Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
As more consumers demand more options to make the PWC experience their own, Yamaha has taken charge by incorporating key features as standard, all while providing an array of accessory choices for users to personalize their machines.
Let’s take a peek at a few of the standards first:
• 1.8 L HO engine -the largest engine in the business means high performance wrapped in reliability
• YEMS – Yamaha Engine Management system electronically manages and controls ignition timing, fuel injection mapping, diagnostics and OTS - Off Throttle Steering.
• RiDE – Reverse with Intuitive Deceleration Electronics, dual handle bar throttle control, right = forward, left = reverse, pull both levers together for total control = better handling, smooth deceleration and more control.
• Electronic trim – on the fly control capabilities to change the ride from loose and playful to planted and high performance.
• Footwell drains – simple and yet long overdue. No more freezing toes sitting in cold water during early or late season rides
• CONNEXT – 5” touchscreen is the info centre of the machine
• Theatre style cruising seat allows everybody to watch the action
• No Wake mode – activate for total control in no wake zones
• Drive Control – set a top speed and acceleration curve tailored to the riders experience
Now let’s look at customization – accessory options to make your WaveRunner your very own (beyond the standard goodies like lines, fenders, covers etc.)
These accessorizing opportunities take the overall PWC experience to the next level for any rider. For example, fishing packages allow keen anglers to access shallow water areas that previously were unreachable by traditional watercraft. Or, families who wish to experience touring on a PWC can pack up their necessary gear and take off for several days at a time, much like snowmobilers have been doing for decades. All of this means bigger and better boating experiences and that bodes well for the sport.
A couple of details on the FX Cruiser HO that stand out are the storage compartment forward of the seat, and a very cleverly attached ‘cleat’ under the handlebar.
The storage compartment boasts an updated and upgraded watertight seal system, which makes perfect sense now that there is a dedicated phone mount (setting you up nicely to play your choice of tunes while you ride). You’ll also appreciate the USB port, 12V power outlet, and the LED light that are tucked in the storage locker. It’s very cool that Yamaha has also given the option of adding integrated factory installed speakers that have a sleek look and a great sound to them.
Under the handlebars is a simple and accessible ring/cleat. Finally, someone has provided a hook up for a dock line that isn’t bound to find itself underneath the dock. Regular hull mounted cleats are great, but too often they are mounted below the dock surface. This set up is so simple and yet was so totally overlooked for so long.
The FX Cruiser HO is mated with Yamaha’s well proven 1.8 Litre (1812 cc) high output engine. This proven, reliable platform has been the staple in Yamaha’s PWC & sport boat line up for a number of years and it has earned a strong reputation for being a consistent winner.
The machine itself runs very strong with lightning-fast hole shots and a very acceptable top speed of 97 km/h or just over 60 mph. Our test date was held on a 30 degree Celsius day and our waters were fairly calm with a modest amount of test venue boat chop. The electronic trim is simple to use and truly changes the ride characteristics as the bow is pulled up and out of the water.
At a safe moment, I had the opportunity to spin the boat at a variety of speeds and the hull tracks with confidence and delivers expected outcomes. She likes to be spun and stuffed into the water, so if getting wet on a hot summer day is your thing (it sure is mine), then the FX Cruiser HO is sure to put a smile on your face.
Today’s PWC market has lots of choices from several brands with decades of experience. To determine what your needs and wants are, consider the capabilities of current riders in your group as well as new riders you want to introduce to the sport. Then head over to your local Yamaha dealer and check out the FX Cruiser HO.
|Dry weight:||838 lbs||380 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||18 US gal||70 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||FX Cruiser HO|
|Engine HP:||1.8 Litre High Output (NON supercharged)|