Captain's ReportWellcraft 270 CoastalGreat Coastal Family, Fishing and Cruising do go TogetherBy Capt. Robert SmithWellcraft took the advice from many prospective customers and comments from current owners of their Coastal line and developed a more manageable cruiser for the entire family. I tested her larger sister last year, so seeing this one on the docks caused me to take a second look. From one pier away, I was looking at the same boat, or it appeared so. When I approached her, it was obvious Wellcraft took time to maximize space and downsize this model to something that is easier to handle for the active family who enjoys all the joys of watersports activity.Stern FeaturesWhereas her larger sister uses inboards, this design uses outboards but loses nothing in power and gains cabin space. The large engine splashwell separates the integrated swim platform with a port side walk-through and here there is a convenient standard dive ladder that only takes a moment to slip into the receiver. There is a swim shower to quickly rinse off once you return from diving or just a dip in the ocean. Also back here is a water connection in the engine splashwell and under the gunwale on the port side. Wide gunwale tops leave room to add some serious fishing gear and have aggressive grip surfaces for when boarding from along side docks. Two rod holders are in the top on each side for trolling and below are rod racks to keep three rods ready for action. Cockpit bolsters are standard and a gutter system leads any water into the cockpit safely to scuppers in the corners. Large fishboxes in either side of the cockpit have stainless support rods and overboard pumpouts. The center of the stern features a very handy bench seat that sets up in seconds, becoming one of the best seats in the house. Behind this seat and in the corners are access panels to mechanicals and the bilge. Moving upMolded-in steps lead to the bow along a pathway with high stainless steel railings for safety. Behind the companion side seating is a bench with removable cushion and storage below. This box tips out for access below for more machinery and an optional generator and air conditioning system. The bait station is located behind the helm seat. The bait station is equipped with a covered sink and a 42 gallon Kodiak Pro Flow baitwell, cutting board and knife and tool organizer.At the HelmThe companion/navigator seating is crescent-shaped and comfortably seats two. Two drink holders are in the center of the lower cushion at the back. Underneath the seating is a large dry storage locker and in the end an additional locker has three tackle organizers and a drawer for tools or tackle. The helm side features a bolster which gives you a comfortable leaning post for stand-up driving. If you need more storage room, there is another dry locker below the helm seat. Wellcraft has created many open spaces at the dash so that you can arrange the electronics just how you want them; two C80 units from Raymarine will easily fit in here. Our test boat was equipped with the Yamaha digital gauge, optional windlass, and spotlight controls as well as the optional aluminum steering wheel with power knob. Also at the dash is a stereo remote for the Clarion marine stereo which is mounted in the cabin.Access to the BowAlthough going to the bow is more comfortable down the side walkways, you can also get there going up three steps in the dash and through the walk-through windshield. The overhead is a bit low with the hardtop, but not as tight as some others I have seen. On the bow, the cabin top has a large hatch for light and air and forward is an anchor roller, anchor chute and deck pipe leading up to the optional windlass and foot controls. The hardtop is standard features a spreader light and comes with three rocket launcher rod holders up each aft leg. Our test model also had sail tracks for an enclosure for those cool days or for rainy days on the way out to the fishing grounds.Down BelowThere is a sliding cabin door with flying steps that lead into a spacious cabin. The galley is mounted portside and across the top is the power distribution panel, microwave, and the Clarion stereo is mounted in the end of the cabinet along with an optional DVD player. The countertop is Granulon with molded sink and single burner stove. A Norcold dual voltage refrigerator is located below the countertop. Forward, the dinette converts into a full berth with reading lights and large mirror in the peak. On the starboard end is a hanging closet to help keep your clothes fresh. Further aft on the starboard side is a fiberglass-lined head with pull-out shower wand and Sealand VacuFlush head. One advantage of the outboards is apparent down here with an under cockpit mid-cabin that the kids will love.It certainly looks like Wellcraft is going to hit a home run with this one. This versatile coastal cruiser has all the fishing amenities you and your family will want as well as the features every cruising family needs.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Wellcraft 270 Coastal (2007- Not in Production) is 46.1 mph (74.2 kph), burning 34.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 130.58 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Wellcraft 270 Coastal (2007- Not in Production) is 27.1 mph (43.6 kph), and the boat gets 1.79 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.76 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 302 miles (486.02 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-Stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Yes (10-year Protection Plan )
|5-year Limited Yes|
|ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes Yes CE - export only|
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