Wellcraft 390 Coastal
APRIL 2004
Length overall  44'7"
Beam 14'8"
Draft (includes porps)  3'11"
Displacement  25,400 lb
Fuel Capacity  394 gals
Water Capacity 119 gals
Standard power  Twin Volvo TAMD 74C diesel engines, tower not included
Base Price  $531,970

A cherry bi-fold door separates the stateroom from the main room. (below) The whole helm deck lifts with the flick of a switch to reveal the engine compartment.

The largest of the Wellcraft Coastal fleet is one big boat. That's the first impression you get when you see this new rig at the dock, particularly when it's got a custom marlin tower looming high above the hardtop, like the one on display at the recent Miami boat show.

This express-style sportfisherman was designed to accommodate a tower, whether manufactured and installed by the factory or custom built like this one by Universal Welding based in Sarasota, Florida.

But tower or no tower, the 390 Coastal is designed for hard-core fishing. Note the wide-open, 94-square-foot self-bailing cockpit with recessed toe slots under the gunwales, knee-high bolsters on the sides and across the transom, the glass-faced circulating live bait well mounted in the transom, a hefty fish-landing gate through the transom, no swim platform, two huge fishboxes in the cockpit sole, a top-loading bait refrigerator in the port side cabinet, along with tackle storage and a bait prep station. The cockpit sole is reinforced to accommodate the installation of a fighting chair. There's also a cockpit ice maker and a hot and cold handheld shower, plus a saltwater wash-down powered by a 12-volt pump. There are also five heavy-duty rod holders, a lighted bait well and ample rod storage.

But don't let the hard-core fishing amenities fool you. The boat's accommodations leave little to be desired. Step down the companionway to the spacious main saloon, with its generous 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom and elegant satin-finished cherry paneling and cabinetry. The galley's immediately to port, with an L-shaped Corian counter, molded-in sink and drainboard, two-burner flush electric stove, a microwave built into the cherry cabinet above, and a refrigerator mounted underneath, along with lots of storage in drawers and cabinets. A convertible dinette is across from the galley with a U-shaped settee upholstered in faux leather wrapped around a cherry table. The backrest lifts up to form a Pullman-style bunk. The head has an enclosed shower stall, Vacuflush toilet, a small vanity with a Corian sink and a tiled sole.

The queen-size walk-around berth is separated from the saloon by a large cherry bifold door. When the door is open it appears to be one large cabin and when closed it offers effective privacy. There are two hanging lockers and plenty of storage underneath the berth in drawers. There's a five-CD disc changer, a Sirius satellite radio system, and a DVD player for the flat-screen TV mounted on a rotating base so it can be swiveled for viewing either from the settee or the stateroom. A 16,000 Btu reverse-cycle air conditioning system keeps the saloon and stateroom comfortable. The boat's two freshwater tanks have a total capacity of 119 gallons and have a gauge at the helm station.

The bridgedeck nestles under the shade of the hardtop, behind the raked-back curved windshield, which boasts three freshwater windshield wiper/washers. There's an L-shaped lounge to port and a two-person lounge to starboard behind the helm bench seat, which has an ice maker underneath. The dash has room for the largest Raymarine display units. As an option, this area can be cooled with its own dedicated 16,000 Btu AC unit.

You can open a small day hatch in the sole to check engine fluids and filters, or raise the entire helm deck for more complete access to the engine compartment. Standard power on the 390 Coastal is twin Volvo Penta TAMD 74C (460-hp/336 kilowatt) Diesel engines. The insulated, soundproofed engine room features a fire suppression system and automatic engine shutdown with manual override.

A 9 kilowatt generator provides power to the electronics and other systems onboard. The generator is freshwater cooled and has a remote electronic start- and stop-switch, along with a muffler and sound shield. There are also four 200-amp/hour batteries, a 40-amp battery charger and a battery paralleling system. You can monitor all electronic systems from the main saloon on a backlighted electrical control center that features AC/DC thermal/magnetic circuit breakers and an electrical panel that is circuit protected for overload and fault current.

Climb aloft and you'll find the upper helm station, which features a center helm with bucket bolster seats custom made but inspired by a Wellcraft Scarab. The sides firmly fit around you to keep both pilot and copilot firmly in place. Dual pods support the two Raymarine color display units on either side. There's a fiberglass 'buggy' top for protection but also to support any additional antennas.

This model was powered by optional twin Volvo Penta TAMD 75 EDC 480-hp diesels, which provided a top speed of 31.6 knots at 2680 rpm, and a cruising speed of 22 knots at 2000 rpm. The flared bow and the deep-V hull make for a soft, dry ride. Driving from up there was quite a hoot, and the helm was perfectly situated to provide ideal visibility both across the bow and down into the cockpit.