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Old 01-20-2009, 11:01 AM
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Default 34' vs 36' Yellowfin

Hey guys...I have a few questions regarding the 34' and 36' yellowfins. Thanks in advance for your help. Sorry if some of this has been covered already but I'm in the market and would like to get some info from you guys that fish these boats all the time.


1. Ride difference between 34' and 36'? You'd think the extra couple feet will give you some added comfort but I have heard some people like the 34' better? is this just because they have the 34' or is there some merit to this? I have been on a 34' with trips numerous times so I do have some point of reference on this boat.

2. If going with the 34', does anyone have real data for this boat powered with twin Yamaha 350's? I think twin 275 Verados is not enough power but want to get some numbers for this boat with the new Yamahas. Also, thoughts comparing twin 350 Yamahas to trip 300 Verados? Speed, cruise #'s and fuel consumption, loaded up, fuel fuel, reliability of both, ect...

3. Any overall concerns with either boats, ex. fuel tanks. Will be looking at 2007 or newer boats to compare.


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34': I have to believe was the more popular hull related to the older layout, livewell in floor on 34' let the leaning post be a tackle station in rear instead of seat and the 34' is less expensive.
Ride: In no way will a person on here tell you that the ride is that similar. The 34' and 36' ride different in the slop. I asked this same question to a captain in KW that has had both the 34' and 36', "the 36' gets on top in rough seas". NOw he wasnt downtalking the 34' but the 36' is a bigger boat and will obviously ride different.
36': She is a machine, especially with the changes wylie has made these last two years. If you are serious about these hulls in the USED market, get vin #s and go through Wylie at YF to see what the truth is on these questions: Fuel tanks, aluminum or fiberglass? How was this hull ordered from factory in reference to the tanks? WHAT IS THE REMAINING FACTORY WARANTY? Then have a marine survey done. Once you have that and know the facts about that particular hull you can then decide if this boat is right.
Power: how far do you run to fish? do you plan on island trips? is this boat primarily for fishing? do you have any history with either yamy or merc? Twins are nice but trips do these boats justice. You need to ride in a twin and trip hull to get an idea, problem is there arnt too many twin 36'yfs. But one ride in the trip hull and you should be sold
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Default RE: 34' vs 36' Yellowfin

Thanks for the reply...

As far as the power thing, I would only be considering twins in the 34' and they would have to be the 350 Yammi's. Going with the 36', trips would definitely be the way for me to go. I am up in NJ, so we run 80-90 miles each way to the canyon and it can get pretty bumpy. I've heard a few Jersey people with the fuel tank issues, that's why I mentioned it. Obviously, this would be a concern, so thanks for the advice. I've had Yamaha's recently but do like the Verado's as well if I was gonna go the trip route.

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PM Dryblls on THT he has owned a 36 with Trip Verado and current owns a 34 with twin 350's. I'd say he would have first hand experience for what you want to know.

Good Luck in your search. We went with the 36' to fend off TwoFootItist from buying the 34.
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go for the 36 with trips. My 34 with twin 250s would hit 52 light. My 36 with trip 300s will hit 64. Also, i had an engine issue last week and came home on 2 at 40mph. the 36 has a superior ride so if you can afford it get the bigger boat
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There is no substitute for length, ask any woman. My 36' with tripple 300 verado's fully loaded.
500 gallons of fuel.
80 gallons of livewell.
Coffin box stuffed with fish and ice. (500lbs)
6 Guys and a ton of tackle. (1200+lbs)
WOT with 87 Octane = 62-63 mph. That is fast for such a huge load.
With 93 Octane and a bit less weight I have seen 68mph.
Cruise speed of 44 mph burns about 36 gph In flat seas when trimmed right. (loaded)
Best fuel burn I have ever seen was 42 mph burning 26 gph but, I was loaded lightly.
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Default Re: 34' vs 36' Yellowfin

had a 34 with twin 275 V 's - plenty of power.
have a 36 with twin 300 V's - plenty of power.

no question that a 350 twin powered boat would be awesome. numbers are available. contact YF.

Yes, 2 feet make a difference when riding in bigger seas. slight difference but difference none the less

As mentioned, call YF to discuss specific hull id's and build specs/history

Also, Yellowfinonly.com is a great resource for access to YF owners and info
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:31 AM
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My next boat will be either the 34' w/trip 300's or 36' w/trip 300-350's.

If you run far offshore 40+ miles I'd go with trips.
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I've never ridden in a 34 but have owned a 36 with trip 275's, and it would run 48-49 on two motors. I have heard that twin 350's on the 34 is a great combo but I would go with trips again if I got another 36.
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We have trips and had an engine go out; no problem running in at 40 mph on two.

Love the 34; maneuvers easy and rides; well like a YF!!
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I have had the 32,34 AND 36 and the ride is about the same to me...the difference is you can go a little faster in tougher seas the larger you go. I think my favorite is the 34.
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does anyone know if the 34 will plane with just one F350 working? what kind of speed would you be able to maintain if you lost one motor offshore and had to come home with just the other one?
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does anyone know if the 34 will plane with just one F350 working? what kind of speed would you be able to maintain if you lost one motor offshore and had
to come home with just the other one?
~27-29mph

My 29' with 1 250 does 23mph(cruise)
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Default Re: 34' vs 36' Yellowfin

Guys,

Great Forum, I am about to buy a 36 Yellowfin(used). While I understand that both Yamaha and Mercury have their die hard followers, can anyone give me the advantages/disadvantages(as unbiased as possible) of Yamaha 350's and Verado 300's on this rig? Is there anywhere on the web to get "true" test results of these of these setups?

Thanks in advance!
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Is there anywhere on the web to get "true" test results of these of these setups?

Thanks in advance!
Very simple, just call YF and talk with Wylie. It does not matter if the boat is used as he will surely take the time to provide you with an answer.
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Whiskeytango has a 34 with twin yam f350's and loves it. He is out of little egg NJ. This is his second yellowfin 34, his first had twin f250's and he loves the new rig. If you were on Billy the kid's sled, make sure to take notes as it was prob one of the better rigged boats you will find.
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