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Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-)
(w/ 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines )

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Yamaha's all-new boats have several new major noteworthy design features. Perhaps the most important is the 72% increase in engine displacement, going from 1052 cc in the old models to 1816 cc in the new 242 and 240 models. Yamaha says that the boat’s performance has improved markedly as a result. Another improvement is the far larger “U”-shaped bow seating area that appears to have all of the room of a pickle fork or deckboat design while still keeping the traditional 20-degree deadrise hull and conventional bow. Yamaha has also improved on their innovative stern seating area in which they have led the whole sportboat industry.

Key Features

  • Aluminum watersports tower
  • Comes standard with convertible lounge seat
  • Available in Carbon, Black or Red
  • Wider, longer bow area with rumble seat backrests and multi-function bow filler cushion
  • Twin Yamaha High Output
  • All new Cruise Assist and 3-speed No Wake Mode
  • Innovative stern lounge area with table mount, and stereo remote
  • Full-featured helm with fly by wire, fuel flow meter and GPS controlled instrumentation
  • A four speaker, premium JBL stereo system with MP3 jack and direct iPod connectivity
  • Fully enclosed head compartment
  • Includes premium painted trailer with spare tire

Specifications

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Specifications
Length Overall 23' 6''
7.2 m
Dry Weight 3,369 lbs.
1,528 kg
Beam 8' 6''
2.6 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 16''
.4 m
Fuel Cap 50.2 gal.
190 L
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
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.

Engine Options

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-)Engine options
Std. Power 1812 cc four cylinder, four-stroke
Tested Power 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Captain's Report

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

New and Improved from Stem to Stern...

So let’s start at the stem then, or more to the point, the bow. High points to Yamaha for making one of the most, if not THE most, innovative bow that I’ve seen. It’s easily changed between five different configurations to suit your desires of the moment. Starting with…

1. The basic seating on both sides. The seats are long enough to extend your legs out without feeling cramped. Nothing new here but it’s included in the series so we mention it. Now let’s move on to…

2. Filler cushion sunpad. Again, so far nothing new here. Practically every bowrider on the market allows for a filler cushion that turns the entire bow area into a sunpad. And not surprising, so does Yamaha. Next…

3. Rumble seating. Lift the forward cushions and pull up a separate cushion. This makes a small seatback for facing forward. Remove the forward most cushion and your feet are on the deck while facing forward. The kids will love this, as you’ll really get a feel for the speed from this forward most seat. It’s duplicated on both sides.

4. Padding under the legs. Re-insert the forward cushion and you have a very comfortable support under your knees, and your legs are still extended forward. It has a sort of chaise lounge feel to it. You also now have four seats with everyone facing each other and an arm rest between the two people on each side. Very cool.

5. Three across seating. The filler cushions that make the sun pad also make another forward facing seat in the center. Now more people can be facing forward while sitting up at the bow. This is ingenious and Yamaha is the first I’ve seen do this, but I have little doubt that they’ll be the last. Close off the walk-through windshield and the center seat back will block the wind on those chilly days.

And because the bow is flat, you have room for the anchor and rode storage, plus an extendable swim ladder at the bow.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

The Cockpit...

The gauges all have visors over them to block the glare, and you have full instrumentation for the twin 1.8L engines. A little flat area lies aft of the gauges for putting “stuff” and it’s got a non-skid pad thank you very much. The bucket seat swivels and slides but no up and down. Throttles are mounted on a slight angle to starboard. And as if Yamaha has read every one of my boat reviews, they put the stereo at the helm.

Because the controls are fly-by-wire, Yamaha has the ability to pull a few cool tricks. Starting with Cruise mode: Get above 3000 rpms and hit the single rocker switch and now you’re in cruise mode. You can increase or decrease your speed in eight increments either way for sixteen settings from the speed you first pressed the switch at.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

In no wake mode, you hit the same switch and you have three increments up or down while still keeping the speed down and not having to worry about fiddling with the throttles. On previous boats, Yamaha had this feature with dual switches, one for each engine, but virtually everyone used them together so they’re finally combined into one switch.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

GPS Provides Information Galore

Both engines and boat conditions are monitored with a GPS-based information control center: Digital displays can provide latitude, longitude, compass heading, elevation, water depth, water temperature, trip odometer, clock, engine hours, engine speed, vessel voltage, vessel speed, highest speed, fuel level, fuel used and they are the first in the industry to provide real time (gallons per hour and miles per gallon) fuel flow data. Folks, this is all standard on the AR240!

Details in the Cockpit

The port side seat is a back to back. And where I expected it to lie down, Yamaha did it a little differently. This one goes flat in the center and what was the seat then becomes a back for sitting while facing aft. Just lift under the front of the seat and bring it forward and up and presto... an aft facing seat for watching the end of the towline.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

Glove box is to port, but it’s a little clumsy to open with its twisting knob. I’d rather see a latch to pull and lift. Just forward is a roomy storage compartment. You’re welcome to put a Porta-Potti there but Yamaha doesn’t include one, even as an option, so that will be an aftermarket option if you want one. Otherwise, just use it for storage. There’s no drain in the sole there, so keep it dry.

Aft seating is wraparound and grab handles and drink holders are everywhere. Lift up the cushions in the center and you have a walkthrough to the transom, easily the most popular spot on the boat when at anchor. There’s a rather large step in the middle of the walk through so mind your step as you traverse.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

And to bring home the watersports features, an aft leaning aluminum wakeboard tower. The attachment point is aft, where it belongs, and there are two fat speakers and wakeboard racks on either side.

The handsome transom…

Because Yamaha’s jet drive propulsion systems are low, they have no clunky engine box to work around. This gives them the freedom to design this really great transom seating that no one else seems to be able to copy -- outboards can’t even try and stern drives haven’t got a chance.

Yamaha’s stern has always been the envy of the competition, and now it’s even better. Two very comfortable aft facing seats, drink holders, a removable pedestal table, and the swim platform, which is mere inches above the water making the re-boarding ladder a bit redundant.

Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

Specifications…

Starting with the engines, Yamaha has installed their largest engines in their flagship, twin 1.8L high output fuel injected Yamaha marine engines. Suffice it to say that no one will be crying about her performance, but we’ll see at another time just how she performs.

Her L.O.A. is 23’6” (7.2 m), beam is 8’6” (2.6 m), and draft is 16” (.4 m). Her dry weight is 3369 lb (1528 kg), and she carries 50.2 gal (190 L) of fuel. The out the door price for the Yamaha AR240 High Output is $50,499. Notice I didn’t say “base price”. Yamaha sells their boats as a complete package, no options. You get everything. So that’s the price. And that suits most people just fine.

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) is 51.6 mph (83 kph), burning 23.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 88.19 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) is 37.4 mph (60.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.26 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 147 miles (236.57 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Warranty

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 1 year limited, 5 year hull

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Price

Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) Price
Pricing Range $50,499.00
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.

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