Captain's Report by Capt. Steve
Stepping aboard the 210 Sportsman, you immediately notice how spacious the layout is. Normally, you're stepping into a cockpit that is crowded with seats and leaving you little room to walk around. Not so here. There is so much room between the helm and passenger seat that you'd think you were on a boat in the 30 foot range, but surprisingly, it's still all contained in a trailerable 8'6" (2.59 m) beam. All the way at the bow we start to notice how Wellcraft put the customer ahead of cost. It would have been very easy to just cut out a door in the bow and call it an anchor locker. Here, we see a stainless steel anchor roller with a stainless steel haweshole leading to the storage for the anchor rode and chain. You just don't usually see this setup on a boat this size. Also notice the 8" (20.32 cm) cleat for the anchor rode.
Just behind we see the kid’s favorite part of the boat with the forward seating, stainless steel grab rails, as well as stainless drink holders all around. Under the seats are two large fish boxes and the hatches are finished on both sides, gasketed and supported by gas assist shocks. With these two seats, we have 8 comfortable seats on an 8 person capacity boat.
Moving further aft we have the walk-thru windshield leading to the cockpit. It’s plenty wide enough, but there is no accommodation to latch the window in the open position. I'd like to see the addition of a strap and a snap to hold it in place. An easy add-on for the Wellcraft factory to look into. As we get into the cockpit area, we have 39" (99 cm) between the helm seat and the passenger seat. Try sitting sideways in another boat and see how close your knees are to the seat across from you. And then put another set of knees in that other seat as well and you'll begin to appreciate just how spacious Wellcraft managed to make this family oriented boat.
At the helm, Wellcraft added two multi-function gauges that allow you to scroll through different readings for fuel consumption, fuel remaining, speed, and such. The switches are mounted on the starboard side with non-glare paneling behind. Right in the middle we have plenty of real estate for an 8" (20.3 cm) screen nav set. Below, is a tilt wheel, again stainless steel, with a steering knob to ease the close quarters handling at low speed. Something I really like..., the sound system is right in front of you at the helm. Down low, Wellcraft molded in two levels of footrests and I found both to be in very natural positions. The helm seat adjusts fore and aft and pivots... there is no up and down adjustment, and I didn't find one necessary. On the side of the helm console is an enclosed storage compartment with an installed removable cooler and plenty of space for beach chairs towels or whatever else a family may need for the day of fun on the water.
On the port side is a comfortable fore and aft facing passenger seat, and not one but two stainless steel grab rails for when the ride starts to get bumpy. The seat also lays flat for sunning and the head rest props up converting it to a relaxing lounger. The port side console houses the head. It has the standard courtesy light as well as an enclosed toilet paper holder to keep the rolls dry. It's a bit cramped in there, I had to crouch while sitting down, but since these are typically for emergencies on boats this size it's not too bad and there's padding all around to protect your noggin while answering natures call.
In the center of the cockpit, we have a spacious compartment for ski and wakeboard storage… 12" (30.5 cm) deep and 60" (152.4 cm) long. The lid is hinged and supported with a gas shock and gasketed all around.
A bimini top comes standard on this model, but you can choose to leave the bimini off and instead opt for the tower seen in our test video. It accommodated a wide range of options as well as adding four more rod holders to the four that are already installed on the boat.
At the stern, we see how Wellcraft did away with the Euro style transom and gave us a molded semi circular section around the engine with stainless steel grab rails on top as well as the family friendly ski pylon. On the sides, we have seating, and by sliding two spring-loaded barrel bolts underneath the seats, we can remove them to give us great room for fishing right to the back of the cockpit. There are padded bolsters all around, and at our feet, we have two macerated fish boxes, again with the lids finished on both sides, gasketed and shock supported.
On the Water…
Our test boat had a Mercury Optimax installed, but customer requests are dictating different choices and Wellcraft responded. Now you can choose either Evinrude E-Tecs or Yamaha Four Strokes, all ranging from 150 hp up to 250 hp. Our tests were run with the 200 hp which will give us good mid range test numbers.
The 210’s Handling
Operating the 210 Sportsman turned out to show no surprises, and that's what I expected given her performance boat heritage. We created wakes of varying sizes and she carved through them with no pounding, and spray was diverted nicely out to the sides. Taking them on the beam the boat tracked straight and true simply riding up and over with little fanfare. Full speed turns showed no tendency to slide off the track and there was no ventilation with the engine trimmed full down. The harder I rode it, the more it took and showed no signs of causing problems... unless your passengers aren't hanging on.
In straight cruise, just a couple of shots of up trim on the throttle mounted switch brought the bow up slightly and you could feel the push in your back as she accelerated slightly into her running profile. There were trim tabs on the boat but I never used them or needed to.
I tested the 210 Sportsman in salt water on a calm day. Winds were 0-5 seas light, temp was 55 degrees and the relative humidity was 70%. We had three people on board, 70 gallons (265 L) of fuel and no water giving us a test weight of 5,193 lbs (2356 kg) against her empty weight of 4,916 lbs (2230 kg).
With our Merc Optimax 200 her top speed came at 5550 rpm and 45.3 mph or 39.4 kts. Best cruised showed to be at 4000 rpm burning 10.77 gph giving us 32.23 mph or 28.03 kts and a range of 272 sm or 236.7 nm while allowing for a 10% fuel reserve. Her range at full throttle dropped to 201 sm or 175.6 nm. She accelerated from 0 to 30 mph in only 7.09 secs and came on plane in just over 3-1/2 seconds.
Wellcraft turned to their Scarab design team to make a family boat that had performance boat handling. The result is the 210 Sportsman. I found it to be a very roomy and comfortable boat that handled well. It also offers great utility as a multi function boat that everyone can find good times in whether fishing, skiing, tubing or just spending the day on the water.
If you are looking for a dual console bowrider utility boat then the Wellcraft 210 Sportsman should definitely be on your list.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Wellcraft 210 Sportsman (2009-2010) is 45.3 mph (72.9 kph), burning 20.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 77.21 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Wellcraft 210 Sportsman (2009-2010) is 32.2 mph (51.8 kph), and the boat gets 2.99 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 272 miles (437.74 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury 200 XL Optimax.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
|NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes CE certification (export only)|
(It's quick and FREE!)