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(w/ 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.)

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Consumer Caveat

We alert you to the fact that there have been complaints about the through-hull fittings on some Yellowfin models, as well as complaints about the lack of customer service. Early this year our test captain scrubbed a test of the Yellowfin 17 because he felt it was unsafe to test at speed.

Key Features

  • Jump seats
  • Leaning post and livewell
  • Aft casting platform with storage below
  • Forward casting platform with storage below
  • Insulated fishbox
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26'0''
    7.92 m
    Beam 8'8''
    2.64 m
    Dry Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Tested Weight 7,250 lbs.
    3,288 kg
    Draft 18''
    .46 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 118 gal.
    447 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.9 sec.
    0 to 30 6.5 sec.
    Ratio 15 x 24
    Props 4 Blade Stainless Steel RX4
    Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, 1/3 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 74 deg., 92 humid.; wind: 0-6 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid running shot
    The Yellowfin 26 Hybrid measures 26’ (7.92 m) long. She has a 8’8” (2.64 m) beam and had a 7,250 lb. (3,288 kg) tested weight, which means she can be towed by an SUV such as a Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Toyota Sequoia.

    Mission Statement

    Yellowfin Yachts designed the 26 Hybrid to deliver a big-boat feel when trolling for tuna offshore and still be nimble to venture into shallow waters when an owner wants to fish the flats closer enough to home or when he wants to hang out with the family at a sandbar.

    Overview

    She can be powered by single or twin outboards up to 400-hp total and her stepped bottom design and construction help give the boat a range of 325 statute miles at cruise. To deliver the fishing goods, she has a large bow casting deck and coaming pads around the perimeter of the cockpit, and she comes standard with a total of 19 rod holders, a 40-gallon (151 L) livewell and an insulated fishbox in the bow.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid floorplan
    Notice that there is plenty of space to pass on each side of the 26 Hybrid’s console and leaning post, which means multiple anglers can work fish virtually anywhere on the boat.

    Performance

    Range Rover.

    We tested her with a pair of Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O. outboards turning RX4 four-blade stainless-steel propellers through 1.85:1 reductions. As mentioned above, she has a 8’8” (2.64 m) beam, had a tested weight of 7,250 lbs. (3,288 kg) and has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom. The boat hit a top speed of 62.5 mph at 5500 rpm and burned 34.3 gph. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where the boat ran 29.7 mph and burned 9.7 gph, giving the 26 Hybrid a range of 325 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 118-gallon (447-L) fuel capacity in reserve.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid running shot
    The single-step bottom design and vacuum-bagged construction gives the 26 Hybrid impressive top speed and range.

    Acceleration.

    The twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.s are 2-stroke outboards and these motors are known for delivering plenty of torque. As tested, our Yellowfin 26 Hybrid weighed in at 7,250 lbs. (3,288 kg) and she planed in 3.9 seconds and continued on to 20 mph in 5.6 seconds and to 30 mph in 6.5 seconds. When we decelerated over flats and along sandbar edges, she settled quickly.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid running shot
    The twin 200-hp outboards and single-stepped design helped the boat plane quickly and our captain had good forward view at all times.

    Handling.

    We conducted our evaluation in calm conditions and when we put the 26 Hybrid through maneuverability tests, she turned smoothly in each direction. The boat has 20-degrees of deadrise at the transom, which means she’s designed to take offshore seas and when we pounded the boat through wakes she felt solid. Additionally for drift fishing, Yellowfin designs the boat with as wide a beam at the chines as possible. The manufacturer wouldn’t provide a specific dimension, but we saw a good illustration of her stability at the docks. Four adult men were sitting on the same side of the boat and she barely listed at all.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid running shot
    The single-step bottom design handled predictably in every maneuver we put the boat through.

    Construction

    Built for Efficiency.

    Yellowfin president Wylie Nagler raced offshore powerboats in a class made up of 28’ to 30’ catamarans all powered by two 2.5-liter Mercury Racing outboards that couldn’t be modified. As the boat’s throttleman, he learned firsthand how to get the most out of the motors’ power and how to wring the most out of a gallon of gas.

    The 26 Hybrid’s efficiency

    comes from three major sources: 1) The single-step bottom design helps the running surface break adhesion with the water’s surface, reducing drag. 2) The boat is built with 100% vinylester resin and Corecell foam coring in the bottom, hullsides and deck and the laminate is vacuum-bagged, which saves weight by eliminating excess resin. The transom is also composite. (Many center consoles in this size range are built with a solid fiberglass bottom, which creates a heavier boat.) 3) The twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200-hp engines are remarkably fuel efficient as demonstrated by this test.

    Features Inspection

    The Bow.

    Now let’s take a look at the 26 Hybrid’s features and amenities starting in the bow. There’s a large casting platform with full coaming panels and deck to gunwale height is 28” (78 cm), which should be comfortable for adults when fighting or landing a fish. Recessed stainless-steel rails are in comfortable reach and keep the decks obstruction-free. The single bow cleat is a pull-up model. The large in-sole forward fishbox is insulated and equipped with a gulper pump. We liked the snap-in canvas cover over the in-gunwale storage trays. These would be good for lifejackets and fenders.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid bow
    The 26 Hybrid’s forward casting deck has space for a couple of anglers to do their thing.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid sole storage
    The bow’s fishbox is insulated, but we’d like to see it open on a gas strut. This would let crewmembers use two hands when placing a fish inside or retrieving it.

    The Anchor Locker.

    The 26 Hybrid’s anchor stores in a dedicated locker in the forepeak. The hatch is hinged on the forward side and the latch is aft. This configuration is most likely used so that the onrushing air would help the hatch stay closed at 60 mph. The downside to this configuration is that the rode can’t be deployed from within the locker and have the hatch closed completely over it.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid locker
    The anchor locker hatch is hinged at the leading edge so that the force of onrushing air will help keep it closed when the boat is running.

    The Console.

    On the forward side of the 26 Hybrid’s helm console is a seat with a full height backrest. On each side of the bottom cushion there are rod holders and cup holders. The whole seat structure opens on twin gas struts to reveal space for a portable head and access to the house battery and switches and the helm rigging. The sole of this compartment is covered in teak and holly decking.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid console seat
    On the front of the helm is this seat with rod holders and cup holders on each side.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid switch panel
    In the console storage compartment, we found the battery switches and circuit breakers in this dedicated panel.

    Gunwale Storage.

    Outboard of the console on each side there are lockers in the gunwales that open towards the center with space for tackle and other gear. Aft of these lockers are racks for rods and landing equipment. Courtesy lights under the gunwales come standard making it easier to find a lure at night.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid gunwale storage
    Lockers in the gunwales outboard of the console on each side open towards the center and have good capacity for tackle boxes and other gear.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid rod racks
    Abaft the storage lockers in the gunwale on each side, there are racks for items like fishing rods and gaffs.

    The Helm.

    Continuing aft, the 26 Hybrid’s helm is compact and well-organized with a compass on top. The large vertical section of the dash has space for two 12” (30 cm) chartplotter/fishfinders. The steering wheel is to port so that two people can actually share the leaning post. Just to the right of the wheel is the Evinrude 7” (18 m) ICON touchscreen. The binnacle-style shift/throttle controls are a comfortable reach and if an owner opts for trim tabs, the switches with built-in indicators are just ahead. Just outboard of the controls are two cup holders ahead of a small grab handle for the companion.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid helm
    The dash has space for two of today’s large electronic screens and the whole panel is shaded by the optional hardtop.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid helm seat
    The leaning post has space for the driver and another person to sit during a long run to the canyons.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid battery access
    This hatch on the forward side of the leaning post provides access to the engine batteries.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid livewell
    We expect that the 50-gallon (189-L) livewell built into the 26 Hybrid’s leaning post will be a popular option.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid hard top
    The boat comes standard with a soft T-top or an owner can upgrade to this optional hardtop with rod holders. Yellowfin does all of its own pipework.

    The Aft Cockpit.

    Abaft the 26 Hybrid’s leaning post in the stern, there’s seating for four people on a bench seat that spans 6’6” (1.9 m). Each outboard bottom cushion raises on a hinge to reveal a cooler and a double-wide center pad provides access to bilge and livewell pumps and other accessories. Our test captain felt that this cushion should raise higher to make it easier to perform routine maintenance. Just ahead of the outboard jump seats we found large in-sole fishboxes. In the center of the aft cockpit deck, the 40-gallon (151-L) livewell is beneath a removable hatch.

    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid bench
    The aft bench seat has space for four people while running to the fishing grounds or cruising to dinner.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid seat storage
    Beneath the transom jump seats there are insulated coolers.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid livewell
    The standard 40-gallon (151-L) livewell is centrally located abaft the leaning post. We’d like to see Yellowfin provide a way to clip it to the post structure to hold it up. This would allow an angler to use two hands to retrieve bait.
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid engines
    Yellowfin is a custom builder and the company will install whatever motors an owner chooses up to a total of 400-hp.

    Boat Warranty.

    Yellowfin offers a 5-year transferable hull warranty.

    Options to Consider

    • 50-gallon (189 L) leaning post livewell
    • Dual half-tower station
    • Full hardtop
    • Console tower hardtop
    • Forward seating
    • Full hardtop with rear legs
    • Freshwater washdown
    Yellowfin 26 Hybrid hose
    The freshwater washdown with hose is an option that most owners would find useful.

    Observations

    The Yellowfin 26 Hybrid lives up to her name. She has a stepped deep-V bottom with 20 degrees of transom deadrise that can handle offshore conditions and Yellowfin designed her with many features from its bay boats that make her work equally well in flats and shallow water.Because of that versatility, we feel that this boat could be a good choice for a tow-behind tender behind a large yacht.Not all boats in this size range are offered with twin outboards so fishermen who like to head offshore will no doubt appreciate the peace of mind that comes with being able to get home on one motor in the event of a problem.Lastly, we could not fail to be impressed with the fuel-efficient 3.06 mpg at 3000 rpm and 29.7 mph of the rig powered by the twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.s. We think the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid and these engines are a good saltwater combination.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid (2015-) is 62.5 mph (100.6 kph), burning 34.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 129.83 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Yellowfin 26 Hybrid (2015-) is 29.7 mph (47.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 325 miles (523.04 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O..

    Standard and Optional Features

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