Yamaha 4.2-Liter F300 V6 Mechanical Outboard

Popular offshore outboard engine now available with mechanical controls

Yamaha has announced a mechanical version of its popular V6 F300 engine.Courtesy Yamaha

Expanding its selection to anglers hoping to repower larger offshore vessels, Yamaha has introduced a mechanical-control version of its 4.2L V6 F300, which will be available in left- or right-hand rotation.

"With this new model, customers now have the choice of mechanical or digital control for the F150, F175, F200, F225, F250 and F300 models," says Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine group president.

Yamaha's 4.2-liter models feature big-bore V6 displacement, thanks to plasma-fused sleeveless cylinders, Yamaha says. That technology increases displacement without enlarging the outer diameter of the cylinder bores; it also contributes to the outboard's light weight. The new V6 mechanicals are 50 pounds lighter than Yamaha's previous-generation 3.3-L V6s.

When repowering with these new engines, boat owners typically don't need to change control boxes. A wide array of quiet-shifting SDS propellers will be available. Availability for the 4.2L V6 F300s is expected this summer.