Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner Wins “Watercraft of Year” for Second Year

The Watercraft Journal named the Yamaha GP1800 WaveRunner as its pick for Watercraft of the Year for the second year in a row.

According to The Watercraft Journal editor Kevin Shaw, “It’s simply too hard to argue with the unparalleled success of the GP1800 – on the showroom floor and the race course.”

“Be it closed course or long distance offshore endurance racing, the lightweight, supercharged Yamaha continues as the King of the Mountain,” said Shaw. “And its success carried on beyond the race track to the showroom floor as the third highest selling personal watercraft of 2018.”

Powered by Yamaha’s 1.8L SVHO marine engine and riding on Yamaha’s proprietary NanoXcel 2 high-performance hull, the GP1800 is the most dominant race performance PWC since its debut. The GP1800 is undefeated in Pro Stock racing, also called the Manufacturers’ Class because these PWC are the best representation of out-of-the-box performance.

For 2019, the Yamaha GP1800 is receiving significant performance upgrades that include a newly designed intake grate and ride plate that separates the GP1800 from its competition even further. The Watercraft Journal’s “Watercraft of The Year” is the only award of its type issued within the personal watercraft industry media. Each entry is handpicked from the various models personally reviewed by The Watercraft Journal throughout the year and judged on industry impact, innovation, market reception, and other attributes.

Boating Magazine Names Yamaha 210 FSH the 2018 Boat of the Year

Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, announced that Boating magazine named the Yamaha 210 FSH center console as their choice for the 2018 Boat of Year.

Boat of the Year is the most prestigious media honor in the recreational boating industry, based on the opinion of Boating magazine editors who test more than 120 different makes and models of boats annually, and bring more than 100 years of combined professional boat-testing experience to the table. 

“There exists no other group of experts with such a depth and breadth of experience. The choice for Boat of the Year is a decision forged in the crucible of this team’s experience. It is a choice for the boat that excels in its category more than any other boat excels in any other category,” said Boating Editor-In-Chief Kevin Falvey. “Yamaha’s affordable, jet-powered center-console for boaters seeking a multi-mission vessel resulted in a well-designed boat that proved versatile, finely crafted and laden with innovation.”

“We spent years researching the market, evaluating ways people use their boats the most, and explored how to innovate to create something completely new.  And that was the birth of the FSH line for Yamaha,” said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha’s WaterCraft Group.  “To receive this prestigious award from Boating magazine commemorates all the hard work from our product team that went into creating this boat, and we’re thrilled to be able to share the fruits of their efforts with our FSH customers.”

The Yamaha 210 FSH is the 21-foot edition of Yamaha’s center console FSH line that includes 19-foot models too. The 210 FSH is available in three variations –the base model 210 FSH, an upgraded 210 FSH Deluxe, and the flagship 210 FSH Sport that comes with the features of the Deluxe with the addition of a custom T-top. All three models come with Yamaha’s award-winning TR-1™ High Output marine engines. The 210 FSH is special in that the boat includes all the features that fishing enthusiasts require, along with family features that are perfect for an entire day out on the water to include watersports, swimming, and lounging – all in the same boat, and at a competitive price starting under $40,000.