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May 02, 2011

Yellowfin 39

Between its mammoth size and the ­awesome number of horses on the transom, this boat makes you feel as if you can take on any sea conditions with impunity.

I spent several very late nights fishing for tarpon in and around Miami's Government Cut with an entire film crew aboard. Not once did anyone get in someone else's way - a testament to the massive work area the 39 provides.

Yellowfin mounts as many Gemlux rod holders aboard as you could want; our boat had them running from stem to stern. If you happen to be a tuna fisherman or other big-food-fish lover, you'll appreciate the 165-gallon macerated fish box as well as the two livewells: one 72-gallon in the transom and another 80-gallon well in the leaning post. The leaning post also sports lots of storage via side access. Oh, and in case you need even more fish or storage space, the huge in-deck box on centerline in the bow can also be the base for an equally large ­insulated coffin box.

The aft-facing seat lets you watch your trolled lures in comfort yet be a single step away from any cockpit rod.

The hardtop features seven rod holders with the upper center one canted down slightly to make retrieving the rod easier when a fish puts pressure on the long centerline. If those - plus however many you have in your gunwales - still aren't enough, Yellowfin installs additional vertical rod holders on either side of the console-front seat.

Design and Construction
Yellowfin helmLooking at this 39-footer's profile, you can't possibly mistake it for anything but a Yellowfin with its distinctive proud bow and dramatically sloping sheer line.

I love the layout of the lazarette on this and all Yellowfins. You can access everything very easily, making any necessary troubleshooting a breeze. In addition, you'll discover numerous tilt-out bins and spacious storage lockers in the bulwarks on both sides.

You'll find no shortcuts in the construction of a Yellowfin. Yellowfin uses laminates consisting of 100 percent vinylester resins and CoreCell composite for superb strength without additional weight. The boats are designed and built to run offshore at high speeds - an activity that puts incredible stress on the hull and passengers. Thankfully, the more-than-beefy piping that supports the hardtop has well-laced handholds and a real feeling of security. History has shown that these boats stand up to stress - ­probably better than the ­passengers do.

LOA......39 ft. 8 in.
BEAM......11 ft. 6 in.
HULL DRAFT......2 ft.
DEADRISE......22 deg.
WEIGHT......14,500 lb. (dry)
FUEL......550 gal.
MAX POWER......(4) 350 hp OB
MSRP......$297,000 (w/ (3) 350 hp OB)

Yellowfin Yachts / Sarasota, Florida / 941-753-7828 /