Get­ting se­ri­ous on the sea

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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.yel­lowfin­

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