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Yellowfin 24 CE (2018-)

1 x 300-hp Mercury 300 V8 AMS

Brief Summary

The Yellowfin 24 CE takes shallow-water capability and puts it in a boat that can run across open water in reasonable condition when needed. The Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp outboard gave the boat impressive cruising and top speeds, but even more, this engine is part of a larger system that enhances the running efficiency and performance of the boat in many ways.

Key Features

  • Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp outboard
  • Expansive casting decks fore and aft
  • Three livewells plus two baitwells
  • Large in-deck lockers
  • Easy engine checks with top cowl access hatch
  • Mercury VesselView helm display
  • Available Active Trim
  • Adaptive Speed Control
  • Advanced Range Optimization
  • Idle Charge Management
  • Leaning post with six rod holders and tackle stowage

Test Results

600 3.5 3 0.8 4.3 3.8 279 243 64
1000 5.9 5.1 1.6 3.7 3.2 237 206 67
1500 6.8 5.9 2.8 2.5 2.1 159 138.3 72
2000 9.1 7.9 4.6 2 1.7 130 112.7 75
2500 20.1 17.5 5 4 3.5 260 226.5 83
3000 31.8 27.6 6.2 5.1 4.5 332 288.6 89
3500 38.3 33.3 8.1 4.7 4.1 306 266.4 86
4000 44 38.3 11 4 3.5 259 225.4 87
4500 48.6 42.2 12.6 3.9 3.4 250 217.1 89
5000 54.8 47.6 15.7 3.5 3 227 197.1 90
5500 59.6 51.8 20.7 2.9 2.5 186 162.1 91
6000 65.4 56.9 24.8 2.6 2.3 171 148.9 92


Length Overall 24' 10'' / 7.57 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 2,500 lbs.
1,134 kg
Tested Weight 3,902 lbs.
1,770 kg
Draft 14''
0.36 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 72 gal.
273 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 3,902 lbs.
1,770 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.0 sec.
0 to 30 6.6 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props Enerita Eco 21
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water
Climate 80 deg., 68 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: 1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Mercury 300 V8 AMS
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report


The Yellowfin 24 CE is a bay boat designed to fish shallow water, yet be capable of open-water angling in reasonable conditions. Because of her mission to fish larger water, she’s larger and beamier than a flats skiff. But this is no offshore center console, either. She also has much lower topsides, a flatter bottom, open casting decks protected by a toerail instead of a bowrail, a compact console to optimize fishing space, and more. Yellowfin builds the 24 CE (Carbon Elite) with a proprietary mix of Kevlar, E-glass, and carbon fiber, making her dry weight 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg) lighter than the 3,050 lb. (1,383 kg) 24 Bay model that preceded her.

Fishing the shallows requires specialized equipment as well, including shallow-water anchors, tackle stowage, a trolling motor mount, baitwells to keep shrimp and pinfish active and happy, and a hydraulic jackplate to raise the outboard. The outboard, a 300-hp Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8, adds substantial power through its best-in-class displacement, but it also offers an additional set of useful features to this sleek hull. The outboard uses electronic throttle control in conjunction with Mercury’s Active Trim, Advanced Range Optimization, Adaptive Speed Control, which the operator can monitor and adjust through Mercury’s VesselView on a touchscreen helm display.

Yellowfin 24 CE running

The Yellowfin 24 CE powered by a new Mercury 300-hp 4.6L V-8 Verado.

Performance Test

We tested the Yellowfin 24 CE, which is designed for bay and shallow water fishing, with the Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp outboard. This boat measured nearly 24’10” (7.57 m) overall and had a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m). The boat has a dry weight of 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg). With full fuel, gear, and two people aboard we had an estimated test weight of 3,902 lbs. (1,770 kg). The 300-hp Verado was swinging an Enertia Eco 21 stainless steel prop.

Yellowfin 24 CE running

The Yellowfin 24 CE is light for its size, just 2,500 lb. dry weight.

We measured top speed at 65.4 mph at 6000 rpm. At that speed she was burning 24.8 gph and fuel economy was 2.6 mpg. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where the Yellowfin 24 CE went 31.8 mph, burned 6.2 gph, for 5.1 mpg and a range of 332 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve in its 72 gallon (266 L) tank.

Yellowfin 24 CE running

The Yellowfin 24 CE is a versatile fishing boat that works well with the power and efficiency of the Mercury Verado 300.

For a faster cruising speed, we saw 44.0 mph at 4000 rpm. At that speed, fuel burn is 11.0 gph and fuel economy is 4.0 for a range of 259 statute miles.

Yellowfin 24 CE


Hole shot times were 4.7 seconds to 20 mph, and 6.6 seconds to 30 mph.

Yellowfin 24 CE

The Mercury Verado 300 has excellent torque in the low- and midrange rpm thanks to its 4.6-liter displacement.

Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp Outboard

Much of the innovative design of the 4.6-liter V8 Verado comes from the mandate for the new line: It had to be powerful, have high torque at the low end, and be lightweight, quiet, and efficient. Consider that the 4.6-liter V8 is 2 liters greater than the supercharged 2.6-liter displacement of the inline-6 Mercury and yet it weighs 35 lbs. (16 kg) less. Displacement is one way to generate more torque in a 4-stroke engine, a job that the supercharger fulfilled in the L6 2.6L models. The double-overhead cam design, with four valves per cylinder, combines with an enlarged intake to deliver plenty of air and fuel when it’s needed.

Yellowfin 24 CE cam

The double-overhead-cam design has four valves per cylinder, and includes a balance shaft to reduce noise and vibration.

The Fuel-Injection System

The new Verados use two intake valves to charge each cylinder, with the injector for each cylinder positioned between them in the intake manifold. We asked Mercury why the injectors were placed in the manifolds instead of in the cylinders themselves. The answer: “A port fuel injection (PFI) system has many advantages, chief among those being simplicity, reliability, and cost,” says Brian Meyer, category manager for 75+ hp outboards for Mercury Marine. “Direct injection (DI) systems certainly can improve fuel economy and performance of an engine. However, Mercury has chosen to address the performance needs of our customers by optimizing the displacement and efficiency of our PFI engine, while also employing our Advanced Range Optimization (ARO) technology. We believe that the ARO system yields comparable improvements in fuel economy to a DI fuel system at a significantly lower cost.”

Yellowfin 24 CE running

This detail shows Mercury’s fuel injection, which places the injector, indicated by the green arrow, between the valve stems on the intake ports. Mercury says that this design has proven to be reliable and cost-effective.

Innovative Exhaust System

This is one of the most innovative aspects of the engine because it reduces the width of the engine, reduces its weight, and helps contain engine noise – all with one design. The exhaust manifold is in the middle of the V, instead of being on the outside. It is then routed from the top of the engine, down the centerline, between each side of the V of the engine. This allowed Mercury to keep the cowl width slimmer so that the outboard could be installed on 26” (.66 m) centers – 2.5” (.06 m) less than on the Yamaha V-6.

Yellowfin 24 CE exhaust

The exhaust emerges from the engine abaft and below the alternator, using the centerline instead of an outboard route.

The exhaust-system design uses a multi-chamber muffler system located beneath the “chaps,” as the manufacturer calls the panels on either side of the midsection. The muffler chambers connect the main exhaust passage to the idle relief port, and include an electronically controlled bypass valve.

Yellowfin 24 CE mufflers

Mufflers are concealed under midsection panels, while the idle-relief exhaust port is indicated by the yellow arrow.

Sport Exhaust

Boating is meant to be fun, and sometimes boaters want to hear the throaty growl of a V-8 (or two), letting everyone know they’re there. Mercury designed the Verado to be exceptionally quiet, and never is that more apparent than when using a setting called Sport Exhaust. When this Advanced Sound Control is turned on via the VesselView touchscreen, the system routes exhaust through the idle relief and one of the two mufflers.

Let’s Rumble. Advanced Sound Control creates an unmistakable throaty rumble that’s been tweaked to impress friends and neighbors and call attention to the new outboards – to say nothing of the boat’s proud owner. And when it is toggled off, the outboards sounded even quieter than we initially thought. It’s a system that Mercury says has never been offered on an outboard before.

Yellowfin 24 CE exhaust

Turn on the Sport Exhaust with a touch of the screen on the Mercury VesselView display.

Lower Unit Gears

The robust 5.4” (.51 m) gearcase is an evolution of the one that has been used on previous Verado models and has proven itself in tens of thousands of hours of rugged use over the last few years.

Yellowfin 24 CE lower unit

The lower unit accommodates a robust 5.4” (.51 m) gearcase on the Mercury Verado 300 and has proven to be quite reliable.

Top Cowling Service Door

Perhaps one of the more noteworthy features on the Verado is the watertight hatch in the top of the cowling to provide access to the dipstick as well as the oil fill. There’s a decal outlining service requirements along with a QR code to allow a smartphone to link to additional service information.

Yellowfin 24 CE maintenance

Maintenance is simplified with easy access to the diptstick, oil fill, and a handle to make it easy to remove the cowling.

Easy-Off Cowling

Under the top cowling service door, there’s a handle that lifts with a red button. Lifting that handle releases the latches all around the cowling, so it can be lifted off easily.

Yellowfin 24 CE cowling door

Beneath the top cowling door is a red button that releases the handle to remove the cowling.

Yellowfin 24 CE

The handle pops up, providing something to grip while also releasing the latches all around the base of the cowling.

Yellowfin 24 CE

Using the handle, simply lift the cowling free.

Yellowfin 24 CE

From the underside of the cowling, the handle, indicated with the green arrow, is connected via cables to the latches, shown with yellow arrows that secure the cowling to the engine.

Yellowfin 24 CE cowling

This image shows the cowling latches, as well as the cabling that controls them, and the seals that keep the noise in and the moisture out.

Ease of Maintenance

Once the cowling is removed, many service points are apparent. The oil filter is easy to spot near the fuse box on the port side. The spark plugs are arrayed in neat columns aft and the fuel filter is handy there as well, on the starboard side.

Yellowfin 24 CE maintenance

This maintenance decal beneath the cowling shows the 100- and 300-hour service requirements in an intuitive, graphical representation.

Yellowfin 24 CE spark plugs

The port-side spark plugs are indicated by the four green arrows, while the yellow arrows show the long runners of the air intakes, which pack air into the engine for better combustion, according to Mercury.

Yellowfin 24 CE fuse box

The fuse box and oil filter are prominently displayed on the port side of the outboard. The green arrow indicates the filter drain plug, where any oil remaining in the filter during an oil change can be recovered.

More “Net” Amps than Any Engine in Class

The Verado Series V8 has a 115-amp alternator as standard equipment. But the name of the game is “net amps” – the amps left over from the running of the engine to power onboard accessories, electronics, and to keep the batteries fully charged. At WOT these alternators produce 90 net amps, we’re told. At high cruising speeds they produce 65 net amps. These are high numbers and are important for owners of well-equipped boats, particularly the larger cruising boats that are now being fitted with outboard engines. But, that’s not all…

Idle Charge Battery Management

At idle, the alternator provides 20 “net” amps for the boat. Simply put, the engine-management system detects when the batteries drop below acceptable levels due to increased power draw.

Today’s boats have more electrical and electronic devices on board than ever before, and they all require a flow of clean juice to keep operating properly. Whether the onboard systems are charging trolling-motor batteries, keeping the sound system thumping, or running big-screen helm electronics including a chart plotter, CHIRP sounder, and radar, the system increases idle rpm to boost alternator output, to help charge batteries to compensate for power draw.

When the system detects that the alternator is not providing enough power, the idle level increases incrementally from 600 rpm to around 800, to get to the next level on the curve of the alternator. In this mode, it can deliver up to 30 amps of usable power to the house batteries. While the engine is revving slightly higher, it’s still at a speed where it’s able to shift.

Yellowfin 24 CE alternator

The alternator on the 4.6-liter V8 platform, indicated by the green arrow, provides the boat with up to 30 amps of usable power at high idle.

Transient Spark Calibration

For more torque at the low end and better hole-shot times, Mercury is using what is known as a Transient Spark Calibration, which adjusts the timing of the spark during hard acceleration. The company says the system will give the engine 5% to 7% more torque at the low end.

Adaptive Speed Control

This proprietary system maintains engine speed regardless of condition, and Mercury has the system patented. The idea is that the rpm remains constant even when seas are rough, the driver puts the boat into a hard turn, or a tow sport requires steady power. Adaptive Speed Control is a function of the ECU, where operator demand and engine load are measured and the electronic throttle position is adjusted. It is standard and does not need to be turned on or adjusted.

Yellowfin 24 CE running

The Mercury Verado 300 keeps its rpm level steady on hard turns when Adaptive Speed Control is used, and our test captain was delighted that incremental throttle adjustments were no longer needed.

Advanced Range Optimization – Improves Fuel Efficiency

Because the Verado uses a digital throttle control and a wide-band O2 sensor, it can also improve its own fuel economy. It begins when the system detects a steady-state mode, where the driver isn’t adjusting the throttle constantly. Once the operator leaves the throttle alone for a few moments, the digital control tunes the throttle plate and the spark to lean out the fuel burn to maximize fuel economy, optimizing the boat’s range. This feature is also standard and does not need to be turned on or adjusted.

Yellowfin 24 CE range

With Advanced Range Optimization, the engines step up efficiency when the operator leaves the throttle alone.

Digital Control

The Verado is rigged standard with SmartCraft Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS), which gives the responsive control by wire. In multiple-outboard installations, Joystick Piloting for Outboards can be made part of the Verado package, offering simple fingertip control around the dock.

Yellowfin 24 CE throttle and shift

The Mercury Verado outboard use Mercury’s Digital Throttle and Shift control, in this case with a retro, split control flush-mount binnacle.

A Note About Active Trim

While expert drivers may sneer at the idea of the optional Active Trim, it has been shown to work in our testing, and can even offer something to those who may think their feel for boat trim is more effective than that of a computer. Active trim synchs up the trim of the engines, letting the expert trimmer tune the rig more effectively, rather than dealing with trim motors that adjust the engines at varying rates in a multiple-outboard installation.

Yellowfin 24 CE

Active Trim lets the user choose from five preset trim profiles to accommodate a variety of sea and load conditions. The green arrows show the Active Trim control window on a VesselView display. This image is from our test of a twin-engine installation.


The Verado has received a three-star emission rating from CARB, and is compliant to the U.S. and E.U. regulations as well, all on one calibration.

Mercury Marine’s Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Alloy

Historically, outboard engines in salt water have suffered from corrosion. When electrons flow through dissimilar metals, the weaker metal is eaten away or corrodes. Outboard engine blocks, cylinder heads, gear cases, driveshaft housings and swivel brackets are made out of an aluminum alloy by all manufacturers. But all aluminum alloys are not the same.

Yellowfin 24 CE

Corrosion protection on the Verado 300 (shown in Cold Fusion White) keeps the outboard looking good and running the way it should.

Low-Copper Alloy is Key. Mercury's die-cast components, are all made from XK360 aluminum-silicon alloy. The same goes for the new 4.6L block of this outboard platform, which is made with a high-pressure die-casting in a 4,500-ton press, which is among the largest in the world. This process shows significant investment by Mercury and contributes to the weight loss of the new engines.

Mercury is generally regarded to have the best corrosion-resistant alloy in the recreational marine industry.

Quiet Operation

The new V-8 Verado has been designed to keep its noise to itself. The design starts blocking noise with the cowling – and the Verado has more sound abatement qualities than the other models, we’re told. The entire outboard is sealed to keep engine noise in. The engines all use an air intake that’s baffled to be quieter. Mercury has been using a variant of this design since it introduced the first generation Verado, and it works.

Yellowfin 24 CE

All of the lightweight parts used were designed to also keep sound in, including the plastic valve covers to mask the noise of the valves and injectors.

Another way to keep the outboard quiet is to engineer less internal friction into its design. Mercury says its engineers designed the oil-flow scheme and sized the bearings with this in mind.

Damping Vibration

Mercury looked closely at the mounting system on the mid-section of the outboard and calculated where the vibration comes from on the engine. Engineers determined the vectors of vibrational force, i.e., whether the vibration is moving fore and aft, or athwartships, or some angle in between. The engineers then designed the mounts to offset that vibration at a suitable angle. Because of this analysis, the mounts can be engineered to be firmer, rather than just softer to damp any vibration – and in this way they are also designed to maximize engine performance, says Mercury.

Yellowfin 24 CE verado

Verado outboards use the Advanced MidSection design (identifiable by its silver color), which cradles the engine and minimizes the vibration that is transferred to the boat.

Advanced MidSection

The new Verado has what Mercury calls an Advanced MidSection (AMS). It is a step up from the Conventional MidSection (CMS) used on the other Mercury outboards, and it is a next-generation version of the mounting system initially developed for the L6 Verado. The AMS uses perimeter mounts to damp vibration and contain noise, and it has a multi-piece welded structure that reduces its size and weight. This allows the Verado outboards to have electro-hydraulic steering, and makes them compatible with the company’s Joystick Piloting system in multiple-outboard setups. The Verado outboards are standard with Mercury’s Digital Throttle and Shift controls.

Yellowfin 24 CE midsection

The Advanced MidSection was designed as a response to the vibrational forces created by the engine, and reduces the amount of energy transferred to the boat’s transom.

Yellowfin 24 CE green arrow

The green arrow points out the internal electro-hydraulic steering system that comes standard on the Verado engines.

Electro-Hydraulic Steering

Only the Verado among the new outboard engines that Mercury has introduced as the “electro-hydraulic” steering system. This is part of the outboard engine and is not an aftermarket, vendor-supplied piece of equipment such as the SeaStar hydraulic steering system that we see on most outboard engines in class.

The advantages of this system are that it has been engineered by Mercury for this specific application and is not a one-design-fits-all piece of equipment. It is also made with Mercury’s corrosion-resistant materials, and is smaller than a SeaStar-type unit. Most important, it integrates with the Mercury joystick system.

Choice of Colors

Mercury offers a variety of color choices with the Verado and has three shades of white – Cold Fusion White, Warm Fusion White, and Pearl Fusion White — better to match variations on fiberglass and gelcoat used by boatbuilders in addition to its traditional Phantom Black outboard color.

There’s also an accent panel that comes in four colors – Pacific Blue, Graphite Grey, Redline Red, and Mercury Silver – plus a ready-to-paint accent-panel option that boatbuilders and dealers will use to custom-match a hull color.

Yellowfin 24 CE black color

Phantom Black is still offered, but there are also three different white engine colors as well. Four accent panels can liven up the package, as shown here from left, Graphite Grey, Mercury Silver, Pacific Blue, and Redline Red.

Yellowfin 24 CE colors

The Mercury FourStroke and Verado outboards are available in four base colors, and this FourStroke outboard is Warm Fusion White with an accent panel custom-painted to match the hull.

VesselView Simrad Electronics Integration

The propulsion system diagnostics are integrated into the Mercury VesselView display, which is a Simrad unit rebadged for Mercury. Some boats will be able to integrate the engines into the Simrad helm electronics and not require a standalone display. The Simrad units have a specific, branded Mercury engine page. Screen sizes run from 7” to 24” (.18 m to .61 m).

The touchscreen unit lets the user tap with a fingertip to open a display window on the left side of the helm screen with a number of data categories which can be set to display consistently across all functions, including chartplotter, fishfinder, and radar displays. Speed data is available and any tap will bring out more detailed information. The display screen also offers analog-looking gauge treatments.

Yellowfin 24 CE touch screen

The Mercury VesselView touchscreen gave access to a wide range of features offered by the integrated outboard system.

Advanced Features Electronic Control

The Simrad-Mercury VesselView interface allows the operator to set Mercury’s proprietary electronic control features, including Cruise Control, which allows the user to set a speed or rpm and have the engine maintain it, and Troll Control, which will let the engines slow-troll down to 550 rpm. Additionally, the Active Trim system can be set to tune engine trim to optimize efficiency.

Remote Oil Checks

Mercury’s VesselView engine monitor helm display lets the user know the oil level is fine prior to the first startup of the day. The outboard is equipped with an electronic oil-level sensor that measures the oil, and will alert the operator if the level is not correct for safe operation. This feature is standard on Verado V-8 models.

The system only works if the engines are in the down position and the oil temperature indicates the engine is cold, since a tipped-up engine or one that is warm wouldn’t get an accurate reading, so it works for the first start of the day, rather than each time engines are started throughout the day.

Yellowfin 24 CE vessel view

The VesselView display shows the oil level is fine prior to startup. Note this display shows a twin-engine installation.

Yellowfin 24 CE Features Inspection

Let’s have a closer look at the many features on the Yellowfin 24 CE. Because this is a deckboat, the deck is just 15-½’’ (.39 m) below the gunwales. The covering boards are 8” (.20 m) wide. The deck has walkaround space to either side of the center console, served by grabrails mounted vertically to either side of the console. Casting decks fore and aft are where much time will be spent aboard this dedicated fishing machine. With 72 gallons (273 L) of fuel capacity and a 14” (.36 m) draft (engine up), she’s designed to get fishermen to the fish wherever they may hide, be it in coastal waters in good conditions, along the beach, or in the flats and coves.


The Yellowfin 24 CE is constructed of high-tech materials for light weight and strength, but Yellowfin tells us it’s unlike any other carbon build out there. Yellowfin uses a carbon fabric that is exclusive to them in the marine industry, and the builder has developed a laminate of Kevlar, E-glass, and carbon in a quad-axis form. Because the hull has a dry weight of 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg) (the builder’s previous version, known as the 24 Bay, used more conventional construction and had a dry weight of 3,050 lbs./1,383 kg).

Yellowfin 24 CE casting deck

The Yellowfin 24 CE has serious livewell capacity in a layout designed to work shallow water with fore and aft casting decks.

Bow Casting Deck

The bow casting area has a 3” (7.62 cm) toerail all around and is finished in non-skid for safety. An angler steps up 7-½” (19.05 cm) from the console level to the middle deck and 8-½” up to the forward most area. The bow section measures 5’9” (1.75 m) at the widest point and 4’ (1.22 m) at the narrowest. There’s a pair of in-deck rod holders, each one positioned to either side of a flush-mounted hatch that holds an anchor and rode. The lid to the anchor hatch is notched at the forward corners to allow the rode to pass through without leaving the hatch open. A 6” (15.23 cm) pull-up cleat on centerline is a good choice since it won’t snag toes or fishing lines when not in use. On the starboard bow is a trolling-motor mount.

Yellowfin 24 CE bow

The bow area of the Yellowfin 24 CE makes good use of the wide deck to offer plenty of casting room.

The in-deck stowage lockers on the foredeck of the Yellowfin 24 CE are numerous and useful. On centerline is a deep box with a hatch in the bottom that opens to a still deeper box. Enormous boxes to either side open to the outboard side to make the most of onboard volume. This position makes it easier to access the contents safely, because it prevents an angler from falling overboard due to loss of balance after bending over.

The step abaft the casting deck has a multi-part livewell with a small round baitwell with a latching clear lid within a larger rectangular well.

Yellowfin 24 CE live well

The Yellowfin 24 CE has lots of locker space on the foredeck, with a combination livewell and baitwell on the step.

The Console

The console on the Yellowfin 24 CE is built to accommodate the command center on this fishing machine. With space for a pair of 12’’ (.30 m) multifunction displays as well as the Mercury VesselView display located on the lower dash to starboard, this helm dash will keep the fishfinder and chart data flowing smoothly. A large welded wheel is mounted on a tilt base offset to port. The wired VHF microphone has all of the radio controls on it and connects to a black-box radio installed within the console, the better to make the most of console space.

There was a retro-style Mercury split control with separate shift and throttle levers. We would like to see a compass placed on the console top in line with the hub of the steering wheel, a notably absent feature on our test boat. The console had a pair of large stereo speakers mounted on its aft side. The acrylic, tinted windshield offers shelter for cup holders but not much else, its brief design a sacrifice to the fishability of the side decks and ease of getting around on board.

Yellowfin 24 CE t top

Without a T-top on our test boat, the console had grab handles placed for improved safety at speed.

The forward end of the console has a seat molded into it, and a large gasketed locker opens upward, taking the entire seat up out of the way on two suitable gas-assist rams. Because there is no T-top, there are five molded-in, vertical rod holders to either side of the seat, which makes the seat narrower and also precludes a handy position for a grab handle for the seat, which would meet American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) specifications, though each forward corner beneath the seat have recesses where the occupant can hold on in a pinch.

Yellowfin 24 CE leaning post

The leaning post has seating forward, and five vertical rod holders to either side.

Yellowfin 24 CE console

The outside edge of the console is elevated off the deck all around, giving good toe space from any angle.

Inside we see the wiring for all the helm electronics, as well as the controls, battery switches, and the batteries located in the bottom of the locker. The hatch is gasketed to keep moisture out.

Yellowfin 24 CE nmea

The NMEA 2000 backbone connects all of the electronics.

Yellowfin 24 CE batteries

Batteries and switches are located in the locker among the tidily rigged components.

The Leaning Post

The leaning post has upholstered seats and a backrest wide enough for two on the forward side, and our test captain found its design and position in relation to the console best suited for leaning rather than sitting. Though if a driver did wish to sit, there’s a molded-in footrest on the aft side of the console and a crossbar between the forward legs of the leaning post. It’s a tubular design with a box positioned beneath the seat for stowing tackle and six vertical rod holders with nylon inserts across the back. There’s room to slide an ice-chest cooler beneath the post. The entire affair is powdercoated for durability.

Yellowfin 24 CE leaning post

The position of the leaning post lets passengers seated on the transom bench support themselves hand and foot.

Yellowfin 24 CE leaning post seat

The leaning post seat flips forward to provide access to handle tackle stowage.

Aft Casting Deck

There are a pair of livewells port and starboard on the aft casting deck, set into the deck with lift-and-lock latches and tension hinges that keep them open to free two hands without getting a metal ram in the way of the bait. The aft deck is finished with non-skid throughout its entire surface. Abaft the transom seat is a smaller baitwell that’s easily left open: it has a sliding clear lid beneath its hinged lid. The seatback must be folded forward – its stanchions are hinged and held in place with a locking pin. The large wells have gutters that drain aft on deck. All wells are painted a calming light blue inside and have radiused corners to keep bait healthy and happy.

Yellowfin 24 CE safety

Non-skid, good drainage, and a substantial toerail – the boatbuilder has taken many precautions to help keep anglers safe on board.

Yellowfin 24 CE transom seat

The transom seat is held in place with upholstery clips and lifts to reveal a machinery space where livewell pumps and plumbing are mounted.

Transom Accessories

Swim Step. There’s a tubular, welded swim step off the port transom, powdercoated to match the hull color. We would rather see it outfitted with a folding ladder added that would extend 22” (.56 m) downward to meet ABYC specification.

Yellowfin 24 CE swim step

This swim step is a good addition to ease reboarding but it should never be used while the engine is running.

Hydraulic Jackplate. The Mercury Verado 300 on our test boat was mounted on a hydraulic jackplate that allows the operator to adjust the height of the outboard for shallow-water running. It gives the operator another dimension with which to manage the power from the Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300 outboard.

Yellowfin 24 CE jack plates

Jackplates can also add performance benefits by setting the outboard farther away from the hull, putting the prop in cleaner water.

Shallow-Water Anchors. The Yellowfin 24 CE we tested was equipped with a pair of Power-Pole shallow-water anchors mounted on brackets to either side of the Mercury Verado 300. These hydraulically actuated devices unfold and stick a fiberglass pole into the bottom, holding the boat in position in calm conditions.

Yellowfin 24 CE anchors

Bay fishermen use these versatile shallow-water anchors to position the boat quickly and easily near promising fishing spots.

Standard Equipment List

Yellowfin provided us with the standard equipment list for the 24 CE.

  • • Dual-axle trailer with electric over hydraulic braking
  • • Bob’s Machine all-in-one jackplate
  • • One 8’ Power Pole
  • • Leaning post with 2 rod holders and storage box
  • • 10 rod holders on console
  • • 2 cup holders on console
  • • Grab bar on console
  • • Interior lighting
  • • 50-gallon (189 L) pressurized bait well (plumbed with 1,100 gph Sureflow pump)
  • • 50-gallon (189 L) release well (plumbed with 1,100 gph Sureflow pump)
  • • All titanium cleats
  • • All titanium through-hulls
  • • Digital switching system
  • • 290-quart insulated fishbox
  • • Deluxe upholstery
  • • Rear backrest


$113,385 base price for boat, outboard, and trailer.


5-year transferrable hull warranty.

Yellowfin 24 CE

The Yellowfin 24 CE is a versatile fishing boat with excellent performance thanks to her Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 outboard.


The Yellowfin 24 CE bay boat was created for anglers who want to get a little bit more out of their boats. Bay boats are a hedge against getting caught in a flats skiff in the rough stuff or trying to take a center console into skinny water. As such, she doesn’t push into the far reaches of those challenges quite to the level as those dedicated designs do, but she can get much closer to doing it all than many have imagined. And sometimes close does just fine, particularly when you have a capable outboard like the Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 on the transom. This engine makes the boat more manageable by using its many electronic engine-control systems to let the boat take care of itself. While skeptics will say it will not trim the engine or tune the throttle quite as well as an experienced skipper, it’s closer than ever before. And it may even be close enough that it will help experienced operators get their heads around the idea of not having to do all that stuff all the time. When the boat and engine start to take care of those functions, a young man’s fancy can turn to thoughts of fish. And more of ’em, wherever they may hide.

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