Personal watercraft manufacturers stopped providing horsepower ratings several years back, mostly due to the feeling that manufacturers weren’t making apples-to-apples comparisons. Still, it was no secret that Yamaha’s flagship FX Cruiser SHO lagged behind its competitors’ models. With the new-for-’14 FX Cruiser SVHO, that’s no longer the case. The addition of the V to the suffix is because Yamaha revamped the existing 1.8-liter, SHO engine. A new, larger six-vane supercharger produces 60 percent more boost. The intercooler, used to cool the air that supercharger takes in, also gets upsized and, according to Yamaha, increases efficiency by 22 percent. Additional upgrades include stronger, forged pistons, a vastly more efficient oil cooler and larger fuel injectors. With the increased power, Yamaha also addressed the jet pump. It is upsized to 160 mm, features a larger exit diameter, and, for the first time ever in a Yamaha watercraft, is fed by a performance-style, top-loading scoop grate. The ride plate has also been extended similar to those on aftermarket offerings.