Ever­glades 340DC

Soundings - - Launched - BY GARY RE­ICH

Ever­glades is back in the dual con­sole game with the re­cent launch of its 340DC. Aimed at hard-core an­glers who want a nice bal­ance of fea­tures for fam­ily cruis­ing and fish­ing, the 34-footer is the builder’s first new dual con­sole model since it dis­con­tin­ued the 230DC over a year ago.

”The Ever­glades 340DC is de­signed for both the coastal ex­plorer and avid off­shore fish­ing en­thu­si­ast,” says David Brown, Ever­glades vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and en­gi­neer­ing. “As a coastal ex­plorer, the boat can be eas­ily op­er­ated and there are com­fort ameni­ties through­out all ar­eas. As an off­shore fish­ing ma­chine, the stan­dard fish box and live well can be com­bined with op­tional out­rig­gers and rod hold­ers to com­pete with any pur­pose-built fish­ing boat.”

The 340DC has seat­ing for guests from bow to stern, in­clud­ing a wrap­around bow lounge with an in­sert ta­ble, a con­vert­ible C-shaped seat­ing area with a teak pedestal ta­ble aft, and a shape-shift­ing chaise lounge un­der the hard­top. A stain­less-steel re­frig­er­a­tor and sink with fresh­wa­ter mixer are in the cock­pit to fa­cil­i­tate happy-hour snack prep; the grill is for that freshly caught mahi-mahi. When fish­ing is un­der­way, a por­tion of the cock­pit seat­ing flips up and folds away.

For cruis­ing or overnight­ing, the port and star­board con­soles house a cabin and en­closed head with shower, re­spec­tively.

A fa­mil­iar el­e­ment in the con­struc­tion is Ever­glades’ Rapid Molded Core Assem­bly Process. Ever­glades hand-shapes each piece of struc­tural foam and then fits the deck to the hull with high-strength ad­he­sives. The re­sult is a mono­coque hull and deck struc­ture that helps to pro­vide a smooth, fa­tigue-free ride for pas­sen­gers.

A pair of 350-hp Yamaha F350 4-stroke out­boards is stan­dard. Twin 425-hp Yamaha 425 XTO 4-stroke out­boards are an op­tion.

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