Weldcraft Maverick 220 DV

Heavy-duty family boats.

by Alan Wendt
Aberdeen Proving Ground tests military weapons.


  • LOA: 24'2"
  • Beam: 102"
  • Draft:
  • Weight: 2,625 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 65 gals.
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: 300-hp
  • Price: Contact dealer


Detroit is famous for its General Motors test tracks. But where does one go to test a heavy gauge welded aluminum boat? The answer is the confluence of the nefarious Snake and Clearwater rivers just outside Clarkston, Washington.

That’s precisely where Brent Reed and Matthew Bolt from Reed Yacht Sales found themselves testing Weldcraft’s newest models this winter. Yes, winter, because cold water, rocky bottoms and rapids can do things to a hull that no fiberglass builder would dare recommend.

Weldcraft, a leader in heavy gauge welded aluminum boats since 1968, has models from 16 to 30 feet that come with a lifetime hull warranty. The boat’s construction stands out, including a one-piece, continuous side/gunwale combination; it's formed from a single sheet of aluminum for strength and appearance, with solid aluminum chines for faster planing.

“We took the Maverick 220 DV Partial Hard Top out and were blown away by the speed, stability and maneuverability,” Bolt says. “A 32-degree bow deadrise slices through chop, which softens the ride without compromising performance.” 

The extreme bow deadrise quickly tapers to 28 degrees where the hull meets the waterline and to 18 degrees at the transom. By mounting the outboard on an external bracket, there's a boost in speed and extra space in the cockpit. That space is important in the fishing market for mounting a pair of downriggers, customizing angled rod holders for trolling and keeping the sole clear for passengers.

“Don’t forget to mention space for wakeboards and inflatables,” Reed says, noting the industry trend where family water activities dominate. The Maverick 220 has two swivel captain’s chairs on adjustable pedestal bases and 47-inch bench seats on storage boxes mid-deck that offer comfortable seating for a family.

Carpeted side walls, side storage trays, side rod racks and stainless-steel cup holders provide the necessities. On the 220 and 240 Mavericks, a heavy-duty top with side curtains and backdrop folds down for those days when the sun is warm.

Like all boats, there are many options. A rear bench seat and bow seating, bow livewell, washdown system, and a swim step with three-step folding ladder add tremendous versatility and make both models great all-around family boats.