Yamaha revolutionized personal watercraft with the
introduction of the world’s first sit down personal watercraft in 1986.
Since that time,Yamaha has remained
committed to forward thinking innovation
and groundbreaking technologies,
which has led to Yamaha becoming the #1 global brand on the water.
Take a closer look at how this commitment sets Yamaha apart
and creates a better experience for our customers.

Yamaha WaveRunners are proudly assembled at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) in Newnan Georgia. The 280-acre facility employs more than 1,500 people and is renowned for its technological innovations, commitment to high quality manufacturing and environmentally forward-thinking practices. YMMC is committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and supporting employee/community programs through the Environmental Recycling Fund Program (ERFP).


“The technology of jet drive boats and PWCs has continued to evolve over the years with regard to performance, handling, and safety. Yamaha has been taking what it learns from its racing teams and applying it to its recreation models.”

Watch this video from Boattest.com as they break down the components in Yamaha’s jet drive system for both Yamaha WaveRunners and boats.


The new Yamaha TR-1 marine engine is the pinnacle of engine innovation. Yamaha set out to build a more powerful engine than its predecessor, while also making it smaller, and lighter.

The TR-1 motor achieves just that, in a package with one less cylinder that is 13% more powerful than the Yamaha MR-1™ engine that it is replacing, while being 40% smaller in size and 20% lighter in weight. The result is quicker acceleration, higher top-end speeds, with better fuel economy and more fun for the rider.


The Yamaha Super Vortex High Output (SVHO®) engine is a purpose-built 1.8L, four-stroke, four-cylinder supercharged and intercooled motor that advances the performance gains made possible by its predecessor, the Yamaha Super High Output (SHO) engine.

The new SVHO engine is the most technically-advanced motor ever designed for personal watercraft use and the most powerful engine ever in a Yamaha WaveRunner.


Few innovations have the ability to reshape an entire industry, but that is exactly what Yamaha’s NanoXcel® hull and deck technology has done for the personal watercraft.

Yamaha engineers innovated at the microscopic level using nano clay plus glass microbubbles to create a new, stronger resin system that uses less material. The glass microbubbles used in NanoXcel® are smaller and stronger than other filler materials, contributing to the strength, rigidity and light weight of the new hulls and decks.

As a result, Yamaha hulls and decks are the lightest in their class while maintaining the strength and durability they’ve come to be recognized for. Performance metrics associated with the new hulls include increased acceleration and top speed, better fuel economy, more responsiveness and enhanced handling. Yamaha continues to raise the bar on competition hulls and the pursuit of next level of nano-engineered design.


Yamaha WaveRunners are designed for comfort and ease of use.

The first true 3-person Cruiser® seat features the industry’s only theater style seating offering a thrilling view and maximum comfort for everyone on board.

No Wake Mode™ sets an optimal speed for cruising through no wake zones, while Cruise Assist allows you to set and hold a cruising speed, with the ability to make incremental changes up or down as desired.

Multi-function instrumentation dashboard displays useful operating functions, including air temperature, water temperature, trip meter, fuel consumption and a compass.


All Yamaha WaveRunners utilize open loop cooling, which is used by 99% of marine manufacturers. It’s the most effective, reliable and maintenance-free way to cool your engine. This is in sharp contrast to closed loop cooling systems used by competitive manufacturers, which is more difficult to maintain and more expensive to upkeep.