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Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-)
(w/ 2 x 1812cc High Output Yamaha Marine Engines)

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Brief Summary

Yamaha's all-new boats have several new major noteworthy design features. Perhaps the most important is the 72% increase in engine displacement, going from 1052 cc in the old models to 1816 cc in the new 242 and 240 models. Yamaha says that the boat’s performance has improved markedly as a result. Another improvement is the far larger “U”-shaped bow seating area that appears to have all of the room of a pickle fork or deckboat design while still keeping the traditional 20-degree deadrise hull and conventional bow. Yamaha has also improved on their innovative stern seating area in which they have led the whole sportboat industry.

Key Features

  • Aluminum watersports tower
  • Comes standard with convertible lounge seat
  • Available in Carbon, Black or Red
  • Wider, longer bow area with rumble seat backrests and multi-function bow filler cushion
  • Twin Yamaha High Output
  • All new Cruise Assist and 3-speed No Wake Mode
  • Innovative stern lounge area with table mount, and stereo remote
  • Full-featured helm with fly by wire, fuel flow meter and GPS controlled instrumentation
  • A four speaker, premium JBL stereo system with MP3 jack and direct iPod connectivity
  • Fully enclosed head compartment
  • Includes premium painted trailer with spare tire
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 6''
    7.2 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.6 m
    Dry Weight 3,369 lbs.
    1,528 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 16''
    .4 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.
    190 L
    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 1812 cc four cylinder, four-stroke
    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 4.3 1.4 1.2 61 53 74
    2500 6.8 5.9 4.9 1.4 1.2 63 55 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 94
    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 51.6 44.8 23.3 2.2 1.9 100 87 97
    2000 53 98 9.50 16.28 0.58 74
    2500 55 101 10.90 18.55 0.59 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 94
    6500 105 195 66.90 59.05 1.14 93
    7000 96 177 74.80 72.30 1.03 93
    7550 87 161 83.00 88.20 0.94 97

    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 2.5 sec.
    0 to 30 4.2 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 people, 1/2 fuel, no water, 100 lbs. of gear
    Climate 81 degrees, 76% humidity, winds: 0-5 mph, calm seas

    Captain's Report

    Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011

    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, if not THE most, innovative bow that I’ve seen. It’s easily changed between five different configurations to suit your desires of the moment. Starting with…1. 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…2. 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…3. Rumble seating. Lift the forward cushions and pull up a separate cushion. This makes a small seatback for facing forward. Remove the forward most 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 forward most seat. It’s duplicated on both sides. 4. 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. 5. 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 have little doubt that they’ll be the last. Close off the walk-through windshield 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 AR240 High Output 2011

    The Cockpit...

    The gauges all have visors over them to block the glare, and you have full instrumentation for the twin 1.8L engines. A little flat area lies aft of the gauges for putting “stuff” and it’s got a non-skid pad thank you very much. The bucket seat swivels and slides but no 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. Because the controls are fly-by-wire, Yamaha has the ability to pull a few cool tricks. Starting with Cruise mode: Get above 3000 rpms and hit the single rocker switch and now you’re in cruise mode. You can increase or decrease your speed in eight increments either way for sixteen settings from the speed you first pressed the switch at.

    Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011In 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 AR240 High Output 2011

    GPS Provides Information Galore

    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, fuel used and they are the first in the industry to provide real time (gallons per hour and miles per gallon) fuel flow data. Folks, this is all standard on the AR240!

    Details in the Cockpit

    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.

    Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011Glove 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, even as an option, so that will be an aftermarket option if you want one. Otherwise, just use it for storage. There’s no drain in the sole there, so keep it dry. Aft seating is wraparound 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 walk through so mind your step as you traverse.

    Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011And to bring home the watersports features, an aft leaning aluminum wakeboard tower. The attachment point is aft, where it belongs, and there are two fat speakers and wakeboard racks on either side.

    The handsome transom…

    Because Yamaha’s jet drive propulsion systems are low, they have no clunky engine box to work around. This gives them the freedom to design this really great transom seating that no one else seems to be able to copy -- outboards can’t even try and stern drives haven’t got a chance. Yamaha’s stern has always been the envy of the competition, and now it’s even better. Two very comfortable aft facing seats, drink holders, a removable pedestal table, and the swim platform, which is mere inches above the water making the re-boarding ladder a bit redundant.

    Yamaha AR240 High Output 2011


    Starting with the engines, Yamaha has installed their largest engines in their flagship, twin 1.8L high output fuel injected Yamaha marine engines. Suffice it to say that no one will be crying about her 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 3369 lb (1528 kg), and she carries 50.2 gal (190 L) of fuel. The out the door price for the Yamaha AR240 High Output is $50,499. 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 that suits most people just fine.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Yamaha AR240 High Output (2013-) is 51.6 mph (83 kph), burning 23.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 88.19 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Yamaha AR240 High Output (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

    Exterior Features

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


    Bimini Top Standard


    Hull Warranty
    1 year limited, 5 year hull

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