Getting serious on the sea
YELLOWFIN plate boats are a serious contender in the offshore fishing market with a pedigree of performance statistics and features any serious fisho would be proud to own.
With a background in professional powerboat racing, Yellowfin chief boat tester Cliff Antees is responsible for putting all the Yellowfin models through their paces.
Testing with a 150hp Mercury Optimax engine and a 15 1/2x17 Mirage Plus Propeller, the 5700CC delivered an impressive top speed of 76.2km/h at 5600rpm.
‘‘Equivalent to roughly 42knots, this is plenty of top speed in a 5.7m boat. And this hull doesn’t require maximum horsepower to deliver results, it would still pleasantly surprise with a 135hp, or even 115hp,’’ Cliff says.
Yellowfin has made a lasting impression with its exceptionally dry, smooth and stable hull boasting a 20 degree deadrise, sharp bow en- try and gull-wing design. This performance hull is not only designed to be dry, smooth and stable, it is also designed to deliver impressive fuel efficiency.
At a comfortable cruising speed of 40km/h at 3000rpm the 5700CC is consuming 14.4 litre of fuel an hour. Combined with a 160 litre fuel tank, the 5700CC delivers ample time for a fishing trip.
‘‘At 14.4 litre an hour, that’s comparable with 4-stroke fuel economy in the same horsepower range, now that’s impressive,’’ Cliff says.
‘‘With such an efficiently designed hull, customers can be confident with the range achievable out of a single tank.’’
The Yellowfin range is constructed from 4mm and 5mm plate aluminium, making these boats a cut above the rest.
For more information on the Yellowfin range of boats, www.yellowfinboats.com.au