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featured 08.12.2020
Yamaha WaterCraft Announces Largest New Product Launch Ever For 2021
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Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, today unveiled its most extensive new product ever, marked by an all-new 25-foot boat platform, four all-new premium 21-foot runabouts, all-new VX® WaveRunners®, all-new race-performance GP™ WaveRunners, the debut of Yamaha's four-stroke SuperJet® stand-up, and much more.

The launch coincides with the 35th anniversary of the creation of Yamaha’s WaterCraft group, which has become the industry leader and gold standard for jet powered technology for personal watercraft and boats.

"Coming off a record sales year that saw us sell out of most models, these new products elevate our line even further. On the Boat side we are moving from 24-feet to 25-feet and innovating to create new levels of technology and luxury; we are extending our DRiVE® technology across the line and introducing new wakesurf features that set a new bar for surfing behind a jet boat; and we are announcing exciting new 25-foot FSH center console boats," said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha's WaterCraft Group.

“On the WaveRunner side our VX series and GP series are all new, with enhanced riding characteristics and ergonomics, along with a range of industry first features and technology. We have a new VX Limited HO model, a new EX® Limited model and of course 2021 sees the introduction of a new four stroke version of the iconic Yamaha SuperJet.  This is proving to be a very special year for Yamaha WaterCraft and we think our customers will find these new products to exceed their expectations of what they can do on the water.”

All-New 25-Foot 250/252/255 Series

The Yamaha 250/252/255 series boats feature modern styling, a spacious deck layout, a new hull design that tracks with precision at all speeds, and twin 1.8L Yamaha marine engines that are renowned for their performance, reliability, and durability.

There are eight new boats in all beginning with the SX250 and AR250 for the value-minded boat buyer, the 252S and 252SE with added refinements, the 252XE fitted with wakesurf-specific and E-Series features, and the 252SD that comes with DRiVE, Yamaha’s award winning steering-wheel-mounted paddle throttle controls. 

All 250 and 252 models are powered by twin, 1.8L normally-aspirated Yamaha marine engines that deliver excellent performance, reliability, and durability.

The 255XE and 255XD are the most technologically advanced wakesurf boats ever created by Yamaha.  These innovative boats feature Yamaha's new electronic, push-button controlled integrated WakeBooster® and a triple ballast system to create the cleanest, most surfable wake in the jet boat category.

The top of the line 255XD comes with DRiVE, the marine industry’s first dual paddle control system for effortless low speed handling and docking. This system received the prestigious Innovation award from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA®).  Both the 255XD and 255XE are powered by twin 1.8L Yamaha SVHO supercharged marine engines for a combined 500 horsepower. 

All-New 25-Foot 252/255 FSH Series Center Consoles

The Yamaha 252 FSH® Sport and 255 FSH Sport E center console boats jump out of the gate as the most capable and versatile boats in their class. These larger models of Yamaha's popular FSH® Series are designed with the size, power, and fuel range for serious offshore fishing adventures.  

The 252 FSH Sport features twin, Yamaha 1.8L High Output engines. For buyers who want the most performance available, and the premium features that come with Yamaha's E-Series® drive-by-wire features, the 255 FSH Sport E gets twin 1.8L supercharged Yamaha SVHO® marine engines for a combined 500-horsepower. 

Zero to 30 mph acceleration is a quick five seconds with a top speed of 55 mph. Also, the 255 FSH Sport E features push-button start, dual throttle lever syncing, and more. 

Both models come with 111-gallon fuel tanks, the highest capacity fuel tanks Yamaha offers in a jet boat. Paired with Yamaha's fuel-efficient engines, there is plenty of cruising range for boaters who want to explore beyond the harbor surf break.

These new FSH models feature innovative beam width bench seating behind the helm with a backrest that can fold down to create an extra large casting platform.

With 360 degree access across the entire stern, a starboard side live bait well, and a low walk-through transom for easy access to Yamaha's signature stern lounge area, there’s not another boat in the center console market versatile enough to entertain family and friends one moment while being fishing capable to land the big one off shore the next.

All-New 212 Series Runabouts

New to Yamaha's 21-foot runabout line are the 212XD, 212XE, 212SD, and 212SE models. All four of these premium boats feature Yamaha's E-Series drive-by-wire functionality that includes push-button start/stop, RPM engine sync, and single throttle lever pairing.

Also included, and new to Yamaha's 21' boats, is the award-winning 12.3" Connext® helm control center. For active families who enjoy tow sports, this Connext system includes Drive Control, allowing the operator to set and save the acceleration curve and speed preferences for up to five riders. Once set, all the operator needs to do is push the throttle levers forward for a consistent pull every time.

Making the Yamaha 212XD and 212SD even more special is the addition of Yamaha's award-winning DRiVE paddle control system that, too, was previously exclusive to Yamaha's 27' 275 Series.

All-New Yamaha VX Series WaveRunners

For 2021, the Yamaha VX Series is all-new, delivering improved ergonomics with deeper, wider, self-draining footwells and a new seat profile that is 1.5” narrower. This new seat design improves knee grip and overall comfort, especially for smaller size riders. 

A standout new feature for the VX Series is Yamaha's 4.3-inch Connext Helm Control with a multi-color LCD. A touchpad control that is mounted next to the steering column provides convenient access to the Connext system's many functions.  Acceleration can be set on the VX HO models from normal to slow for novice riders.

For the first time ever, Yamaha is offering dealers the choice of ordering VX Series WaveRunners (except for the base model VX and VX-C®) with a factory-installed, custom integrated marine audio system.  The package includes twin, 4½ inch fully waterproof marine speakers, integrated 2 channel (50 watts per channel) amplifier, easy access control pad and an integrated low-voltage regulator to protect the battery.

The new watertight glovebox is massive, with LED lighting inside. It's the largest glovebox Yamaha has offered in the class today. There is a dedicated area for your smartphone, and a USB port and 12V power outlet too. (VX-C and VX models not included.)

All-New VX Limited HO with 1.8L Yamaha High Output Marine Engine

New for 2021 is the Yamaha VX Limited HO that joins the VX Cruiser® HO as the only two VX models powered by the Yamaha 1.8L normally-aspirated marine engine.

The VX Limited HO comes with the same upgrades, and watersports accessories that are packaged with the TR-1® powered VX Limited to include integrated audio speakers, single-rider tube, tube inflator, tube holder, tow rope, tow rope bag, 12V outlet, custom cover with glove box access and two fenders.

All-New Race Performance GP1800R SVHO and GP1800R HO

The supercharged Yamaha GP1800R® SVHO and normally-aspirated GP1800R HO are the epitome of today's high-performance racecraft.

For 2021, the Yamaha GP Series is all-new with a new deck design, tilt-adjustable race-inspired handlebar design, Connext helm control with multi-color LCD display, the industry's first Auto Trim function with Cornering Control and Launch Control modes, a new hull liner that moves the craft's center of gravity for added agility, and a new intake grate and upgraded jet pump for class-leading acceleration.

New this year to the GP Series is the industry's first automatic trim system featuring Cornering Control and Launch Control. When engaged, Cornering Control automatically shifts the trim into the bow down position when decelerating for tighter cornering and a racy feel. Launch Control is different in that it automatically shifts the trim down to prevent bow rise when accelerating quickly.

These functions happen automatically to bring new levels of handling and performance riding to racers and recreational riders alike.

To keep the tunes rolling after you leave land, the GP series includes an option for a factory-installed, custom integrated marine audio system.  The package includes twin, 4½ inch fully waterproof marine speakers, integrated 2 channel (50 watts per channel) amplifier, easy access control pad and an integrated low-voltage regulator to protect the battery.

Under the waterline are a redesigned intake grate and upgraded jet pump for better hook up and quicker acceleration. 

Also new is a redesigned hull liner that moves the fuel tank 80mm towards the stern and 15mm lower in the hull. By repositioning the weight of the fuel tank, the craft's new Center of Gravity enhances the GPs' nimble handling and agility. 

All-New EX Limited WaveRunner

Joining the EX Series in 2021 is the new EX Limited that comes loaded with fun, value-added watersports, audio, and storage accessories.

Included in this premium EX model is custom mats, an enhanced 3D Yamaha logo, a Yamaha branded fender, pull-up cleats, an upgraded tow hook, a color-matched tube, tube inflator with 12V outlet, tow rope, matching cover, tube holder, portable audio speakers, waterproof bow storage, and a removable compression-molded stern storage bag that is seamlessly integrated into the EX's good looks.

And because the EX Limited is specifically designed for watersports fun and multiple passengers onboard when towing, the EX Limited is fitted with wider sponsons for enhanced dynamic stability.

Introducing the All-New Four-Stroke SuperJet Stand-Up WaveRunner

Thirty years ago, Yamaha introduced its first stand-up WaveRunner ─ the 650 SuperJet. Ever since then, the iconic SuperJet has rewarded the physical ability and athleticism of the best professional surf riders, freestylers, and closed course racers in the world.   

For 2021, the Yamaha SuperJet returns all-new from the ground up to challenge a new generation of stand-up riders with a torquey four-stroke Yamaha marine engine and nimble performance hull that is 142 pounds lighter and 8.8 inches shorter than its competition.  

No longer reserved for professional racers and requiring a racing license, the new 2021 SuperJet will find appeal with a broad audience, including the racing community, but also among recreational riders looking for a new thrill. 

This includes aging tricksters who will find the athleticism and excitement of riding the new SuperJet to be a similar challenge as wakesurfing, which sees continued interest and growth among this audience.

The 2021 SuperJet is powered by Yamaha's award-winning, three-cylinder, four-stroke TR-1 marine engine. This compact, lightweight 1,049cc engine delivers the exhilarating acceleration that stand-up riders love, delivered more smoothly and manageably.

Feeding the TR-1 engine is a larger 5.0-gallon fuel tank that delivers plenty of range for the stand-up rider, and there is an easy-to-read Low Fuel meter placed conspicuously on the deck. 

And for novice riders, there is now an L-MODE® that reduces engine performance of the SuperJet to 85 percent or approximately 40 miles per hour. Low RPM Mode is activated and deactivated by pressing the engine stop/L-MODE button three times. 

The deck and hull of the new SuperJet are 7.5-inches longer, 3.2-inches wider, and 5.1- inches taller than the two-stroke SuperJet. Amazingly, the new four-stroke model is only a scant 69- pounds heavier than the two-stroke version.

The new deck features a three-position adjustable handle pole that can extend up to 50mm in length, race-inspired handlebars, and a wide padded foot tray with an integrated reboarding holder. 

All of Yamaha's 2021 product lines and accessories can be viewed at YamahaWaveRunners.com and YamahaBoats.com.