Yellowfin Yachts bears the undeniable imprint of its founder and president, Wylie Nagler, known for his pledge of personal responsibility for the standout quality of every boat his company ships.
That goes from Yellowfin’s smallest boat, a 17-foot skiff, to its largest, a 42-foot offshore center-console. Each is a high-performance fishing platform, custom-built of the highest-grade materials and products, and skillfully assembled.
Although built in Florida, Yellowfin boats clearly show Carolina Outer Banks design influences, with wide flares and high bows. On stepped hulls, they leap onto plane.
For over 20 years, Yellowfin has been a leader in offshore boats; it’s more recently achieved inshore success and prestige as well. Those who know Yellowfins call them solid, fast, spacious and flexible.
The 24 Bay, in the decade since its launch, has set standards for bay-boat speed, fuel efficiency and ride, with an ergonomic layout suiting both family and tournament-angler boaters.
The center-console 24 Bay has a recessed forward casting deck that is clean and clutter-free, endearing it particularly to fly-fishers. There’s plenty of room for two to fish, maybe more spin- or bait-fishers. (There is space, by the way, for an electric trolling motor.)
From the deck, three hatches access a huge storage area. More storage space is within the seat-fronted console. The aft deck contains three livewells.
Flanking the helm are five vertical rod holders per side (65 percent of bay-boat survey respondents say they carry five to 10 rods aboard), and the transom has a pair of angled flush-mounted rod holders.
Leaning post, livewell and rocket launcher are available, as are a hardtop, Key West soft top and second stations. Select aft seating if you’re among the 45 percent of survey respondents who consider it important. Pick your colors of hull, rub rail, pipework and upholstery.