New Stuff: Yamaha F2.5 Portable Outboard


Yamaha Marine Group has unveiled its new F2.5, a portable 2.5-hp, 4-stroke outboard that’s certified with a 3-star rating from the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) for “ultra-low emissions,” due to internal improvements that make combustion cleaner and more efficient. Those improvements include a new intake manifold, a new combustion chamber design, a 4-degree cylinder offset, an enlarged water jacket for more consistent temperature control and a 2-stage exhaust recirculation system.

Weighing in at just 37 pounds, the F2.5 is also easy to carry, thanks to a new ergonomic handle that can also be used for assistance when steering in reverse. In addition, boaters can store the F2.5 virtually anywhere. A new oil-leak prevention system allows the outboard to lie flat on one of three sides, or it can be stored vertically.

Yamaha’s unique decompression system makes the new F2.5 easy to start, while even more convenient operation results from F-N shift and 360-degree reverse steering. Similar to other Yamaha portables, the F2.5 has a large, twist-throttle grip, while the starter knob, gearshift and choke are all within easy reach of the operator’s hand. Smooth, crisp throttle operation is made possible via a unique 2-cable control system.

The updated F2.5 portable sports a modern, sleek look courtesy of a new cowling and split-bottom pan. It’s available in both short- and long-shaft configurations, and will be available in March.

Price: $895