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Yel­lowfin in­tro­duced the 26 Hy­brid, with its 21 inches of aft cock­pit depth, for own­ers look­ing to step up in boat size yet still fish in­shore and off­shore. “We had a lot of our 24 cus­tomers that were grow­ing out of the back bays and nearshore wa­ters,” says Heath Daugh­try, Yel­lowfin vice pres­i­dent. “They wanted a big­ger plat­form that would al­low them to ex­plore in­shore and off­shore, ac­com­mo­date the fam­ily and not re­quire a huge com­mit­ment to a tow­ing ve­hi­cle. This in­spired us to fill that void in our lineup.”

The 26-foot length and 8-foot-8-inch beam com­bine with a sharp 60-de­gree en­try and Yel­lowfin’s sig­na­ture flare to keep an­glers dry and com­fort­able when run­ning off­shore. An­glers can choose a sin­gle 400 hp out­board or twin 200s. “Range in the 26 Hy­brid is su­perb at more than 3.3 mpg with twins,” Daugh­try says.

The hy­brid draws 15 inches with the sin­gle out­board and 18 inches with twins. It’s ca­pa­ble of drift­ing deeper flats in­shore or post­ing up on shal­low canals and ledges.

Fish­ing fea­tures in­clude large 50- to 90-gal­lon livewells, over­size in­su­lated

fish boxes and the op­tion of a sec­ond sta­tion for sight-cast­ing in­shore or prospect­ing off­shore.

Padded seat­ing is avail­able atop the U-shaped bow stor­age and for­ward­con­sole bench and along the tran­som bench. Yel­lowfin of­fers a va­ri­ety of leaning posts and a sin­gle or dou­ble swim plat­form aft.

“Most mod­els out there tend to lean one par­tic­u­lar way, ei­ther fam­ily or fish­ing. I truly just don’t see the ver­sa­til­ity in an­other prod­uct out there like we have built in ours,” Daugh­try says.

SPECS: LOA: 26 ft. • Beam: 8 ft. 8 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 20 deg. • Draft: 15 in. (sin­gle), 18 in. (twins) Dry Weight: 5,000 lb. (w/ en­gine) • Max Power: 400 hp • MSRP: $115,000 (w/ Yamaha F300), $136,000*

*(w/ twin Yamaha F200s)

Yel­lowfin gave its hy­brid 21 inches of aft cock­pit depth but also cre­ated a bench (above) along the tran­som bulk­head.

The 26 Hy­brid comes with two spa­cious livewells (left) and an op­tion for a sec­ond sta­tion for sight-fish­ing and prospect­ing.

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