If you’re looking for a fast center console boat that will do much more than go merely fishing, take a look at the new Everglades 360LXC. Your whole family will find something to love.
The 360LXC was a departure for Everglades in that this boat is built to cruise and entertain first, and fish second. Usually this builder approaches things the other way around. With nearly 80-percent of the space dedicated to the deck, it’s also different from most express cruisers in that it doesn’t use a tremendous amount of space for the cabin. Instead, the 360 LXC capitalizes on an outdoors layout and will be comfortable for a harbor-cruising cocktail hour as well as a weekend getaway.
I was surprised when I stepped aboard (via the handy side gate) and found rod holders that doubled as cupholders. Truth be told, they’ll probably hold more drinks than rods if this company has targeted the right market. Everglades took an existing hull (one that is also used for the 355CC, a hard-core fishing boat), and modified it as an experiment. If the market likes the result as much as I did, it’s possible this concept will expand to include other sizes.
The 360LXC is a center console boat–but only of sorts. The helm is amidships under a large hardtop and the wheel is indeed in the center, but that’s where the similarity with a center console model ends. The wheel is mounted on a 42” console and the engine throttles are just to the right. Twin Garmin 7616 16” multifunction displays tie together most of the systems aboard and the Yamaha Helm Master with joystick is a $45,000 option. You can only walk around the port side of the helm, because there’s a wet bar with a sink and an ice-maker to starboard.
The command station divides the boat laterally in half. Forward is a large U-shaped lounge with a settee that wraps around a hi/lo electrically-activated table that seats four comfortably for dinner. With the table down and a cushion insert, this will also be a nice place to sleep.
To port and across from the lounge is a 32” retractable flat-screen TV that lifts electrically from the forward bulkhead. Just aft of that and built into the port gunwale is an 83-quart cooler, a perfect place to stash cold drinks on ice if the chill from a pair of 1.7 cubic foot refrigerators (that slide out to port and starboard from the center island back in the cockpit), isn’t enough for you. Drawers in the center of that same module can be used for galley tools or as tackle stowage, and there’s a trash bin built in as well.
The lid of the island opens to reveal (another) sink with a fold-down spigot and a Kenyon electric grill. The chef has plenty of room to stand or move about while cooking or serving people seated forward in the lounge or aft on the built-in transom seat that holds six.
The hardtop is massive. A powder-coated aluminum frame construction supports a heavy-duty fiberglass top with two non-opening overhead hatches. The middle frame acts as a sort of ladder so you can climb up top. A second helm station is a $27,000 to 35,000 option, but isn’t really necessary unless you plan on frequent offshore fishing excursions. Visibility forward is not great and presumably, Everglades is working to improve that by rethinking the thick windshield bar and the motors and arms of the wipers. We’ll see what they come up with.
With side curtains and reverse-cycle air conditioning/heating, the forward lounge is an all-weather room that was my favorite place aboard to sit. Various LED spot and dome lights are built into the overhead for an impressive nighttime atmosphere.
There’s just enough to the interior to make the model a couple’s cruiser capable of weekending. The small cabin is accessible via a pocket door between the forward lounge and the retractable TV. It’ll be cozy for two average sized people. Bigger folks will feel cramped.
Next to the bed to starboard is another small galley with a sink, microwave, and a third refrigerator. To port is an enclosed head with a marine toilet, a sink, and a shower that has a seat—which is good because you have to be no taller than 5’ 5” stand up here. The headroom in the rest of the cabin is 5’ 8” so tall folks may feel a bit restricted.
Triple 4.2-liter Yamaha F300 V6 outboards and the bow thruster are standard, and make the boat ultimately maneuverable. Triple F350 V8’s are available as an upgrade. We eased out of the slip in the morning, maneuvering made easy with the joystick even though a current was running. A few hours practice and anyone can be a docking rock star.
Everglades is known for their all-composite hulls that are built over a pre-molded foam core and then are vacuum-bonded to a liner. The hulls are called unsinkable and the ride is smooth. Our top speed with the triples was 48.7 MPH, which was about seven MPH short of previous tests done with the F350s. Our boat was loaded up with water, fuel and three people. We found the most economical cruise around 24 MPH, burning 26 GPH, which was a calculated average of running with and against the wind and waves. With 328 gallons of gas aboard, expect a range of 250 to 300 miles. This means that even offshore fishing spots can be reached in a short day’s run.
Everglades doesn’t skimp when it comes to standard equipment. Two TVs, triple outboards, two reverse-cycle heat/air units (one for the cockpit and one for the cabin), three refrigerators, and a 7.5 kW Kohler genset are all standard fare. Garmin electronics, a satellite security system from GOST, custom hull colors, a canvas enclosure, Helm Master, a KVH TV antenna and the side gate are extra.
Admittedly, I don’t fish much. I even squeal when dealing with bait, so it’s no surprise that the cruising angle of this Everglades speaks to me. I believe it will also resonate with many others who like to fish on occasion but entertain and cruise frequently. However, don’t underestimate the fishability of this model. It’ll get to the hot spots quickly, has plenty of room for bait and live wells, and oh yeah, if you move your cans and cups, it’ll hold quite a few rods as well. With universal appeal, the 360LXC will probably spend less time at the dock and more time entertaining your whole gang out on the water, no matter what activities they enjoy.
Other Choices: Another model that splits the difference between entertainer and fishboat is the Boston Whaler 350 Outrage; the cabin is smaller and is located inside the console, but there are a number of options (like bow and cockpit sunshades, and a “Summer kitchen” in place of a tackle station in the leaning post), that lets buyers outfit this boat for multiple purposes. Another option would be the Deep Impact 360, which comes in both center console and cabin forward models.
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|Fuel capacity||328 gal.|
|Water capacity||55 gal.|