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Yellowfin 54 Offshore Boat Review

New flagship delivers yachtlike experience in a fishing-focused center console.

January 5, 2021
Yellowfin 54 Offshore running near shore
LOA: 54 ft.; Beam: 15 ft.; Transom Deadrise: 22 deg.; Draft: 2 ft. 4 in.; Dry Weight: 28,000 lb. w/ engines; Fuel: 900 gal.; Max HP: 3,000; Base Price: Package prices start at $1.4 million. Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts

It’s often said that first impressions are everything. In the case of the Yellowfin 54 Offshore, that isn’t even close to accurate. Beyond the initial awe inspired by its sheer size and expansive fishing space, this massive center console delivers a pedigree of performance and comfort on its smooth-riding hull as well as multiple surprises.

With the ability to get to the grounds quickly, powered by quad outboards, and seating for up to 14, including massive dual-row seats at the helm, it comfortably accommodates a robust crew. Its cabin with a queen berth, head, shower, galley and lounge offers plenty of overnight and cruising amenities.

Accessed from within the cabin, a neatly organized mechanical space houses the gyro stabilizer, batteries, critical wiring and electronics components that reside beneath the helm deck.

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Yellowfin 54 Offshore helm seating
Dual-row helm seating accommodates any size fishing crew. Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts

Fishing First

As always, the crew at Yellowfin focuses on fishing. The 54 comes with a massive 100-gallon livewell in its transom. With its two lids, the well can be configured as one contiguous tank or divided into two, so anglers can separate different types of bait. Molded-in single tuna tubes flank either side of the well.

I counted more than 50 rod holders on my test boat including horizontal holders under the gunwales, and vertical holders in the tower/hardtop, forward lounge, and gunwales and on the transom. Along with multiple tackle-storage locations throughout the boat, gear junkies should find plenty of fishing features for day trips or extended destination excursions.

Yellowfin 54 Offshore forward console seating
The forward console lounge is expansive. Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts

Space and Comfort

The 54 features bow V-lounge seating with backrests and storage as well as cavernous in-deck dunnage storage. The forward console lounge easily accommodates two to three adults for cruising or sun worshipping.

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Yellowfin also used every possible space above and below deck for storage of dive gear, fishing tackle, rods, fresh catch in insulated chill-plate cooled boxes and all other manner of gear needed to make the operation run smoothly.

Yellowfin 54 Offshore head
A fully equipped cabin with a queen berth, head, shower, galley and lounge offers overnight and cruising comforts. Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts

Running Right

Equally impressive is the 54′s performance. My test boat featured four Yamaha 425s; it carried 500 gallons of fuel, full water and four crew. As we accelerated, the boat lifted to plane. I never lost sight of the horizon.

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I found the fuel-efficient sweet spot at 5,000 rpm, running 50 mph while burning 97.1 gallons per hour, for .52 mpg. Comparatively, a large sportfish at 30 knots, burning 100 gph, makes 300 miles on 1,000 gallons during a 10-hour day. This Yellowfin 54 would make the same 300-mile trip in roughly seven hours, having burned 700 gallons.

Yellowfin 54 Offshore helm
Monitor and control all systems from the massive helm with triple displays. Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts

Hull

LOA: 54 ft.

Beam: 15 ft.

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Transom Deadrise: 22 deg.

Draft: 2 ft. 4 in.

Dry Weight: 28,000 lb. w/ engines

Fuel: 900 gal.

Max HP: 3,000

Base Price: Package prices start at $1.4 million.

Performance

Engines: Four Yamaha 425s

Load: 500 gal. fuel, full water, four crew, gear

Time to 30 mph: N/A

Top Speed: 60.8 mph @ 5,700 rpm

Best MPG: .52 mpg @ 50 mph (5,000 rpm)

Yellowfin Yachts

Sarasota, Florida

941-753-7828

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