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Old 03-06-2015, 11:11 AM
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I've been giving some thought to selling my '99 25/28 Contender and downsizing just a bit to a boat that can perform nicely with a single 300, handle the Tampa Bay/GOM chop and could be used offshore grouper/snapper fishing on nice days (2-3 or better days), could be rigged with a PowerPole and a iPilot trolling motor. A Calcutta is my dream boat but finances make that unlikely.

I've given some thought to the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid, the Everglades 243 and even the new 24 Contender. I just looked over the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid and I have to say it's perfect except for the area by the transom. That area has to two cooler/seating areas and a storage compartment. What a complete waste of premium fishing space.

Does anyone know if that can be removed when being built?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Getn Busy Livn View Post
I've been giving some thought to selling my '99 25/28 Contender and downsizing just a bit to a boat that can perform nicely with a single 300, handle the Tampa Bay/GOM chop and could be used offshore grouper/snapper fishing on nice days (2-3 or better days), could be rigged with a PowerPole and a iPilot trolling motor. A Calcutta is my dream boat but finances make that unlikely.

I've given some thought to the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid, the Everglades 243 and even the new 24 Contender. I just looked over the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid and I have to say it's perfect except for the area by the transom. That area has to two cooler/seating areas and a storage compartment. What a complete waste of premium fishing space.

Does anyone know if that can be removed when being built?
I was told that it could be built without the rear seats.
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will the trolling motor work on the 26"?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:55 AM
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will the trolling motor work on the 26"?
The Barker will be a great boat for you. After looking at the 26 YF hybrid I chose the barker. Yes a trolling motor will work on the Barker. The Barker floats in 14 inches of water, the beam is 9'3" and she fishing offshore would not be an issue.

Barker is currently designing a 3 piece construction boat the will offer the open rear transom area the YF killed. That may be the ticket for you.
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The Barker will be a great boat for you. After looking at the 26 YF hybrid I chose the barker. Yes a trolling motor will work on the Barker. The Barker floats in 14 inches of water, the beam is 9'3" and she fishing offshore would not be an issue.

Barker is currently designing a 3 piece construction boat the will offer the open rear transom area the YF killed. That may be the ticket for you.
The Barker is $109k base.
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OP, if you're looking at YF's 26, you can afford the Calcutta. The base on the YF is 125kish. You can be out the door with a modestly rigged Calcutta for the same or a little less. I've been looking at both models as well. From what I've read here, looks like the Barker is probably north of 125k rigged out.
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The YF is a boat you stand in, the Barker is a boat you stand on, in general. I don't see the two in current layout as being very comparable. There's a lot of fishing space to stand in in the YF considering the entire front half of the boat. The Barker is a bay boat raised deck with tons of stand on fishing platform front and back. The YF transon is polarizing. For fishing it's compromising, for comfort it's nice IMO. Personally I don't see comparing the two at this point until Barker brings out the new deck. Also if YF just gave the rear bench area the folding seat back with ability to fold flat and walk on (like just about every bay boat does for the rear seat) it would solve a lot of the hearburn. IMO the YF is a great platform but needs some honing to find an identity. The Barker is a big capable hull with a bay boat deck. I'd be so happy to have either.
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Originally Posted by Gottarpon View Post
The Barker will be a great boat for you. After looking at the 26 YF hybrid I chose the barker. Yes a trolling motor will work on the Barker. The Barker floats in 14 inches of water, the beam is 9'3" and she fishing offshore would not be an issue.

Barker is currently designing a 3 piece construction boat the will offer the open rear transom area the YF killed. That may be the ticket for you.
I meant can you hang a trolling motor off the bow of the YF 26 hybrid? The bow looks a little proud to me. The OP said he was considering it rigged with ipilot.
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Originally Posted by GulfPirate101 View Post
I meant can you hang a trolling motor off the bow of the YF 26 hybrid? The bow looks a little proud to me. The OP said he was considering it rigged with ipilot.
I was told yes by YF at MIBS.
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what about sheaffer and gause?
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by blackdawg View Post
The YF is a boat you stand in, the Barker is a boat you stand on, in general. I don't see the two in current layout as being very comparable. There's a lot of fishing space to stand in in the YF considering the entire front half of the boat. The Barker is a bay boat raised deck with tons of stand on fishing platform front and back. The YF transon is polarizing. For fishing it's compromising, for comfort it's nice IMO. Personally I don't see comparing the two at this point until Barker brings out the new deck. Also if YF just gave the rear bench area the folding seat back with ability to fold flat and walk on (like just about every bay boat does for the rear seat) it would solve a lot of the hearburn. IMO the YF is a great platform but needs some honing to find an identity. The Barker is a big capable hull with a bay boat deck. I'd be so happy to have either.

Barker is also making a boat this year that you stand in and not on.
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If you are interested in a boat with a lot of versatility and in this range, take a look at our 235 Hybrid. We don't rig it with a single, but we will come in less than either the 26 Yellowfin hybrid or the Calcutta 26 (a great boat as well).

If you would like any more information, give me a call or email. Good luck in your search.
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Originally Posted by Gottarpon View Post
The Barker will be a great boat for you. After looking at the 26 YF hybrid I chose the barker. Yes a trolling motor will work on the Barker. The Barker floats in 14 inches of water, the beam is 9'3" and she fishing offshore would not be an issue.

Barker is currently designing a 3 piece construction boat the will offer the open rear transom area the YF killed. That may be the ticket for you.

The 14" is stated from Kevin? Ask because haven't seen any confirmed performance numbers. If so with what kind of load.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:15 AM
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Drive over to Tampa and talk to Ben Sheaffer. He has your perfect Tampa Bay boat in my opinion, based on what you say you need.

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Originally Posted by Gottarpon View Post
Barker is also making a boat this year that you stand in and not on.
Yep, that would be my only reason not to order the current barker... otherwise she is a great... A 3 piece will be a heavy favorite around here...
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:27 PM
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Yellowfin 26 (left) - Barker 26 (right)
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That is a great comparison pic! Thanks for sharing. Looks like the yellowfin has evinturds on it.
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Maybe it's me but I think there is just something weird about the 26 yellowfin hybrid. It has great lines like all yellowfins but It would seems to me that It will not do anything well. it's like a compromise on a compromise on a compromise. A power pole and trolling motor on that boat?? Ridiculous.

If you want a high end oversize bay boat, I can't see why anyone would order anything other than the Barker (if you like stand on) or Gause (if you like stand in).
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I was in Sarasota last Saturday for a wedding and decided stop by Barker check out the boat. The boat looks awesome. Top notch quality built!! I cant wait til the new deck layout is available.
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Originally Posted by Cpalms View Post
Maybe it's me but I think there is just something weird about the 26 yellowfin hybrid. It has great lines like all yellowfins but It would seems to me that It will not do anything well. it's like a compromise on a compromise on a compromise. A power pole and trolling motor on that boat?? Ridiculous.

If you want a high end oversize bay boat, I can't see why anyone would order anything other than the Barker (if you like stand on) or Gause (if you like stand in).
I agree with your assessment of the 26 YF. To me it is the boat without a fit! Just not a good at anything. I suspect it will be a disappointment for YF considering their other successes.
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