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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.

Yamaha Waverunner VXS

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Boat Description

Feel the rush of speeding across the water and thrill of turning on a dime. Engineered for competition and aggressive riding, this competition-level boat delivers lightweight, agile handling with the added capability of sharing the ride with those who crave adventure. A super-quick, 4-stroke 1.8 liter Yamaha Marine engine boasts the largest displacement in its class, matching the performance of the world’s best supercharged boats – without the added costs of a supercharger. The ultra-lightweight NanoXcel® hull is incredibly agile, delivering the most fuel-efficient ride in the high performance category. No matter your riding style – the VXS delivers a playful ride unlike anything else.

Boat Details
Beam 3 ft 10 inDry Weight 721 lb
Max Seating Capacity 3Hull Material Other
Hull Shape OtherFuel Capacity 15 gal
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  • The most affordable high-performance models in the industry.
  • The performance of the world’s fastest supercharged models without the added cost of a supercharger and intercooler.
  • Dominating the Normally Aspirated class on the 2012 IJSBA national tour.
  • Class-leading acceleration and top speed out of the box supported by a wide selection of aftermarket products for racing enthusiasts.
  • Industry’s only race-ready nano-engineered hulls and decks.


The VXR™ and VXS™ return to the Yamaha WaveRunner® line in 2013 as the most affordable, ultra high-performance watercraft today.  Designed to appeal to PWC racers and serious enthusiasts alike; the lightweight, agile VXR™ and VXS™ feature the latest engine and hull technology to deliver an athletically-challenging experience that hardcore rider have sorely missed for some time.


The offspring of the light, compact Yamaha VX™ Series and the ultra high-performance Yamaha FZ Series, these hyperactive WaveRunners® dominated the IJSBA racing scene in their freshman year, winning world and national titles.  Sans the unwanted bells and whistles that do not add to the craft’s performance, the VXR™ and VXS™ are all about heart-pounding power, nimble closed-course handling, and race-tested reliability.


Powerful Yamaha 1.8L High Output Marine Engine

The heart of the Yamaha VXR™ and VXS™ is the industry’s first 1.8L marine engine that is the largest displacement motor ever designed for a personal watercraft. This normally-aspirated Yamaha marine engine produces awesome power, and when coupled with the ultra-light NanoXcelhull and deck; delivers faster top-end speed than competing supercharged models.

Still, this engine is also exceptionally fuel efficient and optimized to deliver the utmost performance using regular unleaded fuel. 


Engine features include:

  • Same lightweight, compact platform as Yamaha’s flagship FZR and FZS high-performance models without the added weight and expense of a supercharger and intercooler.
  • High-torque for excellent acceleration.
  • Open loop cooling for best performance, reliability and low maintenance.
  • Throttle by wire reverse system controls RPM in reverse gear for maximum thrust efficiency.
  • Low maintenance costs.


Yamaha NanoXcelHull and Deck

The VXR and VXS feature the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners that are the lightest and strongest in the market today.  This is the same material featured on Yamaha’s flagship high-performance FZR and FZS models.  The result is a state of the art watercraft that is quick, nimble, and with the balance and maneuverability that truly connects the rider to the machine.


In today’s more value-minded marketplace, there is nothing like the VXR™ and VXS™ that deliver on the singular goal of offering high-performance at an affordable price.  These models focus on the true essence of what makes watercraft riding fun.

Yamaha VXS

The only affordable ultra high-performance model designed to appeal to PWC racers and serious enthusiasts with added versatility for watersports towing.

  • Three-passenger capacity.
  • Traditional seat design for added versatility.
  • Tow hook and reboarding ladder.
  • Metallic paint exclusive to Yamaha.
  • Available in Black.