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2009-2011 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Review and Specs [Video]

2009-2011 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Review and Specs [Video]

The FX Cruiser HO was a more featured brother of the more affordable FX HO. They shared the same naturally-aspirated version of the 1812cc, 180hp, HO Yamaha marine engine and the large and stable FX platform. These skis were also available in a supercharged configuration under the model names FX Cruiser SHO and FX SHO, respectively.

If you want to find out more about the ’09-’11 FX Cruiser HO, you’ve come to the right place.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know under one roof!

2009-2011 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Review

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Hull and Top Deck

In 2009, every FX WaveRunner was built on the same FX platform, and the FX Cruiser HO was no exception.

Also known as the first-generation FX hull, this shell was manufactured from 2004 through 2011 without any significant changes.

The top deck also remained unchanged until 2008 when the supercharged 2008 FX SHO/Cruiser SHO was refreshed with a more aggressive deck. In 2009, this top deck design found its way to non-supercharged FX models.

As the name suggests, the FX Cruiser HO came standard with the Cruiser package including a highly bolstered theater-style seat and raised handlebars.

The latter made the Cruiser slightly taller than the base models with standard handlebars.

Unlike the height, the length (132.7 in) and the width (48.4 in) of the FX WaveRunners were identical.

The deck and hull of FX WaveRunners were made of NanoXcel from 2008 onwards. This Yamaha-exclusive material was 25 percent lighter yet stronger than standard SMC.

In return, it offered bouncier rides since it couldn’t absorb vibrations as effectively as regular hull materials.

Thanks to its lightweight body, the dry weight of the FX Cruiser HO was 805 pounds, 11 pounds heavier than the FX HO.

The total weight capacity of the ski was 530 pounds, which could include three adult riders and 23.7 gallons of gear.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Engine

The engine of this model was replaced with an entirely new unit in the 2009 model year. (Its predecessor was powered by the 1052cc MR1 engine rated at 140hp).

The all-new power mill was a naturally-aspirated, 4-stroke, 1812cc, DOHC, inline-4, High-Output Yamaha marine engine rated at 180hp.

The supercharged version of this powerhouse debuted in 2008 FX SHO WaveRunners, but in 2009 it was already available in a naturally-aspirated “HO” configuration.

In the first years of production, Yamaha reserved this non-supercharged variant for the FX line, but in the early 2010s, this engine became the heart of the high-performance VXR and VXR.

The propulsion system of the FX Cruiser HO was a 155mm axial-flow, single-stage jet pump, featuring a stainless-steel pump housing, a three-blade stainless steel impeller, a quick-shift trim system, and a manual reverse.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Features

The FX Cruiser HO came standard with the “Cruiser Package,” the unique elements of which were the following:

  • Highly-bolstered touring seat for 3
  • Pull-up cleats
  • Unique rear handgrip
  • High handlebars
  • Custom color scheme
In addition to the above, other features on this WaveRunner included:
  • Yamaha Security System
  • Remote control transmitter (With L-Mode)
  • Dual rearview mirrors
  • Tool kit
  • Deck mats
  • Bow and stern eyes
  • Engine cut-off switch
  • Safety lanyard
  • Tilt steering system
  • Drain plugs
  • Rope holes
  • Rear grab handle
  • Two-piece saddle for 3
  • Sponsons
  • Reboarding step
  • Finger throttle lever
  • Cooling water pilot outlet
  • Visibility spout
Storage units:
  • Bow storage compartment (17.4 US gal)
  • Watertight seat compartment (4 US gal)
  • Glove compartment (1.6 US gal)
  • Watertight storage (0.7 US gal)
  • Fire extinguisher container
  • Cup holder
The FX Cruiser HO was also equipped with an innovative information center that had many useful functions, including:
  • Analog tachometer/speedometer
  • Digital speedometer
  • Hour meter/Voltmeter
  • Fuel level meter
  • Fuel Indicator
  • Check engine warning indicator
  • Oil pressure warning indicator
  • Fuel level warning indicator
  • Engine overheat warning indicator
  • UNLOCK indicator light
  • SECURITY indicator light
  • L-Mode indicator light
The multifunction display on the right also came standard on this ski, designed to display the following information:
  • Compass
  • Average Speed
  • Tripmeter
  • Fuel consumption per hour
  • Fuel consumption per km/mile
  • Water temperature
  • Air temperature

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Top Speed and Performance

On the water, the ski offered a remarkable performance thanks to its powerful engine.

Under ideal conditions, you could expect the ski’s 0-30 mph time to be in the ballpark of 2.2-2.3 seconds and its top speed to be 62-64 mph.

In contrast, its supercharged SHO equivalent topped out at 67 mph and reached 30 mph in 1.8 seconds. Even though the difference doesn’t seem significant, the HO was noticeably slower, especially during out-of-the-hole accelerations.

In return, the HO was more reliable and fuel efficient. Its claimed fuel consumption was only 12.8 gph, 42 percent less than the SHO.

Featuring an 18.5-gallon fuel cell, the cruising range of the FX Cruiser HO was 1.44 hours or 90 miles at WOT.

Compared to its smaller VX and FZ relatives, this ski was much larger, which translated to a less lively attitude. This was no surprise since the large and stable FX hull was designed for comfort rather than performance.

Its spacious deck and seat could accommodate three adults, which made the ski a perfect choice for families.

Besides touring and fun riding, it could be used for many activities like towing and even PWC fishing.

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve listed the main specifications of the 2011 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO in these charts:(Please note that the specs may vary by the model year.)

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Engine Specs

2011 FX Cruiser HOEngine Specs
Type4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Number of cylinders4
Displacement1812 cm³
Bore and Stroke86 × 78 mm (3.39 × 3.07 in)
Compression Ratio11:0:1
Lubrication systemWet sump
Cooling SystemWater cooled
Starting SystemElectric starter
Ignition SystemT.C.I.
Spark Plug Gap0.8-0.9 mm (0.031-0.035 in)
Spark Plugs TypeLFR6A
Battery Capacity12 V 19 Ah
Charging systemFlywheel magneto

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Drive Unit

2011 FX Cruiser HODrive System
Propulsion SystemJet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller RotationCounterclockwise
Jet Thrust Nozzle Horizontal Angle24.0 + 24.0 °
Jet thrust nozzle trim angle:-10, -5, 0, 5, 10 °

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Performance

2011 FX Cruiser HOPerformance
Maximum Output180hp (132.4 kW) @ 7600 RPM
Maximum Fuel Consumption12.8 US gal/h (48.6 L/h)
Cruising Range at full throttle1.44 hr.
Trolling speed1300 +/- 100 r/min

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Dimensions

2013 FX Cruiser HODimensions
Overall Length132.7 in (3370 mm)
Overall Width48.4 in (1230 mm)
Overall Height48.8 in (1240 mm)
Dry Weight805 lb (365 kg)
Maximum capacity3 riders/530 lb

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Fuel and Oil

2011 FX Cruiser HOFuel and Oil
FuelRegular Unleaded Gasoline
Minimum Octane Rating86 PON /90 RON
Recommended engine oil typeSAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50
Recommended engine oil gradeAPI SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank capacity18.5 US gal (70 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/ oil filter replacement)3.28 US qt. (3.1 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/o oil filter replacement)3.17 US qt. (3.0 L)
Engine Oil Total Quantity4.55 US qt. (4.3 L)
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.


As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the ’09-’11 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO:

What is a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO?

The FX Cruiser HO was a naturally aspirated touring Yamaha WaveRunner.

What Size was a ’08-‘11 FX Cruiser HO?

The ‘09-’11 FX Cruiser HO measured 132.7 inches in length, 48.4 inches in width, and 48.8 inches in height.

How Much Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Weigh?

The dry weight of the ’08-’11 FX Cruiser HO was 805 pounds.

How Many People Could Ride on a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO was rated for three riders.

What Kind of Engine was in the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO?

The engine of the ski was a 4-stroke, 1812cc, fuel-injected, inline-4, High-Output (HO) Yamaha Marine engine.

Was the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Supercharged?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO had a naturally aspirated engine option.

Was the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO a 2-stroke?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO was powered by a 4-stroke engine.

Was the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO fuel-injected?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO had a fuel injection system.

How Much HP Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Have?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO delivered 180hp at 7600 RPM.

How Much Oil Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Hold?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO held 4.55 US quarts of engine oil, of which 3.28 quarts were replaceable (w/ filter).

How Much Fuel Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Hold?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO had an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.

How Much Fuel Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Use?

The fuel economy of this WaveRunner was 12.8 gph at WOT.

What was the Cruising Range of the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO?

The cruising range of the ’08-’11 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO was 1.44 hours at WOT.

How Fast Did a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Go?

The top speed of a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO was 62-64 mph out of the crate.

Could the FX Cruiser HO Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?

Thanks to its 3-rider seat, this WaveRunner could legally be used for tow sports.

Did the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Have a Trim System?    

This WaveRunner was engineered with a quick-shift manual trim system.

Did the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Have a Reverse?             

The ski had a simple manual reverse system.

Did the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Have a Brake?  

This WaveRunner was marketed without a brake system.

How Much Does a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Cost?

The asking price of a used Yamaha FX Cruiser HO varies between $4,000 and $10,000 depending on the year and its condition.