When it comes to boats, Yamaha is usually considered a benchmark in its class and there is no wonder why as its products are modern, reliable and comfortable.

One of the most wanted boats in Yamaha’s lineup is the 242 Limited S. Compared to the previous models, the 2011 version features a series of improvements, the most important one being the new deck and hull design. Thanks to the new design the seating area at the bow is wider and longer than ever before offering an improved level of comfort.

The 2011 Yamaha 242 Limited is propelled by two twin 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16-valve High Output Yamaha Marine engines with a displacement of 1812cc (each). The engines are fed by a 50.2 gallons fuel tank that offers a fairly good range.

Among the standard features available for the 242 Limited S you’ll find aluminum watersports tower with built-in speakers and cabin lights, a convertible lounge seat and bow docking lights.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2011 YAMAHA 242 Limited S.

  • 2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S
  • Year:
  • Displacement:
    1812 cc

Press Release

The 242 Series features an all new deck and hull design. Above the waterline, Yamaha increased the height of the freeboard, which gives the 242 Series an impressive profile. The seating area at the bow is wider and longer than ever before to allow the tallest passengers and multiple riders the space to stretch out and lounge while moored. The two-tier stern lounge area and swim platform of the 242 Series is Yamaha’s most impressive design ever, providing more space and more comfort.

2011 YAMAHA 242 Limited S, Standing tall and proud, the forward-swept tower of Yamaha’s 242 Limited S looms above its refined, spacious interior, while bow docking lights accent the distinguished exterior. Pairing an open layout that feels exponentially larger than 24 feet with the explosive power of twin 1.8 liter high output Yamaha Marine engines, the 242 Limited S stakes its rightful claim atop the luxury category.

Without an engine box to work around, Yamaha designers created transom seating that no one else has been able to copy. It’s always been the envy of the competition, and now it’s even better. There are two very comfortable aft facing seats, drink holders, the previously mentioned stereo remote, a removable pedestal table, and padding behind your legs that doubles as a separate padded seatback when you’re sitting on the swim platform. The platform is mere inches above the water making the re-boarding ladder a bit redundant. It’s an attractive and comfortable package, and Yamaha has really hit one out of the park with it.


2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S High Resolution Exterior
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  • The flagships of the Yamaha boat line offering the highest level of refinement Yamaha


  • Twin 1.8L Yamaha marine engines.
  • Expansive bow seating that features first ever “rumble” seat design.
  • Latest version of Yamaha’s award-winning stern lounge and swim platform design.
  • GPS instrumentation, Cruise Assist and 3-speed No Wake Mode.
  • Now rated with an 11-person capacity.

Returning as the best selling model in its class in 2010 is the Yamaha 242 Series that takes Yamaha Boats to its highest level of sophistication and refinement. Featuring the largest boat platform ever offered by Yamaha, the 24-foot, 11-person, 242 Series was designed from direct customer feedback to include their “wish list” of new features and technology as well as new signature design elements from Yamaha.

The flagships of the Yamaha boat line, the Yamaha 242 Series includes the 242 Limited and the 242 Limited S. The 242 Limited S is the watersports edition of the series that includes a premium aluminum tower with integrated cockpit lighting and speakers.

Above the waterline, the tall freeboard of the 240 Series gives the 242 Limited and Limited S an impressive profile. The seating area at the bow is wide and long allowing the tallest passengers and multiple riders the space to stretch out and lounge while moored. Insert the standard bow filler cushion and you have one of the largest, most comfortable bow seating configurations available in its class.

Exclusive to Yamaha 24-foot boats is the industry’s first “rumble seat” design, a fun and innovative seating option that allows riders in the bow to enjoy a unique, front-facing point-of-view in the forward-most part of the bow when underway. Completing the bow is premium marine-grade upholstery, stainless-steel handrails, 4 stainless steel
cupholders, multifunction filler cushion, a bow ladder, anchor locker, and bow docking lights (242 Limited S only).

The cockpit of the 242 Series is roomy, lavish, and refined. The helm layout is minimalist and sophisticated with large analog gauges and integrated digital information displays that provide independently controlled access to a wide range of new information.

Utilizing an integrated GPS-based information control center, the digital displays can provide latitude, longitude, compass heading, elevation, water depth, trip odometer, clock, engine hours, engine speed, vessel voltage, vessel speed, highest speed, fuel level, fuel used and they are the first in their class to provide real time (gallons per hour and miles per gallon) fuel flow data.

Also at the helm is Yamaha’s exclusive Cruise Assist™ and No Wake Mode™. The Cruise Assist feature can be engaged at planing speeds. When engaged, Cruise Assist will hold the engines at a specific RPM for effortless cruising or towing and can be increased eight positions up and eight positions down at pre-set increments (125 – 188 rpm depending on current engine speed). The No Wake Mode includes three different RPM settings allowing the driver to easily increase or decrease their no wake speed to find the optimum setting.

Completing the helm is a premium stereo system with direct plug-in iPod® connectivity inside the unit. When the iPod® is plugged into the stereo, it will charge automatically and can be controlled entirely through the stereo controls, as well as the remote control on the swim platform. In addition, the new premium stereo comes with a separate waterproof and floatable handheld remote that can control the entire system from up to 50 feet away. The 242 Series also features a total of six waterproof speakers including two on the swim platform offering more sound in more places than Yamaha has ever offered before (two additional tower speakers on the Limited S only).

Also included in the cockpit are a fully enclosed, carpeted head compartment, multiple
storage areas for gear, a dinette table with side-mount, and a large removable cooler
that stores under the passenger seat. NOTE: The cockpit seating in the 242 Limited
includes a Captain’s Chair for the first mate. The 242 Limited S comes standard with a
convertible lounge seat that allows the observer to sit rear facing to watch people being towed, or forward facing when the seat is in the upright position.

The two-tier stern lounge area and swim platform of the 240 Series is wide, comfortable, and low to the water, which makes reboarding even easier and hanging out at the stern with family and friends more fun.

Exclusive to the 242 Series are plush, padded backrests and seating pads on the stern
lounge area. Completing the stern area is a dinette table with side-mount, a rear stereo remote, hydro-turf® deck mats, an integrated freshwater shower, stainless steel cupholders, and a reboarding ladder that extends deep into the water for effortless reboarding.

Under the waterline is Yamaha’s dual internal drive propulsion system that delivers
better performance and more peace of mind than traditional stern drive models.
Yamaha’s ultra-responsive internal drive system brings the 242 Series on plane faster
and accelerates quicker than comparable boats. The 242’s shallow draft and enclosed
impellers increase the boat’s versatility, allowing you to travel to places not accessible to stern drive boats. Yamaha Boats also feature pump clean out ports that are easily
accessible from the swim platform, allowing boat owners to effortlessly clean out any
debris without getting in the water or having to reach under the boat. Additionally, the
low maintenance of Yamaha Boats makes them always ready to launch, all season long.

Increased Engine Performance

2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S Interior
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Yamaha 24-foot boats are the first Yamaha boat to be powered by two of Yamaha’s
1812cc four-stroke Yamaha Marine engines. These engines deliver industry-leading 0-
30 MPH acceleration and greater top speed performance than comparable stern drive


2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S Interior
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  • Wide, long bow area with rumble seat backrests and multi-function bow filler cushion.
  • Twin Yamaha High Output engines that deliver class-leading performance, reliability,

and durability.

  • Yamaha’s exclusive three position No Wake Mode™ that allows the driver to set the

engines at optimum no wake speed with the simple push of a button.

  • Innovative stern lounge area with table mount, padded seating, shower and stereo


  • Full-featured helm with fly by wire, fuel flow meter and GPS controlled instrumentation.
  • Premium stereo with direct iPod® plug-in connectivity equipped with 6 waterproof

speakers and an MP3 input.

  • Cruise Assist™, Yamaha’s exclusive feature that allows the driver to hold engine

speed constant, ideal for long range rides and for maintaining a consistent speed while

  • Freshwater shower built into the swim platform.
  • Premium marine vinyl upholstery and Berber carpet.
  • Fully enclosed, upholstered head compartment*.
  • Portable cooler with designated storage.
  • Stainless steel cupholders (15), rubrails and pull-up cleats.
  • Includes premium painted, matching trailer with spare tire, retractable tie down straps

and LED taillights.


2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S High Resolution Exterior
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  • Aluminum watersports tower with built-in speakers and cabin lights.
  • Comes standard with convertible lounge seat.
  • Bow docking lights.
  • Available in Black or Yacht Blue


2011 Yamaha 242 Limited S Interior
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Engine Type Twin 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16-valve High Output Yamaha Marine engines
Displacement 1812cc/each
Impeller 3 blade, stainless steel
Length 23’ 6”
Beam 8’6”
Draft 16”
Dry Weight 242 Limited S 3519 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 50.2 gal./Regular Unleaded
Storage 746.5 gal
Capacity 11 persons
Dead Rise 20º
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