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Sporty and comfortable, the new 2013 Yamaha 242 Limited S is one of the fanciest boats built by the Japanese manufacturers. The 2013 Yamaha 242 Limited S is powered by two 1.8 Liter HIGH OUTPUT engines with electronic fuel injection.

Like any Yamaha product, the 2013 242 Limited S was built with ergonomy in mind. Thereby, once on board of the 242 Limited S you are met by an all-new dash with state-of-the-art gauges and an adjustable convertible lounger that gives you the option to either sit or lounge.

You also get integrated LED cockpit lighting, flush-mounted speakers and a set of comfy seats. One of the newest features offered for the 2013 Yamaha 242 Limited S is the select teak-style carpet which ads a touch of class to the interior, but also increases the overall comfort.

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Apart from being a great motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha is also pretty good at building boats. In fact many of its models are considered among the top dogs in their segment and there is no wonder why as they are reliable, modern and very capable.

One of them is the new Yamaha 212SS, an agile, versatile and fast high performance jet-boat that can swim though the waves with poise.

The beating heart of the Yamaha 212SS is a twin 1.8 liter marine engine with electronic fuel injection. As far as performance is concerned the engine can go from zero to 30 mph in under 4 seconds, being able to reach speeds of over 55 mph.

Among the wide range of features offered by the Yamaha 212SS you’ll find perfectly positioned throttles and easy-to-read performance-style gauges. You also get an adjustable captain’s chair with flip-up bolster, U-shaped cockpit seating, tilt steering and an integrated swim platform.

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Featuring an agile stance and powered by a strong 1.8 liter marine engine, the 2013 Yamaha 212X is ready to reward you with a tasty mix of adrenaline and dopamine every time you get on board. Thanks to its capable engine the Yamaha 212X is able to go from zero to 30 in under four seconds. You’ll also like the twin 50 gallon internal ballast tanks that further enhance the boat’s performances.

As far as comfort is concerned, the 2013 Yamaha 212X can accommodate up to 9 people, and is equipped with premium Polk speakers, removable dinette table with two pedestals, J-shaped cockpit seating and a convenient steering with intuitive dials. You also get a pretty spacious in-floor storage locker that can easily accommodate wakeboards and other items.

Another important feature of the 2013 212X is Yamaha’s integrated swim platform which helps you get in and out from the water in no time.

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The warm summer weather always sends people rushing to the waters. And what better way to soak up the sun and sand than riding the waves on board the Kawasaki STX-15F.

The design of the STX-15F lends itself to a muscular and aggressive looking watercraft, complete with a spacious riding position that makes aggressive performance riding easier while suiting a wider range of riders. A molded-in Kawasaki Splash Deflector (KSD) is incorporated into the hull design to help minimize spray on the rider while an automatically retracting boarding step located on the rear of the hull simplifies boarding in deep water. The rear deck can accommodate items needed for a day on the water, like a cooler, along with a water-resistant storage compartment, an easily accessible glove box, and additional room for gear under the seat.

The STX’s Ninja-derived 1,498cc engine delivers plenty of low- and mid-range torque while also producing 160 horsepower, making it the most powerful watercraft in its class. Despite that, the STX-15F boasts of a Three-Star Ultra-Low Emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board and meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest standards, which means that you can enjoy its spoils without having to worry about destroying Mother Nature.

Aiding the engine to allow the STX-15F to perform the way it does are dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and an electronic engine control (ECU), all of which combine to provide maximum performance and reliability.

Propulsion duties are handled by a direct drive axial-flow jet pump driving an oval-edge, stainless steel, three-blade 148mm impeller for powerful acceleration. Tuned to produce its peak power at a relatively low rpm, the STX-15F engine matches the impeller’s peak efficiency to provide rider-friendly propelling performance.

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When you’re out on the open seas, it’s important to carry as much power in your watercraft as you can get. But what’s even better than top-class power? Having equally impressive handling characteristics.

That’s what you get with the Kawasaki Ultra 300X. The 2012 Ultra 300X boasts incredible performance and thrust with a design that ensures typical Kawasaki reliability.

At the heart of the Ultra 300X is a monstrous 1,498cc inline-four DOHC engine that produces around 300 horsepower. Built in to assist the engine is a high-tech Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) roots supercharger and Kawasaki’s Electronic Throttle Valve System, both of which help channel Ultra 300X’s tremendous power exactly where and how a rider wants it.

More than just the impressive performance characteristics, the Ultra 300X also boasts an array of futuristic electronics, including a highly advanced fuel injection system controlled by a high-tech Electronic Control Unit (ECU). This set-up not only commands the injectors and throttle bodies to route a precise amount of air and fuel mixture into the combustion chambers with help from the Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) system, but it also allows a host of other technologies that can be used for your riding pleasure.

These include a range of varied riding “modes” such as Fuel Economy Assistance mode, a one-touch 5 mph mode, and the Smart Learning Operation (SLO) mode. The setup also includes a digital dash display called the Economical Riding Indicator that provides a clear guide to the rider when riding conditions are most efficient. The Ultra 300X also has an Electronic Trim Control (ETC) system, which controls the nozzle angle of the 160mm jet pump to adjust hull attitude to suit water surface conditions and riding style.

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Buying a jet ski doesn’t have to be scoring the biggest and baddest of the bunch. Sometimes, especially when the purpose is for some family fun, it’s best to get one that’s not only affordable but also offers the benefits of power and reliability.

The Yamaha VX Sport is one of the best values you can buy, thanks to its ergonomic design, responsive engine, and proven fuel economy.

The VX Sport deck integrates the look and feel of a Yamaha luxury watercraft by creating a roomy cockpit for the operator. Yamaha ’s exclusive high-compression molded hull is formed to make the best fit and finish in the industry. The jet ski is also spacious enough to accommodate up to three people, thanks to a long seat design that provides added space and more legroom for taller riders. The seat also has a large bolster for added comfort when riding with two or three people and the reboarding platform is wide and thickly padded. In addition to the spacious seating layout, the VX Sport also comes with a glove box, a large reverse lever, and a pair of side mirrors.

Powering the VX Sport is an impressive 1052cc, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine that is considered the most fuel efficient in the PWC industry. The engine’s high-performance capability, together with the efficiency fuel economy returns, makes the jet ski a responsive, low-maintenance, fuel efficient ride.

Overall, the Yamaha VX Sport is the ideal family jet ski. The craft can even be used as a great platform for skiing or wakeboarding, providing an absent shortage of fun activities.

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Wave runners don’t need to be expensive, especially if you’re one of those people that are on a tight budget. Fortunately, Yamaha has the VX Deluxe WaveRunner , a reliable and affordable watercraft that’s sure to bring fun and delight to your family.

Considered as the number 1 selling waverunner in the Yamaha line-up, the VX Deluxe offers a winning combination of performance and affordability, emphasizing its value as a watercraft that features everything the start-up rider would want while leaving out all the complicated technologies that only experienced riders require.

For the 2012 model, the VX Deluxe comes with a highly-comfortable precision-stitched three-person saddle that sits atop a stunning all-new metallic deck. The VX also has a generous reboarding step and the largest stern area in its class. Amenities are also not a problem for this versatile waverunner and it accomplishes all that without having to break your bank accounts.

The VX Deluxe comes with a roomy cockpit that features a long seat design, providing more legroom for taller riders. The overall effect is not only more comfortable for the operator, but it also gives the VX Series a striking profile that mirrors Yamaha’s more models. In addition to the cockpit, the VX Deluxe boasts of a large bolster on the seat for added comfort, especially when more than one person is sitting on the saddle. There’s also a thickly padded reboarding platform and a storage bin, among other things.

Yamaha watercrafts are known far more than just their good looks; they also have the kind of engine that makes for impressive runs on the high seas. The VX Deluxe has a 1052cc, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine that is the most fuel efficient in the PWC industry. Such high praise may be a little overzealous on some circles, but not for the VX Deluxe. It lives up and far exceeds all the hype.

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When speaking of a jet ski that can offer all-world purpose and versatility, you can’t go wrong with a Yamaha FZR Waverunner.

Aggressive and dominating, the FZR is one jet ski that has no problem being pushed to the limit. Its stature as the reigning National Tour Champion doesn’t beg any questions. It’s the ultimate jetski that comes with precision engineering and is powered by the largest displacement engine ever created for a personal watercraft, delivering energetic acceleration and top speed.

The FZR WaveRunner features the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners, considered to be the lightest and strongest in the market today. The edge-to-edge inside-lean that it possesses greatly compliments its comfortable two-piece seat configuration, while the adjustable trim control allows the rider to dial in the ride of the craft just the way they want it. In addition, the unique telescopic steering allows for effortless switching between a lean-forward attack position and a stand-up riding style. The result is a state of the art watercraft that’s not only quick and nimble, but also offers balance and maneuverability.

The NanoXcell hull is combined with a supercharged 1812cc engine that packs plenty of power and thrust. It’s no secret why the FZR WaveRunner comes with the largest displacement in the industry. And when you combine that with a throttle by wire reverse system that controls RPM in reverse gear and produces maximum thrust efficiency, then you have a watercraft whose reputation certainly does justice to all the hype surrounding it.

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Yamahas are known for being one of the best jet ski manufacturers in the world, so you really don’t expect anything less than high-quality products from these guys.

The Yamaha FX SHO sits on the market’s luxury class, and true to form, it’s front and center, and considered as the holy grail of Yamaha jet skis. With an energetic powerplant and newly redesigned hull, the FX SHO offers an unrivaled mix of extreme performance and luxury, one that is raising the bar even higher in the luxury performance class of jet skis all over the world.

Though the overall design of the FX SHO hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last three years, the jet ski still comes packed with plenty of features, highlighted by a NanoXcel High-Compression Molded Compound that’s considered as the only nanotechnology-engineered body compound on the market. The FX SHO also has a comfortable three-person seat, an adjustable steering and trim control, an integrated beverage holder and glovebox, a retractable reboarding ladder, an all-new fast access stern storage, and a multifunction instrumentation that includes the industry’s only fuel flow meter.

But more than the technologically advanced design of the FX SHO, this jet ski is also powered by a monster 1,812cc four-stroke four cylinder supercharged Yamaha marine engine that delivers even thrust through all the rpm ranges. The engine also comes with plenty of different features, including Cruise Assist, an exclusive feature that reduces throttle fatigue and improves towing capability. The FX SHO also has a No Wake Mode, which sets the engine to optimum no wake speed, and a remote transmitter security system and Low RPM Mode, a system that drastically reduces the jet skis fuel consumption by up to 26%.

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Yamaha ’s FZ models are considered the class of the market for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are their nimble and aggressive characteristics.

The Yamaha FZS holds true to all these traits, and while it may share some design traits with the FX line, the FZS sports a shorter wetted surface and softer chines that allow it to deliver a lean-in style ride that will seem natural to aggressive riders. The FZS also has a larger pump inlet that loads the pump for better acceleration and a dihedral shape to the keel in front of the pump.

With its hull design, the FZS WaveRunner features Yamaha’s exclusive - and the first in the industry - NanoXcel High-Compression Molded Compound that has an edge-to-edge inside-lean character. The design set-up of the waverunner also features a pair of comfortable two-piece seats and an adjustable trim control that allows the rider to dial in the ride of the craft just the way they want it. Take all these elements together and you have a watercraft that’s quick, nimble, and offers unparalleled balance and maneuverability. Another unique feature of the FZS is an innovative, 3-position telescoping steering column that gives the rider the option to ride seated or standing, depending on where the rider is most comfortable conquering the water.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, the FZS - and the FZR - is powered by the biggest displacement engine in the industry, a race-bred 1.8-liter supercharged, Super High Output Engine, producing the kind of awesome raw power riders would want on their jet skis. But the FZS doesn’t only have a powerful engine; it’s also considered as the most fuel efficient engine in its class and is optimized to deliver excellent performance at all costs.

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