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Old 11-30-2019, 05:21 AM
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Hello,
I am a new member and was hoping to get some help from some of the more seasoned offshore guys.

I just placed an order for a 32 YF and was hoping to get some input about must have options... Open array vs dome, windlass or not etc.


I am adding a rhodan trolling motor.


Also, Iíve been going back and forth about engine choices. Twin Yamaha 300s versus Merc 400s verados (can also do Merc 350s). I have a Y150 on my inshore boat and love it. I am leaning toward the M400s. Anyone specs would be helpful!

Any input would be much appreciated!!!
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you should consider what you will be fishing for and where-suggest you visit area marinas and see how other boats are equipped and also talk to captains, guides, etc-also, boats are personal and you have a chance to get exactly what you want since you are having the boat built-good luck and enjoy-suggest you discuss power with yf and they can help you make the best choice of power
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Lots of apples vs oranges in your post. Most of it is personal opinion. Hereís mine:

Radar: hunting birds? Get a 10KW+ magnetron. Just for navigation and weather? Get a dome.

Windlass: No. Use an anchor ball.

Engines: If you are considering Yami 300, get the Merc V8 300. If you want more HP get the Merc 400M. Nobody can touch what Merc offers right now.

I built a 34í YF last year. PM me if you want specifics.
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Never buy the least hp engine option! 350’s or 400’s is the way to go, look at similar size CC boats and the smaller engined boats seem to languish on the market. I like having a windlass, but it depends on your mission, going to the sand bar every weekend or using the anchor once a year? I wouldn’t have a boat the size without radar, I recently sold a 29 CC, it didn’t have radar and I hated using it after dark.
Give us more on how and where you plan to use it and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of input, some of it may be correct!
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Me, I'd take 350 Verados and have computers done by USP to 460hp, cheaper than a 400hp and you get 60 more hp per engine. No coffin cause it's a waste of space, no forward seating resale takes longer and a waste of space, no windlass cause I have buddies to pull the anchor. But I'm all fishing and no sandbar
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Hereís a link to the build thread for my old 32í. I still miss it and think it was the best specíed boat Iíve owned.

If I were to build that boat again the only things Iíd do different would be to go with 400ís, a dome radar, and Iíd skip the misters. I was very happy with the performance of the 300ís but they were all that was available at that time because the 350ís were still a racing motor. It was a 60mph boat so Iíd love to run one with another 200hp.

The misters in the hardtop were mostly useless and corroded out after a couple months.

I donít do much tuna/bird chasing here out of Sarasota so an open array was overkill. A dome would be plenty for helping me navigate out to the Gulf in the early morning or late at night.

Having had a ďrealĒ windlass on my 42í Iíd never want another one because it was constantly jamming. The anchor puller on the 32í was perfect and still allowed use of an anchor ball or handlining if needed.

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The anchor puller on the 32í was perfect and still allowed use of an anchor ball or handlining if needed.
I've always used balls but whats an anchor puller . I suspect I'm just being dense
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Pretty much all personal preference and where and how you boat. I ran a 4kw dome on the 34 and 12KW open array on the 36, we don't chase birds but after having the open, I could never go back to a dome. If you do by chance decide on the dome, mount it on a 6" scanstrut pedestal. It will improve the return by a large margin vs direct mount on the hard top. Our open array is mounted approx 12" off the ttop on a custom backrest mount for the upper station and the performance is remarkable.

Anyone recommending against a windlass, obviously does not boat on FL west coast or hit the sandbars frequently. This is one of our absolute must haves. I wouldn't consider a boat without one.

Far as the coffin box being a waste of space? Not a chance. This is where the loads of crap everyone brings goes for easy access and completely dry storage. Not so with forward seating storage, it gets wet in there. Coffin is another must IMO.

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Thanks for all of the great info. It is very appreciated!
We fish the gulf coast and mostly bottom fish. Not sure Iíll get outriggers... Not sure if there is much chasing birds on this side, so the dome might work fine....
Wife and kids will like to go to the sandbar on occasion, but fishing is the primary objective. That being said, we did get forward seating and jump seats in the back. The rear bench just takes up too much space....
ordered the upgraded console that opens to the front. Not sure if Iíll get the head. Most folks say that they never use it...

Sounds like most folks recommend the verados! There is minimal price difference between Y300s vs M400s... seems like a good choice.

Thanks
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We skipped the outriggers, added a seat and backrest on top of the rear livewell, and skipped the head on both boats. The head is garbage, you wont want to let anyone use it, unless you want your console smelling like piss.
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I would also consider if you anchor up at sand bars or the beach often. If you do, a free fall windlass is key. I would go with the 350 V8 Mercs. The 400 Verados are not much faster than the 300's from my experience which was not of a YF. Make sure you get the back rest for the coffin box if you didn't get fwd seating, your lady will appreciate it. I would also have them mount a puck somewhere below deck to stor the Rhodan when not in use or long runs. Window in the transom bait well is also nice so you can easily see how happy the bait is on the way out
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On the radar, get a dome so there is plausible deniability as you pass by anchored boats and steal their numbers
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Boathaus,

putting in an extra below deck puck sounds brilliant! Iím not so excited about how itís going to look on the front, so putting it away would be awesome! Rhodan is coming out with a 96Ē shaft very soon. I think the biggest they have now is 80 something inches... where would you suggest mounting the puck? it looks like the only area big enough would be the forward fish box, right? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
I've always used balls but whats an anchor puller . I suspect I'm just being dense
Not dense at all. Twentyfoursevenís 36í and my 32í remain the only boats that I think Iíve ever seen with the anchor puller below. Two wraps of the anchor rode and you get the same benefit as a windlass with no potential for it to jam up.

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My 42í had a traditional windlass and pulpit and after the 5th time that I had to completely dismantle it while anchored offshore to unjam it I finally gave up on using it. It required Allen wrenches and not dropping several small screws and a tiny spring which isnít easy while perched on the bow of a rocking boat. Unless I had a boat so large that the anchor couldnít be lifted by hand I never want to deal with a windlass again.

As far as outriggers, even if you donít get the actual riggers make sure you at least get the bases installed during the build. Youíd be surprised how much that can hurt resale even though itís not terribly hard to add them after the fact.

I never used the head on my 32í but the fact that it existed is the only way I could ever get my wife to come on the boat. Sounds crazy but nobody ever used it, not even a single time. Just the fact that it was there in case of emergency was enough to get my wife to come fishing. Iíd probably have to order it again but would also expect it to never even be opened.
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My 42í had a traditional windlass and pulpit and after the 5th time that I had to completely dismantle it while anchored offshore to unjam it I finally gave up on using it. It required Allen wrenches and not dropping several small screws and a tiny spring which isnít easy while perched on the bow of a rocking boat. Unless I had a boat so large that the anchor couldnít be lifted by hand I never want to deal with a windlass again. - That sucks .

As far as outriggers, even if you donít get the actual riggers make sure you at least get the bases installed during the build. Youíd be surprised how much that can hurt resale even though itís not terribly hard to add them after the fact -Sounds right , personally can't imagine a South Fl boat without them .
I get it , it's like a windlass simplified Thanks . You could have posted a picture of a chicken and I wouldn't have known any better . I remember years ago discovering the anchor ball and what a god send that was .
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A properly maintained marine head doesnít smell at all. Takes me about 5 minutes to spray, soap/scrub, spray out again and let dry while cleaning rest of boat. Use proper chemicals and pump out. My wife, daughters, SILís and gaggle of teenage daughters friends use it every time we go out and we never have to think about it.

My head is as clean as easy as this pic. Itís really not complicated.



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Any of you guys ever purchase the extended platinum warranty the 350 or 400 verados? Any thoughts on cost?
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I would ask YF if they can install the same style windlass as they do in the 39/42's. It is a large commercial grade drum/spool, extremely robust design that won't jam like most windlasses. I believe they started this in 2018.
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Don't own a Yellowfin but fished on a few many times. I HATED the leaning post that has the rear facing seat. The worst to sit on and takes up way to much room. A total waste.

Anything to keep the wife happy and onboard with the build but I would drop the rear seats and the bench over the transom live well. Great for the sales pitch to the wife but will suck in reality. A big coffin box with a backrest and a few beanbags is what the wife wants but probably doesn't know it.


Oh and like was previously stated. Get the head - even if it's never used it will make your life much less complicated and help with resale.
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Originally Posted by Yellowtarpon View Post
Any of you guys ever purchase the extended platinum warranty the 350 or 400 verados? Any thoughts on cost?
Have the 8 year warranty on my 2017 350 V-Rods. Motors were installed by prior owner but was told it cost 17,000 combined to extend 5 years.

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