Yamaha unveils new 2024 products including 1.9L engine for boats and WaveRunners

Yamaha WaveRunners

Aug 21, 2023

On August 14, 2023, Yamaha Motor Canada unveiled a new 1.9L High Output Yamaha marine engine for WaveRunners and boats previously equipped with the Yamaha 1.8L HO motor and also the new 25-foot 255 FSH Sport H centre console boat — the first in the Yamaha boat line to come equipped with Helm Master EX for enhanced low-speed manoeuvrability. In addition to the new model, Yamaha also expanded its DRiVE X low-speed handling feature to include the 25-foot 252SD and 255XD boats.

New 1.9L HO Yamaha Marine Engine
A new 1898cc, four-stroke, four-cylinder, 16-valve High Output marine engine replaces the Yamaha 1.8L High Output motor that powered select Yamaha boats and WaveRunners. This more powerful engine provides quicker and smoother acceleration and a higher top speed. This is achieved through the engine’s increased displacement, optimized intake, and exhaust paths, and a 10-percent larger throttle body for more power and torque. The engine cover is also one of the first Yamaha-manufactured parts to include plant-derived cellulose nanofiber (CNF) reinforced resin. In addition to being more than 25 percent lighter than existing resin materials, CNF-reinforced resin also has excellent material recyclability, leading to a reduction in plastics used and greenhouse gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide.

New 255 FSH Sport H Centre Console Boat with Helm Master EX
Yamaha’s new 255 FSH Sport H mirrors the 255 FSH Sport E in performance, comfort, and convenience and adds Yamaha’s Helm Master® EX and joystick control for smooth, precise low-speed manoeuvring. Helm Master EX allows the driver to move the boat forward, reverse, laterally, and rotationally with just one hand on the joystick. The new feature is easy to use and can be mastered by new boaters quickly.

Helm Master EX independently controls each motor using a system called Dual Thrust Control. This system uses a pair of electronic throttle bodies, one for each motor, to control the amount

of thrust each motor produces. The throttle bodies are connected to a control unit that receives input from the joystick control unit and then sends signals to the throttle bodies to adjust the amount of thrust each motor produces.

DRiVE X Low-Speed Handling Expanded to 252SD and 255XD Boats
DRiVE X, first introduced on the 2023 27-foot 275SD, is a combination of Yamaha’s DRiVE paddle control system that moves the boat forward and aft while always keeping the driver’s hands on the steering wheel, and adds functionality to the steering wheel that allows the driver to slowly move the boat starboard or port, rotate 360° on its axis, and holds the boat against the dock for quick loading and unloading of passengers.

“Yamaha continues to leverage technology to build confidence on the water for experienced and new boaters alike, keeping them boating longer and engaged with the Yamaha brand” said Rob Bradley, Marine Product Specialist at Yamaha Motor Canada. “The introduction of Helm Master EX and expansion of DRiVE X will especially appeal to next-gen boaters, who use similar driver-assist features in their automobiles, while also shorten the learning curve for new boaters and offering a more enjoyable experience for all.”

To see the entire line-up of 2024 Yamaha Boats and WaveRunners, visit www.yamaha-motor.ca.

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