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Yamaha FX HO Specs and Review [Video]

Yamaha FX HO Specs and Review [Video]

The Yamaha FX HO is the most affordable Luxury WaveRunner in the marketplace. It shares its hull and a lot of its features with its more advanced supercharged counterparts but houses a naturally-aspirated 180 HP engine option.

If you want to find out more about this ski, you’ve come to the right place.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this detailed Yamaha FX HO review!

Yamaha FX HO Review

Yamaha FX HO Hull and Deck

The Yamaha FX HO is the most affordable model in the FX WaveRunner family.

It shares its hull and top deck with its more powerful brothers but lacks a supercharger and some convenience features.

The platform of the FX HO measures 140.9 inches in length, 50 inches in width, and 48.4 inches in height. It’s made of the Yamaha-exclusive NanoXcel2 material, which is significantly lighter than regular fiberglass.

Thanks to this advanced material, the dry weight of the FX HO is 827 pounds, which translates to a calculated wet weight of 953 pounds.

The roomy top deck offers plenty of space and also houses a large swim platform, which makes the FX HO capable of various activities like fishing, touring, and even tow sports.

You can expect the overall storage capacity of the ski to be 44.5 gallons, which is split into a bow storage, a rear wet storage, an enclosed under-seat storage compartment, and a watertight glovebox.

The latter houses a 12V outlet, a USB port, and an advanced phone holder.

Yamaha FX HO Engine

Under the hood, you will find the purpose-built Yamaha HO marine engine.

This 1812cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, fuel-injected, non-supercharged triple is rated at 180 HP. Engine power is delivered to a 155 mm high-pressure jet pump via a direct driveshaft.

Thanks to its fuel-efficient but lively engine, the FX HO tops out at 62-63 mph and gets about 3 GPH at best cruise speed and 13-14 GPH at WOT.

Besides its great fuel economy, another key advantage of this naturally-aspirated engine option is that it takes regular gas, which is less expensive and more accessible.

The fuel capacity of the ski is 18.5 gallons, which ensures a cruising time of 6.3-6.5 hours.

Yamaha FX HO Features

Standard features of the Yamaha FX HO include:

Optional features of the Yamaha FX HO include:

Yamaha FX HO Specs Chart

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specifications of the FX HO into these charts:

Yamaha FX HO Dimensions and Weight

Yamaha FX HODimensions and Weight
Overall length3.58 m (140.9 in)
Overall width1.27 m (50.0 in)
Overall height1.23 m (48.4 in)
Dry weight375 kg (827 lb)
Maximum load capacity240 kg (530 lb)
Number of passenger (driver incl.)3

Yamaha FX HO Performance

Yamaha FX HOPerformance
Maximum Fuel Consumption13.1 US gal/h (49.7 L/h)
Cruising Range / at full throttle1.41 hours
Trolling speed1300 +/-100 r/min

Yamaha FX HO Engine Specs

Yamaha FX HOEngine Specs
Engine typeLiquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC
Number of cylinders4
Bore x Stroke86.0 x 78.0 mm (3.39 x 3.07 in)
Displacement1 812 cm³
Compression ratio11.0:1
Cooling SystemWater
Lubrication SystemWet sump
Starting SystemElectric
Ignition SystemT.C.I.
Spark plugNGK - LFR6A
Spark plug Gap0.8 to 0.9 mm (0.031 to 0.035 in)
Battery typeYTX20L-BS
Battery capacity12 V, 18 Ah
Charging SystemFlywheel magneto

Yamaha FX HO Drive Unit

Yamaha FX HODrive Unit
Propulsion systemJet pump
Jet pump typeAxial flow single stage
Impeller rotationCounter clockwise
Jet thrust nozzle angle24 + 24°
Jet thrust nozzle trim angle/- 5, -3, 0, 3, 6°

Yamaha FX HO Fuel and Oil

Yamaha FX HOFuel and Oil
Recommended fuelRegular unleaded gasoline
Fuel Recommended OctaneMinimum octane rating (PON): 86 - Minimum octane rating (RON): 90
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 Total Capacity70 L (18.5 US gal)
Engine Oil Quantity - with oil filter replacement3.7 L (3.91 US qt)
Engine Oil Quantity - without oil filter replacement3.5 L (3.70 US qt)
Engine oil total quantity5.3 L (5.60 US qt)

These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

Takeaways

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the Yamaha FX HO!

What is a Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO is a purpose-built rental WaveRunner manufactured by the Japanese Yamaha.

What is the Difference Between a Yamaha FX HO and an FX SVHO?

The Yamaha FX HO has a non-supercharged (naturally-aspirated), 180 HP engine while the FX SVHO comes with a supercharged engine option rated at 250 HP.

What is the Difference Between a Yamaha FX HO and an FX Cruiser HO?

The Yamaha FX HO and FX Cruiser HO are basically the same skis except the latter comes with a different color scheme and the more comfortable bolstered “Cruiser” seat. Hence the Cruiser tag in its name.

When did the Yamaha FX HO Come Out?

The FX HO was introduced in late 2013 for the 2014 model year.

What Size is a Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO measures 140.9 inches in length, 50 inches in width, and 48.4 inches in height.

How Much Does a Yamaha FX HO Weigh?

The dry weight of the Yamaha FX HO is 827 pounds, while its curb weight is 953 pounds.

How Many People can Ride on a Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO can carry 3 adult riders.

What Kind of Engine is in the Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO is powered by a HO Yamaha marine engine. This unit is a 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC, 1812cc, 4-cylinder power mill.

Is the Yamaha FX HO Supercharged?

The Yamaha FX HO utilizes a naturally-aspirated (non-supercharged) engine.

Is the Yamaha FX HO a 4-stroke?

Yes, the Yamaha FX HO is powered by a 4-stroke engine.

How Much Horsepower Does a Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO produces a remarkable 180 HP.

How Much Fuel Does a Yamaha FX HO Use?

The fuel economy of the Yamaha FX HO is about 13-14 GPH at WOT and 3 GPH at best cruise speed.

How Much Fuel Does a Yamaha FX HO Hold?

The Yamaha FX HO is equipped with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.

How Much Cargo Can a Yamaha FX HO Carry?

The total storage capacity of the Yamaha FX HO is 44.5 gallons.

How Fast Does a Yamaha FX HO Go?

The top speed of a Yamaha FX HO is about 63 mph under ideal conditions.

Does the Yamaha FX HO Have Reverse?             

The Yamaha FX HO comes with the advanced RiDE brake and reverse system.

Does Yamaha FX HO Have Speakers?

Speakers are available as optional extras for the Yamaha FX HO.

Does the Yamaha FX HO Have Cruise Control?  

Yes, the Yamaha FX HO comes standard with cruise control and no-wake mode.

How Much is a Yamaha FX HO?

The Yamaha FX HO is marketed for $15,699 in the 2024 season (USD, MSRP).