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2013 Yamaha VX Cruiser

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The Heart Of The Matter

The core of any successful PWC is a reliable, workhorse of an engine, and the VX Cruiser’s 1052cc, Yamaha MR-1 certainly fits the bill. In these days of pricey petrol, it’s incredibly fuel efficient, sipping as little as four gallons an hour at a comfortable 35 mph cruise. Like all Yamahas, it’s also designed to run on regular 87-octane fuel. In short, it’s one of, if not the least expensive PWC to operate over the course of a season.

Yes, you would be right to assume that engine is on the tamer side. Though manufacturers have now tossed horsepower numbers to the wayside, the VX engine produces approximately 110hp. That’s less than all of its competition, but the results that matter are on the water. Here, the VX tops out at about 54 mph, while recording 0-30 times in the neighborhood of three seconds. No, you won’t be winning any drag races, but you will be comfortably handling the basics, including pulling friends or family skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. You’ll also feel more comfortable handing the boat over to newcomers or younger riders, as the response is manageable. Need more power? Better look elsewhere...this is obviously not your category.

Let’s Cruise

Like other manufacturers, Yamaha is well aware of the fact that introductory-priced boats don’t always go to introductory minded riders. That’s why price-point boats like the VX have become more upscale over the years. The Cruiser concept centers mostly around a change in seat styling. The seat is tiered to allow passengers a slightly raised perspective, as well as keep them from crowding together. Each segment is also nicely bolstered with back support to take the strain and discomfort out of extended rides. I find it ideal for two adults, or two adults and a child. Three adults are certainly possible, but not the most practical for any length of time.

Driver and passengers will appreciate real Hydro-Turf mats in the footwells. They provide superior traction and comfort. Yamaha’s handlebar position, though not adjustable, is also well suited for a variety of rider heights.

Whether it’s to the water or not, people inevitably bring stuff. Any gear brought along for the ride can be stowed in one of several areas. The largest is the tub under the bow. There’s also a glovebox, with cupholders. Total capacity is 15.1 gallons. Other features that receive the nod of approval include truly usable rearview mirrors, a handy reboarding step, and a basic ski-tow eye.

Security is handled by Yamaha’s familiar remote. Like a car remote, it can lock the craft’s ignition with the push of a switch. It can also govern the craft’s power to make the boat safer for younger, inexperienced riders, or even save fuel. It’s cool, but just don’t lose it, as it doesn’t physically attach anywhere on the craft.

The Sum Of All Parts

The last upscale touch is found in the Cruiser’s paint scheme. It’s an attractive metallic, in either silver or a “yacht” blue. It gives the boat a finished appearance that’s in keeping with many of the pricier PWC on the water.

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  1. Well put, Dan. That

    Posted by Giena on 13th Jun 2015

    Well put, Dan. That makes me feel even better about my first three years of hiunntg, and last year, too. I had four successful years in between and...

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