Yamaha Announces 2015MY Boats and Waverunners

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced its 2015MY (model year) lineup of boats and WaveRunner personal watercraft. It also introduces several new technologies for both categories including Articulating Keel technology for better handling on Yamaha sport boats as well as the RiDE Dual Throttle Control System and a new lighter-weight NanoXcel 2 material for select personal watercraft models.


Yamaha Motor introduces a ground-up redesign of its top selling 24-foot model as well as the introduction its new Articulating Keel technology, said to enhance handling at all speeds. For personal watercraft, Yamaha unveils new VX Series and V Series WaveRunners, NanoXcel 2 – the next generation material for its SVHO models, and introduces the RiDE Dual Throttle Control System – a handlebar throttle control for forward and reverse.

For 2015, Yamaha's 24-foot boats are now six inches longer with higher freeboard and bowlines than its predecessors, improving usable space. The development of the new hull and deck created the opportunity for Yamaha engineers to invent what it calls the "first articulating keel” for enhanced steering responsiveness at all speeds and ‘Quiet Cruise' for quieter and more comfortable cruising experience.

"We essentially started from scratch and looked at how to improve or enhance every inch of this boat from the ground up,” said JF Rioux, National Manager, Marine. “The result is a boat with more technology, features, luxury appointments, performance, comfort and forward thinking than we've ever built before.'

Articulating Keel
Yamaha says its Articulating Keel represents a new advancement in directional control technology for recreational boaters and is an enhancement to Yamaha's suite of Advanced Responsive Handling features that already include No Wake Mode and Thrust Directional Enhancer.

The Articulating Keel is a mechanical extension of the boat's keel. It moves and tracks through the water in perfect relation to the jet pump nozzles. The system is said to place the driver in complete control whether they are going through chop, cornering at high speeds, or maneuvering around a dock in close quarters.

Quiet Cruise Platform
Yamaha's Quiet Cruise is a platform-based system designed to create a quiet, comfortable ride by suppressing the amount of engine noise and vibration that enters the cabin.  

To achieve this, Yamaha engineers identified and addressed almost two-dozen points of the boat where noise could be significantly reduced.  With Quiet Cruise technology, Yamaha says boat passengers can enjoy conversation and comfort at all speeds.

Connext Helm Control System
Special attention has also been given to the helm area of the 24-foot boats with an all-new layout that now features Yamaha's Connext helm control system.

The Connext system combines an LCD touch screen with a joystick control, allowing the driver to access all major electronic functions of the boat.  In addition, Connext serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connections.

The Connext joystick control provides additional quick access controls for quick access to ‘home', ‘scrolling and volume' as well as access to Yamaha's Cruise Assist and No Wake modes.

The complete 2015 Yamaha boat line includes 12 models ranging in length from 19 to 24-feet. Yamaha is the best-selling brand of family runabout boats in the 19 to 24-foot segment that includes open-bow runabouts, deck boats, and wakeboard boats.

2015 Yamaha Boat Updates
242 Series
    •    Includes the 242 Limited S and 242 Limited
    •    All-new design and features
    •    Articulating Keel
    •    Yamaha Quiet Cruise
    •    Connext

240 Series
    •    Includes AR240 and SX240
    •    All-new design and features
    •    Articulating Keel
    •    Yamaha Quiet Cruise
    •    Connext

212 Series
    •    Includes the 212X and 212SS
    •    212SS features new luxury appointments
    •    new colours and graphics

210 Series
    •    includes the AR210 and SX210
    •    new colours and graphics

192 Series
    •    includes the AR192 and AR192
    •    new colours and graphics

190 Series
    •    includes the AR190 and SX190
    •    new colours and graphics

Personal Watercraft

Yamaha announced several improvements and innovations to its personal watercraft line that are designed to make it even more competitive, particularly at the entry-level price point.

Handlebars with Dual Throttle Controls
RiDE is a dual-throttle control system now available on Yamaha FX and VX Series WaveRunners. Pull the right hand throttle lever to go forward, pull the left hand throttle lever to slow down and go in reverse. Let go of both levers and the watercraft is in neutral. The right and left throttle levers can work together at speed to let the driver dial in maximum control over the ride.

RiDE utilizes a patented bucket design that forces water out the sides of the bucket, whereby acting as a virtual rudder that keeps the watercraft tracking in the direction the driver intended.

The throttle system is controlled by a Boat Control Unit, or BCU, which is specifically tuned at the factory to account for the power and weight of each model. This is designed to ensure a completely smooth experience whether riding around a dock in close quarters or taking a turn at full speed. The BCU is also programmed to understand driver input and intention when both levers are pulled simultaneously, applying the appropriate level of acceleration or deceleration to maximize control.

"RiDE has been in development for years with the goal of forever changing the way people experience a personal watercraft,' said JF Rioux, National Manager, Marine.  "Simply creating a deceleration mechanism wasn't enough. We wanted a new technology that drivers would use all the time on their watercraft, and RiDE is just that.  It's a technology you will use the entire time you ride.  There's never been anything quite like it.'

All-New VX Series WaveRunners
For 2015, the VX, VX Deluxe and VX Cruiser now feature Yamaha's new RiDE control system. The high-performance VXR and VXS also receive a new platform redesign and RiDE.

The redesign of the VX models include a new hull and deck design that takes styling cues from Yamaha's flagship FX Series. The new deck with hard-edged lines now includes integrated mirrors, refined cockpit ergonomics, a two-piece seat design and a larger stern platform.

Under the waterline, the new Yamahas feature modified hull strakes, softer bow chines, and a new keel shape. The newest lightweight NanoXcel hull delivers improved stability for three-up riding and towing, and precise responsiveness and predictability for thrilling one-up riding.

The new NanoXcel hull is designed to work with the higher displacement 1.8L Yamaha marine engine that powers the high-performance VXR and VXS.

Yamaha's new VX, VX Deluxe and VX Cruiser models place Yamaha's three passenger entry-level WaveRunner series in a more attractive spot for budget-conscious buyers.

The new Yamaha V1 Sport is the perfect choice for buyers who might otherwise be interested in a pre-owned watercraft. The V1 Sport is constructed from Yamaha's high compression molded SMC material that is said to have been tested in saltwater conditions for years. This unit is powered by the 1052cc Yamaha marine engine.

"For the entry level and first time buyer there has never been a better selection of watercraft than we are offering in 2015,' said Tim Kennedy, National Marketing Manager.  "If you want the easiest way to get your family on the water, there's the new V1 Sport.  Moving up, the new VX platform offers technology and features never before seen in this price range before.  And if you want all the features and technology plus a performance edge, there's the VXR and VXS, which continue to prove their race-bred DNA on the championship podiums of closed course racing.'

Next Generation NanoXcel Hull and Deck Material
For 2015, Yamaha introduces NanoXcel 2, a nanotechnology-engineered material that is even lighter than the previous version while maintaining structural integrity.

To create NanoXcel 2, Yamaha engineers used a combination of ‘nano' clay and glass micro-bubbles to develop what it says is a new, stronger resin that uses less material. The company says the glass micro-bubbles used in NanoXcel 2 are smaller and stronger than other filler materials, contributing to the strength, rigidity and lightweight of the new hulls and decks.

NanoXcel 2 reduces the weight of the 2015 Yamaha FZ and FX SVHO models by 35 and 46 lbs. respectively, making NanoXcel 2 hulls, decks and liners among the lightest in the industry.