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.
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.
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.
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).
Engines: Quad Yamaha 425 XTOs
Load: 350 gal. fuel, 3 crew
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)
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)
Fuel: 486 gal.
Max HP: 1,700
Base Price: $573,846 (w/ quad Yamaha F300s)