Wellcraft 222 Fisherman: 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

The 222 is a stable, smooth-performing boat.

December 20, 2016
Wellcraft 222 Fisherman
LOA: 22′ | Beam: 8’6″ | Fuel Capacity: 103 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,600 lb. plus power | Max HP: 250 | Seating / Weight Capacity: 8 / 2,700 lb. | Certifications: NMMA Courtesy of Wellcraft

Wellcraft, with six decades on the water, knows that like the proverbial baseball cap, one size — and one type — doesn’t fit all. “Fits most” is the best one can do, and with boats, that’s not good enough for this company.

So, the Wellcraft brand includes four strong lines: Fisherman, Scarab Offshore, Sportsman and Coastal, 18 to 35 feet long, all-business fishing craft to luxurious big-water boats.

The Fisherman series comprises center console boats with big baitwells and fish boxes, abundant seating, sensible and secure rod storage — all in a stable, ­smooth-performing boat.


Family time? The Sportsman Series of dual consoles seamlessly blends fishing functionality and creature-comfort amenities in boats great for watersports and cruising as well as fishing.

Wellcraft Coastal models are luxurious family boats. Fishing in the back and the good life up front with head, galley and other comforts. Memories in the making.

The iconic premium Wellcraft Scarab line offers deep-V hulls in tournament-class center console fishing boats.


Survey respondents praise the attention to safety and stability these boats exude without giving up speed. Brand reputation is lauded — as is the generous amount of cockpit space.

A boat for everybody? Yes. But not the same boat for everyone, is how Wellcraft sees it.

222 Fisherman

An angler feels an immediate warm spot in the heart for a boat that proudly names itself “Fisherman.” This Wellcraft backs it up with solid fishing features.

Wellcraft 222 Fisherman bow seating
Stowable bow seating makes the fishing deck a luxurious perch for day cruising. Courtesy of Wellcraft

Things like a storage/fish-box compartment that drains overboard, making it easy to clean up and prepare for the next adventure. Ditto the self-draining cockpit.

Things like a built-in 23-gallon baitwell/livewell, and lots of horizontal and vertical rod storage and rod holders. A diamond-pattern anti-skid surface perfect for ­fish-chasing dances.

Anglers are sure to smile too at the five-gallon pail in its built-in holder, ready for any of the many uses — from bait to trash to extra drinks on ice — of these versatile containers. A carry-on cooler is ideal for packing sandwiches, drinks and snacks.


The all-business helm is served by a bench seat with rod holders on its back surface. Step down into the cockpit to access a portable head. For strength and easy upkeep, there’s lots of stainless steel in ­fittings and features.

Choose your engine from three brands, 115 to 250 hp, and two- or four-stroke. The 222 Fisherman has plenty of fuel capacity for ­far-flung and fishy adventures.

Made for fishing, this boat offers Family and Bow Seating packages to add some creature comforts up front. Aft, meanwhile, it’s an ­angler’s workshop.

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