When Everglades set out to build its new flagship—the longest, widest and largest vessel in brand history—its team started with the best elements of previous models and then added to them. The result is the Everglades 455cc, which is intended for fishing and weekend cruising alike.
“We wanted to make sure that we had an outstanding running surface and platform for very versatile boating,” says Shane Kwaterski, director of dealer development. “The DNA is obviously a fishing boat, but it also has the creature comforts people expect from Everglades.”
The running surface allows for a top speed faster than 51 knots, according to Everglades. Range is just over 380 nautical miles at 35 knots—plenty of distance for short getaways.
“This is more so a day boat, but you could comfortably spend a weekend with your significant other on board,” Kwaterski says, adding that the cabin houses a convertible queen berth and a full-size head with a standalone shower. “You have more than enough room in the cabin to sleep two, and all the amenities of a studio apartment.”
Up top, noteworthy features include six Garmin multifunction displays (three 22-inch screens at the helm, two 16-inch screens for second-row passengers, and a screen in the upper station). A digital switching system lets owners control everything from bilge pumps to air conditioning.
In a first for Everglades, the 455cc has port and starboard dive doors. They swing inward after the gunwale lifts up. With the doors closed, anglers in the cockpit still have a coaming bolster for fighting fish. Another first for Everglades is twin in-sole fishboxes, which required creative thinking to incorporate. “We build our boats around pre-molded structural foam. There aren’t voids or spaces under the deck,” Kwaterski says. “We had to incorporate it in our foam mold and then our liner mold.”
Everglades has already sold 11 of the 455ccs. Look for the boat at the Newport International Boat Show and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Draft (engines down): 4’2”
Displ.: 28,000 lbs.
Power: (4) 425-hp Yamahas
Price (approx.): $1.4 million
This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue.