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Brief Summary

The Yamaha V1 is the basic entry level personal watercraft offered by Yamaha. This model takes advantage of the years of racing success from team Yamaha in its hull design and also the tuning of the 1052cc fuel injected four-stroke, four-cylinder marine engine. With plenty of storage to bring along some gear, reliable power, and controlled ride, the V1 is a good way for anyone to get started in personal watercraft.

Key Features

  • Available in Pure White with Laser Yellow
  • 1 to 3 persons capacity
  • 15.1 gallons of storage capacity
  • Extended rear platform
  • Hydro-Turf mats
  • Tow hook
  • Glove box
  • Dual mirrors
  • Digital meter
  • Multifunction instrumentation panel
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 126.8''
    3.22 m
    Beam 46.1''
    1.17 m
    Dry Weight 736 lbs.
    334 kg
    Tested Weight 1,005 lbs.
    455 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal.
    70 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    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 1 x 1052cc 4-cylinder, 4-stroke Yamaha Marine engine
    Tested Power 1 x 1052cc Yamaha Marine engine
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    1300 3.2 2.8 0.5 6.4 5.6 107 93 75
    2000 4.8 4.2 0.6 8.0 7.0 133 116 78
    3000 6.1 5.3 1.2 5.1 4.4 85 74 78
    4000 8.1 7.0 1.6 5.1 4.4 84 73 79
    5000 23.3 20.3 2.5 9.3 8.1 155 135 84
    6000 31.2 27.1 3.1 10.1 8.8 168 146 85
    7000 48.7 42.3 6.9 7.1 6.1 118 102 85
    8000 53.7 46.7 7.4 7.3 6.3 121 105 87
    1300 93 172 5.10 1.89 2.72 75
    2000 116 214 7.70 2.27 3.40 78
    3000 74 137 9.80 4.54 2.16 78
    4000 73 135 13.00 6.06 2.15 79
    5000 135 249 37.50 9.46 3.96 84
    6000 146 270 50.20 11.73 4.28 85
    7000 102 190 78.40 26.12 3.00 85
    8000 105 195 86.40 28.01 3.09 87

    All speeds are measured by a hand held Stalker PRO radar gun and a hand help digital timer, so the human elements is a factor. Temperature, saltwater versus fresh, load, and water conditions are all a factor and the reason why test results may vary.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 2.7 sec.
    Ratio Direct Drive
    Props 3 blade stainless impeller
    Load 1 person, 2/3 fuel, no water, 10 lbs. of gear
    Climate 78 deg., 53 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Yamaha V1 Run Shot
    The Yamaha V1 is an entry-level PWC that is offered in two versions: the V1 and the V1 Sport.

    The Yamaha V1 is a watercraft design for the first-time buyer and can accommodate up to three persons. It takes advantage of Yamaha’s extensive racing and manufacturing experience to provide a level of performance and features expected by today's demanding buyers. A key feature of this machine compared to other entry-level watercraft is the overall quality of the fit-and-finish, materials used, and its engine. The V1 is offered in two versions, the V1, which is the basic version, and the V1 Sport, which offers several additional features.

    Yamaha V1 Running Shot
    The Yamaha V1 is a watercraft that can be ridden in the standing or seated position.

    A large focus was placed on the performance of the V1 with the use of the proven 1052cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that has been designed specifically for use as a watercraft engine. Entry-level PWCs tend to be under powered, but the V1 is not, thanks in part to the 155mm high pressure jet-pump unit that has been matched with the engine. Weight is also a factor in performance and the 736 lbs. (334 kg) of dry weight on the V1 is a good starting point, especially when factoring in a full 18.5 gallon (70 L) fuel tank at approximately 111 lbs. (50 kg), giving a rough operating weight of 847 lbs. (384 kg).

    Yamaha V1 Engine
    The Yamaha 1052cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke engine was designed specifically for use in watercraft and utilizes the latest technology, such as electronic fuel injection, advanced aluminum alloys and computerized engine control software.

    There were two clear results from this in our testing: the first of which was a top speed of 53.7 mph at 8000 rpm while burning 7.4 gallons per hour. The second was the feeling of power in the lower speed range with passengers on board. Although the 1052cc engine is slightly smaller in displacement than others in class, it’s a four-cylinder (not three) and has an exceptional computer mapping program which allows it to provide power and fuel economy in the midrange, normal operating speeds. For instance, during our test we spent most of our time driving around 25 to 35 mph between 5300 and 6500 rpm. At these speeds, the fuel burn was between 2.7 and 4.8 gallons per hour. This means a full tank of fuel will provide approximately five hours of normal operation.

    Yamaha V1 Hull Design
    The design of the hull and propulsion system are the most important elements of any PWC. The intake grate, ride plate and jet pump unit are manufactured from aluminum alloys which help reduce the effects of corrosion.
    Yamaha V1 Engine
    The 1.1L four-cylinder, 4-stroke marine engine is compact and Yamaha provides plenty of space all around it for easy access to any component.

    The engine is connected via direct drive to a 155mm high-pressure jet pump unit. Direct drive means that there is no transmission involved and the output drive shaft from the engine connects with the impeller on it in the jet pump unit. The impeller itself is a three-blade design made from stainless steel. All the components of the jet pump unit are manufactured from an aluminum alloy which provides excellent anti-corrosion protection in salt water.

    Yamaha V1 Direct Drive
    "Direct Drive" means there is no transmission or gearing between the crankshaft and the impeller.
    Yamaha V1 Profile
    The look of the Yamaha V1 speaks for itself.

    When it came to the looks of the V1, Yamaha stayed true to its existing design aesthetics and chose simple flowing lines. We should note that the color on the V1, as with all Yamaha WaveRunners, is achieved through premium automotive paint and a clear coat. This is important with regard to significantly reducing the effects of fading from UV exposure. It also holds its fresh color and looks longer than gelcoat. When it came to color schemes, there is only one, which helps Yamaha keep the costs down. Other features, such as a tow hook, wing mirrors and a digital helm display, come standard.

    Yamaha V1 Reboarding Step
    The re-boarding step is slightly angled and swings down into the water to aid the re-boarding process.
    Yamaha V1 Handholds
    Towing with a PWC is a fun way to spend the day on the water and the V1 has well-placed and shaped hand holds for the aft facing observer.

    The seat design on the V1 also facilitates an observer as towing has become popular with watercraft. There is a handhold behind the seat so an aft facing observer can feel secure while keeping an eye on what’s going on at the end of the tow line. The large aft deck and the foot wells are covered in non-slip matting and aid in the re-boarding process.

    Yamaha V1 Battery Access
    Access to the battery in the aft compartment is simple so is its removal and replacement. Also located in this compartment is the fresh water engine flush connection for after use in salt-water.


    Maintenance for the V1 is simple and easily performed. Other than checking some connection points on the jet pump nozzle each year, the annual oil and oil/air filter change are really all that is needed. Yamaha Watercraft has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for reliability and very low maintenance over the years. The engine itself is very easy to work on with the oil filter positioned with plenty of room to remove and replace it. The air filter is up out of the way and a snap to change. The only maintenance outside of the obvious oil changes, really comes down to just a visual check of the components from year to year.

    Major Features

    Seat Design

    In addition to the NanoXcel hull, the V1 has a seat design that deserves some attention. The scalloped back for the driver and the width and angle of the seat were well-thought out by the Yamaha team. It allows the driver to be comfortable as well as providing an ergonomic way for the riders' legs to help hold on in the turns.

    Yamaha V1 Seats
    The seats are comfortable. This picture shows the high scalloped back for the driver and the third passenger.

    Remote Transmitter

    Just like an electronic car key, the Yamaha remote transmitter can electronically lock a V1 when left on the beach or at the dock, preventing anyone from being able to start it. It can also be used to engage Low RPM Mode. This limits the engine from revving over a certain RPM setting which will come in handy with new riders. It can even be used to help conserve fuel.

    Yamaha V1 Forward Storage
    The forward storage compartment is convenient and practical for bringing extra gear for a day on the water.
    Yamaha V1 Storage
    Seen here is the bottle holder storage insert on the V1 Sport.


    In lower priced models of PWCs, storage is usually the first thing to disappear, but not in the V1. There is a total of 15.1 gallons (57 L) of storage and the forward compartment is the largest, capable of holding several PFDs, line and other items.

    Yamaha's Engine Management System

    , is an integrated, computerized management system that controls and adjusts such functions as ignition timing, fuel injection, and engine diagnostics.

    Yamaha V1 Multifunction Display
    The multi-function display is simple and to the point, but also easy to see at a glance when riding.
    Yamaha V1 Running Shot
    Maneuverability is something the V1 does well.

    The Ride

    The ride of the V1 is smooth and controlled with plenty of kick off the line. Turns are precise and forgiving. For that reason it's hard to get in trouble. The hull throws the spray low and out to the sides, even in wind. At speed, the ride is firm and not loose in any way. We cruised along at 30 to 32 mph most of the time, which was right around 6000 rpm. At that setting we were burning 3.2 gph which means at least 5.5 hours of running time, calculated with a 10% reserve.


    All of our speed runs averaged 53 mph, which is more than respectable for a 1052cc engine. For those wondering if there is enough power, the answer is yes. Newcomers to the sport should not have the feeling that they should have gone bigger.

    Yamaha V1 Deck
    The back deck is 18'' in depth and covered with a soft mat from HydroTurf.


    The V1 after all is a Yamaha, a company that is hyper-obsessed with details, and this is evident in all parts of this PWC. All components are high-quality and hardware is aircraft grade aluminum or stainless. Something not widely known is that all Yamaha WaveRunners are painted, not gelcoat; they utilize a premium automotive paint for shine, durability and fade protection, as we have already mentioned above.


    We think that the Yamaha V1 hits the mark when it comes to an affordable PWC that offers a balance between features and performance for the whole family. It is well-built and offers a state-of-the-art engine with proven reliability.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 7.40 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.01 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 10.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 168 miles (270.37 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 1052cc Yamaha Marine engine.
    • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 2.7 sec. seconds.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Standard


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