Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E: 2021 Boat Buyers Guide

The 255 FSH Sport E is built to take you where the big fish are.
Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E out fishing
The walk-through transom makes boating big fish a breeze. Courtesy Yamaha Boats

Yamaha’s jet-propelled boat line—category pioneer since 1995—offers 14 new models, including several on an all-new 25-foot platform.

Two 25-foot FSH center-consoles—the deck plan that makes up 37 percent of our survey’s saltwater-fishing fleet—join 19- and 21-foot FSH models. Yamaha is also introducing new wake boats, and more boats with DRiVE Technology, a system of control paddles on the wheel that sets a new industry standard for easy control when docking or maneuvering in close quarters.

Yamaha jet boats, powered by compact, lightweight, and fuel-efficient jet drives and four-stroke engines, reach plane quickly with minimal bowrise. At slower speeds, Yamaha’s award-winning Articulating Keel provides superb straight-line tracking. With no exposed drivetrain elements, they sneak across shallow water, and set a clean stage for the line’s signature aft lounge and swim platform.


Yamaha’s Connext 3.0 helm control system boasts a 7-inch systems control and entertainment touchscreen with navigation capabilities. It also responds to joystick input. Rocker switches activate Yamaha’s No Wake Mode and Cruise Assist.

Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E

The 255 FSH Sport E has the classic looks and fishability of a center-console atop a new deep-V hull.

A 111-gallon fuel tank puts far-off fish within range. In the 255 FSH Sport E, a pair of supercharged 1.8L Yamaha SVHO engines combine for 500 horsepower, driven by wire. (The 252 FSH Sport has normally aspirated 1.8L High Output engines.)

Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E helm seating
Dual leaning-post seats with bolsters and full-beam aft seats offer comfortable cruising. Courtesy Yamaha Boats

The bow and its seats—the latter important to 40 percent of CC owners surveyed—contain storage compartments and an insulated fish locker. At the helm, in addition to the Connext 3.0 helm control system, a 12-inch Simrad screen displays navigation and fishing information. The 255 FSH Sport E has a finished, outrigger-ready hardtop with five rocket launchers, and its 19 rod-holder total far exceeds the 12-rod standard that pleases 84 percent of CC respondents.

Two cockpit livewells—one transparent—exceed the threshold of happiness for 96 percent of center-console anglers.

Bench seating at the transom—a deal-maker for 44 percent of respondents—folds down to become a casting platform, and the walk-through transom makes boating big fish a breeze.


Survey Says: On Target

  • Fishing and pleasure cruising features meet all mainstream owner’s needs
  • Multiple baitwells
  • Generous rod storage

Owners Say

  • Internal jet drive relieves concerns about striking the running gear or gouging reefs and flats

Brand Says

  • Built to take you where the big fish are

Reader response

  • “Designed for big adventures”


LOA: 24′6″

Beam: 8′6″

Fuel Capacity: 111 gal.


Dry Weight: 4,835 lb. with power

Max HP: 500

Seating/Weight Capacity: 12 people/ 2,700 lb.

Certifications: NMMA

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