The only dual console in the builder’s lineup is versatile, fast, safe and fully featured.
Normally, having really long arms while on a sea trial is about as advantageous as having a third eye during an eclipse, but on this day my oversized limbs came in handy. We were whipping across the top of the waves at 53 mph in the Everglades 340DC (Dual Console) when my host’s hat succumbed to the wind, pirouetted not pensively at all somewhere over the cockpit and performed an elegant bill-first dive into the water. A quick 180 had us back in the area of the HOB, and we spotted the drenched cap.
I could have used the starboard-side dive door, which opens inward to accommodate any circumstance that might not allow a door to swing out, to retrieve the hat. But someone with a wingspan that exceeds his 78-inch height has little need for such shortcuts, and Garrison Williams of Tide Yacht Sales had his head cover back, though it spent the remainder of the test in the sink housed in a galley unit immediately aft of the helm seat.
We were tucked safely behind the Everglades 340DC’s impressive windshield, which wraps around to the sides, so how did Williams’ hat land in the drink? We had the middle section of the windshield open. It’s one of the signature features on the 340DC, and Williams had been showing me how it works. It doesn’t swing open manually like most dual console windshields do. This one, with the simple push of a button, quietly slides open to the port side. Simple as can be.
Room to Roam, Relax
As the newest boat in the Everglades lineup, and the only dual console, the 340DC possesses the ability to host a few anglers for a day of, hopefully, catching, or it can keep a group of a dozen or so lollers comfortable during a day cruise around the harbor, or it can put a couple in the thick of things for a weekend at a favorite island haunt.
Through the aforementioned dive door and a door from the swim platform, also on the starboard side, is the cockpit. At 96 square feet, it does double duty as a fish-fighting arena and a conversation area, potentially for folks who don’t want the cover provided by the hardtop, though a power extended sun shade can be deployed.
Anglers will appreciate the 71-gallon transom fishbox, which can be segmented, the 24-gallon circulating and pressurized livewell, rod holders in the gunwales and on the aft legs of the hardtop support, and optional carbon-fiber outriggers. Padding along the aft and port sides will soften the fighting arena at about most anglers’ thigh height.
On the social front, the cockpit on the Everglades 340DC includes a loveseat bench that faces aft (and shares a base with the companion settee forward of it) and two seats that fold forward and down out of the transom; they hide away for fishing action. A galley console just aft of the helm seat houses a sink, an electric grill, a refrigerator, a couple of speakers for the entertainment system and storage. The entire space transitions fairly easily from action to inaction, from tending riggers to measuring jiggers.
The Pointy End
Opposite the cockpit, through the aforementioned walkthrough created by the power window and its attendant door, is a bow seating area that wraps around and is enhanced by a removable table that can be upgraded to teak, speakers, cupholders and an easy-to-erect Bimini. Several people can sit with their feet on the deck, or two people can use the seats like a chaise lounge — backrests aft make this possible — and bogart the area. Integrated into the very forward section of the wraparound seating is a 30-quart cooler, which is sure to encourage laziness (“I never have to leave this seat.”) on a lazy day of drifting or harbor idling.
Space inside the consoles is not wasted. Everglades designers and engineers figured out a way to give this 33-and-a-half footer (36 feet with the engines) a berth and a head with a shower. In the port console is a sofa that converts to a berth and a TV. Air conditioning is an option, for muggy nights or afternoon naps on the hook in a secluded cove.
To starboard, day cruisers and/or anglers will find the head. Its wenge cabinetry and solid-surface countertops tie it in with the rest of the boat, and its vanity top stretches the length of the space. The toilet — holding capacity is 15 gallons — is situated against the forward wall, and a teak shower seat folds down to cover it, giving folks a perch upon which to sit during a shower. Given that it’s a wet head — the shower wand resides in a recess in the sole and pulls up — sitting should keep the water from going everywhere.
Cap’n & Companions
Working our way back to the midpoint of the Everglades 340DC, we find the helm, captain’s seat and companion seat. The latter is on the port side and can accommodate two people on its elevated perch. Its seat bottom opens the long way, swinging up on its portside hinges to expose storage for life jackets or anything else that will fit. (On a side note, the storage here is much like in other places aboard in that a net hangs from the opening and elevates the stored items above machinery spaces and batteries, such as under the hatches in the cockpit and walkway forward. It’s an out-of-sight feature Everglades pays attention to, same as the finished fiberglass everywhere and the double-clamped below-the-waterline hoses.)
Now, I have no proof Everglades designers came up with the concept for this model while on a tropical getaway, but there’s a feature here that makes me wonder. Opposite the seat is a pad, a backrest of sorts, that looks out of place. And against the hullside is a rectangle of fiberglass that also kinda looks out of place. But once one lifts the slab of fiberglass up and slots it into place, everything makes sense. The rectangle is a seat cushion and the pad becomes a backrest for an aft-facing occupant on the newly created chaise lounge. Lots of lounging on this boat.
To starboard is the helm and its doublewide seat. Twin Garmin 7616 MFDs dominate the dash and allow the captain to control about everything on board. A stainless wheel with a spinner knob is front and center, while the engine throttles and joystick are immediately to starboard. Overhead is a Garmin electronic compass display and a Yamaha engine display.
Perched at the helm, we ran the Everglades 340DC through its speed range and pulled many effortless hard-over turns and tight figure 8s. The hull felt like it was stuck to the water in a solid and safe way during our frequent turns and changes of direction, owing to its 20-degree transom deadrise, hard chine at the waterline and twin lifting strakes below.
Top speed on test day was 53 mph at 6200 rpm, at which point the Yamaha XTO 425 hp outboards — the new alpha dogs of the Yamaha lineup — were burning a combined 77 gph. Backing off to a more reasonable cruising speed leveled the fuel burn and increased the range. At a quick 39 mph, fuel burn was 37.2 gph, so better than 1 mpg, and the props were spinning at 4600 rpm.
We found the most efficient planing speed on test day to be 25 mph, where I calculated the range to be 354 miles (with a 5 percent reserve, to match Yamaha testing). At 31.5 mph, the range was 333 miles, and even at 39 mph it reached 299 miles. The 340DC’s time to plane on test day averaged 3.5 seconds.
Aimed at buyers who have a self-professed hardcore angler or two and family members who would rather chill, the Everglades 340DC is a well-thought-out multimission machine that can transition from one activity to another. In fact, with the way it’s set up, there’s hardly any transition necessary. Fish seekers can fish. Loafers can loaf. Nappers can nap. Grillers can grill. And divers can dive, or fetch a wayward hat.