Yamaha WaterCraft today introduced its 2015 boat line that includes a ground-up redesign of the industry’s top selling 24-foot models and the introduction of the boating industry’s first Articulating Keel that enhances handling at all speeds.
For 2015, Yamaha's 24-foot boats are now six inches longer with higher freeboard and higher bow lines than its predecessors to create the most usable space ever in boats of their size. The development of the new hull and deck created the opportunity for Yamaha engineers to invent the industry's first "articulating keel" to enhance steering responsiveness at all speeds and Quiet Cruise that creates a quieter, more comfortable experience for all onboard.
“Redesigning the most popular boat in the class is no easy undertaking, so we knew we had to really swing for the fences and create an entirely new boating experience; and that’s exactly what we did,” said Scott Watkins, product manager for Yamaha’s Watercraft division. “We essentially started from scratch and looked at how to improve or enhance every inch of this boat from the ground up. The result is a boat with more technology, features, luxury appointments, performance, comfort and forward thinking than we’ve ever built before.”
Yamaha Advanced Responsive Handling featuring the Articulating Keel
Yamaha's Articulating Keel represents a new advancement in directional control technology for recreational boaters and is an enhancement to Yamaha's suite of Advanced Responsive Handling features that include No Wake Mode and Yamaha's award-winning Thrust Directional Enhancer.
The Articulating Keel is a mechanical extension of the boat’s keel. It moves and tracks through the water in perfect relation to the jet pump nozzles. This system puts the driver in complete control whether they are going through chop, cornering at high speeds, or maneuvering around a dock in close quarters.
New Yamaha Quiet Cruise Platform
Yamaha Quiet Cruise is a platform-based system that creates a quiet, comfortable ride for all on board by suppressing the amount of engine noise and vibration that enters the cabin. To achieve one of the quietest environments ever in a high performance boat, Yamaha engineers identified and addressed almost two-dozen points of the boat where noise could be significantly reduced. With Yamaha’s Quiet Cruise technology, boat passengers can enjoy conversation and comfort at all speeds.
Connext Helm Control System
Special attention has been given to the helm area of the 24-foot boats with an all-new layout that now features Yamaha’s Connext™ helm control system.
Connext is an easy to use, all in one system that combines an LCD touch screen with a joystick control, allowing the driver to easily and intuitively access all major electronic functions of the boat. In addition, Connext serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connections.
The Connext joystick control provides additional quick access controls for top level Connext navigation including Home, Scrolling and Volume as well as access to Yamaha’s Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode.
The complete 2015 Yamaha boat line includes 12 models ranging in length from 19 to 24-feet. Yamaha is the best-selling brand of family runabout boats in the 19 to 24-foot segment that includes open-bow runabouts, deck boats, and wakeboard boats.
“Yamaha’s jet boat technology is the new gold standard in marine propulsion with more customers across the 19-foot, 21-foot, and 24-foot segments choosing our jet boats than traditional stern drive boats,” said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha’s Watercraft division. “There’s been a sea change shift in customer thinking. Gone are the days of heavy boats with 24” drafts, clunky gear shifting, half the cockpit filled with an engine cover, tons of annual maintenance and liquids, and lackluster performance. Welcome to the new generation of boating. It’s better on every accord, even the price.”