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Yellowfin revamps plate boat line-up

YELLOWFIN re-launched its range of offshore plate boats at a Queensland media event this week.

The Yellowfin name dates back to the late 1980s and early ’90s before the boats made a comeback with a re-release in 2009. Moving forward to 2016 and the brand now comes under the Quintrex name and will be sold throughout its nationwide network of dealers.

The line-up comes in four sizes – 5800, 6200, 6700 and 7400 – in both hard top and soft top configurations, making it eight models in total.

Yellowfin is hoping to capitalise on its strong Aussie-built reputation and will complement the Quintrex brand with this range of serious offshore boats.

The models feature 6mm plate bottomsides, except for the 5800 with 5mm plate bottoms. A 19 degree variable deadrise ensures a soft landing and stability at rest, while in fishing features, the range more caters well for serious offshore fishos. Things like large capacity fuel tanks, kill tanks, livewell, ample rod holders, large dash space for electronics and high sides make the Yellowfin a suitable option for offshore use.


A big swell and limited time meant a serious day’s fishing was off the agenda. However, big seas equalled perfect boat testing conditions and the new line-up didn’t disappoint. Fishing World spent most of the day onboard the 5800 and 7400. The smallest boat in the range, the 5800 handled the rough conditions better than expected. The hulls were noticeably quiet through the chop and despite the conditions, we set a reasonable pace in comfort. With a starting price of $57,636 fitted with a 115hp E-TEC, it’s well worth a look if you’re in the market for a plate boat of this size.

The 7400, Yellowfin’s largest boat in the range, was also noticeably quiet and as expected featured loads of space in the cockpit and cabin. Being such a big boat and featuring the same thought-out design and tough heavy duty build, the 7400 ate up the sea! The stability at rest was good and the 730mm high sides gave us an extra measure of security in the rough. The 7400 starts at $71,628 fitted with a 130hp E-TEC.

Check out the video above and stay tuned to an upcoming edition of Fishing World for the full run-down on the new Quintrex Yellowfin range of plate boats.  



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