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Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-)
(w/ 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO)

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Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-)
Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-)
The 232 Limited is as good looking as she is functional and durable. It will serve your whole family well for a long day on the water. This is their luxury model, and it has a not-so-luxury price tag.

Key Features

  • Freshwater shower
  • Multiple storage compartments
  • Stainless steel details
  • 36 quart built-in ice chest
  • Innovative swim platform
  • Telescoping reboarding ladder
  • No wake mode
  • Independent dual engine controls
  • Satellite equipped Sony AM/FM/CD stereo
  • MP3 player input


Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Specifications
Length Overall 23' 0''
7 m
Dry Weight 3,314 lbs.
1503 kg
Beam 8' 6''
2.6 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 16''
.5 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 50.2 gal.
190 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity N/A
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. 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 232 Limited (2009-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 1052cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines
Tested Power 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Line Drawing


Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Captain's Report

An Experience the Whole Family Will Love

By Captain John B. Wenz

Do you enjoy the finer things in life? Do you like good value? If your answer is “yes” to both questions and you’re in the market for a boat in the 20 to 25 foot range, go straight to the nearest Yamaha boat dealer. Ask to see the 232 Limited. It will be a pleasant surprise. This is their luxury model, and it has a not-so-luxury price tag.

Yamaha 232 Limited

Yamaha’s designers were the first to turn the transom of a small boat into a new venue on the boat.

In my opinion, the entire Yamaha boat lineup is a big “sleeper”. They’re darn good boats, loaded with features and value. But the public has yet to recognize the inherent advantages in the waterjet propulsion system nor do people typically compare these boats to I/O runabouts and bowriders in this size range. I see this scenario as somewhat similar to when Audi introduced the Quattro four-wheel drive automobiles. It took a while for people to “get-it”, but once they did, four-wheel drive became extremely popular.

The other aspect of this situation is the stigma that was created when the first two-stroke jet boats first came on the market. The first attempt at transitioning customers from inline PWC seating, these things resembled noisy, floating bathtubs. But that description is far from how I would describe the 232 Limited. I recently took a close look. Here’s what I found.

About the Boat

For starters, this boat is a complete package. But don’t be fooled -- Yamaha doesn’t give you things like fenders and boat hooks. They leave the “Coast Guard Package” for the dealer to handle. What they do include are things like twin engines and a swim platform. That’s the kind of stuff which is hard to find, even as an option on a boat of this size. The 232 Limited is built on Yamaha’s 23 foot hull. It’s got an 8’6” beam and a 20 degree deadrise, making the hull shape very suitable for the intended use. The draft is only 16”, less when on a plane. That’s great news these days, given the lack of money for dredging, plus the new emphasis on protecting the environment.

Take a look on deck and you notice the fine upholstery offering really comfortable seating for ten. The bow seats offer room for me to stretch my legs out, and I’ve got a 34-inch inseam. I’m often cheated when it comes to legroom, but not here. There’s lots of storage underneath the seats, so you can bring everything you need for a day out on the water and it won’t be lying around the deck. There are stainless handrails in handy places, as well as stainless cup holders. For the skipper, they’ve installed a captain’s chair with an adjustable bolster. It’s not the most comfortable captain’s chair I’ve ever sat in, but it’s suitable, and the bolster offered a great view.

Yamaha 232 Limited

The 232 can be used for entertaining as well as watersports.

The instrument layout is efficient and logical; dual tachs on either side of a speedo, with a compass, a depth finder, and a row of rocker switches. It’s all standard, so nothing looks like an afterthought. And since you need to have a soundtrack to your boating adventures, they’ve included a Sony stereo with CD player, Sirius, and an MP3 input. Additional creature comforts are much appreciated- a bimini top, a cockpit table, and a nicely finished head compartment.

Don’t look for a factory installed toilet, though. They’ve left it up to the dealer to include as an aftermarket option. That’s a smart idea, given the different ways people use this boat. The finish work on the entire boat is excellent. It’s consistent with the classy little details like the wood-grain dash, the snap-in Berber carpeting, the finished head compartment and the color-matched gel coat in the engine compartment. In fact, the builder’s fine execution of the 232 Limited will force you take a second look at the price tag.

Yamaha 232 Limited

Under the seats in the raised swim platform is a good storage area and access to the pump impellers in the water jets.

The Entertainment Center

The best part of this boat, for my money, is the swim platform. It’s the center of activity on the 232 Limited when you’re anchored at your favorite beach or cove, and rightly so. The deck surfaces are covered in what they call Hydro-Turf mats, and backrest cushions are integrated in the design. There’s a mount for the cockpit table, so you can enjoy refreshments at the water’s edge. A freshwater shower and a remote for the stereo complete the details, and the platform lifts to provide storage underneath.

The design offers a smooth transition between being in the water and being in the cockpit. Think about it; when you spend the day with your family on a boat like this what do the kids want to do? Anchor so they can get in the water. This boat offers the perfect platform for that kind of family fun.

Yamaha 232 Limited

Jet drives are not only safer but they also give superior acceleration performance.

Our Test

We cruised around one of the lake systems in Central Florida to do a little sightseeing. The connecting canals offered shallow, environmentally sensitive wetlands to cruise through. The water jet propulsion systems didn’t appear to affect the fragile plant and animal life at all. In terms of performance data, I was impressed by what I saw. We rocketed up out of the hole in 2 ½ seconds, and reached thirty in 4.8 seconds. Our top speed was 50.3 MPH, and we figured that we could cruise for 171 miles at 28.4 MPH on a tank full of gas.

A Class Act

The 232 Limited is as good looking as she is functional and durable. It will serve your whole family well for a long day on the water. When the day ends, this is a classy ride for the adults to take a harbor cruise or go for a nice dinner at that waterfront bistro across the bay. I was fortunate to have my wife along for this test ride, and she loved this boat. I’m sure you will, too.

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) is 50.3 mph (81 kph), burning 21.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.48 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) is 28.4 mph (45.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.78 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.61 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 171 miles (275.2 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Stereo Standard
Head: Portable Optional
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Warranty

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) 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 5 year limited

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Price

Yamaha 232 Limited (2009-) Price
Pricing Range $41,199.00
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.

Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
2500 4.9 4.3 2.5 2.0 1.7 88 77 142 7.90 9.46 0.83 72
3000 6.4 5.6 2.7 2.4 2.1 107 93 172 10.30 10.22 1.01 75
4000 7.3 6.4 2.9 2.5 2.2 113 99 182 11.70 10.98 1.07 83
5000 8.4 7.3 3.6 2.3 2.0 105 91 169 13.50 13.63 0.99 84
6000 13.7 11.9 5.6 2.5 2.1 111 97 179 22.00 21.20 1.05 80
7000 28.4 24.7 7.5 3.8 3.3 171 149 275 45.70 28.39 1.61 83
8000 34.3 29.8 9.5 3.6 3.1 163 141 262 55.20 35.96 1.53 87
9000 43.6 38.0 13.7 3.2 2.8 144 125 232 70.20 51.86 1.35 92
10000 48.2 41.9 16.0 3.0 2.6 136 119 219 77.60 60.57 1.28 93
10250 50.3 43.7 21.0 2.4 2.1 108 94 174 81.00 79.49 1.02 94

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO
Time To Plane 2.5 sec.
0 to 30 4.8 sec.
Test Power 2 x 160-hp Yamaha HO
Transmission N/A
Ratio N/A
Props Impeller
Load 2 people, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 92 degrees, 78% humidity, winds: 0 mph, calm seas

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