Canadian Yachting May 2016 - (Page 54)
POWER REVIEW | EVERGLADES 230 CENTER CONSOLE, YAMAHA F300
By Andy Adams
There are some good reasons why we're seeing more and
more center console saltwater fishing boats appearing on our
inland bodies of water across Canada-versatility, comfort
and performance-and yes, they are great for fishing!
Let's start at the top-literally. Like most center consoles, our
Everglades 230 Center Console test boat featured a full
fiberglass hardtop and it was fairly long, offering a bit more
sun protection than many. Of course, it keeps the rain off,
but the hardtop also offers a handy mounting spot for lights,
speakers, electronics, aerials and more. Our test boat included a zippered overhead compartment to keep lifejackets
within arms reach.
The top is on a large-diameter, white powder coated frame
which is sturdy, attractive and allows you to grab it anywhere
for a secure handhold. Around the trailing edge of the hardtop is an array of rod holders on very strong framing. All of
these features make it much easier to step into the boat -
just grab on anywhere and step down. If you've ever had the
misfortune of slipping and falling into a fiberglass boat from
up on the dock, you know how important this can be.
The decks are all finished in diamond pattern nonskid
that continues right to the transom where you could also step
on to the casting platforms or the swim platforms.
The exterior provides functionality from bow to stern. At
the stern, the swim platforms include a port side fold down
boarding ladder and these let you get close enough to the
water to bring in a really big fish, or to put on your ski or
wakeboard with equal convenience.
Those port and starboard aft casting platforms are key fishing
features and Everglades has cleverly added latches and
hinges so you can swing these up to reveal port and starboard
jump seats for family seating space.
In between these is an enormous 27 gallon aerated live
well. A thick clear plexiglass lid lets you keep an eye on
things and it has a gasket to prevent spills. Locating the live
well at the stern like this gives the fish the softest ride.
Also in this area are controls for the live well and easily
accessed switches for the dual batteries.
C a n a d i a n Y a c h t i n g MAY 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2016
Vantage Point: Wood you ever go back?
Waterfront: Marine News
Club Profile: Midland Bay Sailing Club
Boat Handling: Embarrassment-free Docking Tips - Docking your boat is not rocket science but it also can be intimidating. Follow these clearly outlined techniques to improve your docking performance. By Brenda and Doug Dawson
Shafts and Propellers: Props Part 2 - Part 2 focusses on the other parts of your drive system that can be critical to either maximizing your propellor’s effectives, or robbing it of the ability to perfom its best. By Rob MacLeod
Destination: Azores - The Shards take sabbatical in the Portuguese islands of the Azores in the middle of their transatlantic crossing. Offering stunning landscapes steeped in history, this traditional provisioning waypoint for pilots and sailors is now a blossoming charter destination. By Sheryl Shard, Photos by Paul and Sheryl Shard
Behind the Scenes: MJM Yachts - Made exclusively by Boston BoatWorks, learn how MJM combines old principles of boat design with modern techniques to produce, light, stable and extremely fuel-efficient yachts. By Kate Fincham
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 31
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 46
Power Review: Everglades 230 CC
Crossing the Line: The 180-second Workout
Canadian Yachting May 2016