Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Review
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Review The new Wellcraft 262 Fisherman’s Center Console offers abundant rigging and stacking bar for serious offshore fishing. A 17-gallon LiveWell in the starboard quarter and another 23-gallon LiveWell in the port room are augmented by an optional 25-gallon LiveWell (with view window) behind the deluxe rudder seats.
A 42-Quart Orca Cooler slides into the tracks to serve as a seat in front of the console or as a step in the arc. Our test boat offered the family package with bow/lounge seats and a side-mounted table. A aft bench-style seat folds rapidly. The access to the inside of the central console is provided by a front door, with an upward opening. An optional indoor-opening dive door on the port side helps you land large fish. Two rudder chairs have folding reinforcements and armrests. The offshoot MarineMat derby is located alongside the open sea beetle pack at strategic points along the pistol to protect the front cabin and fishing reels. A Tri-Tone Gelcoat scheme and special graphics adorn the exterior with this option.
I was struck by the amount of deck space aboard the 262. The crew had plenty of room to maneuver, and enjoyed the stowage of rigging, including a row of six rod holders through the crossbar and two aft supporters the rudder seat. The deluxe hardtop (an update of $977 of the standard hardtop) offered five vertical holders across the back, plus two inclined holders for the drag rods. Additional features included LED spreader stern lights, dome lights and an electronics box.
I discovered horizontal racks for rods, gaffs, boat hooks and deck brushes under each gunwale. The arch cover offered lockable bar stowage and cavernous dry hatches. Tilt-out Chambers for rigging boxes reside within Inwales, and additional rig stowage is found on each side of the optional 25 gallon main LiveWell behind the deluxe rudder seats (all part Baitwell $515 rudder/upgrade seat. In the port district there is an additional compartment for the tackle box.
The LiveWell includes a huge, tempered-glass security window to keep your eye on the baits. Recesses with elastic cords keep items such as lure bags, hand towels and safe fishing caps while running. The module is topped by a cutting board/bait-dressing table. We freeze our drinks in the Orca 42-Quart cooler on the bow deck, which slides back and forth on the slopes. Secured at the front point, serves as a step up when handling the anchor or fighting a fish around the bow. Slide it back and add a upholstered pad, and it becomes a seat in front of the console. Our boat also offered the family Package option ($2,462), which includes bow seats, side-mount table and forward-facing removable backs, ideal for those days when you want to take family and friends for a cruise.
We loaded more ice into the 2 50 gallon fish boxes that flank the rudder area, and put our bulky equipment like camera bags on the front-opening central console. The door swings up, making it easy to store helium tanks for balloon fishing or scuba diving tanks. A permanent marine head with electric tank and holding tank is optional ($1,577) for this space. Gauthier ignited the twin Mercury 250 Verad outboards just as the sun loomed over the horizon. He checked the mercury VesselView display to make sure all the parameters of the engine were normal, and then gave the command to release out of lines.
“Let’s catch a wreck this morning ,” Gauthier informed me when we cleared the docks and deactivated the channel. He called the graphics plotter function on the optional Garmin GPSMAP 7610XSV multifunction screen and pointed to a waypoint about 12 kilometres offshore. “We could find some cobia or even allow ,” he revealed. “But we’ll definitely get a Barracuda or two. “
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Review
Gauthier brought up the Veras to 4,000 RPM, which propelled the 262 through the flat water of the Sarasota Bay into a brisk 38 mph. The elegant, high-tempered glass safety windshield protected the wind blast Bridge However, it offered excellent forward visibility.
The twin Mercury Verad 275 outboards propelled the 262 fisherman at a top speed of 57.4 mph. Deep-V hull mounted smoothly and cornered beautifully. Mercury power steering and digital throttle and change made the steering of a cinch.
- Power: Twin Mercury 250 Verado outboards
- Load: 106 gal. fuel, five crew
- Top Speed: 57.4 mph @ 6.000 rpm
- Time to 30 mph: 7.5 sec.
- Best MPG: 1.9 @ 33.8 mph (3,500 rpm)
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Specifications
- LOA: 26 ft. 4 in.
- Beam: 9 ft.
- Deadrise: 21 deg.
- Dry Weight: 5,500 lb. (w/o engine)
- Draft: 2 ft. 5 in. (engines down)
- Fuel: 158 gal.
- Max Power: 500 hp
Base MSRP: $130,323 (w/ twin Mercury 250 Verados)
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