performed as advertised. And, its Helm Master system performed flawlessly throughout our test, and most noticeably when docking.
Here you see us backing into the slip using only the joystick, easily twisting the bow first to port to grab a line, then easing over to starboard to loop another line over a piling, then backing straight in with all four engines dancing to and fro, as I gave little nudges to the joystick.
The Stern and Cockpit
In both stern quarters, dock lines pass through hawse holes in the covering boards to hull-mounted cleats just like on the big goldplaters.
Just below the cleat, where the hull meets the sole, large scuppers drain the cockpit on each side. Removable metal grates allow easy cleaning. Above the scupper, there is a power outlet for electric reels or downriggers.
Something not seen on a traditional convertible is a forward-facing bench seat that folds out from the transom. Heavy-duty hardware makes the seat strong enough to support an adult standing on its edge.
On the port side is what Everglades calls a Utility Door with two large stainless hinges. It opens in and is held in place by a magnet. This door can be used for boarding from a floating dock, hauling in trophy-sized fish or for divers and swimmers.
Our test boat was equipped with an optional varnished teak rocket launcher in the middle of the cockpit that is easily removable when entertaining. Just behind it is an aft-facing seat that is an ideal place to watch the troll, or maybe even used as a makeshift fighting chair with the addition of a gimbal.
Hidden behind the seat is a hatch that opens up to give access to the two house batteries, four engine start batteries, and two 60 Amp battery chargers and everything is well labeled.
The mechanical compartment is accessed through a hatch below the rocket launcher. It contains a standard Seakeeper 6 gyro stabilizer for stability when trolling in big seas as well as two 3700 gph bilge pumps, sea strainers, and access to through-hulls. To starboard are four fuel filters with priming pumps. Aft is a standard 5 kW generator.
In the console behind the foldout seat is a professional grade work station that has four leader spool holders, a tool rack, a bait prep tray that drains into a sink, and a cutting board. Storage for gloves and more tools is located below the cutting board. Fresh water and raw water wash down hoses retract into the combing under metal lids beside the workstation.
Just forward of the leaders, are three under-gunwale mounted 9’ (2.74 m) rod racks. There are three more on the other side. 10” (25.4 cm) midships cleats are mounted port and starboard below hawse pipes. Recessed in the rod rack wells are freshwater and raw water washdown bibs that we rarely see in this midships location.
Moving forward in the gunwales we find lockable storage cabinets for lines, life vests and other gear. In the forward compartments, port and starboard there is a 30 amp shore power connection as well as TV hookups and two more lockable rod racks.
The standard fiberglass hardtop is standard and has aluminum, powder coated supports with convenient handholds. The top has four sets of spreader lights, two speakers, and three rod holders at each aft corner, six rod racks, three lights over the helm, and an overhead panel with accessary switch, navigation instruments and the Fusion stereo control. Overhead and outboard are optional GEMLUX outrigger controls that are connected to 22’ (6.71 m) carbon fiber poles.
Options for teak accents are located all over this boat. The Pompenette ladder back helm seats are what might be expected on a 65’ (19.8 m) convertible and the cap/shelf above the work station are examples of varnished teak that even a lot of the big boys don’t have.
The second row of console seating is an amenity that makes this boat comfortable for taking friends for an exciting day on the water. A fold down foot rest and powder-coated bar to hold on to are welcome details.
This seat easily folds out of the way so anglers and their mates can quickly pass back and forth when fish are on and the action gets hot.
Forward at the helm, the 435 has a center mounted wheel, compass, and enough space to mount three 15” displays, with the Yamaha Command Link display in the middle, and accessory switches port and starboard. The Helm Master joystick is forward of the control binnacle with the Electrotab duo-cylinder trim tabs with indicators to the left. Accessory switch panels are mounted on either side of the wheel.
Triple cupholders and cubbies are on both sides of the wheel, which is carbon fiber with a rubber backing for a sure grip. Latching compartments are located below the dash on both sides.
A soft pad on the helm deck reduces leg fatigue on long runs and a 10” (.25 m) high platform folds down over it for the vertically challenged. A footrest is below the dash.
Handholds are molded into the dash in front of both passengers’ chairs for added safety.
Boaters often have to poke their head out of the cockpit, look around or over the windscreen for better visibility in the dark, in bad weather, or when the windshield is fogged. Everglades has a better idea. The 435CC comes standard with a patent pending retractable hydraulic windscreen that moves down on rails at the touch of a button. The windscreen has two intelligent wipers and a washer system. When underway we found forward visibility through the windshield and side windows was excellent.
The 435CC’s optional upper helm is accessible by a ladder, through an opening port in the hardtop. From the lower helm, the captain can see about 2.8 miles to the horizon or 25 square miles all around, but from the upper helm the horizon is 4.2 miles away and the amount of sea area observed doubles to 56 square miles.
When a trophy billfish is hooked up, the upper helm is also the best strategic place for the captain to command the vessel. The upper helm has all of the necessary equipment, including a compass, the Yamaha Joystick, Command display, and control binnacle. Tab controls are here, along with the Garmin multi-function screen, VHF radio, and 12V plug and kill switch. Two individual leaning posts with bolsters add comfort and security. A collapsible fiberglass and aluminum top for UV protection shades the upper helm. With the canopy down, the bridge clearance is 17’9” (5.41 m).
While the upper helm has lots of advantages, remember that it should not be used in rough conditions, be occupied by more than two people, or used where it is possible to run aground. And, the trim tabs should be used with great care.
Two chaise seats just forward of the windscreen look like they came from the first class cabin on Qatar Airways.
A standard electric table in the bow can seat five people. A touch of a button lowers the table. Create a large sun pad with the custom filler cushion. Sturdy, but removable backrests create comfortable forward chaise seating port and starboard.
There’s more dry storage below the settee seating. A locker door in the deck covers a 225 gallon (852 L) fishbox with pump out.
On the foredeck we find two more hawse pipes for mooring lines and two rod holders. The deck hatch has gas-assist to keep both hands free for access to the ground tackle system, all of which is both first class and standard. The same goes for a stainless steel plow anchor with swivel, 25’ of 5/16” chain, and 375’ of 5/8” rode.
A horizontal Lewmar Pro-Fish electric windlass with hand-held remote makes anchoring fast and easy. The compartment also houses fresh and raw water washdown bibs. A large opening to the rode locker makes it easy to untangle snarls. We are happy to see a large cleat for the anchor rode, something that many builders are now omitting.
Now it’s time to enter the cabin through the portside hatch, which requires a little bending. Two steps down, and once inside, the cabin has 6’6” (1.98 m) of headroom.
The first thing we see is the galley, which comes standard with a glass bowl sink, microwave, stainless steel refrigerator, faux granite counter, 20" LED TV with DVD. To the right, Everglades conceals the electrical panel behind a dark plexi-glass panel.
The starboard aft-facing seat back slides down electrically to create a bed that measures 80” (203.2 cm) head to foot by 52” (132 cm) wide. The cabin has natural light from portlights and skylights and has as standard 12,000 BTUs of air conditioning.
Abaft the entrance hatch is a partition with a billfish etched in glass. A curtain creates a wet head and overhead is the shower with embedded LED lights. Shower water flows away in a channel in the deck to a drain next to the electric china bowl toilet, which has a macerator and holding tank. A water heater is standard, as is an electric exhaust vent. Wood grain decking is used throughout to reduce maintenance.
Boat-building legend, Bob Dougherty, founded Everglades Boats after 30 years of success at Boston Whaler and at Edgewater. His goal was to build boats the way they should be built, with no compromises in materials or processes.
The Everglades 435CC is a premium boat in almost every way. She is NMMA/ABYC certified and can be made to meet CE rules as an option.
Famous yacht-quality fit-and-finish, innovative features and superior construction are the reasons for the company’s much-deserved reputation. Safety has always been an Everglades priority. The company claims no one else builds boats this way and by all indications, they’re right. Here are some of the construction features and elements that set Everglades Boats apart.
• Patented closed molded RAMCAP® construction process
• 5 year stem to stern warranty
• No wood construction - all composite
• Upholstery - extra-heavy vinyl with acrylic top coat, Tenara™ thread, and anti-mildew backing - adhered to high-density plastic backing with flow through foam cushions
Options to Consider
• Rigid light bar 54" (deletes spotlight)
• SureShade: black, blue, silver, tan, and white
• GEL COAT / PAINT (See your local dealer for an Everglades Awlgrip® paint chart)
• Yamaha Helm Master control system (standard with 435CC)
• White quad engines
• Custom paint quad engines
• Quad Yamaha 300-hp (CL7 Display and Helm Master)
• Quad Yamaha 350-hp (CL7 Display and Helm Master)
• Triple Yamaha 425-hp (Standard with Helm Master)
• Quad Yamaha 425-hp (Standard with Helm Master)
Pricing a boat with this range of high-quality options is hard to accurately nail down until a salesman works up a price on a contract. Select quad Yamaha 425s and an upper helm station and pricing in the $1.1 to $1.3 million will begin to take shape.
All of the equipment, engineering, and build quality is not inexpensive, and of course she is out of the price range of most people. But when compared with the cost of buying and maintaining a large sportfishing convertible, she is a bargain. Further, she can go much faster – and with her Seakeeper gyro troll just as comfortably – than most goldplaters on the market.
With the four Yamaha 425-hp engines strapped to her transom, her 1700-hp is nearly as much as some 50’ to 60’ (15 m to 18 m) convertibles, and as expensive as these outboards are, they are not nearly as much as twin inboard diesels. During our test the quad Yamahas performed flawlessly, and they burned less fuel than diesels pushing around an 80,000-lb. (36,287 kg) battlewagon.
Other than the boat’s RamCap build system, probably the most important aspect of the boat is her deep-V bottom, which averages 41-degrees and is 25-degrees at the transom, one of the few boats we have ever tested that is that deep. This design ensures that the boat is as comfortable as humanly possible in choppy conditions at speed.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Everglades 435CC (2019-) is 60.0 mph (96.6 kph), burning 153.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 581 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Everglades 435CC (2019-) is 24.7 mph (39.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 396 miles (637.3 kilometers).
- Tested power is 4 x 425-hp Yamaha V8 5.6.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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