Yamaha’s new X E-Series is all water sports. The process to get there began last year when Yamaha introduced the new hull with the first bow-to-stern keel, plus the articulating keel on the propulsion system. With it, the 242 series delivers incredible maneuverability and great tracking — both important to water-sports enthusiasts. The final element that makes the X E-Series rider ready is a 1,400-pound ballast system that you can fill and tune with the most advanced touch-screen system, which Yamaha calls Connext. Rider acceleration and speed profiles can be controlled from the dash, and, as in all Yamaha boats, the internal drive keeps jet nozzles beneath the platform, away from swimmers and riders.
We cranked up the 242 X E-Series and filled the ballast tanks. The effect deepened displacement, rolling up surfable wakes astern. A tap on the screen let us select one of several tow profiles for individual riders. The Connext system also offers stereo control and displays the engine systems for ultimate control.
Yamaha also enhanced the family-boating experience, beginning with the signature “hangout central” transom platform, including lounge seats that surround the cockpit yet still allow for a walk-through transom. The bow seating area retains the full dual lounges and convertible forward jump seats to give kids the thrill ride of their summer.
Yamaha offers the only boat lineup in which the boat, propulsion, electrical systems and harness — all the systems that integrate components — are created in the same engineering department. That makes a powerful statement about the reliability of the 242 X E-Series, especially because Yamaha is solely responsible for the warranties, whether on the hull, installed accessories, or engines.
The articulated keel, Connext access system, and luxurious room for up to 12 passengers make this a big, fun ride for summer boating.
*No-Wake control makes it easy to manage throttle settings in idle zones.
*Electronic throttle-and-shift system also allows button-touch throttle adjustments to fine-tune the ride and single-lever control.
*Solar trickle charger on the wakeboard tower
*Connext system can also be controlled by the joystick.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin 1.8L High Output
Drive: Jet pumps
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 30 gal.
Crew Weight: 240 lb.
$71,999 (as tested)
Yamaha Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-7926; yamahaboats.com