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Old 04-25-2012, 06:53 PM
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Default Yellowfin 36, Yellowfin 34, or SeaVee 34

I'm looking to get into a new CC and have narrowed down the search to either a Yellowfin 34, 36, or SeaVee 34. I'm looking to hear about ride, creature comforts, fishing accessories, best engine configuration, best model years, etc... Basically anything you've got to say about the boats, please do tell- the more the better!!!
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you won't get a strait answer on this board with silver bullet gone.
Search google yellowfin vs Seavee site Thehulltruth . You should get 1000 pages of reading material . most of which will drive you to not want any you listed,

yellowfin has a cult like following and they all seam to be like family together
Sea V Don't know much about them but they pioneered the offshore CC fishing layout that has been copied to most other big offshore boats.
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YF 36 is a great layout and platform. The See Vee is just as good. Two very different boats. Both boats can be very custom. Are you buying new? The 36 YF was retooled around 2009. Aluminum tanks, more fishable layout, new transom livewell design. Pre 2009 retool the 36 was a good boat but the changes make the 36 awesome.

It depends on your personal needs in a hull. What type of fishing? Range? Family demands? Trailer, lift, or marina?
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Asked and answered many times on this forum. Use the search option on the top of the page. If you are looking new the 34 YF would be out of the loop.
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I think the 36 YF was a older design from what I remember. I've been on a 34 YF and though it was a beautifal boat with a great layout. Never been on a 34 Sea Vea but some people I know are very keen on them. I think your in a pretty awesome situation! If your located in FL I'm sure you wont have a problem getting a sea trial on both.
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I've spent a ton of time on all 3 and I would take the 36 yellowfin all day. If you have any specific questions let me know.
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A few CV-Yellowfin Diffs Factoids:
Ride: similar in equal conditions, cv maybe a little softer due to weight, creature comforts is subjective.

Yellowfin Balsa Wood in running surface
CV= Composite
Yellowfin= Stepped Hull
CV= Straight Hull no steps
Yellowfin= Probably faster
CV= All wiring in console not visible
Yellowfin=Console wiring exposed
CV=Molded in Hosecoils
Yellowfin=?
CV-No screws visible anywhere on cap
Yellowfin=Screws on plastic trim aft
Yellowfin=Bow height appears higher with more flair
CV=Console door slides open from front
Yellowfin=Door on side
CV=Forward seating option
Yellowfin=?
Yellowfin= Nice helm seat with aft view seats
CV=Captains seating forward only

I quit.........

It will be a personal preference since they are both great boats with somewhat minor differences. But no doubt the best 2 fishing boats with higher volume sales than the the rest of the pack; Seahunter, Invincible, Bahama.






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Both great brands.

The primary question you need to resolve is whether you want a step hull or a straight V hull. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Which is better depends, in large part, on where and how you fish, the typical conditions, how far you run and how fast you are typically able to run. In general, if you honestly feel you regularly fish in conditions that allow you to run at 40+ knots, the YF will be a bit faster and more fuel efficient. If you realistically will only run 40+ knots on the exceptional bluebird day (i.e., NE canyons) and more often than not you will cruise between 30 and 35 knots, I believe the SV is the better boat.
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Hi Bird:

Aren't you due for a new one yet??????? Summers coming!
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A few CV-Yellowfin Diffs Factoids:
Ride: similar in equal conditions, cv maybe a little softer due to weight, creature comforts is subjective.

Yellowfin Balsa Wood in running surface
CV= Composite
Yellowfin= Stepped Hull
CV= Straight Hull no steps
Yellowfin= Probably faster
CV= All wiring in console not visible
Yellowfin=Console wiring exposed
CV=Molded in Hosecoils
Yellowfin=?
CV-No screws visible anywhere on cap
Yellowfin=Screws on plastic trim aft
Yellowfin=Bow height appears higher with more flair
CV=Console door slides open from front
Yellowfin=Door on side
CV=Forward seating option
Yellowfin=?
Yellowfin= Nice helm seat with aft view seats
CV=Captains seating forward only

I quit.........

It will be a personal preference since they are both great boats with somewhat minor differences. But no doubt the best 2 fishing boats with higher volume sales than the the rest of the pack; Seahunter, Invincible, Bahama.




Few issues with your comparison.

Yellowfin has a finished console with hidden wiring now
They have the option of a side door or a front opening door
Yellowfin offers foward seating
And as far as the ride goes both are nice and I have spent time on both but the 36 YF is softer and better riding than the 34 CV but it is a bigger boat so it should be.
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I've owned a smaller YF, currently own a '09 34 Seavee and have a family member with a 36 YF.

First, both are great boats. They have different string points. Depending on the seas you fish and type of boat you want will guide you.

The stepped hull is more efficient, but for me, with herniated discs in my back, driving fast isn't always an option. I was after more comfort than speed and thus the reason I went with the CV. I would caviat the above statement about the yellowfin being a better ride in saying that was not my experience in my sea conditions in the gulf.

I prefer the non skid of the yf, only because it's easier to clean and patch. The yf support is second to none, but the CV is also excellent.

There is a difference in construction, and I'll let you make your own decision there. They both have the option of FS. If you can think of it, the builders can and will accommodate you when reasonable possible.

I do however think the CV fit and finish is nicer than the YF if that matters. YF is great compared to 99% of the boats out there, but CV has them beat.

I can elaborate in more detail I any of the above if you'd like. The boats aren't apples and apples. You'll make great memories fishing from either!

I'm replying from my phone,so excuse any typos!
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Good healthy debate here.
It really comes down to personal preference.
I feel like the 36 YF is a much bigger boat so in turn delivers a better ride while the 34 YF and 34 cv are neck and neck. Fit and finish, fishability, and construction on both is awesome! YF service gas been great to me...and I've heard cv is great as well. Can't go wrong!
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Aren't you due for a new one yet??????? Summers coming!
Hello Schmaltzy. I hope you're enjoying your boat. It sure does look nice in the pictures. I'm suffering "owner withdrawal" as the season comes around, but I'll probably fish more this year without the boat. If things go as planned, I'll be back in the market soon enough and my first call will be to Ariel. I'm hoping Yamaha F400s will be out by then!
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Hello Schmaltzy. I hope you're enjoying your boat. It sure does look nice in the pictures. I'm suffering "owner withdrawal" as the season comes around, but I'll probably fish more this year without the boat. If things go as planned, I'll be back in the market soon enough and my first call will be to Ariel. I'm hoping Yamaha F400s will be out by then!
I hear the F400 geacase is the weakpoint. Seems there is an issue trying to put that much torque thru the current market standard L/U gearing.
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I hear the F400 geacase is the weakpoint. Seems there is an issue trying to put that much torque thru the current market standard L/U gearing.
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I've heard this as well, but I'm far from "in the know" on any real industry info. If 7 Marine can send 557hp down the gearcase, I would expect Yamaha will eventually be able to offer more hp out of its big V8. Got to justify all that weight
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I've heard this as well, but I'm far from "in the know" on any real industry info. If 7 Marine can send 557hp down the gearcase, I would expect Yamaha will eventually be able to offer more hp out of its big V8. Got to justify all that weight
Seven Marine is using a tried gear case design from ZF that has been working in many other high HP aplictions. Industry standard for an Outboard is similar to Merc and Yamaha in that they have a single pinion gearcase. Seven Marine runs a twin pinion. Seven Marine and ZF own this technology,

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Both great companies that build great boats can't go wrong either way.
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From what I can gather from their web sites, the 34 CV maxes at 350 gallon fuel capacity, and the 34 YF at 450, so the YF would have significantly more range, if that is a concern.
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Go Invincible...advantages of the YF but better fit and finish (close to or equal to CV)
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Go Invincible...advantages of the YF but better fit and finish (close to or equal to CV)

and here come the clown punchers.

he asked about SEAVEE and YELLOWFIN.








both great boats it will come down to personal preferences.

Console is finished off now, forward seating availible, console front entrance is also availible on the Yellowfin.

I have owned 25 Seavee, 29 seavee, 34 YF and now a 36 YF.

the 36 is the best boat I have owned.
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