Boat Review: Everglades 243cc

After a full season of fishing Cape Cod for stripers, tuna and albies, Capt. Mike Hogan has a lot of great things to say about the Everglades Boats 243cc. In early September, he set out in search of albies, but also to give a review of one of the most comfortable and versatile center consoles he's ever been on.

The Everglades 243cc is the industry leader in the inshore boat market, and has been since its debut. Add an optional GPS-enabled trolling motor and you'll never need to anchor again. Optional jackplate and lifting platforms allow you to get into those shallow spots that most boats this size don't dare.

By adding the optional, patent-pending upper station to your standard-equipment hardtop you'll spot fish you never even knew were there.

The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the casting platform/bow seating to make cast-netting live bait a breeze! The most comfortable place to sit on any boat while underway is the stern and the 243cc provides two incredible foldaway seats on either side of the livewell. When not in use, fold the seatbacks down to use the huge aft casting deck. So, whether you want to fish the back country or run 30 miles offshore, the 243cc can satisfy your requirements. This boat is guaranteed to spoil you!

Videos

Trailering the Everglades 243cc

After keeping the Everglades 243cc in his driveway just down the street from the town boat ramp this season, Capt. Mike Hogan had a great chance to experience how easy it is to trailer this boat.

Retractable Windshield Review

Capt. Mike shows off the versatility of the Everglades 243cc here with its retractable windshield. Put the windshield down to improve communication with the anglers on the bow, and put it back up to stay out of the spray on the ride home.

Fishing the Everglades 243cc

On an early September day, Capt. Mike takes the Everglades 243cc out albie fishing in marginal weather. He explains how the 20-inch deadrise makes the boat a stable fishing platform in rough seas.

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24' 3"
OVERALL LENGTH

8' 2"
OVERALL BEAM

82 GAL
FUEL CAPACITY

300
MAX HP

16"
DRAFT (HULL ONLY)

31"
DRAFT (ENGINE DOWN)

20"
DEADRISE AT TRANSOM

4000 LBS
WEIGHT (NO ENGINE, APPROX)

1725 LBS
MAX WEIGHT CAPACITY

9 GAL
WATER CAPACITY

7' 5"
BRIDGE CLEARANCE W/ HARDTOP

67 GAL
FISHBOX CAPACITY - FWD