Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
This 182 Fisherman and its next larger sibling 202 Fisherman are both brand new Wellcraft models for 2018. They are part of Wellcraft’s six model Fisherman Center Console series from eighteen to thirty feet and join two Bay series models and one Coastal model, the 290 Walk-Around, for a total of nine models for 2018.
Wellcraft designed this new 182 Fisherman Center Console to not only satisfy the demands of the ardent fishing enthusiast but also to cater to the entire family’s recreational boating lifestyle needs. To this end, it is rated for a maximum of 150 horsepower of your choice from Mercury® or Yamaha® with a recommended minimum of 90 horsepower. With this power, you can quickly get to your favourite fishing spot and then later enjoy some family water skiing or tubing fun or simply cruising and sightseeing with seating for everyone.
Yes, the 182 Fisherman is versatile. The leaning post at the helm comfortably seats two and its optional adjustable backrest accommodates forward or rear-facing seating. A pair of transom upholstered and padded folding jump seats accommodate another two persons while bow seating is provided with a bench seat on the front of the console plus on the entire bow casting platform made more comfortable with the optional bow cushion seating package.
Both fishing and family enjoyment of this expansive seating will be enhanced with the addition of the optional Mat Package which provides very attractive and practical Marine Mat bow pads, coaming pads, helm footrest mat, plus a head door pad. Yes, this eighteen footer even has a head compartment located within the forward section of the center console and is accessed by a full height door hinged to lift up vertically and assisted by gas shocks. It makes a great change room or even a huge dry storage area or add the optional Porta Potti toilet with pumpout.
Foam flotation within the fibreglass stringer system and a self-bailing cockpit is standard in the 182 Fisherman. Standard gelcoat scheme is all white or you can optionally choose from an additional six choices of hullside base colours or go all the way with Wellcraft’s vibrant Tri-Tone colours and then add the Scarab Offshore Package with hullside graphics plus additional Marine Mat covering on the cockpit floor plus an upgrade to the leaning post.
The aforementioned bow seating area with molded-in drinkholders serves double-duty as a large bow casting platform for the fishing enthusiast. Within this casting platform is a standard unique aquarium-style fishwell/baitwell accessible from the casting deck surface and with a clear glass front allowing a perfect view of the bait or fish within. Forward of this and still within the casting deck is a very large dry storage compartment protected with rubber gasket around the lid. Ahead of this right up on the bow foredeck is an unusually large anchor locker with flush lid.
The molded centre console helm of the 182 Fisherman features grab handles on each side plus a high and effective quick-release standard removable tinted windscreen to facilitate boat trailering and storage. A stainless steel steering wheel with knob is standard and the two-tone dash features a billet gauge switch panel with lots of room to flush mount engine and function instrumentation plus optional GPS plotter navigation electronics with depth sounder.
Additional notable standard equipment includes a telescoping stainless steel stern boarding ladder, a pair of both port and starboard below gunnel horizontal rod storage holders with tubes, courtesy lights, plus a Wellcraft custom galvanized Gatorhyde tandem axle trailer.
Lots of optional equipment is available to let you customize and personalize your 182 Fisherman more for fishing or more for family fun or just for purely personal pleasure. For greater enjoyment of all activities, add the great looking T-top with or without canvas enclosure or choose instead a bimini top, a portable cooler with dedicated storage beneath the leaning post, Ash or Dune coloured cockpit reed flooring, underwater lights, removable ski tow pylon, a Fusion stereo system, battery charger, trim tabs, console cover, anchor with rope and chain, stainless steel upgrade package, plus trailer upgrades.
For the fishing enthusiast, choose a pair of clamp-on T-top rod holders, transom cutting board with tool holders, down-rigger and/or trolling motor pre-wire, and raw water washdown.
Wellcraft says its new 182 Fisherman and 202 Fisherman, “soundly combine fishing intensive features with dedicated family friendly characteristics.” It is quite obvious that Wellcraft has accomplished this.
|Dry weight:||2,200 Boat Only lbs||998 Boat Only kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||56 US gals||212 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury or Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||90 - 150|