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Brief Summary

The FX series of five WaveRunner models represent Yamaha’s line of luxury and performance Personal Water Craft (PWC). The FX Limited SVHO is their ultimate package with the most technology, the most amenities, and the most performance. In addition, Yamaha packages this model with all of the accessories, leaving nothing to want for when playing on the water.

Key Features

  • 1.8-liter, Supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) marine engine
  • 1 to 3-persons rider capacity
  • 44-gallons (167 L) of storage capacity
  • NanoXcel®2 lightweight hull and deck
  • Connext® touchscreen with security and drive control
  • Reverse RiDE™ with traction control
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 140.9''
    3.58 m
    Beam 50''
    1.27 m
    Dry Weight 822 lbs.
    373 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    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 529 lbs.
    240 kg
    Person Capacity 3
    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)
    N/A

    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 1812cc 4-cylinder, 4-stroke SVHO Yamaha Marine Engine
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    The FX Limited SVHO is Yamaha’s top of the line for luxury and performance in their WaveRunner series.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    The FX Limited SVHO has a newly designed deck and hull that enhances performance and comfort.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is a 140.9” (3.58 m) PWC and has a three-person seating capacity.

    Mission

    Yamaha put all of their knowledge and experience in personal watercraft design and construction to create their ultimate package, the FX Limited SVHO. Altogether, the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO offers the top of the line performance, luxury features, and accessories to enjoy exhilarating experiences in comfort and give owners bragging rights on the water.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    Yamaha has WaveRunner models ranging from economical to performance racers. With the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO you get a WaveRunner with everything Yamaha has to offer.

    Major Features

    1.8-liter Supercharged SVHO Jet Drive. This is the largest displacement engine in the personal watercraft market at 1812cc.

    4.3” Multifunction Display. Connext®, Yamaha’s all-in-one touchscreen helm control system integrates the boat’s entertainment features, operation functions, and essential system information.

    No Wake Mode. 3-position switch sets engine speed and maximizes jet thrust for No Wake zones.

    44-Gallons of Storage. The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO has 44-gallons (167 L) of both wet and dry storage in multiple compartments.

    Cruise Control. Yamaha’s Cruise Assist allows the operator to set the speed for cruising.

    Integrated Fold Down Re-Boarding Step. Yamaha built in a wide drop-down re-boarding step to make it even easier to get onboard.

    Accessory Tow Package. The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO comes standard with Yamaha’s Accessary Tow Package which includes a color matched tube, inflator, 12-volt outlet, tow rope, and two fenders.

    Accessory Tech Package. The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO comes standard with Yamaha’s Accessary Tech Package which includes two waterproof, wireless, Bluetooth® speakers, a GPS fishfinder with transducer and RAM® mount hardware.

    Performance

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    The newly re-designed deck and hull uses Yamaha’s NanoXcel 2 construction technology which substantially improves the FX Limited SVHO’s power to weight ratio.

    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO has a length of 140.9” (3.58 m) and a beam of 50” (1.27 m). With an empty weight of 822 lbs. (372.85 kg), with 100% fuel, and one person onboard and 50 lbs. (22.68 kg) of gear, there was an estimated weight of 1,182 lbs. (536.15 kg).

    Top Speed. With a single supercharged Yamaha 1.8-liter Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) engine turning the internal impeller jet drive, the test PWC reached a top speed of 68.0 mph (109.44 kph) at 7600 rpm.

    Best Cruise. The best cruise came in at 4000 rpm running at 25.5 mph (41.04 kph). At that speed, the 7.8 gph (12.3 lph) translates to 7.8 miles per gallon (3.33 kpl) and a range of 130 statute miles (210 kilometers) while still holding back a 10% reserve of the PWC’s 18.5-gallon (70.03 L) total fuel capacity.

    Acceleration and Conditions

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO acceleration

    Handling

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO running
    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO has race inspired performance and demonstrated an exhilarating ride.

    With Yamaha’s supercharged, high-performance SVHO engine and the lighter-weight NanoXcel 2 hull and deck construction, the FX Limited accelerated onto plane virtually instantly, going from zero to 30 mph in 1.5 seconds. Yamaha has the steering dialed-in with playful spin-outs easily achievable. Remember, that is what these PWC were designed for serious fun by experienced riders.

    Low-Speed Maneuvering. Yamaha has added their Thrust Directional Enhancer (TDE). This creates the benefit of downward thrust when maneuvering at low-speeds.

    Features Inspection

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO fish finder
    The GPS fishfinder with RAM mounts comes standard on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO.

    Stern

    The stern of the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is designed for easy boarding from in the water with custom-cut, rubberized non-skid that is easy on bare feet. The non-skid surface also deters the heat from the sun. Further back is a flip down re-boarding step making it easier to re-board the FX Limited without having to climb and pull ourselves out of the water.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO mats
    The custom-cut mats are a significant addition to the comfort level on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
    The re-boarding step on the Yamaha FX Limited SVO easily flips down.

    Note the handle at the base of the seat to make boarding even easier. Most PWC manufacturers don’t design to this level of detail and or consideration of how customers use their products.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO step
    Fully extended, the re-boarding step provides a wide and secure step to get aboard from the water.

    Side Decks

    The side decks on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO also have custom-cut, rubberized non-skid for comfort and security. Yamaha has included drains in the footwell to keep the water from building up and sloshing about.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO side decks
    The side decks taper on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO from the stern to the footwells.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO foot well
    Yamaha has included footwell drains that keep the footwells relatively dry (yellow arrow).
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO cleats
    A pair of spring-loaded, pull-up cleats makes for easy tie-ups dockside without creating a trip-hazard.

    Seats

    The level of luxury that Yamaha has achieved on the FX Limited SVHO begins with the seats. They are more like saddles when you sit in them and not on them. The textured upholstery and wrap around saddle backs hold all three riders securely.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO cruise seat
    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO provides all-day cruise comfort for up to three riders.

    The rear position of the three saddle seats includes a wraparound grab handle for safety and this also comes in handy for rear-facing riders observing the end of the towline.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO riders
    Shown, the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO that can accommodate three full-grown, adult riders.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
    The SVHO engine and jet drive are powerful enough to accommodate tow sports. Yes, that is Captain Steve testing the tube to make sure it is safe for kids.

    The rear-most position includes a wraparound grab handle for safety and this also comes in handy for rear-facing riders observing the end of the towline. The aft deck provides a secure place for the observer rider to place their feet.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO tow rope
    Yamaha provided a tow rope connection under the aft end of the seat.

    Storage

    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO has 44-gallons (167 L) of storage situated throughout several separate compartments.

    Forward-most compartment is the largest of these compartments. It can be conveniently opened from the operator’s position. This is a relatively large space which could easily accommodate a soft side cooler.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO storage
    The forward storage compartment hatch is held open by a strut. Note that the required fire extinguisher is in the yellow container.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO hatch
    A small hatch below the handle bars reveals a convenient storage compartment.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO accessory outlet
    Inside is a 12-volt accessory outlet. It can be used with the inflator that comes with the Accessory Tow Package.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO aft seat
    Removing the aft seat section reveals an additional water-tight storage area on the Yamaha FX SVHO.

    Water-tight Compartment. Hidden beneath the removable aft seat section there is a compartment with a fine threaded cap to keep the interior water-tight. The entire compartment is removable allowing people to take their valuables with them.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO wet storage
    There is self-draining wet storage in the base of the seat accessible from the aft deck of the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO. Shown is the freshwater flush connector (yellow arrow).

    The sides of the wet storage trunk compartment are slightly raised above side decks. Any water falling off of wet gear stored inside will drain away onto the side decks and overboard. Snaps on both sides of the hatch closes the hatch securely.

    Control Systems

    The hand grips on both sides are ergonomically designed and padded to help the operator stay comfortable. The RAM mounts put the waterproof speaker(s) and GPS fishfinder within easy reach of the operator and the Connext® touchscreen display is in direct line of sight for the operator. Dual rear-view mirrors are well placed outside the Connext® dash housing.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO handlebars
    The ergonomics and functionality of the control systems are indicative of Yamaha’s experience and knowledge of how their customers operate their PWC. The handle bars are height adjustable.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO gps
    The Yamaha FX Limited comes standard with the TECH Accessories Package which includes a GPS fishfinder, two waterproof Bluetooth™ speakers and RAM® mounts.
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO throttle
    The trigger throttle on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is located outside the righthand handlebar grip (yellow arrow).
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO handle bar
    On the inside of the righthand handlebar grip is the Cruise Assist controls (red and yellow arrows) and No Wake Mode set button (green arrow).

    Cruise Control. Yamaha’s Cruise Assist allows the operator to set the speed for cruising. Using the trigger throttle to reach the desired speed, the operator presses the “set” button (yellow arrow above) to enter Cruise Assist mode. There will be a series of beeps, and then the operator squeezes the throttle all the way to set the speed. Pressing the up and down arrows (red arrow above) will allow the operator to make incremental adjustments to that speed. To override, the operators gives the throttle trigger a quick release.

    No Wake. The No Wake Mode works similarly to the Cruise Assist. Pressing the switch (green arrow above) sets engine speed and maximizes jet thrust for No Wake zones.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO handle bar
    On the left side handlebar is the start (on the front side yellow arrow) and stop (green arrow) buttons, the kill switch safety and wrist lanyard (red arrow), trim control (blue arrow) and RiDE Technology trigger (purple arrow).
    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO engines start
    Shown is the engine start button on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO.

    RiDE Technology. Yamaha has designed a bucket that drops down over the jet nozzle and vectors the flow to both or either side to create better control when reversing. It can also create a braking effect when at speed. There is actually no shifting or reversing the jet drive. However, RiDE provides a neutral position to stop forward or reverse motion.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO ride tech
    Shown is the Yamaha RiDE Technology in action on the FX Limited SVHO.

    Reverse. By squeezing the left hand trigger, the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO reversing bucket drops down over the jet nozzle effectively putting the FX Limited SVHO in reverse. Turning the handle bar vectors the thrust. Steering is opposite of forward steering. Consider steering the bow not the stern.

    Neutral. A quick squeeze of the left-hand trigger puts the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO into neutral. This effectively keeps the FX Limited SVHO from moving forward or backward, but turning the handlebars will cause the boat to pivot rather than turn.

    Braking. A big benefit of the RiDE Techology is braking. At any speed, squeezing the left-hand trigger slows the engine while simultaneously dropping the reverse bucket, effectively creating a braking effect without putting the FX Limited SVHO into a nosedive. Keep squeezing and the braking begins reversing.

    Trim. Yamaha incorporated a Thrust Directional Enhancer (TDE) to the RiDE Technology on the FX Limited SVHO which allows incremental trim corrections at speed. This allows operators to correct the trim with added riders and loads creating the most efficient trim for any condition.

    Engine

    The FX Limited SVHO has the biggest engine Yamaha makes. The Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) engine is a 1812cc supercharged and intercooled, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16-valve motor.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO operators seat
    Under the operator seat is the access to the Yamaha SVHO engine. Day-check points are all within easy access.

    High Performance Intercooler. The SVHO engine features a high-performance intercooler, increased supercharger air intake capacity and boost, and a modified fuel injection system for increased fuel flow.

    3-Blade Stainless Steel Impeller. The SVHO engine is driving the 160mm, 3-blade, 16.4-degree pitch, stainless steel impeller through an 8-vane high pressure jet pump for impressive thrust.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
    The hull and deck of the FX Limited SVHO is built with NanoXcel 2 construction process which is proprietary to Yamaha and produces a stronger, lighter watercraft with a superior finish.

    Accessories

    The Yamaha FX Limited comes standard with Yamaha’s Accessory Tech Package which includes a GPS fishfinder and two waterproof speakers along with two RAM® mounting systems. It also comes standard with Yamaha’s Accessory Tow Package that includes a soft side cooler, tow rope, tube, and 12-volt inflator.

    Yamaha FX Limited SVHO accessories
    Shown is all of the accessories that come standard on the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO.

    Options to Consider

    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is the top of Yamaha’s line of WaveRunners and comes with essentially everything an owner would want for having fun on the water.

    Price

    The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is $17,399.

    Observations

    The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO combines Yamaha’s most powerful engine, their top-of-the-line luxury, their foremost level of technology and all of the most popular accessories to create the ultimate WaveRunner. This PWC is not really for a beginner because it is so powerful. Rather, it is for riders who have found their existing machine a little too tame. They are the enthusiasts who should consider the Yamaha FX Limited SVHO.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard

    Warranty

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