Boat Test: 2018 Wellcraft 202 Fisherman

Boat Tested2018 Wellcraft 202 Fisherman
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Center Console
Manufacturer Wellcraft
Length20ft 4in / 6.20 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
HullFiberglass
Max HP200
Drive TypeOutboard
Fuel Capacity56
By Jon Blaicher
If you’re hunting for a fibreglass centre console boat, chances are you’re planning to venture away from shore, with a few rods on board. Wellcraft recently expanded their centre console line-up with two new Fisherman models for 2018. While these models cater to the angler inside, they don’t alienate the family either.

At the bow, you will find a large non-skid casting platform, but by adding the optional snap-in cushions, it transforms into a family lounge area. Under the centre bow seat is a transparent 24-gallon aquarium-style aerated livewell. Optional wraparound EVA foam coaming bolsters provide comfort and are far more durable and stain resistant than vinyl.

A bench seat is integrated into the console door which flips up on two stainless gas struts to reveal a storage compartment just large enough to accommodate an optional day head.

The helm is sharp looking with controls and stereo mounted to a lower black insert, while the gauges and electronics are set higher in the white console, where they remain unobstructed regardless of driving position. Our test boat had an optional seven-inch Garmin GPS chartplotter. There is still plenty of space for even larger displays. The double wide helm seat has no arm rests or flip up bolster, but the back does pivot to allow you to sit facing aft, where much of the action will be when the lines are in the water.

The optional aluminum T-top is powder coated for durability and comes with a canvas cover for shade. It provides support in rough conditions while providing a mount for clamp-on rocket-launcher rod holders. It does not fold down for storage, but you can remove the top half with four bolts if necessary.

There are four rod holders below the gunwales. If you need more, just check the box with the optional stainless package to add two combination rod/cup holders to stern. The two aft jump seats fold flat, converting into solid stern casting platforms.

A ski pylon is optional, but the swim platforms to either side of the engine are fairly small and a bit high off the water for frequent use.

Engines from Mercury and Yamaha are available from 115 to 200 hp. With a relatively light hull and a moderate dead rise, she will run in the mid-thirties with a 115. But the F200 on our test boat seemed more appropriate with the big Scarab hull graphic that comes with the offshore package. With a light load we were out of the hole in about four seconds and managed to touch 47 miles per hour on GPS, albeit down wind and on the limiter.

A steady breeze kicked up about two feet of chop, which this boat shrugged off with ease. Glass stringers and foam floatation provide a very solid feeling underfoot, and a self-bailing cockpit provides peace of mind venturing away from shore. 

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Yamaha F200, four-stroke outboard
DETAILS
Length: 20 ft 4 in / 6.2 mBeam: 8 ft 6 in / 2.59 mWeight: 2,650 lb / 1,202 kg (boat only)Fuel Capacity: 56 US gal / 212 L 
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