2024 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunner

The FX Cruiser HO Waverunner is an agile PWC that can be turned into a fishing machine.
Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunner running fast
The FX Cruiser HO Waverunner is a superb mix of speed and acceleration. Courtesy Yamaha Waverunners

Yamaha’s FX Cruiser HO Waverunner is ready for all kinds of exciting adventure. Let’s view the FX Cruiser HO through the eyes of an avid angler.

Its four-cylinder, four-stroke ­1.9 liter Yamaha marine engine delivers the speed for anglers to hit multiple spots in a single day, and the power to handle currents and wind with confident ­control. (Standard auto bilge also adds ­confidence.) Plus, it’s just plain fun to run.

Next, consider the FX Cruiser HO Waverunner’s RiDE dual-throttle ­system. RiDE provides easy deceleration and ­reverse using two intuitive levers. That’s not only great for docking—and pulling up to the bait boat—but also makes ­precision-locating the FX Cruiser HO along a weed line, stump field or other structure easier. Concentrate more on lure ­presentation and less on boat ­location.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunner kitted for fishing
The JetFish packages are sure to make PWC anglers very happy. Courtesy Yamaha Waverunners

Built-in storage includes a watertight glove box, complete with USB charging and courtesy light. Combined with the cooler storage in the bow and the watertight underseat compartment, this craft boasts 44.5 gallons of storage capacity. Pack the extra gear and backup reels.

These standards aside, the addition of optional accessories transforms the FX Cruiser HO into a fishing machine. First, order the FX RecDeck ($1,121.99). This integrates with the swim platform and reboarding ladder for a wide variety of accessory packages, including fishing. Next, add either the FX JetFish Package ($560.99)—which includes an Engle 45 JetFish cooler, two track-mounted rod holders, two RAM cup holders, two tie-down straps, two fishing-rod retention straps and four track eyelet mounts— or the FX Premium JetFish Package ($1,346.99), which adds cooler bridle straps and the ­multiuse rack ($673.99 if purchased separately). This allows mounting of a cooler, lounge seat and other accessories such as more rod holders. Two Garmin fish finder/gps/plotter options are available, including the 6-inch Garmin UHD and the 4-inch Garmin Striker.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunner display
The 7-inch Connext touchscreen infotainment system makes it easy to keep an eye on things. Courtesy Yamaha Waverunners

High Points

  • All-new 1.9 liter, 4-cylinder, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine delivers speed and -acceleration.
  • RecDeck, JetFish packages turn this PWC into a fishing machine.
  • RIDE system allows shifting from forward to neutral to reverse with just one pull of the throttle for easier, more controlled deceleration and docking.
  • Standard integral speakers, 7-inch Connext touchscreen infotainment system, and a watertight glove box with USB charging.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$16,999 (starting)
Draft:Not much
Dry Weight:838 lb. (without engine)
Seat/Weight Capacity:3/530 lb.
Fuel Capacity:18.5 gal.
Available Power:4-cylinder, 4-stroke 1.9 L Yamaha High Output Marine engine

Yamaha Waverunners – Kennesaw, Georgia; yamahawaverunners.com