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Wellcraft 402 Fisherman Boat Review

Battle ready, this center console is armed to the teeth for fishing and wrapped in luxury for crew comfort and fun.

July 13, 2020
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Wellcraft 402 Fisherman running offshore
Wellcraft’s 402 Fisherman is the new flagship of the model lineup. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats

Wellcraft’s 402 Fisherman, powered by four of Yamaha’s XTO Offshore 425s, topped out at about 63 mph during my February test in South Florida, but the boat has run 65 in some trials. The hull’s response to the helm is crisp, and power steering is smooth and positive, thanks to digital controls and a joystick.

Quad outboards on the 402
The quad-outboard-powered 402 can top 63 mph. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats

Anglers will appreciate the dual, 28-gallon aquarium-style livewells. They can also haul tuna or big kings aboard through the twin port/starboard dive doors, then slide them into the macerated fish boxes. Wellcraft has an upper station in the works for the 402, and that should be popular among hardcore offshore anglers.

Twin livewells aft
Anglers will appreciate the twin 27-gallon livewells aft. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats
Tackle storage behind helm seats
Aft of the two-row helm seating, anglers will find a freshwater sink and tackle storage. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats
Lots of storage in the helm unit
The helm unit features plenty of drawers and slots for lures, rigs and other gear. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats

A grill option after the second row of helm seats retains bait-rigging amenities like a freshwater sink and tackle storage. The contoured forward lounge and wrap-around bow seating provide plenty of room for relaxing on the ride home. Standard removable cushioned backs on the forward seating offer a face-forward option as well.

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Large helm with multiple screens
The expansive helm face can hold two large electronics display screens. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats
Plush seating in the bow
Family fishermen will find plenty of comforts and conveniences at the bow. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats
Roomy forward lounge
The forward lounge converts to a roomy double berth. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats

Beneath the console, the spacious cabin features an enclosed porcelain head. A forward lounge can be converted to a roomy double berth and an abbreviated galley comes with an optional refrigerator, sink and microwave. For additional family comforts, order a Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer ($51,300), Westerbeke 5.0 genset ($17,800) and air-conditioning (8,000 BTU; $4,267).

Inward-opening boarding door
The 402 comes with inward-opening boarding doors to port and starboard. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats
Wellcraft 402 Fisherman from overhead
Tricked out for fishing and comfort, the 402 will appeal to many levels of anglers. Courtesy Wellcraft Boats

Performance

Engines: Quad Yamaha 425 XTOs

Load: 350 gal. fuel, 3 crew

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Time to 20 mph: 4.41 sec. (factory spec)

Top Speed: 63.4 mph @ 6,000 rpm

Best MPG: 0.7 mpg @ 41.9 mph (4,000 rpm)

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Hull

LOA: 40 ft. 4 in.

Beam: 12 ft. 6 in.

Transom Deadrise: 22 deg. DRAFT: 3 ft. 6 in. (max) WEIGHT: 19,500 lb. (w/ engines)

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Fuel: 486 gal.

Max HP: 1,700

Base Price: $573,846 (w/ quad Yamaha F300s)

Wellcraft Boats

Cadillac, Michigan

wellcraft.com

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