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Yamaha 242 Limited S (2013-)
(w/ 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines)

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Brief Summary

Leave it to Yamaha. These guys have been driving the competition nuts by combining their high performance boats with outrageously low prices. Now they have upped the ante by redesigning their already much copied stern entertainment platform making it better than ever, and they have redesigned the bow area to boot. Now they have thrown in beefier engines, and that wakeboard tower. Yamaha is making the 242 Limited S hard to resist.

Key Features

  • Available in Black, Champagne or Yacht Blue
  • Aluminum watersports tower with built-in speakers and cabin lights
  • Standard convertible lounge seat
  • Bow docking lights
  • Wider, longer bow area with rumble seat backrests and multi-function bow filler cushion
  • Twin Yamaha High Output engines that deliver class-leading performance, reliability, and durability
  • Yamaha’s exclusive No Wake Mode
  • Innovative stern lounge area with table mount, padded seating, shower and stereo remote
  • Full-featured helm with fly by wire, fuel flow meter and GPS controlled instrumentation
  • Premium stereo with direct iPod plug-in connectivity equipped with 6 waterproof speakers and an MP3 input
  • Freshwater shower built into the swim platform
  • Premium marine vinyl upholstery and Berber carpet
  • Fully enclosed, upholstered head compartment*
  • Portable cooler with designated storage
  • Stainless steel cupholders (15), rubrails and pull-up cleats
  • Includes premium painted, matching trailer with spare tire, retractable tie down straps and LED tail lights
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 6''
    7.16 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 3,519 lbs.
    1,596 L
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 16''
    0.41 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 50.2 gal.
    Water Capacity none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines
    Tested Power 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    2000 5.9 5.1 4.6 1.3 1.1 58 51 74
    2500 6.8 5.9 5.1 1.4 1.2 61 53 78
    3000 7.8 6.7 7.2 1.1 0.9 49 42 84
    3500 8.3 7.2 7.8 1.1 0.9 48 42 88
    4000 10.4 9.0 8.4 1.2 1.1 56 49 91
    4500 16.6 14.4 8.7 1.9 1.7 86 75 87
    5000 24.8 21.6 9.2 2.7 2.4 122 106 87
    5500 31.7 27.5 9.8 3.3 2.8 147 128 89
    6000 37.4 32.5 11.5 3.3 2.8 147 128 91
    6500 41.6 36.2 15.6 2.7 2.3 121 105 93
    7000 46.5 40.4 19.1 2.4 2.1 110 96 93
    7550 51.4 44.7 23.2 2.2 1.9 100 87 94
    2000 51 93 9.50 17.41 0.55 74
    2500 53 98 10.90 19.31 0.57 78
    3000 42 79 12.60 27.25 0.46 84
    3500 42 77 13.40 29.53 0.45 88
    4000 49 90 16.70 31.80 0.53 91
    4500 75 138 26.70 32.93 0.81 87
    5000 106 196 39.90 34.83 1.15 87
    5500 128 237 51.00 37.10 1.38 89
    6000 128 237 60.20 43.53 1.39 91
    6500 105 195 66.90 59.05 1.14 93
    7000 96 177 74.80 72.30 1.03 93
    7550 87 161 82.70 87.82 0.94 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.

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.6 sec.
    0 to 30 4.3 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 people, 1/2 fuel, no water, 100 lbs. of gear
    Climate 49 degrees, 80% humidity, winds: 0-5 mph, calm seas

    Yamaha 242 Limited S (2013-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Yamaha 242 Limited S

    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, innovative bows that I’ve seen. It’s easily changed among five different configurations to suit your desires of the moment.

      Starting with...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Rumble seating. Lift the forward cushions and pull up a separate cushion. This makes a small seatback for facing forward. Remove the forwardmost 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 seat. It’s duplicated on both sides.
    • 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.
    • 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 doubt they’ll be the last. Close off the walk-through windshield and both it 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 242 Limited S

    The Cockpit...

    The gauges all have visors over them to block the glare, and you have full instrumentation for the twin 1.8 L engines. A little flat area lies aft of the gauges for putting “stuff” and it’s got a non-skid pad. The bucket seat swivels and slides, but does not adjust 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. A remote is at the transom. Now, because the controls are fly-by-wire, Yamaha has the ability to pull a few cool tricks, starting with Cruise mode. Get above 3000 rpm and hit the single rocker switch and now you’re in cruise mode. You can incrementally increase or decrease your speed eight increments either way for sixteen settings from the speed you first pressed the switch at. 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 242 Limited SBoth 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, and fuel used.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. 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, and since they’re rarely used anyway, it’s better left to storage. There’s no floor drain so keep it dry in there.

    Yamaha 242 Limited SAft seating is wrap-around 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 walkthrough. And to bring home the watersports features there's a curved forward facing wakeboard tower with integrated LED lighting and speakers. Undo a few mounting bolts and it collapses for easily storing the boat in your garage.

    Yamaha 242 Limited S

    The Handsome Transom...

    Without an engine box to work around, Yamaha designers created transom seating that no one else has been able to copy. It’s always been the envy of the competition, and now it’s even better. There are two very comfortable aft facing seats, drink holders, the previously mentioned stereo remote, a removable pedestal table, and padding behind your legs that doubles as a separate padded seatback when you’re sitting on the swim platform. The platform is mere inches above the water making the re-boarding ladder a bit redundant. It’s an attractive and comfortable package, and Yamaha has really hit one out of the park with it.

    Yamaha 242 Limited S

    Performance and Handling...

    Well here’s the bad news, and it’s certainly not Yamaha’s fault. I went down to their plant in Georgia to test their boats just when the entire state was getting record flooding from more than a week of continual rain. Most highways were closed and underwater, damage from runoffs was mounting, the test lake was overflowing and all access was underwater. So no testing on this visit, I’m sad to say, but that means I’ll have to go back again and wring this boat out another time. I know...everybody thinks it’s easy being a test captain but it’s work, I tell ya!

    Yamaha 242 Limited S


    Yamaha has installed their largest jets yet in their flagship, twin 1.8L high output fuel injected Yamaha marine engines. We doubt anyone will be crying about the 242 Limited's 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 3,298 lbs (1,496 kg), and she carries 50.2 gal (190 L) of fuel.

    Yamaha 242 Limited SThe out-the-door price for the Yamaha 242 Limited S is $56,799. 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 since it’s the lowest price in its class, there’s little complaining about getting everything you want for your dollar. And that suits Yamaha just fine.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Yamaha 242 Limited S (2013-) is 51.4 mph (82.7 kph), burning 23.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.81 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Yamaha 242 Limited S (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.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Bimini Top Standard


    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!


    Pricing Range: $56,799.00

    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.