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Wellcraft 210 Fisherman (2009-2010)
(w/ 1 x 200-hp Yamaha F200 four-stroke)

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Wellcraft Scarab 210 Review - Intro

Check out the cool 210 Wellcraft. Functional layout and good entry-level boat for the family.
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Brief Summary

Wellcraft’s 210 Fisherman has a beam of 8’6”, displaces 3654 lbs. dry without an engine, has a fuel capacity of 101 gal., and a 19-degree deadrise. The company says that this boat has the only full-height outboard splash well built in this type of boat. The usable cockpit space is on par with many 22 and 23-footers, Wellcraft says. Inside the console is a head, and the company is proud of its lighted 104 qt. baitwell and its transferable 10-year structural hull warranty.

Key Features

  • Aft seats - port/stbd removable
  • Baitwell (104 qt) with light and overboard drain
  • Beverage holders (7) - stainless steel
  • Cockpit courtesy lights - LED
  • Glovebox
  • Leanpost
  • Raw water washdown
  • Storage throughout - (2) tackle storage units and rod storage under gunwale
  • Skid resistant surfaces
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 0''
    6.4 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 3,654 lbs
    1362.9 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 33''
    .84 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 8' 0''
    2.44 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 101 gal.
    382.28 L
    Water Capacity 9 gal. (optional)
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 200-hp Yamaha F200 four-stroke
    Opt. Power Various Evinrude or Yamaha up to 250-hp

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 2.7 2.3 1.1 2.4 2.1 215 187 77
    1000 4.4 3.8 1.4 3.1 2.7 282 245 84
    1500 6.1 5.3 1.5 4.2 3.6 381 331 84
    2000 7.3 6.4 2.2 3.4 2.9 306 266 88
    2500 8.1 7.0 4.6 1.8 1.5 161 140 86
    3000 9.0 7.9 6.4 1.4 1.2 128 111 93
    3500 12.8 11.1 7.2 1.8 1.5 161 140 100
    4000 26.2 22.8 8.1 3.2 2.8 294 255 96
    4500 31.1 27.0 10.0 3.1 2.7 283 246 99
    5000 35.8 31.2 11.4 3.1 2.7 286 248 102
    5500 40.4 35.1 14.0 2.9 2.5 263 228 105
    6000 43.9 38.2 17.0 2.6 2.3 235 204 106
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    500 187 346 4.30 4.16 1.00 77
    1000 245 454 7.10 5.30 1.32 84
    1500 331 613 9.80 5.68 1.78 84
    2000 266 492 11.70 8.33 1.43 88
    2500 140 259 13.00 17.41 0.76 86
    3000 111 206 14.50 24.23 0.60 93
    3500 140 259 20.60 27.25 0.75 100
    4000 255 473 42.20 30.66 1.37 96
    4500 246 455 50.10 37.85 1.32 99
    5000 248 460 57.60 43.15 1.33 102
    5500 228 423 65.00 53.00 1.23 105
    6000 204 378 70.70 64.35 1.10 106

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.6 sec.
    0 to 30 9.0 sec.
    Ratio 2.00 : 1
    Props 15-1/2 x 17 Yamaha Saltwater Series II
    Load 3 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, 10 lbs. of min, gear
    Climate 55 deg.; 70% humid.; wind: calm ; seas; calm

    Captain's Report

    Captain's Report by Capt. Steve

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    With a Scarab pedigree, it handles great, and Wellcraft made the 210 Fisherman all about space.

    Keeping with their business plan that focuses on the smaller boats, Wellcraft has introduced the 210 Fisherman. It not only functions as a great first boat, but also a likely first upgrade from that smaller boat that just doesn't have enough room after all.Wellcraft's level of fit and finish was not wasted on this 210. As I looked along the topsides, I saw no imperfections, no waving in the reflections, and no defects. It was buffed to a high gloss shine.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    With the typical center console layout, Wellcraft has engineered a comfortable and stable ride. I would have no hesitation taking this boat out in normal conditions, meaning sloppy days are no problem.

    Stepping Aboard

    Starting at the bow, I noticed right away that Wellcraft doesn't just take the easy way out. Where other builders cut a hatch out and call it an anchor locker, Wellcraft installed a stainless steel anchor roller and added a stainless hawespipe for running the rode and anchor chain through. To secure the deployed anchor there is an 8" (20.3 cm) cleat on the centerline. Just aft are the two V-seats with large hinged covers over self-draining fish boxes. The covers are finished on both sides and gasketed as well as supported by gas assist struts. Abaft of the center console, a cooler is standard equipment, and on our test boat, the optional seat cushion and backrest were also installed.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    The bow features two V-seats with large hinged covers over self-draining fish boxes. The cushions are secured with tracks that the cushions slides in and out of which is much better than snaps which can let go in a strong wind. The anchor cleat is fixed, all others are pull-up.

    The Console

    I was surprised at how much room there was on the sides of the console. All too often, fishing from the side decks means smacking the butt end of your rod into the console, particularly on a boat in this size range. On the 210 the space is mostly facilitated from the mounting method of the T-top. Wellcraft mounts it to the sides of the console where most builders attach them right to the deck. This leaves lots of open space where the frame is usually intruding into the side deck space. I also noticed that the console itself is molded in so there's no problem supporting the weight of the top, or you and your passengers when the going gets rough. In the port side is the usual head access. I found the head to be roomy enough with 60" (152.4cm) of head room (no pun intended). There’s no padding on any of the bulkheads so watch yourself if nature calls in a seaway, when slowing or stopping would be a good idea.

    The Helm

    At the helm, there were no surprises. Visibility was good and I was protected by the windshield even while standing. The panel sported two multifunction gauges giving the ability to scroll through fuel usage, fuel remaining, speed, etc. This boat also had the optional Raymarine package installed that consisted of an HD fish finder/chartplotter and a VHF and there was clearly enough open space to satisfy whatever package suited you appropriate to this size boat.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    It seemed as if my hand never left that steering knob, it was so comfortable. You can just make out the trim tab controls just ahead of the engine control. This boat is equipped with Yamaha's multi function engine gauges, one of which you can see just above the wheel.

    I liked the steering knob on the stainless steel wheel, and the optional stereo was mounted on the top right of the panel rather than hidden inside the head compartment. Another nice touch was the location of the controls for the trim tabs -- right in front of the throttle. Just extend a finger and you’re there. That said, I never touched the tabs and never felt the need to do so.

    “T” Top

    Looking up from the helm, the optional T-top that was installed on our test boat was covered in canvas, and underneath is netting for supporting life jackets. I never really cared much for that method of storage, as whatever you put in there causes the netting to sag in the middle. And since there's not really much storage room on any center console, I'd opt to let something more like chart books and binoculars cause the sagging. Life vests should be worn, not stowed when offshore.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    I have better uses for this cargo netting overhead in the T-top but it's the usual storage method for a canvas covered top.

    The only thing that I thought was lacking on the console was foot rests. It wouldn't take much to mold in a two tiered step like Wellcraft did on their 210 Sportsman, but here, it's a flat surface right down to the deck. There's was nowhere to put my feet.

    Leaning Post

    The leaning post is comfortable enough, and there's an optional backrest that inserts into the rod holders on either side of the post. That would be an attractive option and further require the need for a foot rest when you're elevated.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    The leaning post is comfortable enough, and there's an optional backrest that inserts into the rod holders on either side of the post.
    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    The aft side of the leaning post has a seat that makes a great spot for watching the lines. Notice the seatback fits into two rod holders on either side of the leaning post.

    The leaning post itself is molded in, NOT bolted in -- so it's going to be nice and sturdy. Underneath, a 26 gallon (98.4 L) baitwell is fed by a 700 gph pump, and on both sides you've got Plano storage boxes for your tackle.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    On both sides of the leaning post are pull-out tackle storage boxes.

    Aft Cockpit

    Back in the cockpit area there is plenty of room, and the coaming going all the way around is padded. The bulwarks start at 25" (63.5 cm) and get slightly higher as you go forward. The two aft seats are very comfortable when you're running, and when it's time to get down to business they remove by sliding two spring loaded deadbolts giving you access all the way to the back of the cockpit, ready to fight the fight.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    Two in-deck fishboxes in the aft cockpit are macerated and insulated. Notice the hatches are supported by gas struts. They're also back-gelled for a finished look.
    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    Those aft seats are removable for when it's time to go to work. Notice the handrail surrounding the motor well. This is unusual and I like it.
    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    While it’s not the biggest center console on the market, it’s big enough to get the job done. A great first boat, or step up from the smaller one you were going to buy.

    On the Water

    I found the handling of the 210 Fisherman to be good enough to qualify it for offshore runs without any trepidation as to whether she could handle whatever pops up. While we didn't get a chance to test it in heavy seas, the waves we did get showed its ability to carve smoothly and throw water off to the sides rather than into the helm. She's rated for engines up to 250, but there was plenty of power to spare with the 200 Yamaha four-stroke that this boat was equipped with. Wellcraft will ship with either Evinrude or Yamaha outboards. Maneuverability was nothing less than you would expect for a boat with the Scarab pedigree. Turns were stable and tight with no tendency to slide off to the outside and there was no ventilating with the engine in full down position. Full speed, hard over turns were firm and as if on rails so make sure everything is secured, because the contents of the boat will lose position before the boat loses anything to a turn.

    Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
    Her clean lines and soft angles only add to her good looks.

    All in All...

    Wellcraft went to their Scarab design team to come up with a very nice hull for the 210 Fisherman. It performs well, it's a great fishing machine, and as I've said over and over, with this boat… it's all about space.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Wellcraft 210 Fisherman (2009-2010) is 43.9 mph (70.7 kph), burning 17.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 64.34 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Wellcraft 210 Fisherman (2009-2010) is 26.2 mph (42.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.23 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.37 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 294 miles (473.15 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Yamaha F200 four-stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Portable Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard

    Exterior Features

    Ice Chest Optional T-Top
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    10-year


    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes CE certification (export only)

    Price

    Pricing Range: $42,845.00

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.