John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of  Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport
Length overall  30' 2"

Beam  9' 2"
Draft(engine down) 2' 7"

Draft (engine up)   1' 11"
Weight (dry)   7,275 lb
Fuel Capacity  288 gals
Water Capacity  13 gals  
Max Horse Power  600 hp  
Deadrise 23   
Base Price  $151,230  


I reviewed the new 2008 Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport (aka 30SS) at Anchor Boats in North East, Maryland on a foggy morning in late October. While waiting for the fog to lift so we could launch the boat and go for a test ride, I got a chance to check out the 30SS's bottom. The deep-V hull coupled with twin Yamaha 250-hp four-stroke outboards gave me the impression that this ride would be quick and smooth—no surprise for a Scarab.

Wellcraft has been building boats for more than fifty years and has produced more than 100,000 boats. Though versatility has always been an important design factor, their primary focus has always been on fishing. This was apparent in this boat's innovative layout. The Wellcraft designers moved the console to starboard, opening up a center walk way and making room for more creature comforts without compromising the boat's fishability.

Beginning aft there is a large and well equipped cockpit. Two 30-gallon fish boxes are built into the sole and equipped with macerator pumps for draining. Along the transom there is a rigging station with a freshwater sink, seawater washdown, bin storage and a fold-away bench seat. A transom door to starboard offers access to the swim platform and outboards. The helm console is amidships to starboard and has room for two adults either sitting or standing against the convertible leaning post. A sport arch with a canvas awning is standard. Rod holders and cup holders are everywhere. Beneath the console itself, there is a head compartment with an electric flushing toilet and sink/shower combo. Across the center walkway there is a galley station fitted with Corian countertops, freshwater sink and a single burner stove. A built-in refrigerator is optional. Forward of the galley and console there is a lounge area with cushioned settees running fore and aft on both sides. All the way forward, there is a cuddy cabin with a V-berth and filler cushion. Air-conditioning for the cuddy is optional but can only run off of shore power as there is no generator option for this boat.

Under way, the new Scarab did not disappoint. She jumped onto plane quickly and was able to maintain plane at a wide range of speed. At a cruising rpm of 3500, the ride was very smooth and we made just under 30 knots. She held with no problem in very tight turns while planing. There was no chop to test her sea-keeping ability, but we did run back across our wake a few times—hardly detectable. Her 23-degree deadrise should make her a superb offshore boat. Wide open she flew along at about 43 knots.

Like a trusty Swiss army knife, I found the 30 Scarab Sport to be an off-center console that makes a lot of sense for a wide variety of uses. Whether you are a fisherman, family cruiser, diver or just like to go fast in comfort and style, the Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport is a good choice.