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Yamaha, pioneer in jet-propelled watercraft, has introduced a flagship 25-foot center-console series. The 252 and 255 center-console models combine power, versatility and performance in Sport, Sport E and Sport H configurations.
Yamaha’s patented jet propulsion system uses an internal impeller rather than an external propeller, enabling shallow-water operation, enhanced maneuverability, reduced maintenance, and the peace of mind that results from no lower unit or propeller to avoid at the stern.
New is a more powerful 1.9L HO Yamaha Marine engine in the 252 FSH Sport that produces quicker and smoother acceleration and a higher top speed.
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Yamaha 255 FSH Sport H
Yamaha’s new, fishing-focused 255 FSH Sport H is powered by a pair of supercharged and intercooled 1.8L SVHO engines, which combine for 500 hp to drive Yamaha’s renowned jet propulsion system.
An industry first, the 255 FSH Sport H offers Helm Master EX, which allows the driver to control the twin engines to move the boat forward, in reverse, laterally and rotationally with just one hand on the joystick—a boon at dock or while fighting and boating a big fish.
E-Series Electronic Throttle Control features push-button start and stop, rpm engine sync and single-throttle pairing.
The comfortable leaning post seats two, and the fiberglass hardtop has integrated stereo speakers and LED lighting.
Angling features include an insulated bow fish box; a transparent 18-gallon livewell; a 30-gallon stern livewell; and console, gunwale and hard-top storage for 25 rods. The hardtop is outrigger-ready. A slip-resistant floor cleans easily after the catch.
The 255 FSH Sport H’s bow seating has snap-in cushions, storage bins (the boat has 543 gallons of storage in all!) and a filler platform/table. The boat also features a front console seat, jump seats, snap-in teak-style marine mat flooring and Quiet Cruise technology.
It also has the company’s signature swim platform with beverage holders, backrest cushions and access to the Yamaha-exclusive pump clean-out ports.
You probably haven’t considered a jet drive, but if you ever have to cross shallow expanses, you should—river anglers have been using this tech for years. With no propeller or outdrive to hit the bottom, you can get through some really skinny water without damage. -Joe Albanese, Executive Editor Salt Water Sportsman
Test Power: Twin Yamaha 1.8L supercharged SVHO
Test Props: Jet-pump impeller
Test Load: Fuel 40 lb., crew 250 lb.
Test Speed: 25 mph at 4,500 rpm
Max Range: 225 mi.
LOA:24’6″Beam:8’6″Fuel Capacity:111 gal.Dry Weight With Power:4,835 lb.Max HP:500Certifications:NMMAPowered By:Yamaha
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing – Kennesaw, Georgia; yamahaboats.com