2016 Yamaha Sportboat 212X - Big Wakes, Smaller Package
Boat Review by: Matt Spencer
The exciting part about the Boating Industry today is that to stay competitive you can not rest on your laurels. You have to always be 2 steps ahead and always striving to improve. It’s hard to believe that Yamaha Sport Boats have any room for improvement as their best-selling line of boats is decorated in awards but for the last couple of years they have been rejuvenating their line-up.
One of those additions include the 212X - a 21-foot wake focused boat that pumps out big time fun in a small and manageable sized package.
Right away I hate using the term “small” when referring to any of Yamaha’s Sport Boats, even their 19-footers, because thanks to the low-profile design of their High-Output Jet Engines they offer the best cockpit space in the industry. So even though the 212X is a 21-foot boat it has the interior space of a 23-footer, without that added weight (or price!)
Giving the 212X a walk through at the Toronto International Boat Show, I was able to board the boat from the award winning transom area. Again one of the (numerous) benefits of the jet drive’s low profile is that Yamaha is able to rethink the transom area creating a lounge that no one has been able to duplicate. It’s a two tier design with padded back rests, speakers, grab handles and even a table mount. There are flush mounted, pop-up cleats that won’t catch on anything and there are functional aspects like the clean out ports should you happen to suck up a line or some fishing line or too much sea-weed.
Moving into the cockpit via the transom walk through you step onto a non-skid pad on the center bench and into the J shaped layout. The lounge extends from the co-captain console all the way back and around to tuck up behind the captain’s chair. This chair can swivel 180 degrees to incorporate into the lounge as well. That same table that fits on the transom lounge can also be put in the cockpit for drinks, snacks or both when you’re chilling at the dock or beached. If I was conducting this walk through on a sunny day I would actually be fully immersed in shade thanks to the large bimini that’s attached to the folding aluminum wake tower equipped with board racks.
All of these little details that I am mentioning, would normally be options on other boats that quietly drive the price up but Yamaha has their “Total Care Package” which includes all of these things: Wakeboard tower, bimini, snap in carpet, table, and trailer. With their price, what you see is what you get and that’s one of the reasons why they are such popular boats.
Sitting at the helm of the 212X you’re in total control. The twin throttle controls are in a great place, right at hand and directly in front of them in the dash is the cruise assist/no wake mode to help pinpoint your speed. In a nutshell, it’s a rocker switch that you tap either up or down to fine tune your engine RPM to go slower or faster for those precise speed adjustments that are tough to do by the throttle. The cruise assist will help you lock in the speed for when you’re towing a wakeboarder and the no wake mode will help moving through the marina. What also will help is the articulating keel which has drastically improved the low speed control of all Yamaha Jet Boats.
Moving into the bow you can fill it up with cushions to make a large sunbed, or you can remove them all to have two distinct seats that also feature Yamaha’s famous front jump seats. A bow cushion removes from each side giving the kids a safe spot to sit that get’s them right up front and in on the action.
Picking your colour choice may be the hardest decision when purchasing a 212X and with two options you could just flip a coin because they both look sharp in my opinion. But either way you’re going to be happy with your new Yamaha Sportboat 212X.
2016 Yamaha 212X Photo Gallery
||50 US gals
|Base Engine / Drive:
||Twin 1.8 L High Output