Yamaha Marine Introduces New Outboards, Props and Controls

10 new propulsion products for saltwater fishing boats

January 20, 2017
New Yamaha Outboards, Props and Controls
Yamaha has introduced an array of new products for the saltwater market. Chris Woodward

The Yamaha Marine Group has announced 10 new products applicable to the saltwater market for 2017 — from outboards to propellers and engine controls.

On the higher-horsepower end, the company added 25-inch-shaft models to its four-stroke V MAX SHO lineup in 175 and 115 hp. The X-Shaft versions accommodate specific applications — such as bay boats and smaller center consoles — where a compact, lighter weight 25-inch solution is needed. (Previously those SHO outboards only came in 20-inch versions.)

Yamaha 175 V MAX SHO X-Shaft

Yamaha V MAX SHO 175 X-Shaft Product Shot
Yamaha’s 25-inch-shaft 175 hp SHO outboard Courtesy of Yamaha

The 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder 175 X-Shaft comes with Variable Camshaft Timing, double-overhead cams, and twin counterbalance shafts. A mechanically controlled outboard, the 175 can be equipped with analog, 6Y5 digital or Command Link gauges.


Yamaha V MAX SHO 115 X-Shaft

Yamaha V MAX SHO 115 X-Shaft Product Shot
Yamaha’s 25-inch-shaft 115-hp SHO outboard Courtesy of Yamaha

The 1.8-liter 115 X-Shaft features Yamaha’s 16-valve double-overhead cam four-cylinder design, long-track intake system and free-flow exhaust. It weighs 386 pounds.

Yamaha F90 and F75

Yamaha F90 Outboard Engine
Yamaha’s new F90 outboard Courtesy of Yamaha

On the smaller end, new F90 (pictured) and F75 four-strokes represents next-generation technology that have produced outboards that are lighter and quicker than their predecessors, Yamaha says. Not only is the F90 quieter, it has the quickest four-stroke 90-horsepower acceleration available – period,” says Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine Group president.

The F90 and F75 employ a single overhead camshaft to drive four valves per cylinder, saving weight while increasing volumetric efficiency – and making more power, Yamaha says. Weighing in at 353 pounds, the F90 is 13 pounds lighter than its predecessor and displaces 1.8 liters versus 1.6 liters.


The outboards can be paired with several Yamaha propellers with the exclusive Shift Dampener System (SDS), including Talon (GP and Pontoon), for even greater quiet and comfort.

Yamaha F25

Yamaha F25 Outboard
Yamaha F25 Courtesy of Yamaha

And finally for the outboard lineup, Yamaha debuted the F25, the smallest midrange outboard at 126 pounds. “The new F25 is 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, comes packed with powerful benefits and even outperforms the traditional Yamaha 25-horsepower two stroke,” Speciale says.

The F25 features no-battery-required Electronic Fuel Injection and an all-new two-cylinder powerhead. For greater control, the new F25 also features a pull start through the cowling, which comes standard on all electric start models, except for the F25LC.


Yamaha’s new F25 includes several new updates that make it even more convenient than its predecessor. For example, the outboard is now resting-pad equipped on two sides for more storage options. The external oil-draining system offers easy maintenance for either dealer or consumer. And an electric starting kit is available as a field upgrade.

New Yamaha Shift-Dampening System Propellers

Yamaha Saltwater Series II SDS Propellers
Yamaha Saltwater Series II SDS Courtesy of Yamaha

To its propeller lineup, Yamaha has added three new products for boaters using 150- to 300-horsepower outboards: Reliance SDS, Saltwater Series II SDS and Saltwater Series HS4 SDS — all feature the company’s shift-dampening system. SDS technology delivers quiet shifting and smooth, low-speed operation.

Saltwater Series II SDS props fit Yamaha F200 through F300 V6 outboards; they feature a large blade area and progressive rake angle for better acceleration and load-carrying capacity. They’re available in 17- through 23-inch pitches as well as 13- and 15-inch.


Yamaha SDS Reliance and HS4 SDS Propellers

Yamaha Reliance SDS Propellers
Yamaha Reliance SDS Courtesy of Yamaha

Reliance SDS props match Yamaha’s larger inline four-cylinder four-strokes — the F150 through the F200. They’re available in 13- through 21-inch pitches and in right- and left-hand rotation.

The Saltwater Series HS4 SDS four-blade props (image not available) can be used with Yamaha 200- to 300-hp four-strokes. The high-performance V6 props provide added grip in turns and higher mounting heights. They’re available in 21- through 23-inch pitches and left-/right-hand rotation.

Yamaha Remote Variable Trolling RPM Switch and 704 Shift Control

Yamaha Shift Control and RPM Switch
Yamaha’s new 704 Shift Control and Remote Variable Trolling RPM Switch Courtesy of Yamaha

Compatible with Yamaha models F25C through F115 and 115 V MAX SHO, Yamaha’s new Remote Variable Trolling RPM Switch and 704 Shift Control for mechanical operation were designed to improve the overall boating experience.

The new 704 features new aesthetics and better ergonomics with a shorter chrome handle, providing more options for rigging the latest boats. The VTS does not require a gauge for adjusting the variable trolling function.


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