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|Tested Power||1 x Yamaha 1.8L 1812cc 4-stroke|
YAMAHA FX Cruiser HO WAVERUNNER
By Captain John B. Wenz
They call this Yamaha WaveRunner model “Cruiser”, and that’s a fitting name. From the first 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. My impression, though, was that this was more like a high-end touring motorcycle, but don’t think only of touring. For this year, Yamaha has upgraded this model with a brand new engine, their 1812cc four-stroker. It delivers all the fun and exhilaration of sportier PWCs at an MSRP of $12,699, and the list of comfort and convenience features is sure to please.
Bold New Styling and Comfort Features
The deck design lends itself to the world-class spots car look and feel. 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, Yamaha’s 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 the electronic instruments hands-down. 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 onboard. 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 introduced an industry first - NanoXcel.
What the Heck 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 naturally aspirated, four-stroke Yamaha 1812cc engine is reported to be the largest displacement engine ever built into a production model personal watercraft. It’s easy to maintain, if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of owner. 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. And this motor uses “throttle-by-wire” technology which makes for some distinct advantages, in terms of control enhancement. Take, for example, the Cruise Assist mode. Set a throttle speed and relax your grip – it’s great for touring or to maintain a constant speed while towing. And the “No-Wake Mode” automatically regulates your speed in harbors, marinas and other no wake areas. And when you shift into reverse, an RPM limiter provides an improved level of control when you back down. There’s an engine trim adjustment on the left handgrip to dial in the ride for comfort or conditions.
There are 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 any 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” at the rear of the craft makes all Yamaha PWCs more visible for safety. The FX Cruiser High Output offers all these features at an MSRP of $12,699.
On The Water
We enjoyed near perfect conditions for our test day with the FX Cruiser High Output. The breeze was calm, air temperature was in the mid ‘70s with the water a few degrees cooler. We recorded a top speed of 63.3 miles per hour, and our calculations indicate that we could plan on cruising for 103 miles on a full tank at just under 45 miles per hour. I like the enhanced performance with the new engine, and I really love the Cruiser seat. If you do more towing of tubes, skiers, and boarders, you may prefer the FX HO without the Cruiser seat. But if you tend to use your PWC for touring with one, two, or three onboard, and you want performance with an eye to fuel economy, you owe it to yourself to try Yamaha’s FX Cruiser HO on for size.
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