Yamaha struts its technological prowess in 2015 with the debut of the newly designed 242 Limited S. This boat features unique advancements in every area, from performance to amenities.
Yamaha designed an articulating keel on its drive system that serves to add the slow-speed maneuverability boaters want without robbing this jet boat of the fun and zippy handling for which Yamaha has set the standard.
It moves and tracks through the water in perfect relation to the jet-pump nozzles. It put us in complete control when we put the 242 into hard-over turns, and when we tested the keel near docks, the 242 proved responsive, adding a new level of control from the helm.
Also new is Yamaha Quiet Cruise. Jets rev high, making sound attenuation challenging. But compare the sound levels we recorded here to past tests — and to other boats — and you’ll see the proof of the quiet we enjoyed during our test.
To ensure the captain can more easily monitor and engage the systems aboard the 242 Limited S, Yamaha developed the Connext helm control system. We found Connext intuitive whether seeking the water depth, checking engine functions or running compass headings. The automatic low-battery warning will prove beneficial during long stints at the sandbar or cove. Daylight visibility of the touch screen proved excellent. As for accommodations this year, Yamaha added 6 inches to the deck’s length, raised the sheer line and reworked the layout with the added space. We applauded the ability to get to the anchor without having to fuss with the bow boarding ladder. The 242 boasts a large head and in the cockpit, the entertainment console features a fold-down host table and beverage center. Swivel the helm chairs to create a conversation pit. The new forward-sweeping arch looks great, as will you, when skippering a 242 Limited S.
*Yamaha’s jet boats provide clean-out hatches to easily clear grass from the intake from inside the boat.
*The two-tier swim platform is most comfortable for hanging out.
*Jet pumps are tucked under the platform so they won’t skin knees.
*The anchor is accessible in the bow locker without deploying the ladder.
*Yamaha’s ownership of hull, powertrain and accessories means one-stop warranty solutions.
*Helm bucket seats swivel aft to join the U-shaped seating area.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin 1.8L High Output
Drive: Jet pumps
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 350 lb.
$61,499 (as tested)
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing – Kennesaw, Georgia; yamahaboats.com