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Warbird Marine Holdings Acquires Yellowfin

Owning Yellowfin Yachts and Invincible Boat Co. sets up Warbird as a leader in the high-end center console segment
The Yellowfin 54 and Invincible 46 catamaran (middle) are the flagship models of Warbird Marine Holdings.

The Yellowfin 54 and Invincible 46 catamaran (middle) are the flagship models of Warbird Marine Holdings.

Warbird Marine Holdings, formed by EagleTree Capital to invest in category-leading boatbuilders and managed by industry veteran John Dorton, announced it acquired Yellowfin Yachts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Yellowfin will be a separately managed sister company to Invincible Boat Co., which Warbird acquired in 2019. “We are delighted to add Yellowfin to our Warbird platform. Yellowfin is at the pinnacle of their segment both in product lineup and brand prestige,” Warbird CEO Dorton says in a statement.

“The brands have 
their own personalities 
and design philosophies, and we intend to keep it that way,” says CEO John Dorton.

“The brands have their own personalities and design philosophies, and we intend to keep it that way,” says CEO John Dorton.

Warbird says it is now the “largest and best-capitalized designer and builder of custom offshore fishing boats.”

“The Yellowfin team will remain in place at their Sarasota headquarters with Wylie Nagler as president,” Dorton says. “The Yellowfin and Invincible brands have their own personalities and design philosophies, and we intend to keep it that way.”

Yellowfin bay boats, skiffs and hybrids range from 17 to 26 feet. 

Yellowfin bay boats, skiffs and hybrids range from 17 to 26 feet. 

Warbird says it will invest in Yellowfin’s facilities, people and new-product development — the same business approach that ushered in Invincible’s success. “At Yellowfin, we have always strived to build the best boat by using the best materials — the best hardware, the best systems,” adds Nagler, who founded Yellowfin in 1998. “Joining forces with Warbird and John Dorton gives us the scale and resources of the Warbird platform without changing Yellowfin’s DNA or our relentless focus on quality.”

“By combining the resources of these two great businesses, Warbird will be able to accelerate innovation, invest in quality and customer service, expand capacity, and ensure timely deliveries to our valued customers and distributors,” Dorton says. “Our goal is to set a new bar for the premium center console segment.” 

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue.

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