Sport Fishing - - FISHING MACHINES -

One main fac­tor in de­sign­ing a larger sin­gle-out­board boat is how the ves­sel car­ries weight such as fuel, ice, peo­ple and gear, says Heath Daugh­try, vice pres­i­dent of Yel­lowfin. “Where does the cen­ter of grav­ity fall, and is the boat de­signed for mul­tiuse func­tion?

“For the nearshore or bay fish­er­man, the boat can be equipped with a sin­gle mo­tor,” he says. “The an­gler has the abil­ity to carry an abun­dant amount of weight and still achieve a highly ac­cept­able mpg re­turn at cruise and an ac­cept­able wide-openthrot­tle speed with­out any de­fi­ciency in hull per­for­mance.”

The 26 Hy­brid op­er­ates with a sin­gle out­board in the 300 to 400 hp class. When pow­ered by twins, Yel­lowfin re­stricts the max horse­power to 400 and lim­its the op­tion to twin four­cylin­der out­boards. “The twin setup is pri­mar­ily ben­e­fi­cial for the an­gler who plans to ven­ture a lit­tle more off­shore,” Daugh­try says. “The safety and re­dun­dancy of two mo­tors is largely the de­ci­sion fac­tor for this setup.”

The 26 Hy­brid can be built and equipped to fish in­shore waters with a sin­gle out­board, or ven­ture off­shore with twins.

SPECS: LOA: 26 ft. • Beam: 8 ft. 8 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 20 deg. • Draft: 15 in.

Dry Weight: 5,000 lb. (w/ engine) • Max Power: 400 hp • MSRP: $126,787 (w/ Mer­cury Ver­ado 350)

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