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The FX Limited SVHO, Yamaha’s flagship WaveRunner, combines a deep-V hull with a supercharged, mega-displacement 1.8-liter Super Vortex High Output engine that pushes it beyond 65 mph. Now sheet moulding compound (SMC) returns to the hull rather than Yamaha’s lighter-weight, nano-engineered construction. This adds about 40 pounds but arguably improves the boat’s feel, particularly in rough water. A redesigned ride plate lets the bow run higher plus helps plant the hull during aggressive cornering. Sponsons have slid forward almost 2 inches. The resulting ride is aggressive and nimble but less twitchy. Other changes include a more streamlined handlebar column and a larger glove box with smartphone stowage.
Tech and Accessories
An infusion of tech elevates your experience. Front and center is the 7-inch touchscreen display. The new GPS improves speedometer accuracy and also introduces GPS mapping. Buyers will receive regional map cards at purchase. Owners can also utilize the security of geofencing.
A cool new option on FX models is the $999 RecDeck. A 6-foot-square platform that mounts atop the existing aft platform, it offers added space for fishing or hanging out and serves as the base for multiple add-ons, including a choice of coolers and Yamaha’s Multi-Use Rack ($599). The rack serves as the base for a Lounging Package ($499) that adds a 25-inch-wide seat with a flip-up backrest and flanking, insulated saddle bags, and an expanded JetFish Package ($1,199) that includes a branded cooler and rod holders. The RecDeck expands the boat’s versatility, retains Yamaha’s trademark visibility spout, and eases deepwater boarding via a three-step telescoping ladder.
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Limited Package extras include a watersports-focused mix of a single-passenger inflatable, 12-volt inflater, 12-volt outlet, towrope, tube carrying strap, soft-sided cooler with designated nook within the bow storage, custom cover, branded fenders and a RAM-mounted Garmin GPS fish finder. The result is a mix of luxury, accessories and performance aimed directly at the high-end buyer.
How We Tested
- Engine: Approx. 260 hp supercharged Yamaha Super Vortex High Output marine engine
- Pump/Impeller: 160 mm high-pressure/stainless steel
- Fuel Load: 15 gal. Crew Weight: 160 lb.
- Intuitive RiDE control system with separate reverse throttle simplifies maneuvering. At speed, the RiDE lever provides rapid deceleration.
- Bluetooth 100-watt sound system integrates 4-inch speakers into the forward edge of the footwells and adds a touch-control pad, onscreen text notifications and hands-free calling.
- New Drive Control functions, accessed via the Connext display, allow users to modify the acceleration curve, automate trim, and set a speed limit.
- Limited Package isn’t customizable, meaning riders might pay for extras they don’t need and purchase additional extras they do.
- Optional RecDeck and accessories add weight at the stern, slightly impacting the craft’s handling and performance.
Both Kawasaki’s refreshed Jet Ski Ultra 310LX ($19,199) and Sea-Doo’s GTX Limited 300 ($18,299) feature color, non-touchscreen displays, Bluetooth sound systems, electronic reverse, braking and deceleration, easy-access bow storage, and mounting systems for adding accessories to the aft platform. Kawasaki adds a backup camera and, at 200 watts, the most potent audio. Sea-Doo includes an innovative pump-cleaning system and Limited Package extras.
Pricing and Specs
|Stowage Capacity:||44.5 gal.|
|Fuel Capacity:||18.5 gal.|
Speed, Stowage, Performance
Yamaha – Kennesaw, Georgia; 866-894-1626; yamahawaverunners.com