We Say: The new Wellcraft 262 Fisherman center console offers abundant tackle and rod stowage for serious offshore fishing. A 17-gallon livewell in the starboard quarter and another 23-gallon livewell in the port quarter are augmented by an optional 25-gallon livewell (with viewing window) behind the deluxe helm seats.
An Orca 42-quart cooler slides on tracks to serve as a seat forward of the console or as a step up in the bow. Our test boat featured the Family Package with bow seating/lounges and a side-mount table. A transom bench-style seat folds away quickly. Access to the interior of the center console is provided by a front, upward-opening door. An optional inward-opening dive door on the port side helps you land big fish. Two helm chairs feature flip-up bolsters and fold-down armrests. MarineMat decking at the helm, in the forward rod locker, and at strategic points along the gunwales to protect fishing reels is included with the Scarab Offshore Package. A tri-tone gelcoat scheme and special graphics adorn the exterior with this option.
Twin Mercury Verado 275 outboards propelled the 262 Fisherman to a top speed of 57.4 mph. The deep-V hull rode smoothly and cornered superbly. Mercury power steering and digital throttle and shift made handling a cinch.
Who’d Want One: Saltwater anglers looking for a capable offshore machine.
Another Choice: Cobia‘s 261CC ($102,452 with twin Yamaha F150s) has a wider beam but less bait capacity.
Bottom Line: $164,409 (with twin Mercury Verado 250s); wellcraft.com