Wellcraft Debuts New Center Console Fishing Boats

Twenty-two and 24-foot bay boats feature all-new designs.

Rec Boat Holdings, makers of Wellcraft, Scarab, Glastron and Four Winns brands, hosted boating writers at its annual dealer meeting last week in Sarasota, Florida. The company announced nine new models for the Wellcraft brand in 2016, including newly crafted 22- and 24-foot Fisherman bay boats and a 24-foot Fisherman center console. Look for these boats at upcoming shows, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 5-9.

New Wellcraft Boats

Wellcraft's new 24-foot Fisherman bay boat comes with high enough freeboard for rough days and a shallow draft (14 in.) for coastal fishing. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA 24 ft. 4in, BEAM 8 ft. 6 in., DRY WEIGHT 4,000 lb., FUEL 86 gal., MAX HP 300Courtesy of Wellcraft

New Wellcraft Boats

The 221 bay boat version has comparable features to the 241 in a more compact package that’s easier to trailer and store. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA 22 ft. 4in, BEAM 8 ft. 6 in., DRY WEIGHT 3,400 lb., FUEL 52 gal., MAX HP 250Courtesy of Wellcraft

New Wellcraft Boats

The 221 we ran was powered by a Yamaha on an Atlas adjustable jackplate.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

The 241 also boasts a jackplate. And when we throttled up in our test drive, the 241 leveled right out without squatting or ventilating.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

The helm on both the 221 (pictured) and the 241 is spacious with an ideal position for switches and space for dual 12-inch displays.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Ditto on the 241 helm, pictured here.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Rod holders abound throughout these boats, including these vertical holders on the console and the fly rod holders in the gunwales.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

The hard top features grommeted holes to accommodate longer rods.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

The bow has generous storage compartments and a livewell perfect for holding shrimp.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Stern livewells are ideally designed with powerful pumps and ample water flow to keep hundreds of greenies or pilchards alive and frisky.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Forward of the console is a jump seat.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Lift up the seat to reveal a roomy changing room beneath the console that can be equipped with a toilet.Randy Vance

New Wellcraft Boats

Maintenance is made easier with roomy access to pumps and filters.Randy Vance