The team at Yamaha has redesigned the FX SHO series watercraft by making the hull longer, a true mechanical neutral, and gave the front end a lower more aggressive look. We put the FX SHO and the FX Cruiser SHO through a rigorous test so that we could tell you all you need to know about these two new machines. With the same 1812cc four-stroke, four cylinder marine engine as previous models, power was not an issue. What did surprise us was the handling.
- Available in Deep Blue or Black
- Hydro-Turf mats
- Extended rear platform
- Chrome accents
- NanoXcel ultra-lightweight hull and deck
- Adjustable tilt steering
- Reboarding step
- Dual mirrors
- Supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, Super High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Specifications
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Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Captain's Report
By Christopher Hughes
The handlebars lift up on the new models making standing and riding easier.
The FX SHO Series has been redesigned with several changes that effected our test results. The first change is the overall length which now measures 140.4''. The second change is the new reverse gate operation which now has a true mechanical neutral. With the same tried and tested 1812 cc 210-hp four-stroke, four-cylinder, supercharged marine engine, this PWC seems to have reached its highest evolution of performance. Our test revealed almost only positive results.
These two Yamaha PWCs have a edgy bow design. Not known for leading in the styling area, the team at Yamaha seems to have stepped it up a bit with an all new look. While the familiar bow bumpers are still standard, there is a new, lower profile, and a much more angular look to the front area leading up to the handlebars. I really welcome this change as for me, many of the PWC had become homogenous over the last few years.
The new bow design is angular and edgy and gives the new models a more aggressive look.
There is still lots of usable storage with over 33 gallons total and the majority of it located in the forward compartment. Also located in the forward compartment is the fire extinguisher. I prefer it located under the aft seat as it was on the older models, because it is easier to get to.
New Handlebar Configuration
The handlebars are adjustable and during the test I found that I was able to raise them high enough for safe and comfortable stand up riding. The hand grips have a new design and get a big thumbs up from me with regard to comfort. I also noticed that the handlebars seemed to be a little wider which made them more comfortable than before.
The hull below the waterline is one-piece NanoXcel fabricated in a closed cell put under a vacuum which means that each hull is identical and flawless.
On the starboard handle is still the throttle lever. You will also find cruise assist, which consists of three buttons. The lower button turns cruise assist on, when on, you can pull the throttle all the way back and have a comfortable firm grip on the handlebar. You can then use the up and down arrow buttons to regulate your speed.
The blue button is your no wake mode. Press and hold this, then when you hear three beeps, the engine will go approximately 5 to 7 mph and you will not need to hold the throttle. Remember, you are on a jet drive vehicle so you have a minimum steerage speed at slow speeds.
On the port side of the handlebar is your trim adjuster. To operate, simply depress the lever and twist up or down. This will move the angle of the jet pump nozzle. When the nozzle is aiming up, this raises the angle of your bow when riding, and when aiming down, brings the bow down. I drove in neutral for almost my entire test.
The multi-function display is a point of difference between the FX SHO and the FX Cruiser SHO. The Cruiser SHO has a screen on either side of the analog display and these provide you with water temperature, speed, fuel flow and several other data points. The control button is located under the handle bar directly in front of the drive. There are four mode buttons for the Cruiser SHO and two for the FX SHO.
The tilt lever allows the handlebars to be raised and lowered.
On a PWC it is important to have dry storage easy at hand when underway. There is a dry storage area on top of the console and I had my phone, keys and wallet there. It closed securely and did not leak.
Another storage area is just abaft the handle bars. What I liked about this was that Yamaha made it deeper and provided a removable insert that acts like a cup holder. On test day it was in the 90s, so having two bottles of water handy was great.
The bow storage compartment is the largest of several on the PWC.
The Seats Are Different
The seating is another area of difference between the Cruiser SHO and the FX SHO. The Cruiser has a scalloped back for the driver and each rider, and they are arranged in a tier design. This is to get the passengers up a little higher to give them a better view during the ride. The FX SO has a sporty seat design that is smoother and does not have the back rest support.
The seats are designed as two parts and under the aft seat is another dry storage area. This has a pull out container that is also waterproof. Under the container is your access to the battery, which is easy to get to should you need to change it or charge it.
Important New Feature
On the starboard side of the console is the reversing lever. The lever itself is the same, but the function is new. The lever is locked into position with a safety latch. To move the lever into the reverse position, you depress the latch, then pull aft. Through mechanical linkage, this will move the reserve bucket to the deployed or down position and divert the thrust. You are now in reverse. There are two ports on either side of the reverse bucket and these give you good agility in this mode.
The reversing lever with safety latch is on the right side of the unit. There is a visual “N” when the system is in neutral.
Now, pushing the latch forward, it will lock in the neutral position, and this is indicated by a green “N” that appears in the site window on the reverse lever. You are now in a true mechanical neutral. I tested this by sitting for over five minutes to see if there was any stray thrust that would slowly push the craft in one direction or the other. I found that this system worked as advertised.
Depressing the latch and pushing the reverse lever full forward puts you back in regular forward operating mode.
The Engine Room
Removing the forward seat section provides access to the heart of the machine, the 1812cc 210-hp powerplant. There is a surprising amount of room inside the engine compartment and you can easily change the oil filter and the air filter. Likewise, changing the spark plugs and doing just about any maintenance or after-market upgrades you like should be easy.
The Yamaha 1812 cc four-cylinder, four-stroke engine was designed specifically for marine applications and is rated at 210-hp.
Under the aft seat is the tow point. Conveniently, Yamaha has designed a new storage hatch so you can secure the tow line and still leave it attached to the tow point. There is a cut out at the top for the line to fit through.
The aft deck is large and measures 13'' from front to back. On the stern is another new design feature I really like: The re-boarding step is much bigger than before and when deployed, it goes down deeper into the water than any step I have seen yet. This, combined with the handholds on the back make re-boarding relatively easy. This is an important new improvement.
Below the Waterline
The business end is under the aft platform. Here you will find a 155mm jet pump assembly made entirely from aluminum alloy. This means that issues with corrosion should be minimal and in our experience, much less than with other drive systems we have tested.
The sponsons have been redesigned and have more of an angular outer rail edge. Our tests showed that the turning was smooth, predictable and very tight when needed. There was no slipping and this is probably due to the new sponsons.
The hull is made from NanoXcel which is a light weight composite material. Yamaha uses this because it allows them to decrease the weight of the hull as well as giving the company an ability to make these hulls with the close mold process. The NanoXcel material is placed in a mold that is then closed, and put under pressure and a vacuum. The hull is formed, creating a perfectly detailed and shaped hull each time.
The model is 140.2’’ in length and weighs 853 lbs. dry. The beam is 48.4’’ and the overall height 48.4’’. The fuel capacity is 18.5 US gallons and the engine is specifically tuned to run perfectly on regular 87 octane gas.
How Important is Horsepower?
There is a lot of marketing promotion in the PWC world about horsepower. BoatTEST.com tries to stay out of these debates and to present the facts. Speed and performance are not solely based on horsepower. In fact, performance relies more on a balance of many factors including hull shape and design, the jet-pump, weight balance of a machine and the impeller.
We recorded a top speed of 66.7 mph at 7500 rpm.
Our tests show that you will not want for more power, this machine has more than enough to propel the craft at WOT in the 65 mph range that all production PWCs target. In fact, Yamaha even goes so far as to de-tune their engines below capability. Yamaha says that this is one of the reasons they achieve such a high reliability.
Taking a look at our numbers, the tests recorded an average top speed of 66.7 mph at 7500 rpm burning 19.2 gph for a range of 58 miles. Because this is a watercraft and not driven like a boat, there really isn’t a best cruise speed. But, I found myself averaging about 30 mph at approximately 5000 rpm burning 5.1 gph.
Our 0-30 time averaged 1.7 seconds and the overall handling of this longer hull I would rate as excellent. Click on “Test Results” at the top of this page for all of the test data. If you are more of a big-water rider and like to be out for long periods of time, this machine should do very well for you.
Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) is 66.7 mph (107.3 kph), burning 19.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 72.67 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) is 30.1 mph (48.4 kph), and the boat gets 5.96 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.53 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 99 miles (159.33 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 1812cc four-stroke four-cylinder supercharged.
- Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) is 1.7 sec. seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results
Standard and Optional Equipment
Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Warranty
Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Warranty Information
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Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Price
Yamaha FX SHO (2012-2013) Price
|Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.|