Yellowfin 21 Bay: 2022 Boat Buyers Guide

The 21 Bay mixes fishability with performance.
Yellowfin 21 Bay running along the shore
A second Power-Pole is optional on the 21 Bay. Courtesy Yellowfin

Yellowfin is now part of Warbird Marine Holdings, but Wylie Nagler is still at the helm as its president, and that means his pledge of personal responsibility for the quality of each boat stands—from a 17-foot Yellowfin skiff to the new 54-foot center-console.

Founded by Nagler in 1998, Yellowfin pioneered the premium center-console category and has become the most recognized brand in its segment. Its customers have long praised its boats’ fishability, comfortable rides, speed and fuel efficiency.

Built in Florida, Yellowfins display classic North Carolina Outer Banks design influences in wide flares and high bows and pop onto plane on stepped hulls.


Yellowfin 21 Bay

Do you like the incredible acceleration, fuel economy and stunning speed of Yellowfin’s 21 Hybrid but wish it stood a bit taller? Like the Yellowfin 24 CE bay boat but wish it was powered by a single, smaller outboard? 

Then you’re sure to love Yellowfin’s 21 Bay, a conventional bay-boat layout—compared with its hybrid flats-boat sibling—and a 70-plus mph speedster ahead of a single Mercury Verado 350.

The 21 Bay has a higher-profile console than the 21 Hybrid, moved slightly forward. That console is served by rocket-launcher seating, or the captain can stand. Like the 24 CE, the 21 Bay has a recessed step with a large fish box located beneath it, leading up to the spacious bow casting platform.


The ride and performance will feel familiar to those who know the 24 Bay and its speedy stepped-hull design. The 21 Bay carries plenty of live bait, there’s dry storage for loose gear, and the large livewell and release well welcome your catch.

The 21 Bay comes standard with a single Power-Pole and an AmeraTrail aluminum trailer. Among options are a trolling motor, second Power-Pole and range of electronics.

Manufacturer’s Remark

Whether you choose one of the smaller Yellowfins, or the largest boat in the fleet, you’ll get the same quality, efficiency and performance.


Performance Data

  • Test Power: 200 hp, 3.4 L Mercury four-stroke
  • Test Props: Mercury Enertia Eco 21P
  • Test Load: 1 person, full fuel
  • Test Speed: 57 mph @ 5,600 rpm


LOA: 21’9″
Beam: 7’9″
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
Dry Weight: 2,525 lb. plus power
Max HP: 350
Certifications: NMMA

Editor Says

In my test of the Yellowfin 21 Bay, it blasted out of the hole and streaked to speeds in the low-50 mph range, while riding on a cushion of aerated water thanks to its stepped hull. – Jim Hendricks, Staff Editor, Fishing Group

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