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.
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.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, 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. Aft 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.
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.
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 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.The 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
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!