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Old 02-21-2018, 08:18 AM
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Want to hear any real life comparisons between the 29 and 32 foot Sea Vee’s and Yellowfin’s. Or, if you have opinions on any of these boats by themselves. Looking for a boat and would like to keep the model years between 2007 and newer.
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YF is a prettier boat overall, nicer lines, easier deck to clean, wiring is comparable. Sea vee has a better all around fishing layout. Ride....comparable(step for step hulls) both have good customer service from what i've seen. You really cant go wrong with either. It'll come down to what you are looking for in a boat and what your doing with it. I would have a tough decision if i had to make it, love them both.
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I own a 320z and trialed many YFs from 29-34 prior to my purchase. Fit and finish of sea vee is better. I disagree with deck cleaning comment above as YF has grit vs diamond non-skid on SV. The better ride depends on your preference - YF is slightly faster and more fuel efficient. SV is a softer, more stable ride - again slightly. Both tremendous brands with great resale value. SV's service has been concierge level for me. Nicer finish and softer ride edged me to SV. That being said, I am looking hard at YF 36 vs SV 34 and 37 for my next ride and am undecided at this point.
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I own a 320z and trialed many YFs from 29-34 prior to my purchase. Fit and finish of sea vee is better. I disagree with deck cleaning comment above as YF has grit vs diamond non-skid on SV. The better ride depends on your preference - YF is slightly faster and more fuel efficient. SV is a softer, more stable ride - again slightly. Both tremendous brands with great resale value. SV's service has been concierge level for me. Nicer finish and softer ride edged me to SV. That being said, I am looking hard at YF 36 vs SV 34 and 37 for my next ride and am undecided at this point.
I agree with all of the above except you need to know YF service no where near SV service; for example, I have a friend who needs service on his 7 month old boat and he has to wait until May before getting his boat serviced. They are critically backlogged at YF with service. Just a fact you should know but otherwise both great boats.
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I own a 320z and trialed many YFs from 29-34 prior to my purchase. Fit and finish of sea vee is better. I disagree with deck cleaning comment above as YF has grit vs diamond non-skid on SV. The better ride depends on your preference - YF is slightly faster and more fuel efficient. SV is a softer, more stable ride - again slightly. Both tremendous brands with great resale value. SV's service has been concierge level for me. Nicer finish and softer ride edged me to SV. That being said, I am looking hard at YF 36 vs SV 34 and 37 for my next ride and am undecided at this point.

As for your decision on the bigger boat. Go with the 340z... you wont look back. Plus it's at a far better price point for a brand new sled.

I've ran a 36 yellowfin with trips... stepped on the 340z with trips and put the deposit down that same day. The CVz will blow it away in pretty much every aspect.

One thing I'll give yellowfin is I do like the sexy lines she has.

PM me if you want more details. I take delivery of my 340z in April
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Thanks Frank,
I’ve looked at some real nice boats and have been impressed with a few of them. My wife loves the YF and I’m ok either way. Both, even used are expensive right now. Used boat market is out of control.
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Originally Posted by Dtango17 View Post
Thanks Frank,
I’ve looked at some real nice boats and have been impressed with a few of them. My wife loves the YF and I’m ok either way. Both, even used are expensive right now. Used boat market is out of control.
So is the new....btw, those yf lines just don't quit.
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Both fine. I think the 32 Sea Vee is nicer looking.
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As for your decision on the bigger boat. Go with the 340z... you wont look back. Plus it's at a far better price point for a brand new sled.

I've ran a 36 yellowfin with trips... stepped on the 340z with trips and put the deposit down that same day. The CVz will blow it away in pretty much every aspect.

One thing I'll give yellowfin is I do like the sexy lines she has.

PM me if you want more details. I take delivery of my 340z in April
Definitely won’t blow away the ride! 36 yellowfin will absolutely dominate a 34 seavee in any conditions. And it’s not even close. 34 seavee ride leaves much to be desired. Yellowfin is the best mono ride on the market.
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IMO the YF's have the sexiest lines of any C/C out there. Their is more to a boat than just pretty lines though and Sea Vee has the best layout for tournament fisherman. In response to the YF vs CV deck as far as cleaning them go, that diamond deck has the best grip but is an absolute nightmare to clean after a night of bottom fishing. YF wins hands down in that respect. Ive cleaned TOO MANY decks of both kinds and the diamond is way harder and needs a toothpick for the deep in the groove stuff.
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Definitely won’t blow away the ride! 36 yellowfin will absolutely dominate a 34 seavee in any conditions. And it’s not even close. 34 seavee ride leaves much to be desired. Yellowfin is the best mono ride on the market.
Spent thousands of hours on a 36 YF and just sea trialed a 37z. I was blown away with the 37z but the 36 YF still in another class. CV finish is a 10 and the boat is SO tight but the 36 YF just another level. No matter what we tossed at it not,
once did it pound.

Now the 29cv in a head sea is number 1in that 29-31range but extremely wet.
31YF is tight and dry
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Diamond deck pattern to clean use soft scrub and a stiff bristled deck brush. Squirt the soft scrub around, brush away, then hose off. Never understood why some say it is hard to clean. Been doing that since the early 80s.
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Non skid is pretty much personal preference, I cant stand diamond pattern.
SV makes a nice boat but YF looks nicer, has a better ride. And is more fuel efficient.

Sold our 34YF last yr and took a hard look at SV 37Z. Ended up with YF 36 this go around. Build should start soon.

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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Great responses. I chose that size range b/c I have a space issue to contend with. I like to hear all about the bigger boats but it doesn’t really help if it’s outside what I’m seeking opinions on.
I must say though that I love the passion on both sides. When the issue is who has the easier deck to clean I think your doing ok!! Sounds like splitting hairs here.
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On non Skid...Diamond patter is easier to clean at first..there is still wax on it...once this wax is gone it gets a lot harder to clean..so wax your decks..use soft scotch brite pad and sotft scrub to de-wax the tips of the diamond pattern....do a trial area and make sure you are removing enough wax so you still have grip.

I love how everyone is an expert on boat handling...I would pretty much bet these two boats are with in a half degree of deadrise for the back 50% of the boat...probably more like back 70 percent...and if the weight is the same, the ride will be the same... the heavier boat will ride better.....

.then of course the size and length of the chines will change the slam quotient...the less forward chine the less slamming, the wetter the boat will be. Trade off.

Now the waves on any given day can change by the minute...we've all seen it go from nasty to flat over night..a wave can go from 45 degree to 40 and from 3 feet to 2.75 feet in 10 minutes, then both boats will quite a ride much better.

Hydrodynamics do not change..and two objects that are the same shape, length, weight will re-act exactly the same.

Now if someone would put multi-axis force & torque transducers on two boats side by side going the same speed, at the same attach angle..well then I'll listen.

until then all I hear is blah blah blah Yellowfin, Blah blah blah Seavee
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Want to hear any real life comparisons between the 29 and 32 foot Sea Vee’s and Yellowfin’s. Or, if you have opinions on any of these boats by themselves. Looking for a boat and would like to keep the model years between 2007 and newer.
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.
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This is exactly the information I like. Albeit personal preference; I appreciate the comparisons especially from someone who’s been on both. Please keep the info coming. I will be test driving these boats and there is stuff here I hadn’t thought of.

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I own a 29 seavee with 300 verados
I think it rides better than the 32 seavee
I think the 32 yellowfin is very comparable and likely faster in terms of speed

You can't go wrong with either. I'm looking to go to a 34 seavee as my next as I like the brand. I've been on a 39 yellowfin and was blown away.

its all good

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Thanks Steve,
What year is your SV?
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I hear that Seevees are much better at riding you right onto the beach and straight into restaurant dining rooms.....
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