This boat has more than just added horsepower. The handling is fantastic, thanks to the inline thrust of the jet-pump system. At wide-open throttle it comes within striking distance of 50 miles per hour and gets up on plane in seconds with practically zero bow rise. A rudder on the jet nozzle—Yamaha dubs it an -articulating keel—offers vastly improved tracking in turns, beautifully enhancing control for towed watersports. Cruise-assist helps maintain speed forward, and -reverse-rpm control adds a gentler hand in docking -maneuvers—in fact, we found it easy to pivot and dock in reverse with the new system. Part of that added control comes from Yamaha’s V-shaped reverse bucket optimizing reverse steering thrust.