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March 12, 2009

Yellowfin 36

It's hard to imagine an improved Yellowfin, but this boat handled more than we had a right to throw at it with complete comfort and security.

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
MSRP......$224,000 (w/ triple 300 hp Mercury Verado)

Yellowfin Yachts / Sarasota, Florida / 941-753-7828 / www.yellowfinyachts.com