Yamaha Motor Canada has introduced its 2016 boat line, which includes three all-new 24-foot E-Series flagships featuring premium appointments and technology, along with advanced wakesports capabilities.

All new for 2016 are the 242 Limited E-Series, 242 Limited S E-Series, and the 242X E-Series.

The 242 Limited S and 242 Limited E-Series boats take Yamaha’s top-selling 242 Series to new heights with class-leading features that include:
• Drive by Wire for smooth acceleration through the RPM range; features RPM engine synch and single throttle lever functionality.
• The next generation of Yamaha’s Connext® helm control system, featuring Yamaha Drive Control, allows watersports enthusiasts to program GPS-controlled speeds, four different acceleration curves and store rider profiles for quick access.
• Push Button Start.
• Upgraded trim level with premium appointments.
• Premium tower with built-in solar panels and extra-large Bimini top that covers two-thirds of the boat (on 242 Limited S E-Series).

The 242X E-Series boat is Yamaha’s first foray into the high-performance wake sports segment that includes:
• Triple ballast system producing up to 1,400 pounds of weight for controlling the size and shape of the boat’s wake.
• A premium sound system: 1,000 watts from two amps, subwoofer, two can speakers, and a 10-speaker sound bar.
• New Yamaha Drive Control, allowing watersports enthusiasts to choose a GPS-controlled speed, pick from four different acceleration curves and control the percentage fill/drain on each of the three ballast bags. These preferences can then be stored into one of five profiles for quick access.
• Drive by Wire for smooth acceleration; RPM engine synch and single throttle lever functionality.
• Dual swing-in watersports racks and mirror.
• Colour-matched upholstery and custom billet aluminum Bimini Top with solar panel charger.
• Premium tower with built-in solar panels and extra-large Bimini top that covers two-thirds of the boat
Advanced E-Series Connext Functions and New Drive Control

For 2016, Yamaha’s award-winning Connext helm control system receives exciting upgrades specifically designed for watersports enthusiasts. The E-Series Connext system features Yamaha’s new Drive Control that makes towing, and being towed, more fun than ever. With Drive Control, the driver can easily hold consistent GPS-monitored speed and control rider acceleration and speed preferences with a press of the Connext system touchscreen. Now riders can enter and save their acceleration and speed profile in the Connext system to the exact tenth of a mile per hour. When a rider is ready to go, the driver simply Yamaha-connext helmchooses that rider’s saved profile and pushes the throttle levers to full forward to commence a perfectly smooth ride dictated by that profile. Exclusive to the 242X E-Series is the ability to independently inflate three ballast bags located in the centre storage compartment and under the two bench seats in the cockpit for up to 1,400 pounds of additional weight for wake sports. In addition to the new features for 2016, the Connext helm control system provides critical information such as water depth, fuel gauge, RPM, compass heading and miles per hour. Scrolling functions provide access to important but less frequented information, including maximum speed attained, miles per gallon, gallons per hour, average speed, trip odometer, elevation and engine temperature.

When anchored, Connext automatically goes into “float mode,” displaying pertinent information such as voltage meter and water depth. If the system detects low battery voltage, an audible alarm will sound, signalling the driver to start the engines to recharge the battery.

Exclusive to the 242X E-Series is the ability to independently inflate three ballast bags located in the centre storage compartment and under the two bench seats in the cockpit for up to 1,400 pounds of additional weight for wake sports.

In addition to the new features for 2016, the Connext helm control system provides critical information such as water depth, fuel gauge, RPM, compass heading and miles per hour. Scrolling functions provide access to important but less frequented information, including maximum speed attained, miles per gallon, gallons per hour, average speed, trip odometer, elevation and engine temperature. When anchored, Connext automatically goes into “float mode,” displaying pertinent information such as voltage meter and water depth. If the system detects low battery voltage, an audible alarm will sound, signalling the driver to start the engines to recharge the battery.

Connext also serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, satellite radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and USB connections. The Connext joystick control provides additional quick access controls for top-level Connext
navigation, including Home, Scrolling and Volume as well as access to Yamaha’s Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode.

Yamaha is dedicated to creating new technologies and innovations that enhance the unique handling characteristics of jet boats. The Articulating Keel from Yamaha is the latest advancement in directional control technology for Yamaha jet-powered boats. The Articulating Keel is a simple, yet ingenious mechanism that serves as an extension of the boat’s keel, but with a trailing component that moves and tracks through the water in perfect relation to the jet pump nozzles. Steering response is immediate.
Straight-line tracking at all speeds is effortless. High-speed cornering stability at speed is significantly enhanced, which improves the overall comfort of passengers. With this patented advancement combined with the other features in Yamaha’s Advanced Responsive Handling, overall manoeuvrability around docks or at speed is as good or better that any sterndrive model.
The Articulating Keel is found on all of Yamaha’s 24-foot boats – and, for 2016, it is included on all 19-foot boats.

Beginning at the bow, the high bow lines create a comfortable, spacious seating area for passengers big and small. The anchor locker/bow ladder compartment allows the anchor to be deployed without any interference from the reboarding ladder.
Completing the bow are stainless steel handrails, stainless steel cup holders, and premium marine vinyl seating that is hinged to make access to the expansive under-the-seat storage more convenient.
Moving into the cockpit, there are dual captain’s chairs. The portside chair reclines with self-levelling arm rests and 180-degree swivel action to observe watersports. In front of the portside chair is an entertainment console, which features three storage areas, a lockable glove compartment, and a versatile netted storage on the port side for coolers, a garbage bin or gear bags. The entertainment console also features a beverage centre and fold-down host table that is perfect for serving drinks and food.
Also on the port side is an expansive head compartment with a large, solid, wide-opening door for easy entry and exit, as well as comfort appointments including shelving and storage options.
Exclusive to the 242X E-Series is premium colour-matched marine vinyl, carbon fibre-textured inserts, an oversized billet aluminum rear view mirror and a premium Gussi Italia® sport steering wheel.
Yamaha’s Signature Swim Platform

At the stern of the boat, Yamaha’s signature integrated swim platform features conveniently placed cup holders, deep storage behind the seats, premium mats and an overall design that families love. Often copied, but never duplicated, only Yamaha with its gold-standard jet propulsion system can offer so much fun and peace of mind at the stern of a boat.

To see the entire 2016 line up of Yamaha Boats, visit www.yamaha-motor.ca.

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.