The hull redesign was informed by Yamaha’s own GP1800R, a nimble, performance-oriented two-passenger craft, stretching dimensions by 10 inches and tweaking the design to match the FX’s larger footprint and crew capacity. At this end of the spectrum, performance is always a goal, but the overriding targets were increased stability, particularly in rough water, as well as enhanced comfort and confidence-inspiring handling. Designers hit the mark. Integrated spray chines at the bow produce a drier, more comfortable ride. A top-loading intake grate better feeds the pump, improving not only the craft’s hookup but also overall stability. Hull sponsons likewise aid the craft’s cornering ability, but also provide increased stability when riding with a full complement of crew or towing tubers, skiers and wakeboarders.