Jet-Driven Yamaha 242 Limited

With so many Yamaha outboards sitting on the transoms of Northeast boats, most of us forget that Yamaha also builds its own boats with jet drives. The new 242 Limited is a good example.

It’s a big, fast, sophisticated bowrider that maneuvers easily in only 16” of water, with twin 180-hp 4-stroke engines. Maneuvering a jet takes practice, but the twin engines and a slick electronic low-speed throttle control system make the technique easy to learn.

From the bow compartment through the cockpit to the aft “rumble seat” and swim platform, the 242 offers a wide range of innovative seating options for tow sports and just plain boat rides, while carefully designed storage spaces will hold everything from wake boards and ski vests to nautical charts and picnic lunches. When it’s time to dine, a cantilevered table can fit into a stanchion in the bow compartment, cockpit, or rumble seat. A GPS integrated into the helm combines continuous location information with data on speed, fuel consumption and range.



  • LOA: 23’6”
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Draft: 16”
  • Transom deadrise: 20°
  • Weight: 3,439 lbs.
  • Fuel: 50 gals.
  • Base price w/ twin 180-hp jet drives: $44,599



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