With the best-selling VX models below, and the powerful, high-tech FX SHO models above, Yamaha’s FX HO and FX Cruiser HO were in danger of being overlooked.

No longer. Last year Yamaha gave the craft the SHO’s big-displacement 1.8-liter engine, along with those model’s electronic throttle enhancements. Add in the lighter weight NanoXcel hull, and you’ve got one potent middle child in the Yamaha lineup.

I recently reviewed the 2010 model for PersonalWatercraft.com. Click here to read my full review.