Yamaha’s FX Cruiser SVHO features the new RiDE system with dual throttles. The right-hand throttle functions as you’d expect and the left-hand throttle deploys the reverse bucket to back away at the ramp or rapidly decelerate out on the water. There’s no shifting or clicking of gears. RiDE remains at the ready, keeping your attention focused on the water while backing in tight confines or overriding the input of the throttle to supply stopping power when needed. As to stopping, don’t worry that you’ll submarine the bow or feel like you’re going over the handlebars when that stopping power is applied. Yamaha directs the water out and to the sides, keeping the craft level and the driver in control at all times.
Yamaha has perfected the Cruiser concept, highlighted by a comfortable, bolstered saddle providing plenty of lower-back support. That saddle is also tiered, movie-theater style, granting passengers a better view forward. To further facilitate long-distance comfort, electronic cruise control allows locking in a favorite speed, eliminating finger fatigue. A no-wake feature keeps the boat cruising at about 5 mph. Pull-up cleats make for easy tie-ups at the dock.
The FX Cruiser’s SVHO engine, a supercharged 1.8-liter four-stroke, is the most potent Yamaha power plant available. Combined with an all-new, even lighter version of Yamaha’s nano-engineered NanoXcel hull material, it delivers brutally strong acceleration off the bottom end, reaching 30 mph in 1.5 seconds. Top speed easily reaches the magic 65 mph mark — and then some. That power is harnessed by an aggressive, yet always predictable, hull. It rolls easily into turns at speed with an inside lean, a feeling now enhanced by electronic trim control, and snaps off the sharpest corners. It handles everything from glass calm to ocean chop with equal authority — and no surprises.
*New-for-2015 RiDE dual throttle controls enhance operation in reverse, as well as use the reverse bucket to provide stopping power at speed.
*Hull stays level during high-speed deceleration thanks to water exiting to the sides of the reverse bucket, eliminating any feeling of the bow diving or excessive spray.
*Cruising-oriented features include a bolstered, tiered saddle, cruise control and no-wake modes, and pull-up cleats.
*Even lighter weight NanoXcel hull material improves power-to-weight ratio.
*Supercharged 1.8-liter Yamaha marine engine offers arm-stretching acceleration out of the hole and 65-plus mph top speed.
*With trademark Yamaha versatility, the hull is equally at home in either calm or rough conditions.
How We Tested
Engine: Super-vortex high-output Yamaha marine engine
Impeller: Mercury 16″ x 13″ 3-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 2.38:1
Fuel Load: 18 gal.
Crew Weight: 150 lb.
$15,799 (with test power)
Yamaha Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-7926; yamahawaverunners.com