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2014-2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Review and Specs [Video]

2014-2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Review and Specs [Video]

The 2014-2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO was a more advanced configuration of the base FX SVHO. These skis shared the same FX platform and the upgraded 250hp SVHO engine, but the Cruiser had some unique features like a bolstered touring seat, custom color scheme, pull-up cleats, as well as some additional gauge functions. Aside from these differences, these skis were completely identical.

If you want to find out more about this high-end touring WaveRunner, you’ve come to the right place.

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

2014-2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Review

FX Cruiser SVHO Hull and Top Deck

The 2014 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO was built on the proven FX platform, which had been heavily redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Yamaha used this body on each FX WaveRunner from 2012 through 2018 without any significant design changes.

This large touring WaveRunner platform was 140.2 inches in length and 48.4 inches wide. Its impressive dimensions ensured amazing stability and predictability.

In the 2014 season, the body of the FX Cruiser SVHO was made of NanoXcel1, which offered a dry weight of 875 pounds.

In the following year, the hull material was upgraded to the lighter yet stiffer NanoXcel2, which decreased the dry weight to 836 pounds.

This was a remarkable weight loss, especially considering that this model came with the RiDE brake and reverse system, which was noticeably heavier than the standard manual reverse system.

The FX Cruiser SVHO with this RiDE system and the NanoXcel2 hull was manufactured unchanged from 2015 through 2018.

FX Cruiser SVHO Engine and Propulsion

While the body of the ski had been inherited from the FX Cruiser SHO, its supercharged SHO engine was replaced with a more advanced engine option.

To be more precise, the heart of the FX Cruiser SVHO was its Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) Yamaha marine engine. This supercharged and intercooled, 4-stroke, 1812cc, DOHC, inline-4 powerhouse produced 250hp at 7500 RPM.

The new engine version had many improvements over the predecessor 210hp SHO, including:

  • More durable, compression-forged pistons
  • More efficient supercharger
  • Larger intercooler
  • All-new oil cooler
  • Upgraded fuel injection system
  • New spark plugs
Just like the engine, the pump was also upgraded to handle the increased performance.

The diameter of the proven 155mm axial-flow, single-stage pump was enlarged to 160mm. This revamped propulsion system packed a lot of advanced features, including:

  • Stainless-steel pump housing
  • Race-inspired, eight-vane stator
  • Manually adjustable quick-shift trim system
  • Three-blade stainless-steel impeller
  • Redesigned, top-loader scoop grate (a.k.a. intake grate)
  • Extended ride plate
  • RiDE brake and reverse (2015-)
As we’ve discussed, in the 2014 season this model was offered with an outdated mechanical reverse. In 2015, it was upgraded with an electric brake and reverse system (RiDE), which was very similar to Sea-Doo’s iBR.

FX Cruiser SVHO Features

As the name suggests, the FX Cruiser SVHO came standard with the “Cruiser” package, the content of which was as follows:

  • Bolstered “theater-style” saddle
  • Pull-up cleats
  • Extra gauge functions (Compass, Air temperature, Water temperature)
  • Custom color scheme
Other features of the ski were borrowed from the base FX SVHO, as follows:

  • 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
  • Sponsons
  • Reboarding step
  • Finger throttle lever
  • Cooling water pilot outlet
  • Visibility spout
  • Tow hook
Storage units:
  • 23.8-gallon bow storage
  • 4.5-gallon stern storage
  • 2.4-gallon watertight seat storage
  • 1.8-gallon glovebox
  • 0.7-gallon watertight deck storage
  • Fire extinguisher container
  • Cup holder
Its innovative dashboard provided a lot of useful riding information, 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 FX Cruiser SVHO also inherited the multifunction display from its Cruiser variant. The functions on this display were as follows:
  • Trim indicator
  • Shift indicator
  • Watercraft information
  • Tripmeter
  • Average speed
  • Fuel consumption per hour
  • Fuel consumption per km/mile
  • Compass
  • Air temperature
  • Water temperature

FX Cruiser SVHO Top Speed and Performance

Supercharged WaveRunners were known for their amazing performance, and the FX Cruiser SVHO was no exception.

The top speed of the ski was electronically limited to 67 mph and it could accelerate from 0 to 30 mph in 1.5 seconds. In contrast, non-supercharged FX models with the 1.8L, 180hp HO engine option could do the same run in about 2.5 seconds.

You could expect its fuel consumption to be about 22 gph at WOT and 3.5 gph at 25 mph.

Along with its great power, this PWC built its reputation on outstanding comfort and stability.

Its large, heavy hull sat deeply in the water while its keel cut through the chop with ease. Combining this body with the 250 ponies of an SVHO engine translated to an outstanding rough water performance.

This is why the FX Cruiser SVHO has always been among the best offshore PWCs ever built.Besides touring and family outings, it was often used for tow sports and fishing trips.

FX Cruiser SVHO Problems

It’s safe to say that the most common problem of early FX Cruiser SVHOs was their deflective timing chain.

Unfortunately, the chain on early (2014-2015) SVHO engines was prone to blowing up, causing costly engine damage.

For 2016, the manufacturer solved this issue with a more durable timing chain and a redesigned tensioner.

Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve listed the key specs of the 2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO in these charts:(Please note that the specs may vary by the model year.)

Engine Specs

2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHOEngine Specs
Type4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Number of cylinders4
Displacement1812 cm³
Bore and Stroke86 × 78 mm (3.39 × 3.07 in)
Compression Ratio8.5:1
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 TypeLFR7A
Battery Capacity12 V 19 Ah
Charging systemFlywheel magneto

Drive Unit

2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHODrive Unit
Propulsion SystemJet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller RotationCounterclockwise
Jet Thrust Nozzle Angle24 + 24 °
Jet thrust nozzle trim angle:-6, -3, 0, 3, 6°


2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHOPerformance
Maximum Output250hp (183.9 kW) @ 7500 RPM
Maximum Fuel Consumption22.1 US gal/h (83.7 L/h)
Cruising Range at WOT0.84 hr.
Trolling speed1250 +/- 100 r/min


2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHODimensions
Overall Length140.2 in (3560 mm)
Overall Width48.4 in (1230 mm)
Overall Height48.4 in (1230 mm)
Dry Weight836 lb (379 kg)
Maximum capacity3 riders/530 lb

Fuel and Oil

2018 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHOFuel and Oil
Recommended FuelRegular Unleaded Gasoline
Minimum Octane Rating91 PON / 95 RON
Recommended engine oilYamalube 4W or 4-stroke motor oil
Recommended engine oil type SAESAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50
Recommended engine oil grade APIAPI SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank capacity18.5 US gal (70 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/ oil filter replacement)3.81 US qt. (3.6 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/o oil filter replacement)3.70 US qt. (3.5 L)
Engine Oil Total Quantity5.6 US qt. (5.3 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 this legendary PWC:

What is a Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO?

The FX Cruiser SVHO was a high-end luxury Yamaha PWC.

What Size was a ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO?

The ‘14’-’18 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO measured 140.2 inches in length, 48.4 inches in width, and 48.4 inches in height.

How Much Did a FX Cruiser SVHO Weigh?

The dry weight of the ‘14 FX Cruiser SVHO was 875 pounds while its ’15-’18 predecessor weighed 836 pounds.

What Kind of Engine was in the ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO?

This jet ski had a 4-stroke, 1812cc, DOHC, inline-4, SVHO Yamaha Marine engine.

Was the Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO Supercharged?

The FX Cruiser SVHO featured a supercharged engine option.

How Much HP Did a ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO Have?

The FX Cruiser SVHO produced 250hp at 7500 RPM.

How Much Oil Did a ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO Hold?

The Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO held 5.6 US quarts of engine oil, of which 3.81 quarts were replaceable (w/ filter).

How Much Fuel Did a ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO Hold?

The FX Cruiser SVHO had an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.

How Much Fuel Did a FX Cruiser SVHO Use?

The WOT fuel consumption of the ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO was 22.1 gph.

What was the Cruising Range of the ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO?

The cruising range of this model was 0.84 hours at full speed.

How Fast Did a ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO Go?

The top speed of a ’14-’18 FX Cruiser SVHO was electronically limited to 67 mph.

Did the ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO Have a Trim System?

This WaveRunner was designed with a 5-position quick-shift trim system.

Did the ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO Have a Reverse?          

The 2014 FX Cruiser SVHO had a manual reverse system while in the ’15-’18 seasons it featured a RiDE electric brake and reverse.

Did the ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO Have a Brake?               

The Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO was upgraded with a brake system in 2015.

How Much Does a ’14-‘18 FX Cruiser SVHO Cost?

The asking price of a nice ’14-’18 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO varies between $10,000 and $16,000 depending on its year and condition.