Yellowfin 36 Offshore Test

Sport Fishing tests the new Yellowfin 36 center console

Yellowfin Yachts’ popular 36 Offshore has received a fresh set of refinements for 2017, and we got a chance to experience the improvements while running out to the West Hump 25 miles south of Islamorda, Florida, to fish for blackfin tuna.

From calm bay waters to large confused waves atop the high spot out, the Yellowfin twin-step hull performed and handled well.

With a 55-gallon livewell in the transom and an 80-gallon well under the leaning post module, the 36 offers outstanding bait capacity.

Improvements to the 36 includes include a molded-in pocket forward of the chines for a larger multichannel transducer. Yellowfin has also shifted the console forward to effectively enlarge the aft cockpit for more room while fishing.

There’s also new leaning-post option that includes a rigging station and cabinets for tackle stowage. Innovative hardware includes ultra-strong and lightweight titanium cleats and through-hull fittings.

The center console now has a full stand-up head compartment for more personal space and greater room for items such as fishing kites. In addition, backrests convert the forward seating area to a pair of loungers.

Our performance numbers reveal that the 36 jumps on plane in 4 seconds and reaches 30 mph in 9 seconds. Top speed with triple Mercury 350 Verados was 62 mph at 6,000 rpm.

Best fuel efficiency occurred at 3,500 rpm and 31.4 mph with the engines burning 22.4 gph for 1.4 mpg. With the 477-gallon fuel capacity, the Yellowfin 36 offers over 600 miles of cruising range.

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