Want to surf but don’t have $150,000 around to get in a fancy inboard wake bruiser? Yamaha’s gotcha covered with the 212XD Wake Series.
With ballast tanks for 1,100 pounds, plus the ability to set and select rider profiles to give the perfect hole shot and top speed, everything is in place for a great ride on a wake- or surfboard.
The Connext screen has mapping for navigation, and engine, audio and rider controls are ready for command with a tap of the screen or a jog of the joystick on the helm. Ballast tanks can be filled individually for the ideal balance. Seating inside for 10 means each rider has a big audience.
Drive technology makes docking easy with its paddle controls on the wheel. Touch the Connext screen to activate it, and the paddles control throttle and shift while hands remain in control of direction with the wheel. Go ahead, dock like a pro—back in to turn the amplified stereo toward the dock and rock the day.
The wakeboard tower and Bimini are standard, and so is the surf-mat sole cover that snaps out for cleaning. Comfort seating abounds with surrounding lounges in the cockpit, and dual buckets for skipper and mate, and a transom walkway gives access to Yamaha’s famous tiered waterfront transom lounge.
The cockpit is deep and so is the bow seating area, relaxing parents with its kid-keeping depth. Even the bow seats are secure with grab rails and dual jump seats for a most exciting front-facing ride.
The 212XD is the top tier of the 21-foot jets, but the value-entry models, like the SX210, start as low as $43,399, including a color-matched trailer. For salt water, a galvanized option is offered.
Yamaha makes its boats easy to operate and maintain, giving ample room in the bilge for easy oil changes. Battery access is also generous, with on/off switches conveniently located. At the end of the day, connect a hose to each engine flushing port, and flush the salt away in minutes.
Yamaha engineers design everything from keel to bow eye, making your dealer the only guy you need to visit for routine service and warranty repairs.
- Large anchor locker also hides a bow boarding ladder for convenience during beach-landing adventures.
- Surf mat’s teak and holly sole covers look and feel great underfoot, thwart stains, and are removable for easy maintenance.
Draft (max): 1′7″
Dry Weight: 3,761 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 10/2,100 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha 1.8L High Output engines
Drive/Props: Jet pumps
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing – Kennesaw, Georgia; yamahaboats.com