Yamaha FX SHO (2008-)
(w/ 1 x Yamaha 1812 cc, 4-stroke engine)

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Yamaha FX SHO (2008-)
Yamaha FX SHO (2008-)
Along with an impressive list of really innovative new features, this boat has the largest displacement engine ever put into a Personal Water Craft. This is a total package of comfort, performance, and technology features.

Key Features

  • Industry's first high-compression molded performance deck and hull, using NanoXcel technology
  • Yamaha’s exclusive Cruise Assist
  • Finger Throttle Lever
  • Dual Mirrors
  • Yamaha Security System
  • Low RPM Mode
  • Yamaha’s exclusive No Wake Mode
  • Four-step Adjustable Tilt Steering System
  • 26 Gallons of Total Storage
  • Sponson Design
  • Quick Shift Trim System (Q.S.T.S.)


Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Specifications
Length Overall 11' 7'' Dry Weight N/A
Beam 4' 0'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) 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 FX SHO (2008-) Engine options
Std. Power Yamaha 1812 cc, 4-stroke engine
Tested Power 1 x Yamaha 1812 cc, 4-stroke engine
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Photo Gallery

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Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Captain's Report

Powerful PWC with Advanced Technologies

By Captain John B. Wenz

“There’s no replacement for displacement.” That’s what a gearhead friend of mine once said. If you subscribe to that way of thinking and you’re in the market for a PWC, then take a look the new Yamaha Super High Output FX SHO Waverunner.

At 1,800 cubic centimeters (cc), it has the largest displacement engine of any production personal watercraft, according to Yamaha. This PWC offers sports car-like performance in a sharp-looking package loaded with features.

Built Around an Innovative Power Plant

The 1.8-liter supercharged engine, which is built by Yamaha, is its most powerful yet lowest-emission marine engine yet. This is the only engine in the high-performance four-stroke category designed to run optimally on regular-grade gasoline. And with Yamaha’s reputation for reliability, it’s a good bet that you’ll enjoy trouble-free service for a long time.

The SHO engine along with “fly-by-wire” technology have allowed Yamaha to introduce a group of features new to the PWC industry that enhance the PWC experience.

The SHO has the PWC industry’s first cruise control, Yamaha’s “Cruise Assist.” A touch of a button at your thumb sets the throttle so you can relax your grip. An increase or decrease in speed is just as easy, and to disengage you just open your hand a bit.

“No Wake Mode”

Right alongside the Cruise Assist controls, you’ll find another little new addition, a Yamaha exclusive called the “No Wake Mode.” It’s a factory pre-set throttle speed, engaged by depressing a button at your fingertips. It gives you the ability to cruise along steadily at 5 mph without depressing the throttle lever. This feature was available on Yamaha boats first. I recently used it on a boat to weave my way through a long no-wake zone in a congested harbor. On the Waverunner, it enabled me to relax and take a drink from my water bottle while I was still moving slowly ahead. It’s great for seeing the sights at slow speeds.

New Reverse Control

Another benefit of the engine’s on-board computer is what Yamaha calls “Reverse Traction Control.” This is designed to make it much easier to handle your Waverunner in reverse—and take it from me, it works. They’ve eliminated a common complaint by limiting engine RPM when shifting into reverse. Both beginners and experts alike will be happy to hear that the folks at Yamaha have done a lot to eliminate the anxiety of close-quarter maneuvering.

Lighter Building Material

Yamaha’s proprietary building material, NanoXcel, provides a hull that’s up to 25% lighter, giving the boat marked increases in speed, acceleration and responsiveness, according to the company. In addition, the smooth, gem-like finish is pleasing to the touch and the eye.


The FX SHO Waverunner lives up to its Yamaha lineage. It has some really sleek new lines to match its performance. This craft shares most of the features, including the latest, with Yamaha’s top-of-the-line FX SHO Cruiser, yet it retails for $800 less ($11,999).

The FX SHO is 10’ 11-1/2” long, has a beam of 4’ 4”, a height of 4’ 8” and weighs 827 lbs. She has storage space totaling 26.4 gallons, including a big locker forward, one under the seat, a glove box, and a small waterproof locker for your wallet and/or cell phone.

More Features

A fold-down boarding step and a sizable aft deck allow for easy boarding, and pop-up cleats are fitted forward of the rugged non-slip decking. There’s adjustable tilt steering and, introduced a couple of years back, a low-rpm mode for novices and a remote-controlled security system that can be activated from up to 30 feet away. Along with the comprehensive digital instrument package is a fuel-flow meter—another first in the PWC industry, according to Yamaha.

The Test Day

The FX SHO’s aggressive styling and graphics reflect its performance. Yamaha offers color choices of Stealth Black or Metallic Midnight Blue. The first thing I did was take a ride on a Waverunner, built using conventional construction. Then I compared the ride to the NanoXcel hull. The difference was apparent from my first acceleration. Acceleration, turning response and top speed were noticeably better.

The No Wake feature functioned as well as it does on Yamaha’s boats. Although the Cruise Assist function takes a little practice, it also offers an improved experience.

The boat’s 18.5-gallon fuel tank will give you a range of about 125 miles at just over 30 mph. We hit 30 in about 1.8 seconds, and we saw a top speed of 66.3 mph—now that’s fast—even for a PWC.

A Total Package

The FX SHO Waverunner is a really complete top-end PWC package that delivers outstanding performance in a total package of innovative features and inspired looks. Test ride one and see for yourself.

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) is 66.3 mph (106.7 kph), burning 18.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 70.02 liters per hour (lph).
  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) is 1.8 sec. seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Warranty

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Warranty Information
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Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Price

Yamaha FX SHO (2008-) Price
Pricing Range $11,999.00
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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