Yamaha knows what the high-end wake boat buyers want and loaded this new boat with the equipment to prove it. Yamaha has set out to provide wake enthusiasts with three things: 1) a perfect wake, 2) drive control technology and 3) a thumping stereo system. But Yamaha hasn’t stopped there. It has also designed an attractive sportboat with colorful graphics and a full package of amenities.Let’s see how she does addressing these three key areas.
First, Yamaha includes a triple ballast system that adds up to 1,400 lbs. of additional weight. The filling and draining of the bags is intuitively controlled through Yamaha’s Connext system, which we will cover below. Riders of all skill levels can easily dial in the perfect size and shape for the wake they prefer.
Next, Yamaha offers a brand new drive control tab within its Connext helm control system. This new tab allows the drive to set a GPS controlled speed, choose from one of four acceleration profiles, adjust the ballast to the exact percentage fill that is desired, and then save all those settings into five programmable selections. Just choose the profile and go. It’s that simple.
And finally, on the stereo front, Yamaha went all out here. Standard on this boat is a 1000 watt system pumped through a 10” subwoofer, 6 cabin speakers, 2 can speakers on the tower — and a tower speaker bar with an additional 10 speakers. We spent some time on and behind this boat, and can attest that this system puts out more than enough juice to add to anyone’s riding sessions.