Wellcraft 162 Fisherman First Glance

Big features in a small package

Wellcraft 162 Fisherman First Glance
The 162 Fisherman is a well-designed fishing package.Courtesy Wellcraft

As engineering methods and materials evolve in sophistication, boatbuilders seem to pack more and more features into smaller, better-designed packages. Wellcraft says that’s what anglers will indeed find on the 162 Fisherman.

The smallest in the Fisherman series — which includes seven other models from 18 to 25 feet — the self-bailing 162 employs the same high freeboard, signature bow flair and sweeping sheer line as its brethren. The spacious bow sports twin rod holders with hook keepers as well as flush-mount hinges to keep things smooth and snag free.

The forward seat ahead of the console hides space beneath for stowing an optional, insulated battery-powered bait bucket. The console comes with a 12-volt receptacle and dual USB chargers. Wellcraft laid Marine Mat atop the console for secure storage of loose items.

At the helm, a folding bench offers seating and acts as an insulated cooler. Aft, twin jump seats fold to create a casting deck. Between those seats lies the 12-gallon removable fuel tank. The 162 Fisherman is offered with a 60, 70, 75 or 90 hp outboard.

LOA: 16 ft. 4 in.
Beam: 7 ft.
Dry Weight: 1,800 lb. (w/ engine)
Draft: 1 ft. 5 in.
Transom Deadrise: 15 deg.
MSRP: $21,588 (w/ Mercury FourStroke 60, trailer)