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June 14, 2013

Yellowfin 42 Center Console

The new Yellowfin 42 takes offshore outboard performance to a new level.

The centered helm offered great visibility in all directions, and all 12-volt operations on the boat were run through the CZone digital-interface system from New Zealand. This ­innovative system eliminates all switches, instead allowing the operator to turn things on and off electronically through a single CZone display screen, or through an interface with the Simrad system. It’s a very slick way to do things, once you get the hang of it, and it comes with a fail-safe backup system in the unlikely case of an electronics failure.

Beneath the console lie two six-foot-six-inch berths, ­extending forward beneath the foredeck. There’s a full marine head — standard equipment — and a shower as well, plus a flat-screen-TV option.

On the forward end of the console, a large sun pad sits atop a big storage box –– great for holding loose gear –– that opens on gas rams . But the entire bow area is about storage, with boxes beneath the forward wraparound seats, and two subdeck storage boxes outboard of the aforementioned fish box, and a third in front of it in the deck. There are even tilt-out bins in the hullsides that are perfect for holding items like dock lines. At the bow, an anchor receiver held a stainless-steel plow anchor, and the forward anchor locker contained an optional windlass.

The 42 excels at another type of storage too: rod storage. I already mentioned the 14 rod holders around the forward sun pad; there are six more atop the transom bulkhead, four in the rocket launcher, and three under each gunwale. That’s 32 rods before you ever install a single holder in the covering boards. On our test boat, the owner had opted for 10 per side, bringing his rod-storage capacity to 52. That ought to do it.

The Yellowfin 42 isn’t the only huge outboard boat on the market; in fact, these boats seem to be popping up with ever-increasing frequency, but it’s easy to understand the attraction. The ability to run hard in substantial seas and cover lots of ground when others are at the dock appeals to many of us. And with the Yellowfin, you get peace of mind in knowing that the company’s construction methods are state-of-the-art, using high-tech coring materials, all blended together into Yellowfin’s famous level of fit and finish.

These are good things to have when you’re far from the sight of land and the wind’s blowing hard. The Yellowfin 42 was built just for those of us who like it that way.