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Yamaha 212 Limited S (2019-)

2 x Yamaha 1812cc 1.8L HO

Brief Summary

Normally words like “luxury” and “technology” are reserved for only the flagship models in a company’s lineup. In the case of Yamaha that would be the 24’ (7.32m) series of runabouts. But for this model year Yamaha has pulled the stops and given a new series of smaller boats the same treatment that their bigger siblings enjoy… namely, the best of what the company has to offer.

Key Features

  • Removable dinette table with pedestal
  • Integrated removable cooler
  • Bow filler inserts for multiple seating configurations
  • Integrated swim platform
  • Dinette table mount
  • 3 position No Wake Mode Control
  • Bimini top
  • Aluminum folding wakeboard tower
  • Painted trailer with swing-away tongue

Test Results

1300 4.4 3.8 1.3 3.35 2.91 151 131 70
2000 5.2 4.5 1.9 2.71 2.36 122 106 75
2500 6.1 5.3 2.5 2.44 2.12 110 95 78
3000 6.9 6 3.35 2.06 1.79 93 81 78
3500 8.1 7 4.65 1.73 1.51 78 68 76
4000 8.9 7.7 5.7 1.55 1.35 70 61 75
4500 12.2 10.6 7.45 1.64 1.42 74 64 79
5000 25.6 22.2 9.35 2.73 2.38 123 107 85
5500 30.3 26.3 10.45 2.89 2.52 130 113 85
6000 34.8 30.3 12.85 2.71 2.35 122 106 84
6500 39.7 34.5 15.85 2.5 2.18 113 98 84
7000 45.3 39.3 19.95 2.27 1.97 102 89 85
7500 51.8 45 24.55 2.11 1.83 95 82 92


Length Overall 21' 3'' / 6.47 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,598 lbs.
1,632 kg
Tested Weight 4,206 lbs.
1,908 kg
Draft 1' 7''
0.48 m
Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 7' 3''
2.21 m
Weight Capacity 1,860 lbs.
844 kg
Person Capacity 10
Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
189 L
Water Capacity open
Total Weight 4,206 lbs.
1,908 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 6.0 sec.
Ratio 0:00
Props 22.9 deg SS 3 blade
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 93 deg., 66 humid.; wind: 0-3 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x Yamaha 1812cc 1.8L HO
Std. Power 2 x 1812cc 1.8 Liter, High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Yamaha 212 Limited S running shot

The Yamaha Limited series includes features that are normally reserved for the larger boats.


Yamaha has recently redesigned, and reimagined, its entire 21’ (6.4m) boat line from the keel up. As result, these boats have more in common with the larger flagship models.

What’s the Difference?

As is usually the case with Yamaha, it creates boats that are all inclusive, meaning there are no options, but the features that one boat doesn’t have will be included on another with a new model designator. Such is the case with the 212 Limited Series that consists of two boats, the 212 Limited S with a forward swept watersports tower, and the 212 Limited with a standard bimini. The tower, or Bimini top are the only differences, well other than price, that separate the two.

Yamaha 212 Limited S running shot

The 212 Limited comes with a standard Bimini while the 212 Limited S has a standard watersports tower.

Other than that all the features are the same and the layout on one is shared with the other. That is why this report covers the 212 Limited Series while the boat we tested and conducted our walkthrough on was the 212 Limited S, the watersports tower equipped model.

Features Inspection

Operational Features

Power to Play

The engines powering the 212 Limited boats are the 1.8L Yamaha High Output marine engines. These engines have a displacement of 1812cc and both are turning 3-blade 22.9-degree pitch stainless steel impellers.

Home Grown

A simple squeeze of the latch at the rear seat hatch allows the engine cover to lift effortlessly on twin assist struts secured to heavy-duty brackets. These twin 1812 cc HO engines are purpose built by Yamaha, which carries two significant benefits. First, there’s no third party to deal with if warranty issues come up. Whatever happens owners will be dealing with Yamaha, and Yamaha alone. Secondly, these are not stock motorcycle engines that were pulled off a shelf and then modified for use on the water. They were designed and built for Yamaha’s marine market and as such are up to the rigors that boating puts on its powerplants.

Yamaha 212 Limited S engines

The engines are purpose built by Yamaha for marine applications.

Yamaha 212 Limited S battery switches

The battery switches are under the portside cockpit seating. To the right in this shot is the rigid ballast tank with a sight gauge showing the level.

Quiet Cruise

It was hard not to notice that there’s a change in the air and it was apparent as soon as we started driving the 212 Limited S. Yamaha boats used to quite loud when hitting the throttle, and it wasn’t lost on Yamaha. Now it has done something about it. From the keel up there is sound dampening that absorbs vibration and creates a much quieter ride, and we noticed it immediately. More the point, we were able to talk about it… at cruise speed.

Clean Out Ports

It’s no secret that jet boats pull water in from one end of a duct and blast it out the other end. It’s also no secret that sometimes these jet pumps get clogged with debris. It’s not a common occurrence, something that happens if we run through weeds or over a plastic grocery bag that may have found its way into the water. Frankly, it’s never happened to us, but it happens.

On some competing models we’ve seen how the operator actually has to go for a swim and clean out the debris from under the boat. Not cool. With Yamaha the only thing that gets wet is the hand of the one doing the cleaning.

Under the hatch at the transom lounge area there are access ports to reach down to the impellers from. At the bottom of these ports are large plugs that release with a quarter twist. Once the plug is removed we can get to the impellers to pull out any debris that we inadvertently ran over. Replace the plug when done and we’re good to go.

Yamaha 212 Limited S access

Reaching into the clean-out port allows access to the impellers.

Yamaha 212 Limited S plug

The plug removes and locks with a one-quarter turn.

Naturally, no one in their right mind would reach down into a spinning impeller, and whenever the engine is running, the blades are turning. So Yamaha put in a safety feature that kills the engines when the hatch is open. Safe, and foolproof! The engines won’t even turn over when the hatch is open.

Yamaha 212 Limited S kill switches

Kill switches activate when the hatch is opened to kill power to the engines.

Anchor Locker

At the bow, the 212 Limited Series has a hatch over the anchor locker that opens with a lift and lock (thank you Yamaha) latch. The compartment is large enough for the anchor to share space with the forward reboarding ladder. The anchor is held in place by wedge mounts to secure the stocks of the anchor, but there are no anchor keepers to keep it from bouncing out of position. For that small detail, Yamaha added clever brackets under the hatch that rest atop the anchor to keep it secure when the hatch is closed.

Yamaha 212 Limited S anchor

The anchor stores inside the compartment at the bow and it shares space with the reboarding ladder. Notice the bracket under the hatch that holds the anchor down when the hatch is closed.


The helm is a classic representation of how Yamaha can combine luxury and technology. A dark toned panel has a vinyl brow over the two tachometers. To the right is the 7” (17.78 cm) Connext touchscreen that provides the major instrumentation at a glance. We can scroll through multiple tabs and completely interface with the unit, all by touch.

Yamaha 212 Limited S helm

The centerpiece of this good-looking helm is the Connext Controller.

Connext also serves as the main entertainment hub for the 212 Limited Models providing an interface with broadcast radio, satellite and Bluetooth players. Exclusive to the 212 Series overall is the joystick controller that provides the same controllability without having to touch the screen. Just behind the joystick are twin buttons for making incremental up/down changes to the cruise assist and no wake speeds. We found it quite comfortable to set the throttles and drive with one hand resting on these buttons to ease the speed up and down.

Yamaha 212 Limited S helm tones

The helm is laid out in dark tones that keep glare at bay.

Yamaha 212 Limited S home screen

With the home screen we can see our fuel level, RPM’s and speed, water depth in blue… the music tab allows switching between bands and inputs… volume is just below.

Yamaha 212 Limited S joy stick

The system can be used by touchscreen or with this clever joystick.

Yamaha 212 Limited S buttons

We found a relaxed cruise position with the hand resting on the up and down buttons for the cruise and no wake speed incremental adjustment buttons.

Articulating Keel

The premium steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base and controls not only the steering, through the swivel jet exhaust nozzles, but also the articulating keel that gives more precise steering at both low and high speeds. More important is that we now have off-throttle steering.

Previously, the only way to steer a jet boat was by directing the thrust from the exhaust nozzle. If there was no thrust, such as when the throttles were at idle or neutral, there was no steering. This created a rather disconcerting feeling at times. Now, with the articulating keel, even with no thrust, we still have steering.

Yamaha 212 Limited S keel

A tie bar to the starboard nozzle connects the articulating keel so the steering controls both at the same time.

Test Results

The Yamaha 212 Limited Series has a LOA of 21’3” (6.48 m), a beam of 8’5” (2.57 m) and with no outdrive she has a depth of 16” (40.6 cm). For the tower equipped 212 Limited S that we tested, with an empty weight of 3,486 lbs. (1,581 kg), full fuel and two people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 4,206 lbs. (1,908 kg).

With the twin 1.8L 1812 HO Yamaha marine engines powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 51.8 mph at 7500 rpm. Best economic cruise was reached at 5500 rpm and 30.3 mph. It was at that speed where the fuel burn was 10.45 gph that translated into 2.89 mpg and a range of 130 miles, all while holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 50-gallon (189 L) total fuel capacity.

Yamaha 212 Limited S top speed

During our tests we reached a top speed of 51.8 mph.

Yamaha 212 Limited S running shot

Turning performance is enhanced with the articulating keel.

For all her class she’s still an exciting boat to drive. Hitting the throttles had us launching through 30 mph in 6 seconds. She’s equipped with Yamaha’s articulating keel that not only gave quick turning response, it also provided the much appreciated of throttle steering. There’s 1 ¼ turns from lock to lock.

Of course we had glass calm conditions so we can’t comment on how she handles chop, but she did make clean transitions through our chase boat’s wake and stayed dry. What really got our attention was how much quieter this model was over previous Yamaha’s we’ve tested. This was due to quiet cruise that incorporates sound dampening right from the design on up through construction to reduce and absorb sound and vibration. And it clearly works. Now let’s look at the features.

Yamaha 212 Limited S running shot

While we didn’t get to test her on a choppy day, crossing the wakes showed a nice dry ride with no pounding hull slap.

Onboard Features


We’ll start with luxury, which begins in the stern. With two levels of comfort, this is likely to be the most popular place on the 212 Limited S and here it’s made even more attractive with the addition of the removable pedestal table to starboard and stereo remote to port. The upper level comes out 20” (51cm) from the transom while the lower deck comes out 16” (40.6cm). Speakers are to the outside of the upper backrests. Drink holders are outboard to the lower section. The non-skid matting makes this a great staging area for putting on boards. Two center mounted grab handles aid in reboarding from the concealed ladder under the lower platform.

Yamaha 212 Limited S stern

The stern of the 212 Limited is a comfortable gathering area for anytime the boat isn’t underway.

Yamaha 212 Limited S table

Adding a pedestal table only enhances the functionality of the stern. Notice the stereo to port.


We enter the cockpit from a centerline walkthrough that can be covered with a filler cushion for completing the u-shaped seating. There’s storage to both side seats and Yamaha went the extra step in adding hinged cushions. There’s additional storage to the side recesses where the speakers are. Just above are billet aluminum handgrips. Yamaha provides both a house and engine crank batteries and the dual battery switches are under the port side seat. We can move the table from the aft platform to this location, and now it’s worth noting that the luxury carries over to the table with the matching matting and stainless drink holders.

Yamaha 212 Limited S cockpit seating

The U-shaped seating in the cockpit has a centerline walkthrough from the transom. Notice the standard carpeting on the deck.

Yamaha 212 Limited S pedestal table

A pedestal table adds to the entertainment capabilities. Notice that it’s a high-end model with non-skid matting and two chromed drink holders.


The 212 Limited S model that we tested comes with the standard watersports tower. It not only provides much appreciated protection with the attached bimini, but an elevated tow point as well. The supports are color matched to the hull trim and it’s collapsible for easy storage.

Yamaha 212 Limited S tower

The standard tower on the 212 Limited S provides protection and an elevated tow point.

Forward Cockpit Bucket Seats

Ahead of the U-shaped seating are a pair of bucket seats. Both of these forward seats are on pedestals allowing them to slide and swivel. The port side seat swings around 180-degrees to allow it to serve as an observer’s seat when towing. The helm seat swings around roughly 45-degrees so as to not come into inadvertent contact with the throttles when swiveling. Both, however, have flip up bolsters, flip down armrests that are self leveling as the seats also recline. Cargo net storage is secured to the backs. Beverage holders and a grab handle are to the side.

Yamaha 212 Limited S seats

The cockpit bucket seats swivel, slide, have flip-down armrests, flip-up bolsters and recline.

Yamaha 212 Limited S seat back

The back of the seats has cargo net storage.

Port Side Entertainment Center

Ahead of the port seat there’s a convenient entertainment center created when the lid to the storage compartment is opened and forms a tray. Drinks and snacks fit inside and the tray becomes a serving area. Above is a recessed storage area and a glove storage compartment is below.

Yamaha 212 Limited S entertainment center

The portside entertainment center is a great convenience for onboard gatherings.


The walkthrough had no less then three conveniently located storage areas in close proximity all but negating the need to traipse around the boat looking for something. There’s open storage under the helm console. To the port console there’s a 38-quart (35.96 L) carry-on cooler and more storage alongside, and of course there’s the sole storage compartment.

Yamaha 212 Limited S cooler

A cooler stores in the port-side console.

Yamaha 212 Limited S helm storage

Another storage compartment is under the helm console.

Yamaha 212 Limited S storage

The sole storage is large enough to hold board plus a ton of gear.

Yamaha 212 Limited S air dam

The helm storage door also serves as a lower air dam that, in conjunction with the closable windshield keeps those chilly mornings tolerable.


The bow brings both luxury and versatility to the table. Naturally, it starts out in the usual configuration of dual lounge seats and at 20” (51cm) wide there’s plenty of comfort that is enhanced with the curved seatbacks. With the 8’5” (2.57 m) beam being carried so far forward, there’s 25” (64cm) between the seats so we can sit facing each other without the concern of knocking knees together. Bolsters run from 6’4” (1.93 m) to 4’6” (1.37 m) apart as we move ahead.

Yamaha 212 Limited S bow

The bow of the 212 Limited Series is comfortable and roomy thanks to Yamaha carrying the beam so far forward.

The forward cushions can be removed so we can sit at the front of the bow with our feet on the deck. We’d like to see bolster grab straps to make this a bit more comfortable. Filler cushions can be added to convert the bow into three-across seating. And re-positioning the filler cushions creates a sun pad.

The luxury continues with soft touch marine grade vinyl seating. There are inserts in the bolsters that contain the drink holders and courtesy lights that we used to see only on the company’s flagship 24’ (7.32 m) models. Stainless steel handrails are atop the caprails. Premium speakers are on beveled mounts to face the occupants of the seats.

Yamaha 212 Limited S bow features

The speakers are recessed into the bulwarks. Inserts behind house courtesy lights and drink holders that we’ve seen on the larger models. Additional drink holders are ahead.

Yamaha 212 Limited S bow seating

The bow features two lounge seats with 25” (64cm) between each one, so guests can sit facing each other without knocking knees together.

Yamaha 212 Limited S bow arrangementYamaha 212 Limited S sun padYamaha 212 Limited S bow seats

The bow can be configured in multiple ways depending on how it will be used for the day.

Yamaha 212 Limited S bow storage

Storage in the bow is accessed from hinged seat cushions that open from the front.

Yamaha 212 Limited S step

A step leads up to the foredeck making it easy to board from a bow-in docking. It’s also a great place to jump into the water from.


It was impressive to be on the Yamaha 212 Limited S and see the level of luxury that has not transcended from the larger models to the smaller. By doing this, those who are looking for the convenience of a smaller boat no longer have to compromise. These models are also extremely affordable with the 212 Limited coming in at $49,999 and the tower equipped 212 Limited S at $52,999, putting the value of the arch alone at $3,000.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t harp on the safety factor of the jet drive. With no spinning propeller under the boat this is among the safest boats on the water. Couple that with no sharp edges protruding around the swim platform and the Yamaha jet boats become even more attractive indeed.

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