Although outboard engines and PWCs may come to mind first when one hears the name Yamaha, this company also has a boat-building division that’s dedicated to one thing: building jet-powered runabouts. In fact, Yamaha is the best-selling brand of jet-boat in the country. A dozen boats up to 24’ make up the Yamaha line, with a mix of runabout and watersports-oriented models.
At the 2013 Miami International Boat Show Yamaha won an NMMA Innovation Award for the development of their Thrust Directional Enhancement feature, which improves control at slow speeds; used boat buyers should be aware that in some older jet boat models wandering at slow speeds was regularly an issue, which this new feature addresses. And although these are jet boats, Yamaha encourages boaters to compare them against prop-driven runabouts. Reduced draft and the elimination of propeller dangers are the most obvious advantages, but in many cases, the Yamaha jet boats are also less expensive than comparable propeller-drive runabouts.
Quick. Fast. Powerful. The revolutionary FX Cruiser® SVHO is shaking up the industry with its Super Vortex High Output Yamaha Marine engine. This is the largest displacement engine of any production watercraft in the industry, with more power and torque than any WaveRunner personal watercraft in history. It’s matched with Yamaha’s exclusive NanoXcel hull plus a host of upgraded performance components for an exciting, agile ride. Passenger-friendly amenities include Yamaha’s exclusive Cruiser seat and an extended rear platform with extra stern storage.
Features 1.8L supercharged Yamaha SVHO engine and 160mm jet pump
Offered with Yamaha’s exclusive Cruiser seat
Available in Black Metallic or Yacht Blue Metallic
The heart of the FX Cruiser SVHO and FX SVHO is the Yamaha Super Vortex High Output marine engine that delivers more power and torque than any other Yamaha WaveRunner engine. Yamaha added a high-performance intercooler, increased the supercharger air intake capacity to pull more cool air into the engine and increase boost by 60%, and modified the fuel injection system to increase fuel flow.
Under the waterline, the SVHO engine is matched with a new 160mm eight-vane pump for maximum thrust volume and paired it with a new top loader intake grate to optimize its efficiency and hookup in rough water. The hull and deck is made of NanoXcel®, the Yamaha-only, nano-tech engineered material that shaves more than 70 pounds off the total weight of the unit, while providing a stable, comfortable and durable ride.
The end result is an engine and driveline that produces extraordinary power and thrust in an extremely lightweight package, delivering a superior power to weight ratio.
Yamaha’s exclusive theater seating on all FX Cruiser models
Adjustable handlebars and adjustable trim that give the driver the feeling of utmost control and comfort
Cruise Assist™ and No Wake Mode™ that set and hold a consistent speed while cruising or towing or setting a perfect no wake speed for those long no wake zones
Storage under the hood, a watertight storage at the helm, a helm storage box, watertight storage under the rear seat, and even a convenient stern swim platform storage for wet items
Yamaha’s exclusive pull-up cleats on Cruiser models
Yamaha’s exclusive remote transmitter security system and Low RPM Mode™, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to 26 percent
Yamaha’s Command Link® instrumentation controls that make it easy to control the instrumentation functions
Multi-function electronic information center that includes speed, RPM, fuel level, low fuel warning, hour meter, and even water temp