Boat Test #1593

The 242 is a 24-foot center console that “raises the bar” for offshore fishing performance, but it’s certainly not just a fishing boat. Yes, it has a self-bailing cockpit, high freeboard, fish box, two live wells, and abundant rod and tackle storage, but the 242 is equally at home on a family outing or pulling water skiers and kids on tubes.

For instance, instead of a raised forward casting deck, the boat features two raised platforms, one on each side, which provide storage underneath and cushions on top, which create loungers with backrests. There’s a removable pedestal-mount table between them with cupholders, making a fine area for an al fresco lunch, and a filler cushion turns the bow one big sun pad.

The console features an oversize storage compartment that can double as a changing room, and a portable toilet can be added. The dash can easily accommodate the largest of multifunction displays. The double-wide leaning post seat has a dedicated space for a 72-quart cooler, as well as four rocket-launcher holders on the aft face.

A transom walk-through provides direct access to the rear swim platform where there’s a four-step stainless boarding ladder. A rear seat can be folded flush against the transom for extra fishing room or when not needed. Cleats are pop-up style to prevent snagging fishing lines or toes.

Notable options include custom hull colors and combinations, seating, graphics/color, premium sound packages and a premium T-top.

The 242 is available with a choice of single or twin engines from Evinrude, Yamaha and Mercury. It’s rated for twin 200s, but reaches speeds of 50 mph with a single 300. All in all, it’s a well-thought-out blend of serious fishing features and family-friendly amenities.


SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 24’4”
Beam 8”6”
Approx. Weight w/Engine(s) 4,400–4,900 lbs.
Max. Power 400 hp
Base Price w/Mercury 250XXL $68,900

For more information: www.wellcraft.com