Telwater are recognised as the leading boat manufacturer in Australia and have just relaunched their Yellowfin brand through the Quintrex dealer network. The Yellowfin offshore plate boats have had a revamp, and at a recent media day held on the Sunshine Coast I had the opportunity to step aboard and run my eyes over the entire range to see what Yellowfin has to offer.
There are four sizes across the Yellowfin range that include the 5800, 6200, 6700 and 7400 sizes; both models come in either hard or soft top versions.
The boats are built stronger than ever with the 6200, 6700 and 7400 featuring 6mm plate bottom sheets (5mm for the 5800), 5mm transom material and 4mm sides. Adding to the strength is a fully welded checker plate self-draining deck with a box section floor frame. Between the bottom sheet and the self-draining deck you will find Yellowfin’s ‘Marine Core’ construction – a sub frame rib structure of longitudinal and latitudinal ribs made of 6mm vertical stringers and 5mm horizontal ribs.
With a complete overhaul to the hull design you will now find a variable deadrise to 19° at the transom for a smoother and softer ride. The freeboard has been lifted to 730mm making you feel more secure while out on the big blue. Another noticeable change is the full transom that extends to the waterline giving the boat more lift, stability and buoyancy. The transom has also been beefed up to allow for more horsepower and weight on the back.
The self draining deck features a unique no return scupper drainage system in partnership with a rear catchment area that guides the water out to a lower chamber and out through the scuppers.
Yellowfin plate boats have undergone a face-lift with a new modern look featuring a cool new logo, decals and stripe design. All of the range is available in metallic grey, navy blue, burgundy, black and white.
With anglers in the research and development team’s mind, you will find sixteen rod holders, a berley bucket, 110L kill tank and a live bait tank design that incorporates a viewing window and external pick up. All of these features make the offshore fishing experience even better. Other smart features in the new Yellowfin range include water deflectors on the side deck, a fully welded anchor well and a discreet deck wash system.
The new comfortable cabin layout features bunks from 1.7-2m in length and makes smart use of the space underneath with roto tub storage. A hardened glass cabin hatch finishes the cabin off nicely and ensures a dry and secure cabin.
At the helm you will find Simrad electronics as standard and hydraulic steering to make the skipper’s job easier. The new concealed control box design gives more room and presents neatly.
Launch and retrieval of the new Yellowfin boats is a breeze with the Catch N Release mechanism.
The new hardtop cabin design features a hardened 6mm glass windscreen, a sliding side window to keep you cool and pantograph windscreen wipers as standard. Specifically built for offshore boating, the new hard top has a solid grab rail on the roof for safety and a smart dash layout with drink holders and a fiddle rail to stop things sliding away.
All the models can be personalised and optioned up with extras like a drum winch, LED lights, an icebox, storage seat options and bunk infill.
This impressive line up of Yellowfin plate boats will be found at all the major boat shows this year and will no doubt make waves as they start rolling into Quintrex boat yards across the country.Reads: 2132