YELLOWFIN 26 HYBRID
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.