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.
Whether it’s on a closed course capturing World Championships or out for a thrilling weekend with friends, Yamaha’s FZS dominates. It flexes muscles. And it inspires. Under the skin sits a 1.8 liter supercharged, Super High Output Marine engine cranking out top speeds and industry-leading acceleration in mere seconds. This 1.8 liter monster is the largest displacement engine of any PWC on the water. But it’s not all muscle for this machine. A sleek, race-ready NanoXcel® hull delivers unmatched predictability and edge-to-edge handling in tight turns. Light in weight — yet heavy in the win column, the FZS is ready for whatever you toss its way.
Max Seating Capacity
Industry-leading acceleration and top speed out of the box supported by a wide selection of aftermarket products for racing enthusiasts.
The largest displacement engine in the market.
Industry’s only race-ready nano-engineered hulls and decks.
Won multiple IJSBA National and World championships in 2011
Dominating the Pro Open class on the 2012 IJSBA national tour.
Three person seat.
Available in Deep Blue or Velocity Yellow.
The Yamaha FZ Series evokes Yamaha’s world-championship race heritage while ushering in a new era of ultra high-performance design and technology. The dominant force in IJSBA pro racing today, the Yamaha FZR™ and FZS have proven themselves to be the best race-ready watercraft today.
For 2013, the FZ Series includes the two-person FZR™ that features a muscular coupe like profile available in Carbon and the three-person FZS™ that offers the versatility to tow or ride with multiple passengers available in Blue or Yellow.
1.8L Supercharged, Super High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
The heart of the Yamaha FZ Series is the industry’s first and only 1.8L, supercharged engine that is the largest displacement motor ever designed for a PWC. Exclusive to Yamaha, this engine produces awesome raw power, but it is also the most fuel efficient in its class and is optimized to deliver the utmost performance using regular unleaded fuel.
Open loop cooling for best performance, reliability and low maintenance.
High-torque for excellent acceleration.
Throttle by wire reverse system controls RPM in reverse gear for maximum thrust efficiency.
Lightweight and compact design.
Low maintenance costs.
Yamaha NanoXcel™ Hull and Deck
The FZ Series features the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners that are the lightest and strongest in the market today. The result is a state of the art watercraft that is quick and nimble, but with balance and maneuverability that truly connects the driver to the machine.
Also exclusive to the FZ Series is an innovative, three-position telescoping steering column that gives the rider the option to ride seated or standing, depending on where the rider is most comfortable conquering the water.
Hull and deck features include:
Edge-to-edge inside-lean character that is as exciting as it is precise.
Large comfortable two-piece seat.
Adjustable trim control allows the rider to dial in the ride of the craft just the way they want it.
Designed for the rigors of competition with Yamaha’s world-renowned reliability, durability, and high quality of materials, the Yamaha FZ Series continues to exceed the expectations of the most hardcore enthusiasts.