Yachts International - - Boats Of Distinction - BY AN­DREW PARKIN­SON

Awak­en­ing in Marsh Har­bour to a pound­ing surf in Abaco Sound and 25 knots of pre­vail­ing breeze out of the north­east may have stopped my play­date with some boats, but not the Ever­glades 435cc. Un­der the cir­cum­stances, a weather de­lay would have been well re­ceived un­der the realm of ac­cept­able pro­to­col, but for this flag­ship of a brand that touts its boats as “unsinkable,” this Ba­hamas blow was just an­other day at the of­fice.

We had the wa­ter pretty much to our­selves, save for some hard-core sport­fish boats—and the 435cc seemed to­tally in her el­e­ment. The ro­bust 43-footer raced up on plane with ease, thanks to a quadru­ple rack of the stan­dard Yamaha F300s that can push her to the tune of some­where just north of 50 knots. (Ex­pect the op­tional Yamaha F350s to hit closer to 58 knots.) When I inched the pins back to a more fu­el­ef­fi­cient 40 knots, she burned 50 gal­lons per hour, as ad­ver­tised.

What I didn’t ex­pect was the level of comfort at that clip in such slop. The Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer hid­ing in the bilge made its pres­ence known, and de­spite the sea land­ing some pretty ag­gres­sive hooks and jabs with the oc­ca­sional up­per­cut, the 435cc never once landed hard, an at­tri­bu­tion of her rad­i­cal hull de­sign, which fea­tures a vari­able-dead­rise deep-V with a stag­ger­ing 25 de­grees at the tran­som. On a kinder day, we might have even en­joyed open­ing the hy­draulic, tem­pered­glass re­tractable wind­shield for a hair tou­sle, but who’s com­plain­ing about be­ing dry?

We could have eas­ily joined the big boys and slayed a few wa­hoo, but our itin­er­ary took us on a longish hike up the sound to Trea­sure Cay, where we grabbed a moor­ing about 10 feet off the beach and waded ashore for lunch. Hav­ing that kind of ac­cess in short wa­ter is a tes­ta­ment to the 435cc’s ver­sa­til­ity as a tough-built ma­chine and a reli­able day cruiser.

She’s a head-turner from shore—as most cen­ter con­soles with bulging quads tend to be—but it was her gump­tion that turned heads on this day, leav­ing one cou­ple at the restau­rant to re­mark at how shocked they were to see any boat out on the wa­ter in such con­di­tions.

Her hull and per­for­mance make the 435cc as fine a near-off­shore plat­form as most small con­vert­ibles, and her stream­lined cen­ter con­sole de­sign is well fit­ted out for her class. She has a ser­vice­able berth; a gal­ley with sink, re­frig­er­a­tor and mi­crowave; a flat-screen tele­vi­sion; 10,000 Btu of air con­di­tion­ing; and a head/shower area with a pri­vacy cur­tain. You won’t sleep the whole fam­ily down there, but it more than meets the need it’s de­signed for, which is to have a nice place to get out of the weather, eat, snooze and shower. Still, with nap­ping ac­cou­trements limited to two, you’re prob­a­bly not mak­ing many overnight runs to the canyons—although you could if you wanted.

Up on deck are fish­ing and cruis­ing ameni­ties in a walka­round lay­out whose space is sur­pris­ing given the con­sole’s girth. A side-board­ing (aka “tuna”) door leaves room for two rows of cov­ered, cush­ioned seat­ing un­der the con­sole ceil­ing, and there are padded lounges with an­gled backs and arm­rests for two for­ward, above a 225-gal­lon fish locker. Two more lounges are far­ther for­ward over the port and star­board gear-stowage com­part­ments, and a 4-foot-wide tran­som pull-down bench seat opens from the 45-gal­lon freezer/fish box— with tele­scop­ing canopies for sun-drenched days on the hook.

Ac­cord­ing to the builder, the 435cc houses as many as 40 rods. A full rig­ging sta­tion is abaft the con­sole, and a twin 18-foot Taco Ma­rine Grand Slam Outrig­ger pack­age comes stan­dard.

Big-time sport­fish­er­men who want small-time main­te­nance and up­keep may find a lot to like about the Ever­glades 435cc. To my taste, she’s also a plea­sur­able plat­form for zip­ping over to the Ba­hamas on week­ends with friends or fam­ily, or for use as a ver­sa­tile su­pery­acht ten­der.

For more in­for­ma­tion: ev­er­glades­

above: The 435cc is equipped with at­trac­tive, functional ameni­ties. right: All lit up, her rack of quad out­boards looks rather im­pos­ing, even while tied up dock­side for the night. top: With Yamaha F300s, the 435cc carves up the waves at just north of...

above and right: The cabin is nicely ap­pointed for day trips as a place to dodge the weather, eat, shower or nap. bot­tom: Moored about 10 feet off the beach at Trea­sure Cay. Such ac­cess and ease of ma­neu­ver­ing in short wa­ter sit­u­a­tions sep­a­rates the...

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