It’s here. The Everglades 435cc in metallic, robin-egg blue. Introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, it is touted as “aggressive, masculine, yet graceful.”
This new Bob Dougherty hull carries the designer’s mark of distinction, according to Bryan Harris, vice president of sales and marketing. “Bob started with a blank piece of paper last May, and we’re already in production with presold, sight-unseen boats,” said Harris.
In the lineup of luxury fishing boats, the Everglades 435cc outshines them all. Joe Flota, Director of New Product Development, said, “the exterior is big.” On deck there are three individual seats at the helm and multiple folding and/or bench seats at the transom, front console, behind the helm and bow. Plus seating at the two-level island prep station.
Standard fare are the 570-gallon fuel tank, 120-gallon capacity live-well, 225-gallon fish box, 45-gallon bait freezer and 75 gallons of potable water. Creature comforts include an air conditioner, microwave, refrigerator, electric-head, shower, TV/DVD and a queen-size bed which converts to a couch.
“The 435 is a natural progression from the Everglades 355,” said Harris. “The longer, beamier design caters to the interests of larger boat owners who demand high quality fit and finish. And it fulfills the wish lists of our loyal, dedicated owners who have been waiting for a bigger boat.”
True to form, all design work was done in-house starting with Dougherty, who works at a drafting table in the corner of his office. All Everglades boats are built with his patented, award-winning Rapid Molded Core Assembly Process, or RAMCAP. This process allows the fiberglass skins to be assembled around pre-molded foam, unlike the traditional method of injecting the foam core between the hull and the deck.
“There is a wealth of knowledge with Bob,” said Harris. “He knows more about unsinkable than anybody in the industry.”
The design team, headed by Flota and chief engineer Gregg Inscore, takes the hull design and goes from there. After the calculations and calibrations are teamed with eye-pleasing, functional, top quality amenities, there are few options available.
“The 435 comes with nearly everything,” said Harris. “About the only thing an owner can add is the Helmaster joystick system by Yamaha and some electronics.
“We don’t build stripped-down boats.”