|[February 16, 2017]
Yamaha Marine Kicks off 2017 by Introducing Eight New Outboards, Set Point™ Boat Positioning Function for Helm Master®, New Propellers and New Rigging Options
Yamaha (News - Alert) Marine Group began the 2017 boat show season with the
announcement of eight new outboards, Set Point™ boat positioning
function for Helm Master®, and several new propellers and
"We are so pleased to introduce so many new products during the first
quarter of 2017," said Ben Speciale. "The expansion of our brand through
these products gives boaters even more options and ways to enjoy their
time on the water while benefiting from Yamaha innovation, power and
The all-new F25 weighs less than 126 pounds. The smallest of Yamaha's
midrange outboards is now so light and compact, it's portable.
The new F25 is 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, comes packed
with powerful benefits and even outperforms the traditional Yamaha
25-horsepower two stroke. It's a great power solution for 14- to 16-foot
aluminum boats as well as many other craft.
The new F25 has the best power-to-weight ratio of all 25 horsepower
outboards and features no-battery-required Electronic Fuel Injection and
an all-new two-cylinder powerhead that's all Yamaha. For greater
flexibility, the new F25 features a pull start through the cowling,
which comes standard on all electric start models, except for the F25LC.
New F90 and F75
Yamaha's next-generation F90 four-stroke outboard is lighter and quicker
than its predecessor, leading its class in torque and acceleration.
Along with the new F90, Yamaha introduces a new F75 in the same engine
family, which is the lightest 75hp four-stroke model on the market.
The improvements made to the new Yamaha F90 and F75 make them terrific
choices for a variety of boats, particularly for the inshore fisherman.
Like the successful F70 before it, the new F90 and F75 employ a single
overhead camshaft to drive four valves per cylinder, thereby saving
weight while increasing volumetric efficiency - and making more power.
Weighing in at 353 pounds, the F90 is thirteen pounds lighter than its
predecessor and displaces 1.8 liters versus 1.6 liters.
New V MAX SHO® 115 and 175 25-Inch Shaft
Yamaha has added two new models to its V MAX SHO family: the V MAX SHO
115 X-Shaft and the V MAX SHO 175 X-Shaft. A 25-inch shaft
for these models means that users of some pontoon applications - and
aluminum fishing boats in particular - can now enjoy the celebrated
benefits of the V MAX SHO product line. These X-Shaft models are also
ideal for transoms of bay boats, center console boats, and multi-species
boats that require a 25-inch shaft length.
The 1.8-liter V MAX SHO 115 X-Shaft features Yamaha's advanced 16-valve
double-overhead cam (DOHC) four-cylinder design, which means better
breathing for better performance. Sixteen valves also mean more power
and midrange torque. Without the need for two-stroke oil or an oil tank,
this X-Shaft model weighs 386 pounds, beating a competitor's two stroke
The new V MAX SHO 175 X-Shaft is perfect for deep-V aluminum fishing
boats, bay boats, center console or multi-species boats. It also
provides all the benefits associated with four-stroke power, including
clean, quiet operation and great fuel efficiency. With advanced double
overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and twin counterbalance shafts,
the V MAX SHO 175 X-Shaft is smooth, powerful and extremely fuel
efficient, delivering 30 to 40 percent better fuel efficiency than a
carbureted two stroke.
F150 and F175 with Digital Electronic Control (DEC)
Yamaha's best-selling F150 and the F175 are now available in models with
digital electronic control (DEC). The F150 and its bigger brother, the
F175, now bring the precision of digital throttle and shift to a greater
number of boat packages.
The new F150 and F175 DEC models boast even better convenience and
control with easy rigging capabilities. They can use Yamaha's Reliance
SDS™ propellers, which deliver quieter fishing and smoother shifting
into gear. A powerful 50-amp alternator means there is power to spare
for today's electronics.
F200 L-Shaft (20-inch) for Digital Electronic Control (DEC)
Still the lightest 200-hp four stroke on the water, Yamaha's addition of
the new DEC-controlled 20-inch shaft F200 now brings this favorite to
captains of mid-sized craft who prefer using digital electronic controls.
With the versatility of either mechanical or digital electronic controls
in both 20- and 25-inch shaft lengths, the F200 suits the needs of an
even wider variety of mid-sized craft such as center consoles, pontoons,
sport boats, bay and flats boats, fish & ski, and more.
The 2.8-liter 16-valve DOHC powerhead is naturally aspirated for less
complexity and better fuel economy uses 89 octane) and has the most
favorable power-to-weight ratio of any four-stroke 200-hp outboard.
Helm Master® Set Point™ Boat Positioning
Yamaha's new Set Point boat positioning function gives Helm Master®
Integrated Boat Control System even greater levels of control. With the
Set Point™ boat positioning function, boaters now have the capability to
integrate all boat control systems and then guide them with global
positioning system (GPS) navigation technology.
Set Point is comprised of a suite of satellite-guided capabilities
designed to improve the boater's ability to fish, maneuver, and simply
enjoy life on the water. It uses a unique dual-antenna GPS to provide
Helm Master's operating system more navigational information, resulting
in greater ability to provide precise control.
Set Point has three primary modes: Stay Point™, Fish Point™,
and Drift Point™. Each Set Point mode provides a solution to the
tricky maneuvering challenges boaters may encounter every day.
Stay Point keeps the boat positioned near a particular spot; it
maintains a selected position and heading. This mode is particularly
helpful during times in which a boat must hold a position and heading,
for example at a fuel dock or at a bridge opening.
Fish Point enhances fishing options; it maintains a selected
position, but not a heading, and primarily uses only idle RPM to do so.
The Fish Point mode makes use of a captain's knowledge in heading a boat
into the current or wind, bow upstream or downstream, to maintain a
Drift Point mode allows the boater to drift the boat with the
wind or the current; it maintains a selected heading, but not a
position. Drift Point is particularly useful to maintain a heading when
drift fishing or kite fishing. Drift Point allows the boat to drift with
the wind or current, but stay pointed in the heading chosen.
Each Set Point mode is activated with the touch of a button. The Set
Point control buttons are integrated into the new Helm Master joystick
and use Yamaha's new CL7™ touch screen display to initially configure
the operator's preferences. Each Set Point mode is user-defined for the
needs of individual boaters. Helm Master Set Point hardware includes a
Yamaha's new CL7™ touchscreen display and a newly-designed, more robust
Command Link Plus® gateway are designed to improve the
consumer boating experience. In 2010, Yamaha introduced an
industry-leading five-inch full-color display for use with Command Link
Plus® and Helm Master® systems. The new CL7
display takes that technology even further, boasting a seven-inch touch
panel screen with full multi-function display (MFD) capability and
connectivity. This display offers enhanced features for ease of use and
a more controlled, convenient experience on the water.
Yamaha specified and designed software to facilitate the capabilities of
its Helm Master, Set Point™, and Command Link Plus systems, and selected
Garmin (News - Alert)®, an industry-leader, to provide the platform that could handle
Yamaha's display needs.
The new CL7 touchscreen display becomes the primary display for Command
Link Plus systems as well as Helm Master, Yamaha's fully integrated boat
control system. It is the required point of access to Yamaha's new Set
Point™ boat positioning function. It offers precise and
user-customizable engine and boat systems data for up to four outboards
on one screen, along with a host of other multi-functional display (MFD)
functions such as maps, fish finder, and graphing capabilities. The CL7
additionally features a robust NMEA 2000® internal gateway,
allowing displayed data to be output to approved MFD models and brands
including Garmin®, Furuno®, Simrad® and
Lowrance®. The capabilities of this gateway are also
available in a new stand-alone NMEA 2000® gateway unit for
boaters using Yamaha's Command Link and Command Link Plus platforms.
New Talon® Pontoon and Talon GP™ Aluminum
Yamaha adds two new propellers to the Talon family in 2017: the new Talon
Pontoon and Talon GP Aluminum SDS propellers. The two
new propellers bring Yamaha's exclusive Shift Dampener System (SDS)
technology to the thrust-optimized Talon family and deliver quiet
performance to midrange-powered pontoons and lighter boats. The new
Talon Pontoon Propeller and the lighter, general purpose Talon Aluminum
GP propeller suit a variety of needs for midrange-powered boats with the
quiet convenience of SDS technology.
The Talon Pontoon and Talon GP SDS Propellers greatly reduce or
eliminate the clunk that is sometimes associated with shifting in-line
four-stroke outboards into gear. They also provide smooth and quiet
in-gear operation, even at very low speeds, and SDS can also reduce the
more audible sounds that can be transmitted to aluminum boats as well.
New SDS™ for Reliance®, Saltwater Series
II™, and Saltwater Series HS4 Propellers
Yamaha also enhances its most popular propellers for boaters who prefer
150-to-300 horsepower: the Reliance propeller, the Saltwater Series II
propeller, and the Saltwater Series HS4 propeller. All three propellers
now feature improved Shift Dampener System (SDS) technology, delivering
quieter shifting and smooth, low speed operation for boaters, with no
special hardware requirements.
Yamaha's Reliance Series SDS propellers are the perfect match for
Yamaha's large inline four-cylinder four-stroke outboards in the F150
through F200 range. These propellers are consistently chosen as the
top-performing propeller for these Yamaha outboards.
Yamaha's Saltwater Series II SDS propellers are designed specifically
for Yamaha F200 through F300 V6 outboards. These propellers feature a
large blade area and progressive rake angle to provide great
acceleration with excellent load-carrying capacity for large boats. They
help deliver outstanding fuel economy on large boats, particularly at
The new Saltwater Series HS4 SDS four-blade propellers are suitable for
use with any Yamaha 200-to-300-horsepower four-stroke outboard. These
high-performance V6 propellers are perfect for higher mounting heights
and provide added grip in turns. When compared to three-blade
propellers, they deliver improved acceleration and lower-rpm planing.
New Remote Variable Trolling RPM Switch (VTS™) and New "704" Shift
Yamaha also introduces new rigging components that offer boaters more
convenience and control. Yamaha's new Remote Variable Trolling RPM
Switch (VTS™) and new "704" Shift Control for mechanical operation help
improve the overall boating experience.
There is now no gauge required for the new Remote Variable Trolling RPM
Switch for easy control of Yamaha's variable trolling function. The
switch is compatible with Yamaha models F25C through F115 and V MAX SHO®
115. The helm-mounted remote switch connects to the tiller handle input
on the outboard. A low-cost upgrade with big consumer benefits, the new
switch is another way Yamaha makes fishing and boating easier.
The new "704" Throttle and Shift Control for mechanical operation has
new contemporary aesthetics, which means more options for rigging the
latest boats. The control also features better ergonomics with a shorter
chrome handle and a better feel with the same great performance.
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and
around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports
its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and
parts for Yamaha's full line of products and strives to be the industry
leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is
the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®'s C.S.I.
Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.
Helm Master is compatible with new Yamaha V8 5.3L F350 and V6 4.2L
Offshore outboards in twin, triple, and quad configurations, and
2.8-liter F200 twin applications, installed on new boats packages
manufactured by authorized participating boat manufacturers and sold by
authorized Yamaha Outboard dealers only. CL7 Display expected
availability May of 2017. For details, ask your Yamaha representative or
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