For the 2022 model year, Yamaha will have JetBlaster and FX Series WaveRunners plus new RecDeck Accessories. The JetBlaster is an all-new sit-down watercraft targeted at freestyle riders while the FX WaveRunners have been upgraded with new technology and an accessory platform that expands the series’ utility.
“Consumers are looking to use their WaveRunners in all new ways on the water, whether it’s a touring adventure, all-day cruising and lounging, watersports or fishing,” said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha’s WaterCraft Group. “We wanted to create a WaveRunner line and related accessories that power out consumers’ passion for the water. The new JetBlaster revolutionizes how you can ride a sit-down watercraft. Our new FX series pushes the founds of luxury, tech and performance. And our all-new RecDeck offers a new level of customization for anything our customers can dream of doing on the water.”
The $9,999 JetBlaster is intended to deliver a “playful, freestyle riding experience like no other,” according to Yamaha. It has taller, wider handlebars to give the rider more leverage and the performance grips reduce hand slippage and fatigue. New foot chocks placed where the footwells meet the stern are intended to provide a secure stance when riding stand-up and transfer body weight to the hull when performing freestyle stunts. A new custom-tuned electric trim feature lets the rider adjust the ride, pop out of the water, do spins and be creative. The JetBlaster is powered by a three-cylinder Yamaha TR-1 HO Marine engine.
Yamaha says the FX series is its best-selling luxury performance personal watercraft and pricing starts at $14,299. New features include a 7” (17.78 cm) or 5” (12.7 cm) infotainment system with a glass color touchscreen, factory-installed speakers and Drive Control with Auto Trim that lets the rider set and safe preferred trim modes. Each screen features GPS-ready mapping with geo-fencing. Optional GPS map cards will be sold at dealers and with one installed, the operator can add and follow waypoints, record and follow tracks and geofence the riding area where the watercraft can be operated.
Updated for 2022, the Connext system has audio connectivity through a rider’s smartphone so he/she can receive incoming calls and see text messages on the screen. A new Drive Control function also lets the rider set and save trim modes, set top speed and design preferred acceleration curves.
Other updates for the FX series are a larger, watertight glovebox that has a dedicated smartphone slot, USB port, 12-volt power outlet and LED lighting. Yamaha also updated the handlebars with a new steering column design that includes integrated rope hooks. For the first time, the FX Series is available with factory-installed 4.5” (11.43 cm) waterproof marine speakers, a two-channel amplifier and a low-voltage regulator to protect the battery.
Expanding the utility of the FX series’ stern is the new RecDeck platform that integrates with the watercraft’s stern platform and reboarding ladder brackets to provide a range of new accessory packages. The padded RecDeck is finished with MarineMat and includes four cleats that connect the adjustable Multi-Use Rack accessory (sold separately). The rack expands to fit most coolers and serves as the structure for the Lounge & Beach seat accessory. Available accessory options for the RecDeck include the JetFish, Lounging and Tow Sports Package.