Yellowfin 36 Offshore: 2023 Boat Buyers Guide

The 36 Offshore combines a balanced ride with numerous fishing amenities.

Yellowfin 36 Offshore cruising through waves
The twin step-hull design slices through waves. Courtesy Yellowfin

Rooted in performance handling, in 1998, Yellowfin entered the premium center-console category. It remains among the most recognized and coveted brands in that segment, drawing customer praise for fishability, comfort, speed, and fuel efficiency.

Still committed to making the best offshore fishing boats, as well as bay boats, hybrids and skiffs, Yellowfin is now part of Warbird Marine Holdings.  

Florida-built Yellowfin offshore models display classic Carolina Outer Banks style influences in wide flared, high bows. They pop onto plane on stepped hulls, and are noted for their strong, lightweight construction. 

Yellowfin 36 Offshore

The Yellowfin 36 Offshore has long reigned as the company’s most popular model thanks to its chop-taming twin step-hull design, and its balanced, efficient and dry ride.

The 36 handles twin or triple outboards, and as a semicustom build, it can be fine-tuned in design to perfectly match hardcore offshore tournament fishing, weekend family sandbar outings, and anything in between.  

Standard is a canvas T-top with five rod holders, two kingfish rod holders, hydraulic steering, Gemlux Belloca stainless-steel steering wheel, Livorsi trim tabs, C-Zone digital switching, and spreader lights. 

To keep things in order and tidy, there are 14 Gemlux titanium rod holders, titanium cleats and through-hulls, and a saltwater washdown.

The two livewells—one  each in transom and leaning post—are plumbed, and the insulated fish box is served by a reliable gulper pump.

Better fishing elsewhere? The 36 Offshore comes with an AmeraTrail aluminum trailer with electric-over-hydraulic braking.

Popular fishing options include hardtops and towers, coffin box, livewell pump box, and additional livewells. For comfort, one might consider several console designs, forward seating, head within console, and gyroscopic stabilizer. 

Performance Data

  • Test Power: Triple Mercury 400 hp Verado
  • Test Props: Four-blade Mercury REV4s, 21” pitch
  • Test Speed: 70 mph at 6,000 rpm
  • Max Range: 703 miles at 3,000 rpm, 1.25 mpg, 19.6 gph 


Fuel Capacity:477 gal.
Dry Weight:9,500 lb. plus power
Max HP:1,350

Editor Says

Serious anglers can name a Yellowfin on sight without a nameplate by its sleek lines, generous Carolina flare and lustrous gelcoat. Its stepped-hull ride is second to none and maximizes fishing range with efficiency. The 36 is the brand’s most coveted model. -Randy Vance, Editor-at-Large Boating and Fishing Group

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