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Old 02-21-2018, 04:34 PM
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I have yet to find a better riding CC in the 36'-38' Class than a YF36...Not as fast as a Fountain, Invc, or Nor-tec. But your kidneys will thank you at the end of the day. But yes, they bow steer in certain conditions/running speeds. trade off....
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:38 PM
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Fit and finish is not comparable, CV is much nicer and ride is comparable.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Fit and finish is not comparable, CV is much nicer and ride is comparable.
SV32 is a tough boat to beat regarding fit and finish. For Example, Rub rail was thru-bolted every couple feet. If I remember correctly. Fishability was excellent.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:00 PM
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I have no business commenting on this thread, if these 2 are your choices, you have a good problem!
This high level of boat comes down to personal preference.
You guys are out of my league, awesome! Enjoy!
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:02 PM
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We walked the new design YF34 at the show and was impressed. The only thing I would change is the gutters. The boat is complete new except hull shape. The 36 is next. Mike I would either wait for the new 36 or switch to the 34.,
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TeamBalla View Post
I have yet to find a better riding CC in the 36'-38' Class than a YF36...Not as fast as a Fountain, Invc, or Nor-tec. But your kidneys will thank you at the end of the day. But yes, they bow steer in certain conditions/running speeds. trade off....
i've never had bow steer issue with original set up...but i also added 5" jackplates when I put 350s on and it gets that big nose up if you want it. I've owned a 32sv (non step). SV finish and rigging is nicer no question - but they're a boat that seems to like a big heavy swell you get in the ocean, not the tight chop we get in the gulf. I always had to run tab on the SV and it hurt efficiency. I don't think you can go wrong with either. I like the diamond non skid but it is more of a PIA to clean and repair. I've had a few of the tops of the non skid in the YF come off from a dropped weight or someone sliding a cooler but a dab of marine tex and it's back to perfect.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:37 PM
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I have put hundreds of hours on my yellowfin 29. I love both brands so this is really Parsing straws. I can point out a few differences that will appeal to some people but are really personal preference issues. The yf is the faster and lighter of the two but also has less storage. The cv has a step down console that is more finished inside. If you want a head the cv has a better console for that. The non skid has been discussed already. They both suck if you let blood and chum dry. They can both both be cleaned if you are diligent. I think the lines of the yf are not only sexier (they are) but is also an extremely smooth and dry platform. I rarely get spray over the console. I have the coffin box with a backrest and while I originally thought it hokey, my family would not trade it for anything. On fishing trips it’s not in the way and in sandbar trips it’s money. Cvs seating options are not as useful. Their coffin box is too small and forward to be effective seating. It works fine as a cooler or storage obviously but not as forward seating. Yellowfin has no rear door, you just step over transom. Cv offsets the livewell and has a door. Some prefer one or the other. Yellowfin has moved mostly to czone switching. You either love or hate this feature. Cv still uses manual switches on most of the boats I have seen. Happy to answer any questions about the yf but would not think you could go wrong with either.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:43 PM
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Ride them both and then decide. I was in the market for a 29-32 foot boat and rode all of them. It took me a while but when deciding to do such a big purchase, take your time and make sure it fits what you want it to do. For me, there were some big items that pushed me in the direction of the Sea Vee. I know I will catch hell for it from the loyalists but this is what I came up with:

- Fit and Finish: Seavee takes the nod over the 29 and 32 YF. Try and find starboard hatches or trim molding on the Seavee. You wont.

-Bow Steer: YF 32 bow steers at most running angles. I have countless hours piloting a YF 32 and it likes to bow steer. Hard turns can be scary when the hull grabs. The seavee tracks extremely true. My 7 year old is my auto pilot.

-Transom door. We use the boat to dive and at the sandbar. YF does not have one.

- Built in cooler: Having the sliding Frigid Rigid as the main cooler is a big plus. No dedicated cooler on the YF.

-Best tackle station on the market.

-Sliding console door is nice while under way. Not blocking the view.

-Full standing room inside the console. When you open the console you don't see a wire anywhere.

The YF 32 has some pros:

-Wider Beam. Not much but it is noticeable

-Wider Gunnels. Very nice to have when loading or walking around the boat.

-Sheerline. BADASS. Best profile of any boat on the market.

Send me a PM and I can walk you through the thought processes I went through and why I came up with the decision that I did. Seavee made the best boat for what I wanted to do with it.
This is spot on...Ive owned YF and SV and agree with this assessment.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
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You're already in the ballpark so if I were you, I'd save my pennies for another year or so and hold out for something in the 34ft range. 29ft just ain't worth it IMO. 32 just getting there but still nothing compared to 34-36.

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Lol, may as well just save up for 5 more years and get the 42...

The 32/33 class boats are far more capable than "just getting there...."
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:16 PM
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2006 hull (new hull design)
2010 motors
just redid the entire hull,
new paint and gelcoat

I also have a tower
email me and I'll send some videos
I really love the boat.

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Originally Posted by Sarasota Line X View Post
We walked the new design YF34 at the show and was impressed. The only thing I would change is the gutters. The boat is complete new except hull shape. The 36 is next. Mike I would either wait for the new 36 or switch to the 34.,
I am not surprised they changed the design on the 34 and now the 36. There is greatly reduced fishing room / cockpit space in the Yellowfin and it is a big negative if you are primarily a fisherman. Their lines, however, are best looking in their class. Balsa wood in the Yellowfin coring is old school and a negative when there are superior high tech coring products like Corecell which is found in Invincible and Freeman.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:42 PM
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OP asked about 29-32 and we are talking 36-38?
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:35 AM
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I am not surprised they changed the design on the 34 and now the 36. There is greatly reduced fishing room / cockpit space in the Yellowfin and it is a big negative if you are primarily a fisherman. Their lines, however, are best looking in their class. Balsa wood in the Yellowfin coring is old school and a negative when there are superior high tech coring products like Corecell which is found in Invincible and Freeman.
Yellowfin will build without balsa if the customer wants. But they have had virtually no issues with it. And the give/flex makes them ride softer and quieter than the invincible, contender, seavee, etc. I owned a 36 and 39 inv. They were great boats but the yellowfin hands down is a softer ride and I attribute that to balsa and the flat running attitude of the boat.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:39 AM
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Yellowfin will build without balsa if the customer wants. But they have had virtually no issues with it. And the give/flex makes them ride softer and quieter than the invincible, contender, seavee, etc. I owned a 36 and 39 inv. They were great boats but the yellowfin hands down is a softer ride and I attribute that to balsa and the flat running attitude of the boat.

I agree about the ride on the YF 36 but the wait time on the YF is a killer. Always much longer than projected.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:34 AM
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There goes my post.
Glad to hear you guys love your big boats!
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by bigtuna View Post
Yellowfin will build without balsa if the customer wants. But they have had virtually no issues with it. And the give/flex makes them ride softer and quieter than the invincible, contender, seavee, etc. I owned a 36 and 39 inv. They were great boats but the yellowfin hands down is a softer ride and I attribute that to balsa and the flat running attitude of the boat.

Yellowfins do have a good ride. However, a factor that is not mentioned which contributes to the perceived "better" ride is that the console in a Yellowfin is further aft so that the driver is positioned more aft. The best ride position in a deep vee is further aft. But the console being further aft is what also contributes to the decreased fishing room / cockpit space aft. Everything is a tradeoff. Yellowfins chose perceived ride over fishing layout and this model has worked well given their popularity and still significant wait times due to plenteous orders.


With the new design, I imagine the console and thus driver position will move forward slightly. It will be interesting to see if folks will complain that the new Yellowfin 34/36 doen't ride as good as the old Yellowfins.

Balsa is soft which may contribute to the soft ride of Yellowfins. But Corecell is foam type material which may also be soft. Of course, Balsa when exposed to water intrusion, turns to mush, even liquefies, whereas the more expensive Corecell is structurally unchanged if exposed to water intrusion.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:33 PM
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The key advantage of cored construction - be it balsa or foam - is increased stiffness of the structure with less weight. And while I'm not going to get into the pissing match of cored vs. non-cored, all this talk of flexibility of the cored hull is pretty funny, unless you are referring to the result AFTER hydraulic erosion has removed the structural aspects of the coring material.

And don't worry Dtango - the thread isn't officially dead until someone tells you to buy a Freeman.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:26 PM
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Yea I know. But only if it’s powered by 6 G2’s
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Balsa in the core was honestly the only thing I liked about YF... having owned a wood boat I can tell you wood does wonders for ride and sound. Unfortunate for YF that was the only thing the 36 had going for it so I went another route.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:36 AM
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I kind of like the seavee better. I didn't like the gutters in the floor. My wife rolls ankles extremely easy
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