Deck - The non skid is great. Cleans nicely after a bloody
day. Drains well once you are moving. However, while
sitting still the scuppers are plugged up so whatever
water you take on the deck will be at your feet until
you move or slosh around. No issue here, just the means
of design to keep water out of the boat while you are
sitting. I have not had a wet foot yet.
Everyone asks me,
"How Fast Is It?"
WOT with some fuel and two people
Mercury Verado 300 64 - 66 mph
Mercury Verado 350 71 - 74 mph
Mercury Optimax 300 XS 66 - 70 mph
Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS 60 - 64 mph
The Yellowfin 24 Bay Carbon Version 2015 runs top end of 74mph with Mercury Racing 400r.
The Yellowfin 24 Bay Carbon Elite 2018 runs Top end of 70 empty with Mercury Racing 300r
The Yellowfin 24 Bay Carbon Elite 2020 runs Top end of 83 empty with Mercury Racing 450r
The Yellowfin Bay
Boat 24 rides flat! Flat as a board. And cuts like a
knife. It planes in amazing time with very little bow
lift and will do it in 2 feet of water without hurting a
thing. If you are running a 24 Yellowfin and you feel
the chop, go faster and it goes away. Wylie has taken
offshore racing ideas and design to this boat; it runs
like no other boat I have ever been in. Trim has little
to do with ride after 3 degrees positive, your not going
to yank the bow way up with any prop it runs the way it
runs. Like any boat it has its bad spot, avoid it,
change your angle or adjust your speed to fit. I am
amazed every time I take it out especially in the wind
about how this boat rides. My customers love it. They
like my other boats too but this one seems to yield the
most comments about its ability to eat chop with not
effect. Nice work Yellowfin.
I will say the Verado boat rides a little better in a chop.
We all fish
different ways so I will keep this simple. My Yellowfin
is shallower than any other bay boat and easier to
handle on the flats. It acts like a flats boat. Dead
silent on the flat. I never thought I would ever try and
fly fish for permit on the flats in anything but my
flats skiff. This boat does it well and the fish did not
even know we were there. I was truly amazed. Like I said
when I started this section, we all fish different but I
bet this boat will handle your needs very well whatever
they are. In shallow water a whole new world has been
opened to me.
As a bay boat guide
I like to be able to offer my clients the ability to
fish 4 persons. Fishing 4 persons is not my favorite
thing but this boat will do it well.
On a side note, I
really hate to compare boats but there is a definite
difference in this boat to others. The others are boats
that fish. This is a great fishing boat.
This boat is strong
as all hell. I have beaten it across to the Marquesas in
water that would have sent other boats home. If there is
going to be a stress crack it would be there already and
if something were going to break it would be broken or
come lose by now. The best part is there are no rattles
or washiness in the hull. You hit wave, wave leaves. I
will stand by this boat with my reputation to say, that
you cannot hurt it. I am looking forward to a long
history with my first 24 as it has passed the test of
the Ides of March here in Key West.
Update 8/1/2009 - We still have our red boat, the first of our Yellowfin 24 bay boats and it is holding up very well. Looks great runs great and all things have stayed together.. we have had very few issues after 2000 hours of operation..
Things I Would
This is always a
tough category for me as there are so many things about
boats that can be changed a little here and there to
match what may be my perfect boat. This may not be the
boat for someone else though and a company like
Yellowfin builds a boat for the masses that fishes
really well. So the things I don't like will be
partially my personal little thing. This article would
be incomplete without this section as there is no boat
in the world that will ever make one person TOTALLY 150%
The one thing that could make this boat better for the masses would be a console redesign option that allowed for a bathroom.
The latches that
Yellowfin uses tend to lock themselves under vibration.
Now, this could be a result from the vibration of the
300XS being a motor without soft motor mounts. The motor
mounts on a 300 XS are solid and do create more
vibration throughout the boat. Verado power will
probably not have this issue.
The Jack Plate - I
am not a huge fan of Bobs Machine jack plates and will
change mine when I have the chance, maybe during
re-power. I will note that there has been absolutely no
failure with my current jack plate that was installed;
however, it just doesn't seem as solid a piece of
equipment as the Stainless Marine Jack Plates I am
accustomed to using. Note- Stainless Marine Jacks are
pricey but you get what you pay for.
Anchor locker - It
needs to be made about 1 inch deeper in order to fit a
decent holding anchor in it and close the lid. My anchor
may be too large for what they were considering when
drafting that compartment, however a smaller one just
does not do the trick here in Key West, even with 8 ft
of chain. To adjust for the issue I trimmed the wings or
flanges back on my anchor to make it fit better and seem
to have lost no performance. Boat is a touch faster due
to less metal. JK.
All In All
The Yellowfin 24 bay
boat is unique to itself. It does not look like any
other product out there so it can not be called a knock
off. You will find the people at Yellowfin to be
friendly and professional. The boat will be done when
they say it will and ready to be splashed at the nearest
boat ramp. You will find the fit and finish impeccable
and comparable to any super high end yacht works. The 24
bay will stay together for you for years to come and
Yellowfin will stand behind their product. I think that
this boat is about the sexiest thing I have ever seen.
It is always nice when beauty comes with function.
If you are in the
market for an awesome bay boat go to their web site and
give them a call. www.yellowfinyachts.com Ask for Wylie or Heath.
Note A - Yellowfin
has a surcharge for the raw water pump installation. I
am not sure what it is exactly but the cost for my
install ran about $350 and about 2 hrs labor for
installation on my own. You may want to consider their
installation as it will be professionally done.
Note B - Yellowfin
charges $600 for flush mounted electronics. Well worth
it in my opinion for them to install the transducers and
what not's you may have.
Note C - Make sure
you also get extra pump cartridges with plugs installed
for quick release change bait pumps whatever the
Note D - Get the recessed foot pad
for the wall of the wheel side of the console. Very nice
and well worth the $250 or so dollars for this option.
Also a great place to mount Sub speakers.
Capt. Steven Lamp (DrCatcher)
Veteran Key West Fishing Guide, Boating enthusiast and Entrepreneur
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