John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

APRIL 2012
 
   
Length overall  23' 7"
Beam  8' 6"
Draft 15"        
Weight 4,861 lb (dry)
Max HP 300         
Fuel 112 gal Water 9 gal          
Base Price $104,875

Everglades Boats has entered the family fishing boat market with its new 230 Dual Console. Like all of its Everglades sisters, this boat is built with the company’s unsinkable and virtually indestructible RAMCAP structural foam-filled system, with the hull shape designed and weight distribution engineered to balance a family-friendly layout that also meets the needs of serious anglers. Thus the boat offers an open bow with insulated fishboxes under the cushioned seats and a long storage compartment down the centerline that can hold rods or skis and wakeboards. The port console includes a portable head with pump-out, though the entrance is tight. A storage box to port opposite the helm carries a pivoting bolster seat that can face forward for running or turn to watch skiers. Aft of the helm seat is a bait prep center with sink. At the transom, twin jump seats flank a 27-gallon livewell.

All fittings are stout, in the Everglades tradition. A special feature is the powder-coated arch that holds a sturdy Bimini top, rod holders, outrigger mounts and a stout hitch for tow sports. The best engine match for the 230 DC’s intended uses is Yamaha’s 300-hp, 4.2-liter Offshore four-stroke, which will offer plenty of power for towing, efficient cruising speeds in the 20s and 30s, and top speed in the upper 40s. Everglades Boats, Edgewater, Fla. 386-409-2202; www.evergladesboats.com.