EV­ER­GLADES 253CC

Sport Fishing - - SF BOATS - BY CHRIS WOODWARD

THE NEW 253CC con­tin­ues the same hy­brid bay/off­shore tra­di­tion as Ev­er­glades’ 243cc and 273cc mod­els. The 24-foot-9-inch hull fea­tures 91 square feet of cock­pit space, two aft fold-down seats that con­vert to a non­skid cast­ing plat­form, lock­able and cush­ioned rod stor­age for­ward, and a 69-gal­lon in-floor in­su­lated fish box and 26-gal­lon livewell.

The 253cc comes with hold­ers for two Yeti Hop­per 20 cool­ers be­neath the lean­ing post and a built-in 87-quart EverCooler un­der the for­ward con­sole seat. A step-down head com­part­ment and im­proved dash stor­age cre­ate ex­tra con­ve­nience for crew mem­bers. Also at the helm, Ev­er­glades made room for dual 12-inch elec­tron­ics dis­plays.

In Yamaha per­for­mance test­ing, the 253 with a sin­gle F300 reached a top speed of 46 mph at 5,700 rpm, achiev­ing 1.74 mpg. The boat reached 30 mph in 9.57 sec­onds. The most fuel-ef­fi­cient cruise came in at

3,500 rpm, where the ves­sel reached 26 mph and 2.92 mpg.

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