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Highly Customized, Extremely Updated. Ice Blue hull and T-top underside colors. This stepped hull design and this specific boat and engines are well proven to deliver a spectacular fast, dry ride and make offshore adventures yours. Especially in real sea conditions.
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Triple Yamaha F300 engines at 654 hours with WARRANTY to 2019. Main fuel tank=200 gallons, two saddle tanks are 89 gallons each, total=378 gallons. Offshore capable yet only enjoyed on INSHORE waters, casual fishing and cruising. Co-Brokers welcome, bring your buyers. Just fully detailed. This is the boat to buy now.
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Hull Side Color Ice Blue
Hull Bottom Color Ice Blue
Rub Rail Color White/Navy
Cushion Color White
Step Down Console with Finished Liner
Delete Insert, Flush Mount Electronics
Recessed Foot Rest
Cooler in Console Seat
Teak and Holly Floor in Console
(2) drink holders
Large Leaning Post
Custom Yellowfin Helm Seats with Fold up Bolsters
Custom Super Sonic White Cushions with Navy Piping and X-stitching
6 Drawer Tackle Station (Plano Style)
3 Open Drawer Tackle Station
Coffin Box with Dual Rams
Rod Holders 5
T-Tops and Towers
Hardtop ice blue bottom
Lees Carbon Fiber Poles w/Taco Bases
Led Multi Color Hardtop Lights 4
Front Forward Seating
Front Combing Bolsters
Removable Rear Bench Seat
Front Shelf Covers
Additional Rod Holders
Additional HD Rod Holders
Electric Plugs 2aft
Sea Land Head
y valve and pump out aft boxes
B260 1k furuno 10 pin
Furuno NAV NET 14" Touch Screen
Furuno NAV NET 14" Touch Screen
Furuno 3.5' open array (4KW)
Icom 504 W/ Antenna
Furuno GPS and Net Hub
Clarion Stereo CMV1 with built in DVD/Sirius/Ipod
1 JL Amp M6600 1 JL Amp M1700
2 JL Subs 6 JL Speakers
3 Sided Eisen Glass
Auto Pilot AP 24
Furuno bbwx2 Sirius weather
Custom Awlgrip stripes
August 15, 2013
When you look over a specification sheet for a center-console boat (even if it is 36 feet in length), you know you’re dealing with something serious when the maximum horsepower rating reads “1400.” That’s enough to strap on three of Yamaha’s 350-horsepower, V-8, four-stroke outboards in one sitting… with a little room to spare. Think about a sexy boat with a 50 mph cruise and near-70 mph top-end and you start to paint a picture of what a Yellowfin Yachts fishing machine is all about.
Photo courtesy of Yellowfin Yachts
At around 140 boats a year coming out of its Sarasota, FL, factory, Yellowfin Yachts could best be considered a semi-custom builder, and high-end fishing boats are not only its specialty, it’s all they build. The company employs composite constructing utilizing vinylester resin 100 percent throughout its line, resin infusion on its models under 24 feet, and hand-laid fiberglass on models over 24 feet. This stout construction is a good thing, too. These big boats are designed to go insanely fast, tough out the big weather at speed, get to the good spots first, and bring back owners from offshore waters safely.
It’s easy to make a boat go fast if you strap enough horsepower to it; it’s an entirely different thing to make it fast, stable, safe, and easy to drive, which is what the Yellowfin 36 delivers. To provide speed and stability, the hull features two steps that provide positive air ventilation and additional strakes help to keep more of the hull out of the water to reduce drag. There’s a slight keel that helps keep chine walking to a minimum and her sheer line rises from her stern forward in a graceful sweep with a Carolina flare at the bow. Her tough design and speed are thanks in part to Wylie Nagle, the owner of Yellowfin Yachts, who prior to his foray into the boatbuilding business was a competitive offshore powerboat racer.
Exterior finishes and equipment are exquisite (as they should be for a yacht of this caliber) on the Yellowfin 36. Pop-up navigation lights and cleats, recessed bow rails, under deck fishing rod holders, and under gunwale lights for rigging baits, lures, and rigs at night. An optional coffin box can be installed forward with a full rigging station and a large fish box lies just under the aft deck with easy access for the big ones.
With three of the aforementioned Yamaha’s 350-horsepower, V-8, four-stroke outboards, the Yellowfin 36 tops out at 66.4 mph, and burns 98 gallons per hour at 6100 rpm. For more reasonable cruising to the offshore canyons, around 36 mph will put you in the 30 gph range. If you opt for Yamaha F300s, you only lose six mph of top end, but you’ll have a bit more fuel to play with at the end of a long day of fishing. At 55.8 mph, the F300s burn 58.7 gallons per hour, while at 55.7; the thirsty F350s munch up 63.4 gph. Not hugely significant in the grand scheme of things, but 50 gallons at the end of the day can be the difference between making it back to the inlet… or not. Fish on!
Length Overall: 36’ 8”
Weight: 9500 pounds
Fuel: 525 gallons
Price: $250,000 + With Optional Power
by Gary Reich
Yellowfin Yachts 36 Offshore Review A legendary fishing machine receives fresh refinementsBy Jim HendricksApril 10, 2017
The Yellowfin 36’s stepped hull offers outstanding performance and fuel efficiency when powered by three Mercury 350 Verados.
Courtesy Simrad / Jason Stemple
The Yellowfin Yachts 36 Offshore first hit the market in 2003. Designed to provide the seaworthiness, performance and range needed by serious offshore-tournament anglers, this model — with its classic, swoopy sheer and proud bow — soon gained a loyal following of anglers that has elevated the 36 to one of the most sought-after center console boats in the country.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing Magazine
Sport Fishing editors tested the new Yellowfin 36-foot boat.
Since its debut, the 36 has also undergone periodic tweaks and tuneups, including a set of refinements for 2017. That was all the excuse I needed to jump aboard veteran tournament captain Mark Maus’ Yellowfin 36 on a sunny but breezy February afternoon in the middle Florida Keys.
The crew for this Fish Trial included Mark’s wife, Jennifer, Capt. Chris Trosset and Sport Fishing videographer Stevan Llewelyn. Both Maus and Trosset serve as pro anglers for Yellowfin Yachts, as well as for Simrad marine electronics.
“We’re going to try to catch some blackfin tuna, but first we have to catch some bait,” Maus said, as we iced down the boat in the marina. “It’s going to take a lot of live chum to get those blackfin to bite.”
The Yellowfin 36 Offshore offers copious live-bait capacity, which helps immensely when chumming with live bait for species such as blackfin tuna.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
Livewell Space On Board
Maus’ plan included filling both the 55-gallon transom livewell as well as the 80-gallon well under the seats behind the leaning post with pilchards before heading out into the Atlantic Ocean.
As we cleared the harbor, Maus punched the throttles on the triple Mercury 350 Verado outboards, and the twin-stepped hull seemed to leap out of the hole, accelerating to 45.6 mph at 4,500 rpm. At that midrange speed, it did not take long to get to the flats outside Duck Key, where Maus and Trosset planned to net bait.
Recessed cleats and bow rails minimize snag when cast-netting from the bow. Nonskid texture atop the rail caps and deck helps ensure traction.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
As we ventured out of the channel, Trosset stepped up on the deck of the forepeak with the cast net to scan the shallows for schools of pilchards while Maus piloted the boat. With a few throws, the livewells brimmed with wriggling pilchards.
Using his new flush-mounted Simrad NSS evo3 display, Maus set a course for a spot known as the West Hump, about 25 miles south. The confident handling of the 36 made it easy to dodge the numerous crab-pot buoys dotting the inner waters.
The dash panel offers plenty of room to flush-mount a pair of 16-inch Simrad NSS evo3 multifunction displays.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
Handling the Waves and Electronics Suite
Once offshore, a stiff breeze pushing against the Gulf Stream turned the ocean lumpy and menacing. Yet, the 36 rode with pleasing smoothness in the confused, closely spaced 4- to 5-foot seas at speeds in the 30 mph range. The healthy bow flare tossed aside spray.
A clear polycarbonate windshield extended from the console to the underside of the hardtop to protect the helm area. A helm bench for two also serves as a leaning post when standing. An angled footrest at the base of the console lets you brace yourself when seated.
The whitecapping waves built to 6 feet at 5-second intervals on the West Hump, where Maus began to search with the NSS evo3’s built-in two‑channel chirp fish finder for the sonar marks of blackfin tuna.
Yellowfin has moved the console forward slightly to open up the aft cockpit in the 36, one of the significant changes to the model.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
Improvements with New Model
One of the improvements to the hull of the 36 includes a molded-in pocket forward of the steps for a larger multichannel transducer such as the Airmar CM599LHW.
Inside the boat, Yellowfin has moved the console forward slightly to open up the aft cockpit, giving crew additional elbow room when loading bait, working lines and fighting fish.
A new optional leaning-post module incorporates a rigging station and cabinets for tackle stowage in place of an aft-facing seat/livewell abaft the leaning post. Yellowfin has also replaced the traditional stainless-steel cleats and through-hull fittings with ultra-strong and lightweight titanium versions on new 36s.
Within the center console now resides a full stand-up head compartment. This not only offers more personal space, but it also provides greater room for stowage of items such as fishing kites. In addition, the 36 now offers backrests that convert the forward seating area to a pair of forward-facing loungers.
An overhead electronics box on the 36 offers a convenient location for installing a VHF radio and a small multifunction display.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
Plenty of Stowage
As I continued to inspect features on Maus’ 36 in the rough seas, I appreciated the grit-style nonskid sole. The same texture adorns the rail caps for traction when stepping aboard.
Stowage abounds with a trio of lockers below the foredeck, plus a coffin box that tilts for additional storage beneath. We iced our drinks and sandwiches in a roomy cooler under the forward console seat. A pair of fish lockers flanks a hatch, offering access to the bilge compartment in the aft cockpit.
Tuna marks appeared on the sonar about 200 yards up-current of the high spot. Pulling back the throttles to idle while leaving them in forward gear kept the bow into the 3 to 4 mph current and slowed our drift to about 2 mph. Trosset manned the wheel as Maus began to liberally chum the surface with the live baits.
It did not take long for the blackfins to rise from the depths to attack the chum, but unfortunately they were very small tuna. We made several drifts while chumming, hoping that bigger fish lurked underneath, but caught only a few of the “peanuts.” As the bait supply dwindled, so did our hopes for a better grade of fish.
Optimum cruising speed was 31.4 mph where the 36 achieved 1.4 miles per gallon. That equates to more than 600 miles of cruising range based on the 477-gallon fuel capacity.
Courtesy Simrad / Jason Stemple
Speed Running on the Water
Our bait running low and seas mounting higher, we called it day and headed in. Once inside the bay waters, we gathered performance data. While carrying 267 gallons of fuel and five crew members, the 36 jumped on plane in 4 seconds and reached 30 mph in 9 seconds.
Turning Revolution 4 21-inch-pitch, four-blade stainless-steel propellers, the triple 350 Verados propelled the twin-stepped hull to a top speed of 62 mph at 6,000 rpm, where the outboards burned 79.5 gallons per hour for 0.78 mpg.
Optimum cruising speed was achieved at 3,500 rpm and 31.4 mph with the engines burning 22.4 gph for 1.4 mpg. That equates to well over 600 miles of cruising range based on the 477-gallon fuel capacity.
The Yellowfin 36 is a boat that deserves a spot on anyone’s short list of all-time favorites. With the latest round of refinements, this vaunted fishing machine edges even closer to the top.
The Yellowfin features an 80-gallon livewell under the aft-facing seats, in addition to a 55-gallon transom lwell.
Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing
Specifications Yellowfin 36 Offshore Performance
Power: Triple Mercury 350 Verados
Load: 267 gal. fuel, 30 gal. water, five crew
Top Speed: 62 mph @ 6,000 rpm
Time to 30 mph: 9 sec.
Best mpg: 1.4 @ 31.4 mph (3,500 rpm)
Yellowfin 36 Offshore Hull
LOA: 36 ft. 8 in
Beam: 10 ft.
Deadrise: 24 deg.
Dry Weight: 9,500 lb.
Draft: 1 ft. 6 in.
Fuel: 477 gal.
Max Power: 1,250 hp
Yellowfin Yachts 36: Rapid Response
This center console is ready for fast action and close-quarters combat with pelagic predators.
By Lenny Rudow June 7, 2011
We have 1,050 horses of screaming Mercury madness on the transom, the throttles are set to cruise, and we’re heading towards the fish at highway speeds. Then the captain slams those throttles down to wide-open, and we experience a head-snapping acceleration akin to a space shuttle launch—there’s some serious power back there, and in a matter of seconds we’re frying the water at 70 mph. You want to be the first guy to the hotspot, each and every time you go fishing? All you need is a Yellowfin Yachts 36.
This Yellowfin 36 serves as a test platform for Simrad electronics.
Like the Stryker fighting vehicle, the Cobra gunship, or the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet, the Yellowfin 36 is designed to beat the competition to the punch and pack one heck of a wallop as it does so. The hull rides on a twin-stepped design, which aerates the bottom to reduce drag. A pad at the stern boosts planing surface area beyond that provided by the 22-degree variable deadrise while helping the boat stay on an even keel, and the hull gets tweaked out with a pair of High Performance trim tabs. Net result? This sucker flies like the wind—cruising along at a mellow 4000 rpm you’ll be going faster than most boats’ top-end, at 45-mph. Juice it up to a still-reasonable 4500 rpm and you’ll cut the waves at over 50-mph. Nail the throttles and after you recover from the initial shock, you’ll see speeds in the low 70’s. Both my thrill rides on a Yellowfin Yachts 36 included a hefty crew (of at least six people) and/or full fuel tanks, so these are heavy-load numbers; leave the extra baggage at home and this boat will go several mph faster.
This kind of extreme performance shouldn’t come as a surprise when one considers the fact that Yellowfin’s president, Wylie Nagler, has his boating roots in the offshore racing circuit. Of course, slapping massive amounts of horsepower onto the transom helps. The downside? Fuel economy, of course, which isn’t what you’d call miserly with triple 350-hp Mercs. Still, the boat does get better than a mile to the gallon through much of the rpm range -- 1.1 to 1.5 mpg depending on how hard you’re running, falling below one mpg only when you go beyond 5000 rpm. Comparisons between twin and triple rigs of equal total horsepower have, in the past, proven that triple rigs are actually a tad more efficient than twins.
- With triple Mercury 350-hp engines, the Yellowfin 36 will cruise at 45 mph and top out over 70.
Getting to your destination fast is, of course, only half the battle. Then it’s time to break out the rods, and see just how well the boat can fish. While we didn’t have the chance to actually pursue piscatorial pleasures either time I was aboard, the angling accommodations are obvious: Standard features include a 50-gallon livewell which is integrated into the transom and fed by a 1,100-gph pump. The T-top and gunwales each support a quartet of rodholders. There’s a pair of nine-foot locking rodboxes, and the catch can be stowed in a 530-quart macerated fishbox.
Our test boat, owned by a professional fishing guide, also supported plenty of extras: an 80-gallon livewell under the aft-facing leaning post seat, multiple gunwale rodholders from bow to stern, and a line of transom holders. But the best one—get this, if you’re ever presented with the choice—was the above-deck “coffin-box” style fishbox. It not only enhances your fish-hauling capability, it also provides excellent seating in the voluminous bow. Does it cut into fishing space? Nah, not a bit. There’s plenty of room 360 degrees around the coffin-box, and when you turn this boat’s beam into the seas for drift fishing, you’ll have no problem lining a half-dozen anglers along the gunwale.
Another area that’s not problematic: finding room for electronics. One of the 36’s I ran was Simrad’s test-bed, and it was outfitted with every electronic item that company makes for a recreational fishing boat—and then some. A whopping-big 15” multifunction display, a second 10” screen, a VHF radio, and an autopilot head control all fit in the electronics flat, and the console housed a dozen-odd black-box brains for the different systems. Best of all, there was plenty of room in the console for a portable head, plus extra stowage.
The “coffin-box” fishbox increases stowage and provides valuable seating forward – and there’s plenty of room to walk around it.
If you plan to run fast and hard, you’ve got to have the beef to take it. Yet the Yellowfin 36 weighs in at only 9,500 pounds, which is a couple thousand pounds less than comparably-sized center console fishboats. What gives? Construction is all-composite, with Core-Cell coring that boosts stiffness while cutting weight. Resins used in the laminate are 100-percent vinylester. The T-top has thick aluminum supports and plenty of them. Hatches are finished on all surfaces, dash switches are lighted rockers, and cushions are thickly-padded. Every component of the boat screams of quality, and the net result is found when you careen off of a wave, catch air, and re-enter on the face of another wave—there are no thumps, rattles, or groans. One of the days I was on the Yellowfin 36 it was blowing a steady 15 knots and a three- to four-foot sea sloshed around off of Miami Beach, yet maintaining a 50 mph cruise was downright comfortable. And when we goosed it up to top-end, we still had an enjoyable ride. The Yellowfin also has a good amount of flare in the bow, and we caught remarkably little spray both going into and running with the seas.
One of the nice things about dealing with an independent company like Yellowfin, as opposed to a mass-production builder, is that you can have a choice in some of the construction and design components. Want to choose a canvas T-top instead of a fiberglass hard top or add a crow’s nest? No problem. Think multiple console arrangements with front or side entries and different electronics flats would be nice? Yellowfin obliges. Prefer leaning posts with and without rear-facing seating and/or tackle stations? Of course there are several options for these, as well.
The downside to this semi-customization comes when you’re buying or selling a used Yellowfin. You might have a hard time locating exactly what you want (or finding a buyer who wants exactly what you have). Pricing can also vary quite a bit, from around $225,000 on the low end to $300,000 on the high end, depending on how the boat’s laid out, rigged, and powered.
At least you’ll know one thing for sure, regardless of the details: when you’re running a Yellowfin Yachts 36, you’re going to get to that hotspot first—each and every time you go fishing.
Ever wonder if you took the logos off many boats today whether you'd still be able to tell them apart? You'll never have that difficulty discerning a Yellowfin. From the proud bow to the swooping sheer, a Yellowfin is unmistakable. And those who run them feel proud looks aren't all that set these boats apart. Yellowfin president Wylie Nagler's history involved successful offshore powerboat racing. Hence, he built the entire Yellowfin line to run faster than average.
The redesigned 36 center console Nagler brought to the ramp in February featured triple 300 hp Mercury Verado outboards on the transom. But with the icy-cold wind out of the north at a steady 30 knots and seas running two feet inside sheltered Sarasota Bay, I had misgivings about letting those big dogs run - or even leave the dock. I looked across the street from the ramp and saw the mammoth American flag at the car dealership standing out straight! Nonetheless, Nagler still wanted to "poke our nose out" offshore.
Crossing the nasty bay turned into a non-event at 50 mph and dry as a bone. We found steady eight- to 10-footers, with the occasional elephant offshore. We still managed to comfortably run at 20 to 25 mph even in those seas. We never touched the tabs and never had to. This 36 ran smoothly on all points. Nagler got a little enthusiastic at one point and launched off the crest of about a 12-footer. The landing proved much less jarring than expected! But it did inspire him to head home.
Heading straight down-sea at 35 mph with the spray flying out to both sides and no swerving or lagging whatsoever, I figured that even though it was no day for any sane recreational boater to be offshore, we could have traveled pretty much in any direction prudently.
In the lee of the reef, we hit 40 mph at 3,750 rpm, burning 27 gph. Even a 50 mph cruise only burned 34 gph. Top end at 6,100 rpm burned a less conservative 84 gph at 68.5
When you compare that cruising fuel flow to the 510-gallon tankage, you'll find you can take this boat fishing almost anywhere! The trade-off for that capacity is a remarkably shallow console: All 510 gallons are located in three aluminum tanks amidships. Fish Bermuda, anyone?
The Yellowfin 36 does more than run fast and well. We sat beam-to in the big stuff outside the reef and remained absolutely dry. At the same time, I found the drift extremely stable and amazingly quiet - with no significant chine slapping.
It turned out to be one of those days where you honestly had to wait and pick the point where you wanted to turn and then commit. The Yellowfin 36 handled it like a ride in the park.
You can make this boat more or less fishing-oriented by adding the huge helm module with livewell to augment the 55-gallon transom baitwell. But if you opt for the aluminum leaning post rather than the massive module, you still get a big livewell.
Yellowfin added aft fish boxes where previously the vessel only had forward ones. Nagler also changed the transom door to a pocket-style slider. The 36 features all pop-up cleats and bow light. Rod holders can be customized for as many or as few as you desire from stem to stern. The foredeck has two large fish boxes as well as a coffin box atop a large under-deck fish box, which opens on electric rams. All this merely touches on the copious storage aboard.
You'll find holders for three rods under each gunwale, four across the leaning-post back, five across the hardtop, four more in the transom, as many as you wish in the gunwales themselves and lots of Plano-box storage in the helm seat. And finally, I especially appreciate that from stem to stern, the deck is all one level.
Design and Construction
Yellowfin recessed the transducer for the Garmin GPSMAP 5215 nav-system sounder into the hull just forward of the front step. Even at 50 mph, we never lost bottom lock. And the console dash had room to spare, even with a pair of the 15-inch displays flush-mounted.
The Garelick tube ladder that slides into the transom couldn't possibly be easier to deploy or re-stow - both from the water or while aboard. One other change with the redesign is the disappearance of the splashwell by the engine mounts - making the stern much cleaner.
Yellowfin uses composite laminates consisting of 100 percent vinylester resins and Core-Cell composite for superb strength without additional weight.
One reason for Yellowfin's success during this down market is the fact that the company sells direct; it has no dealers. That way, buyers know that the person they're purchasing a boat from knows absolutely everything there is to know about it.
LOA...... 36 ft. 8 in.
BEAM......* *10 ft.
**DEADRISE...... 24 deg.
DRAFT...... 1 ft. 8 in.
WEIGHT...... 6,500 lb.
FUEL...... 510 gal.
MAX POWER...... Triple 350 hp OB
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