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Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E (2021-)

2 x 250-hp 1.8L SVHO



Brief Summary

The design team at Yamaha has upped its game again and made even more improvements to its line of center-console fishing machines. The result is the 255 FSH Sport E. It’s larger, more family-friendly and includes the E series of fly-by-wire features for ease of use and improved functionality. It’s a 25’ (7.62 m) version of the company’s 190 and 210 FSH models, which we have previously tested.

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
1200 3 2.6 1.2 2.6 2.3 261 226.6 66.8
2000 5.3 4.6 2 2.7 2.3 265 230.2 71.1
3000 7.7 6.7 4.1 1.9 1.6 186 162.1 82.1
4000 12.6 10.9 7.5 1.7 1.5 168 146.3 85.2
5000 31.2 27.1 14.8 2.1 1.8 211 183.5 89
6000 41.8 36.3 21.7 1.9 1.7 193 167.5 97.4
7000 51.3 44.6 34.5 1.5 1.3 149 129.4 97.8
7400 57.5 50 44.3 1.3 1.1 130 112.8 99.1

Specifications

Length Overall 24'6"
7.46 m
Beam 8'6"
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,835 lbs.
2,193.12 kg
Draft 22"
55.88 cm
Deadrise/Transom 20°
Bridge Clearance 9'2"
2.79 m
Weight Capacity 2,700 lbs.
1,224.7 kg
Person Capacity 12
Fuel Capacity 111 gallons
420.18 L

Acceleration Times & Conditions

0 to 30 6.0 seconds

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 250-hp 1.8L SVHO

Captain's Report

Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E 

By Capt. Steve

The Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E is now the largest center console in the company’s lineup. 

Mission

Fishing is certainly the main function of the 255 FSH but the family is not to be left at the dock – not by a long shot.  There seems to be an equal number of fishing features as there are family-friendly additions all over this beautiful boat.  So that should make it easier to convince the “other half” of the controlling part of the checkbook to pull the trigger on this exciting purchase. 

Major Features (Including Distinguishing Features)

  • Twin 1.8L SVHO Yamaha Marine Engines
  • E-Series fly-by-wire functionality for one-button start/stops, single lever controllability 
  • 12-inch Simrad® electronics
  • Hardtop tower
  • Custom leaning post
  • Dual livewells

Performance

With the twin 250-hp 1.8L SVHO Yamaha Marine Engines spun up to 7400 RPM, our speed topped out at 57.5 MPH.  Best cruise came in at 5000 RPM and 31.2 MPH.  It was at the speed that the 14.8 GPH fuel burn translated into 2.1 MPG and a range of 211 statute miles – all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 111-gallon (420.2 L) total fuel capacity. 

Handling

She’s quick off the line, reaching 30 MPH in 6 seconds.  You don't have to brace yourself and hang on for the turn in anticipation of getting thrown over to one side.  Quite the contrary.  Just grab hold as normal, there’s a little bit of a slide in the turn as she brings herself around.  Turning on the wheel is 1 ½ turns, so you're not putting a lot of effort into the turn.  Plus, there’s feedback on the wheel, so if the pressure on the wheel is released she returns to straight ahead on her own. There's also no chine walk in the turn, just a stable turn as she comes around.  

Engines

The 255 FSH Sport E is powered by the company’s top-of-the-line twin 250-hp 1.8L Super Vortex High Output Yamaha Marine Engines.  They are accessed by lifting the center casting deck between the two aft jump seats.  And there’s plenty of room to service the engines. 

Yamaha chose its largest engines available to power the 255 and they bring her to a top speed of 57.5 MPH. 

Boat Inspection

Fishing Features

We’ll start our features inspection with the fishing features. And that has to begin with the 111-gallon (420.2 L) fuel capacity, so you can get out to where the big fish are and get back.  This fuel capacity gives the 255 a range of 211 statute miles, while still keeping a 10% reserve in the bank for emergencies.   There’s a livewell in the aft quarter, right alongside the full-beam casting platform.  A raw water washdown is underneath. 

At the stern, there’s a full-beam casting platform.  Notice the livewell to the starboard side.  We can also see the hose for the raw-water washdown.   

Padded coaming bolsters are to both sides of the 255.  To the starboard side of the bow walkthrough, there’s Plano tackle sorter storage.  To the port side, there’s another livewell, this time with a glass back to it so we can actually see the live bait inside. There’s yet another casting deck forward with an insulated fish locker to the starboard side. 

Padded bolsters topping out at 33” (83.82 cm) add a comfort level when bringing a fish aboard. 
The forward livewell has a see-through back so we know at a glance how much bait we have left. 
To the starboard side are Plano tackle sorters.  The door to the right has a trash receptacle. 
The forward casting deck has an insulated fish box to the starboard side.  Those forward beverage holders are beverage/rod holder combos. 

Rod storage is everywhere.  Under the gunwales, vertical storage is to both sides of the console, rocket launcher style is to the trailing edge of the hardtop and in the caprails. Plus, there are combination beverage holders and rod holders scattered throughout the boat, making for a place to put more than 29 rods on this boat.   

Notice how the under-gunwale rod storage has padding to protect the reels against the bulwarks. 

Family Features

All of the areas on the 255 FSH Sport E are transitional so they can be converted to family features.  Start with the casting deck at the bow.  We can remove the center section and add a pedestal table.  Then add two cushions to the side sections and an al fresco dining and social zone are created. 

With the addition of a bow table and two cushions, the conversion to a family-friendly bow is complete.  Just add food and drinks. 

Just behind is another seat ahead of the console.  Lift it and a changing room can be added for getting into or out of the swimsuits.  We can also add a porta-potty to this area.  There’s a trash receptacle right alongside the tackle storage we pointed out earlier.

By lifting the forward console seat, we can have a changing room or add a porta-potty. 

At the stern, we have the two flip jump seats.  We can add a cushion between the two and the seat base has a flip-up section that becomes a seatback with another cushion, creating seating all the way across the stern.    

The aft casting deck converts to stern seating by flipping up the side jump seats and bringing up the center seatback.  Then just add the center cushions. 
And of course, as is the case with all Yamaha boats, there’s the creative stern multi-level platform rounding out the family features. 

Helm

The helm features start with the 7” (17.78 cm) Connext Touchscreen.  This gives control of all of the boat’s electrical features as well as things like acceleration curves, single lever controllability and throttle sync.  We also have control over the vessel’s stereo and a moving map display.  Alongside is a cellphone holder, and I’d like to see that also be an inductive charger.  To the right is a 12” (30.48 cm) SIMRAD multifunction display.  The steering wheel has a steering knob and it’s mounted to a tilt base.  There’s a row of electrical switches and all of them are lighted when activated. 

The double-wide seat is part of a custom-built leaning post.  There are dual flip bolsters and the underside of them are contoured for comfort when leaning back.  Below is a flip footrest with space for a cooler behind and there’s an angled footrest at the bottom of the console. 

All gauges have been removed from the panel in favor of the glass dash concept with the large multifunction display showing all gauges. 
At the bottom of the console is a recessed footrest.  Notice the enclosed glovebox storage and the open storage right alongside. 
Under the leaning post is dedicated space for a cooler.  This makes it easy to load it up at home and bring the lunch and drinks aboard. 

The entire helm console is protected by a standard hardtop.  The supports have integrated grab handles.  There is glass protecting the operator to three sides.  Spreader lights are to the forward and aft edges. 

Options to Consider

As is consistent with Yamaha boats, there are no options offered.  There are aftermarket items offered that can go with the boat, such as stereo upgrades, bait/filet table ($149.99), a Yamaha surf package ($1,299.99) and a propane grill ($469.99). 

Price

Pricing for the 255 FSH Sport E is set at $81,999.

Observations 

Yamaha seems to have come up with an ideal combination of family features, fishing features, power and roominess with the 255 FSH Sport E, which is now the largest center console in the fleet.  She’s easily handled and also easily trailered. Most of all, since she’s a Yamaha, she’s priced right. So she is easily affordable.