YAMAHA FX CRUISER HIGH OUTPUT
Captain John B. Wenz
Cruiser is a fitting name for this Yamaha WaveRunner. From the moment I straddled the three-passenger seat, I agreed with the brochure; I got the impression I’d be driving rather than riding.
Sure, the dashboard and mirrors are reminiscent of a touring sports car. Don’t be fooled, the 1052cc Yamaha MR-1 High Output 4-stroke marine engine delivers all the fun and exhilaration of sportier PWCs. It’s got enough pulling power to pull boarders and skiers or take three lucky passengers for a ride. My impression was more like a high-end touring motorcycle. In fact, I daydreamed about taking my wife and the “son of the day” for a cruise on our local waters. The other two boys would be awfully upset to miss out on something this special!
Bold New Styling and Comfort Features
The deck design lends itself to the world-class sports car look and feel. The 2008 Platinum Metallic color scheme looks fast, even tied up at the dock! The molded front shroud and dashboard combination is characterized by smooth lines and graceful corners. Good-sized mirrors blend right in with the shape; and the swept back, tilt handle bars enhance the lines to create total appeal. The Yamaha Cruiser seat is thickly padded and molded to support the hips. Combined with the adjustable tilt steering and the raised foot chocks, their three-point contact system allows the driver to relax the legs, arms and lower back to reduce fatigue on those extended cruises.
Exclusive Instrumentation and Electronics
My favorite part of this boat is hands-down, the electronic instruments. Introduced in 2006, they’re mounted on an automotive style dashboard. An analog speedo/tach, digital speed, time, and distance computer, air & water temp, and a digital compass are all there and easy to read. The industry’s first built-in fuel flow meter completes the package. You’ll always know what your distance limits are with the fuel you have on board. In addition, a remote control security system allows the ignition to be locked and also controls Yamaha’s low RPM mode. It reduces RPMs by about 30%; for those novices in the family who aren’t quite up to full speed.
Yamaha- an Industry Leader
Yamaha WaterCraft Group has been a leader in the PWC Industry right out of the blocks. They were first to introduce the two-person watercraft in 1986, and first with a three person model in 1990. 2002 saw Yamaha introduce the first four-stroke powered PWC. A Yamaha WaveRunner has been named “Watercraft of the Year” seven times since 1993. The 2006 model year continues in their tradition of innovation; the FX Cruiser series introduced the Cruiser seat and the three-point contact system along with the innovative instrument package and built-in fuel flow meter. In 2008, Yamaha once again introduces an industry first- NanoXcel.
What in the World is NanoXcel?
Nanotechnology- learn it, know it, live it. It’s the wave of the future, and Yamaha is the first PWC builder to use it in their manufacturing process. On the FX Cruiser, you’ll find NanoXcel used in the construction of the hull, hull liner, and deck. What it involves is engineering at the molecular level. What it means to you and me are huge benefits created by some broad advances in the properties of manufactured materials like plastics, for example. In the Waverunner line-up, this translates to lighter weight (up to 25% lighter), increased speed, acceleration, and responsiveness. Besides that, the finish is smoother and gem-like and these PWCs look really cool!
Clean and quiet, the Yamaha High-output MR-1 was designed exclusively for marine use. A high volume intake box with water repellent air filter, dry sump lubrication, and a corrosion protection system provide the dependability you want for extended cruising and long engine life. Yamaha’s computerized engine management system controls and adjusts fuel and ignition parameters and provides for off throttle steering, and a slant detection switch shuts the motor down immediately in the event of overturning to prevent water ingestion.
Twenty-six gallons of total storage including a 19.8 gallon cooler, rear seat storage and, at the driver’s position, a glove box with self-draining beverage holders. In addition, a waterproof compartment for your cell phone, wallet, and other important items is conveniently placed. Five step adjustable tilt steering allows drivers of all size to drive in comfort, without fatigue. The remote control security system disables the ignition at the touch of a button. The same pocket transmitter activates Yamaha’s “Low RPM Mode” which decreases engine rpms by 30%, reducing top speed for those novices in your family. A swing down step is mounted beneath the large aft platform allowing for stable and safe re-boarding. The Quick Shift Trim System offers 24 degrees of instant trim adjustment with a twist of the left handgrip for quicker acceleration and more precise turning. Yamaha’s trademarked “Visibility Spout”, from the rear of the craft, makes all Yamaha PWCs more visible for safety. The FX Cruiser High Output offers all the features you’ve read about here at an MSRP of $11,399.
On The Water
We enjoyed near perfect conditions for our test day with the FX Cruiser High Output. The breeze was calm, air temperature in the mid 80’s with the water a few degrees cooler. Our speed runs resulted in a top end of 59.6 miles per hour, which was faster than the previous model built without the benefit of NanoXcel. I had no reason to doubt what I was told by Yamaha about the speed increase, but what I didn’t expect was for the NanoXcel boat to have such an improved ride. Acceleration and responsiveness was noticeably different as soon as I hopped aboard and hit the gas. The nimble feeling was almost as if we were gliding on an oily surface instead of water, yet steering seemed a bit more positive. Take it from me- it’s much easier to feel than it is to describe. Go for a ride and you’ll see what I mean for yourself.
Based on our fuel consumption data, I can conclude that a cruising range of about 125 miles at a speed of 32 MPH could be expected on a tank of regular gas.