Yellowfin 32 a Step Up
I was at a point in my career that I needed something
more. A new challenge that brought me full circle in the
fishing world. I had a ton of offshore experience both
diving and fishing as well as a collection of GPS
numbers that is very impressive from Key West out past
the Dry Tortugas. With the encouragement of some of my
colleagues in the business to get a light tackle or
center console boat and offer trips offshore for Deep
Sea Fishing, wreck and reef fishing and more that only a
larger boat could handle it was time to start shopping.
I was looking for a boat to fit in my 35 ft max length
slip, Fork lift able at my marina and get decent fuel
economy, built tough and had to be dry.
Other Center Consoles
To me was not very clear. Many boat manufacturers and
they are all on the mainland, however being who I am
with my particular nature I had to make a good choice
and one that I or my clients would not regret. So, off I
went in search of the perfect 31-34 ft center console.
The search took me to Contender looking at the 33T, nice
boat great lines but something just did not fit with me,
then it was Sea Vee to look at the 32, although the
chosen tool for many professional offshore guides and a
well built boat it was just not a fit either. Then there
were the others (just in case) Fountain and Triton Great
factory boats both but just not what I was looking for.
I also looked at Yellowfin. When I started looking for a
31+ Yellowfin was not really on my list. At the time I
did not own one yet so I knew very little about them. I
did know about the 31 and the 34 and had been in both
many times on different boats so I had a good feel. The
31 was too narrow for my needs and the 34 too big for my
slip, so at that point I was looking elsewhere. That
first year I did not make a purchase, I put the idea on
the back burner as there was nothing on the market that
was my "best boat".
As you can imagine being a fishing guide and having as
many boats as I do. I have bought Many boats of all
makes and models since 1992 when I got started. I have
to say... most of my factory experiences with boats they
have been building for years have been not good to say
the least, with only one exception, Yellowfin Yachts. My
first 24 ft bay boat has been in service since the day I
trailered it home, at the time of this writing that
would make it 1 yr and 8 months and over 1800 hours.
Not a single issue. That being said same with my second
24 yellowfin bay boat, now with over 700 hours and not
However... this new 32 that I was considering was going
to be Hull number one on a new idea. I thought long and
hard about this to trust someone to not only create a
boat never made before with "It should do this" "it
should be like that" was scary as hell, especially a
boat that cost as much as 3 bay boats. YIKES.. But I did
my home work, studied all aspects of Yellowfin from
reputation and consistency of product to my own gut
feeling. and with my basic knowledge of boat design I
decided to go with it. I have not looked back, one of
the best moves I have ever made in boat buying. I really
love my 32.
The Yellowfin 32
Yellowfin 32 Dimensions
The length of the boat stem to stern is 32 ft 6 inches.
out side the motors it comes in just about 35 ft this
was perfect for my needs and slip size. The width of the
boat is 9 ft 9 Inches. Some say Yellowfin took the 31
and the 34 and made the best out of both boats in the
32, I am sure Wylie can explain it better than that if
you call him. The weight of the boat is a modest 8800lbs
rigged, not a great feat for trailer or lifts making
this boat even more practical for most. The center of
gravity has been adjusted and well thought out to handle
the monster 4 cycle engines of today. This made for even
more room in the back for fishing area. In my opinion
equally distributing the boats interior.
Yellowfin 32 Design
There are a few styling changes on this boat that we
will probably see throughout the Yellowfin Center
console lineup. Things like the new euro style transom
with no place for water to stay keeping it cleaner. Ease of getting in and out of the water has been
made by this style change. My boat the 32 does not have
a transom door like ht e36 or the 42 have but I still
find it very easy for people to get in and out of the
Yellofin 32 Functionality
Because of the console being moved forward the fishing
area to the rear is tremendous. Also, along the sides
next to the console with rods in the rod racks there is
plenty of room. The console is neatly layed out to allow
for easy read of electronics and plenty of storage under
the forward seat. There is enough room in mine for a
small porta potty. I find the console height to be just
right for me and my 6 6 frame I am sure it is adjustable
for any stature. The Storage in the boat is massive and
more than I need.
Yellowfin 32 Performance and Ecconomy
There are two ways to run performance number on a boat.
I do them loaded ready to fish. My boat with twin 300
Verados runs 58 mph Loaded with 4 persons ready to fish.
I cruise at 40 mph and get 1.7 mpg with 4 persons ready
to fish bait wells full. Empty I can hit 61 mph.
Yellowfin 32 Handling
Everyone that spends a ton of money on a boat will say
that their boat is the best.. Well mine is too. Without
a doubt the best riding most stable v bottom 30+ foot
center console I have ever been in. At drift she does
not rock and roll like some V bottoms tend to making
bottom fishing in a side to swell a breeze. Trolling she
does really well. I run on one engine most of the time.
Up wind there is enough bow to keep her out of the
swells up to 7 ft without trying to dip. Downwind she
stays steady and does not try and surf. Across it its
like your not even out there. Speed trolling I can run
up to 22 knots she will stay steady at 12 - 18 under 15
she surges after 18 she planes. Cornering make sure
everyone is holding on, this boat is on rails. Shallow
draft when running she runs in about 18 inches if
Before you even get in a Yellowfin of any model for a
test drive you will probably tour the plant, there you
will see the painstaking steps taken to ensure a quality
build from the start of any boat built there. I own
three boats from Yellowfin and they have all been the
nicest three boats I have ever purchased new from a
factory. To this day many hours later they are still in
top notch new condition. Yes I take great care of my
boats, but with Yellowfin its easy.
All In all
The perfect boat is different things for different
people. I will say that My 32 Yellowfin Center console
is the perfect boat for what I do day in and day out, if
you want to know what that is, then read my web site.
When I look to get another boat it will be a reorder
with no changes.