There just seemed to be much too much cockpit space on board this 210 Fisherman, and it took a second to figure out where it all came from. Wellcraft abandoned the popular "Euro-transom" and integrated-swim-platform design that other manufacturers use, and ran the passenger space all the way to the motor-mounting screws. We'd call it a "cab-aft" design reminiscent of the cab-forward auto designs that have squeezed more passenger space from small-wheelbase vehicles. We liked it right away.
First, if you want a swim platform, there's plenty of space on the transom to add one as an option. Second, if you want more platform space, you add a second platform to the other side of the motor. Finally, the running surface stretches to the transom too, while a step in the hull at the keel lets water reform in front of the prop for solid hookups. All of this was evident the minute we took the helm and jumped it up on plane in a little more than four seconds — not bad for a boat weighing more than 4,000 pounds with motor and crew. It knocked down chop as well, and we proved it by plowing up some rough water then doubling back over it at cruising speed.
If it's creature comfort you boat for, we found enough on board to satisfy any coastal boater. Jump-seat cushions tuck away in the console when not in use. After a day of messy fishing or gritty beachcombing, the Wellcraft 210 is a hose-and-go model made for easy cleanups. And for the comfort of the crew, there's a portable head tucked in the beefy helm station.
Key Note: Wellcraft's new design has a full transom-to-bow working cockpit, giving passengers the full benefit of its 21-foot length.
• Molded-in leaning post gives comfort in its durable design.
• Leaning-post seat back mounts in rod holders or stows for hard-core fishing.
• Twin fish boxes are insulated and have macerator pumps for easy draining.
• The aerated livewell in the leaning post is enormous.
- Vital Stats
- Length Overall: 21'
- Beam: 8'6"
- Dry Weight: 3,575 lb.
- Seating/Weight Capacity: 8/2,100 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 101 gal.
- Maximum HP: 250
- MSRP (w/ Yamaha F200): $50,030
- NMMA Certified: Yes
- Test Drive
- Test Engine: Yamaha F200
- Test Prop: SWS II 17"
- Test Load: People (310 lb.), Fuel (75 gal.)
- Top Speed: 43.5 mph @ 5,950 rpm
- Time to Plane: 4.3 sec.
- Time to 30 MPH: 11.2 sec.
- Minimum Plane: 17.5 mph @ 3,600 rpm