Yamaha Marine has updated its immensely popular 4.2L V-6 Offshore outboard motors—the F250 and F300—with a number of improvements, including new electric steering systems, redesigned exhaust bypass to optimize reverse thrust, and full-tilt function.
The same Digital Electric Steering (DES) introduced on the Yamaha 425 XTO Offshore outboard is now built-in to V6 variants. DES is significantly easier to rig than conventional steering systems and creates an uncluttered bilge with no steering pumps, hoses, hydraulic lines, and bleeding procedure. There’s also a bolt-on version of DES for conventional models of the new V-6 Offshore models.
Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) keeps exhaust bubbles above the anti-ventilation plate and out of the propeller below 2500 rpm when in reverse. This is designed to improve prop bite and issues with responsiveness while reversing.
Yamaha’s new TotalTilt function allows complete tilt up from any position with a simple double tap of the “UP” trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) with the same double push of the “DOWN” function. There’s also a new built-in integrated tilt limiter to help prevent inadvertent damage. Plus, built-in DES models tilt higher out of the water than previous models, which helps decrease the potential for corrosion.
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The new 4.2-liter V-6 Offshore outboards also feature an improved lower unit new components and engineering that add durability. The F300 are available in pearlescent white or signature Yamaha gray (the F250 comes in gray only), a new one-piece top cowling with water-draining air duct molding, a new bottom cowling and apron shape and raised chrome graphics on built-in DES models only. The new Yamaha models will be available beginning in February.
Retail pricing ranges from $30,870 to $32,390 for the new F250 and $32,400 to $35,180 for the F300. To learn more, visit yamahaoutboards.com.