We Say: The updated Wellcraft 232 Fisherman offers a wave-cutting deep-V hull and new standard features and interior refinements. A standard T-top features a rack of four rod holders, a spreader light, an overhead life-jacket pouch and outrigger-mounting plates. Along the forward and aft cockpits, low-profile bow rails provide an element of safety when moving about. Hydraulic steering and a tilt-and-lock wheel make handling easy.
There’s room to flush-mount the optional Raymarine 8.4-inch multifunction display on the dash panel.
At the transom you’ll find a foldaway bench seat, so the crew can rest when running to and from the fishing grounds. There’s also a 5.25-gallon live-bait tank in the port quarter, but serious anglers will want more capacity. The integrated swim platform is accessible via a starboard transom door.
Powered by a single Yamaha F250, our boat bolted to 30 mph in 7.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 47 mph with two healthy adult males on board — about all the speed most boating anglers need.
Who'd Want One: Serious anglers who pursue both inshore fish, like striped bass and bluefish, and offshore species such as mahi or grouper.
Another Choice: Check out Pioneer’s 222 Sportfish ($65,699 with Suzuki DF300AP), a comparable center-console that forgoes cooler space under the transom seat in favor of a much larger livewell (32 gallons).
Bottom Line: $74,050 (base price with Yamaha F250); wellcraft.com