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Brief Summary

The Wellcraft 242 Fisherman is a center console fishboat first and foremost, but with numerous options, she becomes a handsome and comfortable family rig complete with cocktail table, sun pad, booth-style seating and even Seagrass floor mats. A portable toilet in the console is standard, as is a flip-down bench seat at the transom. Performance is strong -- rigged with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 turning a 19" pitch prop, she tops out at 50.1, according to the company.

Key Features

  • Baitwell/livewell, 17 gallon with bluecoat, light and timer
  • carry-on 72 quart cooler
  • Forward console seating
  • Rear folding bench seating
  • Rod gunnel storage
  • Tackle storage with boxes
  • Raw water wash down
  • Changing room
  • Porta-Potti head
  • Gunnel rod holders
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 4''
    7.42 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4700 lbs.
    2,132 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    - Draft Up 16''
    0.41 m
    - Draft Down 34''
    0.86 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 10
    Fuel Capacity 158 gal.
    598 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 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 Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 4 single and twin Evinrude engines at 150, 200, 250, and 300-hp
    5 single and twin Mercury engines at 150, 250, 300-hp
    4 Yamaha engines at 150, 200, 250, and 300-hp

    Captain's Report

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman running
    At 24’4” (7.42 m) long, the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman has an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and weighs approximately 4,700 lbs. (2,132 kg), making her an attractive candidate for an owner who likes to tow his boat to different fishing spots.


    Wellcraft developed the 242 Fisherman to be a multi-purpose center console that can fish inshore or keep the family entertained for a day. An owner can choose a single outboard or twins, which some might prefer for redundancy when headed offshore. Serious anglers can opt for the Scarab Offshore model or owners can choose the Family Package that turns the bow into a comfortable place to relax and hang out.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman deck plan
    With plenty of space on each side of the console, it’s easy to move fore and aft on the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman profile
    With the optional cushions in the bow, the 242 Fisherman is an attractive family boat, too.

    Features Inspection

    The Bow.

    Because it’s the area that can be altered the most to change the boat’s personality, let’s start in the 242 Fisherman’s bow. In the standard configuration, the only forward seating in the boat is on the front of the center console. There are raised casting decks on each side outboard and two cup holders forward. Upgrading the bow for recreating can be done in stages. The Bow Seating Package ($1,462) has port and starboard seat cushions with forward backrests. The Family Package ($2,462) takes it a step further with a fill-in cushion and a table.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman beached
    In this photo, the couple is relaxing against the forward backrests that are part of the Bow Seating Package.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman sun pad
    The Family Package includes this filler cushion that turns the bow into a large sun pad.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman bow table
    Remove the center cushion and support panel, and there’s space for a cockpit table that turns the bow into a booth for lunch. The Seagrass mat on the deck is part of the optional Seaside Trim Package.

    Bow Storage.

    Regardless of the seating configuration, the 242 Fisherman’s bow has a number of storage areas in the bow. All the way forward is an anchor locker with a hatch in the forepeak. Outboard on each side are insulated draining compartments that most owners will use as fishboxes, and there’s a cooler in the step up to the forepeak. In the cockpit sole just ahead of the console is a dry compartment that can be equipped with an optional macerator to make a third fishbox.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman fish box
    The hatches for the fishboxes open on stainless steel gas struts, which makes it easier to place and retrieve the day’s catch.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman anchor locker
    The anchor locker hatch is to port in the bow, leaving foredeck space for the optional windlass.

    The Console.

    Moving aft, the console has the aforementioned bench seat on the front side. It’s hinged at the top and opens on twin gas struts to reveal the portable head and a changing area. The batteries store in the console, and there are storage pockets on each side. Access panels make it easy to trace wires for the dash, which should appeal to DIYers who want to add electronics.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman head
    The 242 Fisherman’s center console comes with a portable head, and there is storage in the outboard mesh pockets.

    The Helm.

    The 242 Fisherman’s helm features a stainless-steel steering wheel with a spinner knob installed on the port side. This leaves space for a companion to ride alongside the captain behind the protection of the console and windscreen. The engine controls look to be in comfortable reach, and there is a row of toggle switches that light when activated across the top of the panel. Ahead of the companion to starboard are cup holders and a 12-volt power plug.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman
    Beneath the accessory switches, the 242 Fisherman’s dash panel has plenty of space for electronics.

    The Leaning Post.

    The standard leaning post is built on a powder-coated aluminum frame with a rounded bottom cushion that extends down low behind the driver’s legs and backside, making it comfortable to lean against. Part of the Seaside Trim Package or Scarab Offshore upgrade, the optional version has a backrest with four rocket launcher-style rod holders on the aft side. Also on the aft side down low, the carry-on cooler secures in the framework.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman leaning post
    The backrest is part of the optional leaning post upgrade, and it adds to the boat’s comfort.

    The Cockpit.

    Coaming pads extend aft on the gunwales on each side just outboard of the console. There are spring cleats and rod holders in deck at amidships and below in the gunwales are racks for rods and landing gear. Abaft the leaning post, there’s space for an angler to move across the cockpit while fighting a fish. In the aft port corner is a 23-gallon (87 L) livewell that’s painted blue and equipped with a light and timer. To starboard, there’s passage to the swim platform, and outboard of passageway to starboard is a 17-gallon (64 L) baitwell that’s also finished in blue and has a light and timer. Both wells have clear acrylic hatches. An optional removable plastic cutting board fits in one of the four rod holders across the stern. Throughout the boat, the floor is finished in diamond pattern nonskid. A bench seat folds out of the stern.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman bench seat
    The bench seat folds into the stern when not in use, which creates open space for fishing.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman bait well
    The baitwell to starboard has a clear acrylic hatch and a folding faucet.

    The Swim Platform.

    A door closes off the passageway to the swim platform, which makes the boat much safer for families with curious little ones or pets. The platform has plenty of space to move when fighting a fish or for loading the kids on a tube. In the aft port corner, Wellcraft equips the 242 Fisherman with a four-step stainless-steel boarding ladder.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman cutting board
    The optional cutting board can be placed in any of the rod holders on the 242 Fisherman.
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman ladder
    Many companies use a three-step ladder, but Wellcraft provides a four-step model that makes it easier to board the 242 Fisherman.


    Wellcraft builds the 242 Fisherman with a solid fiberglass bottom, hullside, and deck. Stringers are molded fiberglass filled with flotation foam. The rubrail that covers the hull-to-deck joint is rubber with a stainless-steel insert. All cleats are stainless-steel pull-up models and thru-hull fittings are stainless steel as well.

    Power and Performance

    The Numbers.

    Wellcraft offers the 242 Fisherman with twin or single outboards from Evinrude, Mercury, and Yamaha. We haven’t tested the boat, but Wellcraft had performance data with a single 250-hp Yamaha, an Evinrude 300-hp outboard, and twin Yamaha 200-hp motors. At a test weight of 4,775 lbs. (2,166 kg) and with the Evinrude 300-hp turning a 15 ¼” x 19” (38.7 cm x 48.3 cm) pitch Rebel stainless-steel three-blade propeller through a 1.85:1 gear ratio, top speed was 50.1 mph (43.6 knots) at 6000 rpm. The boat planed in 4.81 seconds and reached 25 mph (21.7 knots) in 4.9 seconds.

    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman running shot
    With the punchy torque of a 2-stroke outboard, a 300-hp Evinrude put the 242 Fisherman on plane in less than 5 seconds.

    With the Yamaha 250XCA turning a 17” (43.2 cm) pitch stainless prop through a 1.75:1 reduction, the 242 Fisherman hit a top speed of 48.2 mph (41.9 knots) at 6000 rpm.

    Best cruise

    came at 3500 rpm, where the boat hit 27.8 mph (24.1 knots) and burned 8.6 gph (32.6 lph), giving the 242 Fisherman a range of 250 statute miles.

    In acceleration tests

    , she hit 25 mph (21.7 knots) in 5.7 seconds.Finally, with twin 200-hp Yamaha outboards, the 242 Fishermen weighed 6,890 lbs. (3,125 kg). Turning 13 3/4” x 19” (34.9 cm x 48.3 cm) Reliance three-blade stainless-steel propellers through 1.86:1 reductions, she hit 55.7 mph (48.4 knots) at 6000 rpm.

    Best cruise

    was at 3500 rpm. The 242 Fisherman hit 30.7 mph (26.7 knots) and burned 2.9 gph (11 lph), giving the 242 Fisherman a range of 416 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 158-gallon (598-L) fuel tank in reserve.

    Base Price

    • $76,615 with a single Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 2-stroke outboard

    Engine Options

    • Single 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 2-stroke outboard: $78,308

    • Twin 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 DPX 2-stroke outboards: $86,923

    • Twin 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 DPX 2-stroke outboards: $99,846

    • Single 250-hp Mercury Verado 250XXL 4-stroke outboard: $77,077

    • Single 300-hp Mercury Verado 300XXL 4-stroke outboard: $80,000

    • Single 300-hp Mercury Verado 300XXL 4-stroke outboard in Warm White: $82,000

    • Twin 150-hp Mercury 150 XL 4-stroke outboards $90,154

    • Twin 200-hp Mercury Verado 200 XL 4-stroke outboards: $102,615

    • Single 250-hp Yamaha F250 UCA 4-stroke outboard $80,000

    • Single 300-hp Yamaha F300 UCA 4-stroke outboard: $82,846

    • Twin 150-hp Yamaha F250 XB 4-stroke outboards: $93,077

    • Twin 200-hp Yamaha F200 XCA 4-stroke outboards: $108,615

    Optional Packages

    • Bow Seating Package with port, starboard and forward backrest cushions and port and starboard seat cushions ($1,462)

    • Family Package with Porta-Potti in console. Includes bow table, bow seating package, bow fill-in cushions and bow forward facing backrests ($2,462)

    • Seaside Trim Package includes Seagrass Mat, tan helm and storage mats, upgraded leaning post with backrest, rod holders, and cooler storage. Beige cockpit interior ($2,615)

    • Scarab Offshore Package includes upgraded leaning post, upgraded interior, helm floor pad, graphics package, and tri-tone gelcoat ($1,962)
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman fishing
    The Scarab Offshore package includes these custom graphics and the extra rod holders on the back of the leaning post.

    Individual Options and Pricing

    • Windlass, bow roller and anchor, rode and chain ($2,323)

    • GPS chartplotter with depth sounder ($3,000)

    • Mats on helm sole and rod storage ($362)

    • Sport seats ($762)

    • VHF radio ($615)

    • Battery charger ($500)

    • Dual batteries ($323)

    • Down rigger pre-wire ($231)

    • Freshwater with transom shower ($300)

    • Tilt hydraulic steering ($231)

    • Electric head with holding tank ($1,577)

    • Macerator in bow locker ($285)

    • T-top ($3,462)

    • Deluxe T-top w/ LED overhead lights, electronics box, spreader lights & rod holders ($4,231)

    • Bimini top ($915)
    Wellcraft 242 Fisherman t top
    The Deluxe T-top provides shade and storage in the electronics box, plus it has mounting plates for outriggers.


    The Wellcraft 242 Fisherman is in many ways the model of the current generation of center consoles. She’s true to her fishing roots, but with the optional seating packages for the bow, she can easily become a much more family-friendly boat.She’s available with twin or single outboards from Evinrude, Mercury, or Yamaha. Additionally, the 242 Fisherman is designed to appeal to trailer boaters with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam. Wellcraft estimates the weight with power at 4,700 lbs. (2,132 kg), so a vehicle rated to tow about 6,500 lbs. (2,948 kg) should be up to the task of hauling the boat and all its gear.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Head: Portable Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard


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