REVIEW: 2010 Yamaha FZS

Review of the 2010 Yamaha FZS WaveRunner, which offers agile, nimble handling, room for three passengers, and a unique telescoping steering column.

12th May 2010.
By Jeff Hemmel

A lot of people, including me, sometimes miss the days of smaller-feeling, nimble PWC, boats you can throw around a little rather than simply hold on for the ride. That’s probably why Yamaha held on to the GP series for so long. And why, when it came time to replace it, they introduced boats that bring back a lot of the GP’s attributes. Even if they did throw some new twists into the mix.

The FZ models roll nicely into turns, have a lightweight, sporty feel, and pack all the potency of Yamaha’s 1.8-liter engine under the hood. In short, they’re playful and exciting, delivering the raw emotional thrill of riding a PWC without relying on gadgets or bells and whistles to generate enthusiasm.

At the same time, these aren’t just warmed-over variations of what came before. They offer new ideas of their own, including a telescoping steering column that aims to make a rider feel comfortable sitting or standing.

Want to learn more about the three-passenger variation of the FZ, the FZS? Read my full 2010 Yamaha FZS Review at

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About the author:

Jeff Hemmel

Jeff Hemmel writes for, Boating,, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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