By Capt. Shafter Johnston
I had the chance to fish a Yellowfin 24 Bay boat for a couple days in the everglades. The boat was outfitted with a 300 Mercury Verado, twin 10 foot PowerPole Blades, a 101 lb thrust Minn Kota trolling motor, and Simrad electronics.
I have fished and guided out of quite a few diferent bay boat models bulit by several different companies but I have to say that this was the most impressive by far.
Aside from its killer looks the boat performs flawlessly. The boat is incredibly fast when neccessary but more important to me and most guides is that it is very fuel efficient.
I have ran Rich Tudor's 24 with a T-top and upper station and really liked it but I would just keep a standard console and no top if I ordered one myself.
When the trolling motor is used properly the boat is very quiet and will allow you to effectively target everything but the ultra shallow tailing bones or redfish.
This boat had 2 large livewells that allows you to separate your baits if you like. We blacked one out with pilchards and they stayed lively all day until we used the last ones to fish off the mothership after dinner.
The Simrad unit controlled everything on the boat and made everything extremely simple to operate. A big stereo helped to keep me pumped up as we ran from spot to spot.
The most Impressive thing about the boat was how quiet everything was. The hatches were completely silent. You can walk to the back of the boat to grab another bait and not hear a creak. The hatches are the quietest I have ever seen. Even when running the boat there is not a rattle or sound in the boat.
The quietness and quality of components and materials make this an unbelievably well built and exceptional performing boat.