The Perfect Center Console Fishing Boat?
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Both size and function the 32 Yellowfin is the perfect center console fishing machine. Affordable, Easy to maintain, and roomy.
Besides the fact that I think that
this boat is the prettiest center console I have ever
seen, this boat has turned out to be an extremely
versatile fishing boat.
It was a 2 year plan for us to get
back into the center console world I looked around
everywhere for the right boat. I mean everywhere. I
don't really want to get into details but I can promise
you that my time on the water coupled with the many boat
rides I have been on to compare different makes and
models, the back streets and allies that I transverse to
see what was out there. From Full production boats to
one off hull designs I think I truly looked them all
over. After all of that I really wanted to see a
different boat that did not exist yet and decided to put
my cards on Yellowfin and Wylie Nagler to build their
very first 32 ft Center console.
While speaking to Wylie he told me
that his vision was to take the best of the 31 Yellowfin
and the 34 Yellowfin and meld them together. Improving a
few things that were issues to some folks and allowing
for the center of gravity allowances that are
necessary for the larger 4 stroke motors out there
today. I cant tell you exactly what the changes
were to each design but I can assure you that if you
call Yellowfin and Speak to Wylie, he will. All that I
know is that it really worked.
The things that were important to me
in an offshore Center Console were not long in list but
very important. Any of these items not met would have
made me not so happy and I would have had to settle.
Well the good news is, I got my list of important items
taken care of and more.. I kinda feel like I made out
like a bandit. Here is why..
Fit and Finish of this boat was
spectacular. I own three other Yellowfin bay boats and
that I have learned is the norm, so no surprise there.
My boat was also a boat show queen in the Miami
International boat show of 08' so you know it would be a
gem, but now that I think about it, all the Yellowfins I
have seen out of that factory are Gems.
Layout was HUGE for me as I fish up
to 6 persons on occasion so room and comfort are huge. I
also go to the Dry Tortugas under charter as well and
storage was very important to me. Well, there is plenty.
The layout was perfect with lots of fishing room in the
back. I thought that the leaning post was too far back
originally but after running the boat it is perfect. I
would bet that this boat has more cockpit space behind
the leaning post than any other boat in its class.
Seating is fine with twin seating up front of the
console and the coffin box for even more, non running
seating. The gunwale height in the back is perfect, easy
to reach the water and high enough to feel secure. The
front of the boat is a Yellowfin without the Huge bow
height of the 34 or 36, offering the boat a bit more
sexy line and a better reach over possibility up there
for gaffing fish. I have to say I love the layout
and as a very large person I don't feel cramped. The
gunwale width was kept with a great wide gunwale
for throwing net.
Performance was the biggest thing. I
am a charter guide and fuel economy means the world to
me and my clients for pricing. As we all know the price
of fuel will be going up. Without prop work my 32 Ft
Yellowfin center console gets an average of 1.6 mpg at
cruise of 38 mph with the twin 300 Verados. This number
decreases only slightly up to 44 mph still above 1.4
This was with average load 4 men, full rear bait well,
and ready to fish out to 75 miles range of fuel.
STELLAR! ! ! ! I am working with Scott Reicho of Mercury
lab finished propellers to do a minor modification to an
existing propeller design we think that the average best
fuel economy will go over 1.8.. This will be untouchable
in it's class. Speed numbers are in high 50's loaded.
I have not set this this boat up for speed as that is
not important to me.
Props labbed from Merc Racing and 350 Verados with the new Gear case design we get a consistent 1.8 mpg from 38 - 42 mph depending on load.. We have seen as high as 2.0 downwind with nothing in the boat.. But thats just not realistic..
One year and a few months into the ownership of this boat and we have 2000 hours on it. It is in like new condition... We still love this boat.. and would get another just like it with the exception of Garmin Radar- it sux..
The Ride, we all have our own
opinions about ride and what we think is a great riding
boat. To me, I have not ridden in a boat that rides
better. My advice to anyone who is considering this boat
is to come down and see me for a ride or go see the guys
at Yellowfin. Be warned, it will redefine what you are
looking for and set the bar too high for others.
Dryness I will say, its the driest boat I have ever been
in under 35 ft. truly amazing. Again, ride in it you
will be amazed. We all love our boats and say they are
the driest.. You will have to see for yourself.
Running attitude - Wylie has set the
center of gravity further forward in this boat and it is
noticeable when you run it. For those wanting the v-8
Yamaha engines you will not be disappointed in the way
the boat will handle the weight of those beasts with no
issue. In fact with the Mercury Verado 300's I have
found that the boat runs better, faster and smoother
with full bait well in the rear, perfect for me as I
never leave the dock without a full bait well. Other
boats I have been in I felt as though the bait well was
a burden to the rear of it making the boat ass heavy,
definitely not the case here on this 32.
Tabs - the 32 comes with K planes. Finally a boat that
only needs trim tab for right left attitude adjustment.
You don't need tabs hardly at all unless leveling or
putting the vee to the waves in a cross chop. Tabs mean
loss of performance. This boat runs fine without them in
all weight applications and not needed to get on a
plane. Also, in a head on chop or swell.. just drive. no
tabs needed. this thing slices through like a dream!
Hard Running - this boat will go as
fast as you can hang on in 3-5's and never miss a beat.
Props stay hooked up and the boat does not try and fly
out of the water like some others do. Its a unique ride.
for the first 15 minutes I ran through some crap I was
expecting to hit really hard and never did. Boat has the
smoothest reentry, very comparable to the many deep vee
full bottom boats I have run. Super smooth and dry too.
Things about this boat I don't like... Besides the
boat payment.. I have to say the electronics covers on
the console are not my taste. I find them difficult to
move from side to side when on the run to make
adjustments. That's about it for now... Cant think of
In things I love about the
boat - The upholstery was done impeccably well. The
redesigned transom it looks awesome very stylish and
does not hold water, slides right off. The ladder that
recesses into the boat, Very cool.
closing I have to say, before
I got my boat I was thinking about resale, just in case
I did not like it. I was concerned with it being the
first out of the mold and the first in it's line. Well,
now that I have it I have been offered by two people to
buy it for more than I paid.. Nicely I told them, sorry,
no sale, I like it.
A note about Yellowfin Yachts. The
more time I spend running my boats and the more boats I
buy from them I become more and more impressed with what
they are able to do. The rest of the industry could
learn much from them. I have run all the boats
from the Flats to the 42 and have seen nothing but
quality. I have never experienced customer service like
theirs and owning a Yellowfin puts me in with a group of
some of the nicest boat owners I know. All the way
around the Yellowfin experience has been great!
Please feel free to contact me about
this boat. I am happy to show it to anyone that is
interested. Boat rides cost you the price of gas to run
Here is the way my 32 Yellowfin is set up.
- Twin 300 Verados
- Key West Hard Top and Console
- Black undersides on T Top
- VHF, VHF, Marine Stereo in
- Taco Gold and Black
- Aluminum Leaning Post
- Two Drawer Tackle in Gunwales
- Furuno FCV 1100
- Garmin 5212 Touch Screen
- JL Audio
- Garmin 4 ft array 4 KW Radar
- Freshwater Shower
- Raw water rinse
- Rear Bait well
- Floor bait well
- 3 Odyssey Batteries
- Expanded Fuel Option 300+ gall
- Alum Slide On Trailer
Building the perfect boat takes time
and cooperation from you and the factory that you chose
to build your boat. Ideas that have been proven from
hours and hours of experience both by boat builder and
end user. I can say that working with Yellowfin Yachts
has been the best mix of all. SPL
Now that she is done I can say it
was well worth the wait.
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