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Wellcraft 210 Sportsman (2009-2010)
(w/ 1 x 200-hp Mercury 200 XL Optimax)

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Wellcraft Scarab 210 Review - Helm Features

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Brief Summary

Lately, some builders have chosen to save money by focusing less on their smaller boats and opting instead to concentrate on selling larger, but fewer boats. Well it seems that Wellcraft didn't get the memo, and instead has chosen to pump new blood into their small boat line. One example of this forward thinking is the 210 Sportsman, a versatile fish & ski package with the high quality and solid ride that Wellcraft was founded on.

Key Features

  • Aft seats - port/stbd with backrests and removable cushions
  • Baitwell (52 qt.) - stbd helm seat module
  • Beverage holders (6)
  • Cockpit overboard scuppers
  • Cooler (56 qt.) - port helm
  • Courtesy lights
  • Footrest at helm
  • Forward bow storage
  • Fwd seats - port/stbd with backrests and removable cushions
  • Pedestal seats with slide
  • Storage - stbd helm
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 0''
    6.4 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 3,741 lbs
    1.689.9 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 open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 2''
    2.18 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 101 gal.
    382.28 L
    Water Capacity 9 gal.
    34.06 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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 Mercury 200 XL Optimax
    Opt. Power Various Evinrude and Yamahas up to 250-hp

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    570 3.0 2.6 1.5 2.0 1.7 180 157 85
    1000 5.4 4.7 1.6 3.4 2.9 305 265 87
    1500 6.8 5.9 2.4 2.8 2.5 258 224 88
    2000 7.8 6.8 4.0 2.0 1.7 178 155 93
    2500 8.2 7.2 6.3 1.3 1.1 119 103 94
    3000 10.9 9.5 7.7 1.4 1.2 129 112 96
    3500 26.6 23.2 9.4 2.8 2.5 256 223 95
    4000 32.2 28.0 10.8 3.0 2.6 272 237 98
    4500 37.1 32.2 12.7 2.9 2.5 265 230 99
    5000 42.4 36.8 17.4 2.4 2.1 221 192 103
    5500 45.3 39.4 19.7 2.3 2.0 209 182 108
    5550 45.3 39.4 20.4 2.2 1.9 202 176 107
    570 157 290 4.80 5.68 0.84 85
    1000 265 491 8.70 6.06 1.43 87
    1500 224 415 10.90 9.08 1.20 88
    2000 155 286 12.60 15.14 0.83 93
    2500 103 192 13.20 23.85 0.56 94
    3000 112 208 17.50 29.15 0.60 96
    3500 223 412 42.80 35.58 1.20 95
    4000 237 438 51.80 40.88 1.27 98
    4500 230 426 59.70 48.07 1.24 99
    5000 192 356 68.20 65.87 1.03 103
    5500 182 336 72.90 74.57 0.98 108
    5550 176 325 72.90 77.22 0.94 107

    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 3.7 sec.
    0 to 30 7.1 sec.
    Ratio 1.75 : 1
    Props 15-1/2 x 17 Mercury Mirage Plus (stainless steel)
    Load 3 persons, 70 gal. of 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

    Forward March

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    Space is the key work on the 210 Sportsman. Notice how the bow seems to have as much roominess as a pickle fork bow or a deck boat.

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    Even with the fishing, the 210 Sportsman is a boat the whole family will love.

    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.

    Walkthrough Windshield

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    The helm console has room for one 15" nav screen. Instruments, stereo, and switches are simple and handy.


    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    Capt. Steve maneuvers himself into the head compartment which is a bit tight, but that will not matter when nature calls.

    Port Console

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    Everyone, including Mom, will like the convenient foot rest under the 210 Sportsman's helm.

    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.

    Rising Above

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    The cockpit detail is well-done with a tow pylon, jump seats. recessed grab handles, and small seat abaft the helm.

    After Thoughts

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    There is a hawsepipe on the foredeck for an anchor rode, an 8" cleat on the centerline on which to tie it off, and hatch to access the rope locker to sort out any tangles.

    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.

    Test Numbers

    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).

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    The navigator's seat breaks down to form a lounger, a flat place for a nap, or a sun pad -- take your pick.

    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.

    Wellcraft 210 Sportsman
    We've always like the Wellcraft 210 Sportsman because she is a thing of beauty.

    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

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional


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

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional T-top
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Shower Optional


    Bimini Top Optional


    Hull Warranty

    NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes CE certification (export only)
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