Yamaha Motor Corporation USA has announced the launch of its new 242 and 240 Series boat models, along with the next generation of VX WaveRunners for 2010. The models were announced at the company's recent dealer meeting in Freeport, Bahamas and will be available to Canadian dealers later this year.
According to Yamaha, the 242 and 240 Series are “the largest, most featured rich boats the company has produced” and replace the existing 232 and 230 Series.
“We spoke with owners of our boats at length to determine what we could do with a future platform to provide a better boating experience for them,” said Scott Watkins, product manager for Yamaha's WaterCraft Group.
“From this feedback, we created a new, larger platform, with more bow seating configurations than ever before and a stern area that sits just inches from the water. These are among the most important areas for our boat owners.”
The two models are designed to compete with boat models starting at $20,000 and the flagship of the line the 242 Series, which is available in two versions – the 242 Limited and the 242 Limited S.
The Limited S is a watersports edition featuring a premium aluminum tower with integrated LED cockpit lighting and two sound system speakers. Other standards include twin Yamaha High Output 1.8 L engines, (the largest engines ever to be featured on a Yamaha boat), the company's No Wake Mode (now with three positions), plus a fully featured helm with fly-by-wire, a fuel flow meter and GPS-controlled instrumentation.
Features also extend to a stern lounge (featuring a table mount, padded seating, shower and stereo remote), and a Premium stereo with six waterproof speakers, direct iPod plug-in connectivity, a handheld remote and MP3 input. Cruise Assist, a speed control system for watersports or cruising, has even been added.
The 240 Series includes the SX240 and the AR240 – a watersports edition with an integrated aluminum tower. Returning to the Yamaha boat line is the 212 and the 210 Series.
THE 2010 NEXT GEN WAVERUNNER VX SERIES
Yamaha has also announced the launch of its next generation VX Series for 2010, which includes the VX Cruiser, VX Deluxe, and VX Sport.
“We created the VX Series to offer the entry-level buyer a fun, fuel-efficient and feature-rich WaveRunner at an affordable price,” says Watkins.
One of the new enhancements on the 2010 VX line is a more spacious cockpit, which is the result of increasing the seat length and the driver's compartment by four inches. According to the company, this refinement not only provides additional room for taller riders, but changes the profile very similar to models in the FX line. Other new appointments include repositioned mirrors for improved visibility, a larger glove box, and larger, more convenient reverse lever. For 2010, the bolster on the three-rider VX,
has been increased in size and a padded surface has been added to the rear platform.
When it comes to performance on the next generation VX Series, new ride plates, repositioned, new sponsons plus revised weight distribution combine to strengthen handling characters and provide a sportier feel.
The company has also announced that a retractable ladder has been added to the two-person Yamaha FZR.