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Brief Summary

Key Features

  • Available colors in Pure White with Laser Yellow or Pure White with Electric Green
  • 1 to 3 persons rider capacity
  • Extended rear platform
  • Hydro-Turf mats
  • 15.1 gallon storage capacity
  • Multifunction instrumentation panel
  • Dual mirrors
  • Tow hook
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 126.8''
    3.22 m
    Beam 46.1''
    1.17 m
    Dry Weight 672 lbs.
    305 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal.
    70 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 1049cc 155mm Yamaha Marine Engine 4-stroke
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Yamaha V1 profile shot
    The Yamaha V1 is a full-featured WaveRunner at an affordable price.


    The V1 has everything an owner needs rolled into one of the most affordable watercraft on the water. She has good storage capacity for cruising, tow capabilities, a full-sized fuel tank and a full-sized reboarding platform.

    Features Inspection

    TR-1 Engine.

    Since we’re touting that this is not a stripped-down WaveRunner, let’s take a look what she does offer. For starters, she’s powered by the latest Yamaha watercraft engine, the TR1. The high-output engine was designed to replace the proven MR1. The latest model is more powerful, lighter and smaller than its predecessor. The engine is the featured power for the V1 Series and mid-level VX models. Let’s look at some specifics of this engine.

    Yamaha V1 engine
    The TR-1 is smaller so there’s more room around all sides of the engine for easier maintenance.

    Less is More.

    While the MR1 was a four-cylinder engine with five valves, the TR-1 has three-cylinders and four valves. Displacement dropped from 1051cc to 1049cc and overall weight was reduced to 160 lbs. (73 kg) compared to 216 lbs. (98 kg). That’s a 25% reduction in weight, but Yamaha says it increased power output with the TR-1 by 12.7%.

    Location, Location.

    Additionally, the TR-1 has improved the parts location for the oil filter, air filter, and service checkpoints, making for better serviceability. Improved engine coatings lead to better corrosion protection.

    Yamaha V1 fresh water connector
    That black cap to the rear is a freshwater flush connector. Attach a garden hose and rinse away salt water.

    Additional Features

    Aside from the latest engine, the V1 is equipped with features that make her a good value. Let’s take a look.

    Digital Gauge.

    The dash has a digital gauge that provides multiple readouts, including speed, engine rpm and fuel-level. This style of gauge consolidates the information and provides a less cluttered panel.

    Yamaha V1 gauge
    A single gauge provides multiple data points at a glance and note the eyebrow over it that should help reduce glare.


    One of the first things we look at when reviewing a watercraft is storage. Everyone needs a place to put “stuff”. On the V1, there’s 15.1 gallons (57.9 L) of storage in two compartments. The main locker is in front under the visor. It has space for extra life vests and other large items, and has a dedicated spot for the fire extinguisher.

    Yamaha V1 front storage
    The front storage is the largest and the lid is held open by a clever hinge that frees up both hands for retrieving gear.

    Glove Box.

    The other on board storage compartment is just ahead of the driver. This one includes two beverage holders. Under the same protective cover, there’s an additional area for stowing smaller items such as vessel registration and it’s all part of an insert that can be removed to reveal more storage below.

    Yamaha V1 storage compartment
    A second storage compartment just ahead of the driver includes two removable beverage holders.

    Full-Sized Reboarding Deck.

    Behind the seat is a swim/reboarding deck that also serves as a staging area for getting on a tube or preparing to get into the water. It could also be a good place to sit and relax. At the rear of the swim deck, a spring-loaded pull-out step makes short work of reboarding the V1.

    Yamaha V1 rear deck
    The rear deck is large enough to serve multiple purposes.
    Yamaha V1 reboarding step
    A flip-down reboarding step makes it easier to climb back aboard after a swim.

    The Seat.

    The contoured seat can accommodate up to three riders and a rider can sit facing aft to observe tow sports. A grab handle on the trailing edge of the seat gives aft-facing spotters something to hold onto.

    Yamaha V1 seat
    Notice how the three-person seat is stepped so that the aft rider can see over the shoulders of the people in front.
    Yamaha V1 grab handle
    A grab handle makes it safe for the third person to ride forward- or rear-facing.

    Hydro-Turf Mats.

    Yamaha has partnered with Hyrdo-Turf to add a level of comfort to the V1. Hydro-Turf makes the rubberized mats that cover the decking on the V1. This is a machine that will be operated by people in bare feet, so it helps passengers to have a way to grip with their feet while cranking through turns. The Hydro-Turf mats are comfortable, non-skid, water-resistant, and they remain cool to the touch in direct sunlight.

    Yamaha V1 non skid matting
    The non-skid matting provides for a safer, more comfortable ride.

    Dual Mirrors.

    Dual rearview mirrors give the operator better overall awareness. They also make the V1 compliant in states that require that all tow vessels have a rear-facing observer and rearview mirror(s).

    Yamaha V1 mirrors
    Mirrors give the operator a better overall picture of the surroundings and, in some cases, provide legal compliance.
    Yamaha V1 tow ring
    A tow ring at the rear of the V1 increases its utility and adds to family fun.
    Yamaha V1 fuel fill
    Similar to many tow vehicles, the V1’s fuel fill is on the left side, which makes it easier to fill up at the local gas station.


    The V1 has an empty weight of 681 lbs. (308 kg). With half fuel and one person aboard, we estimated our test weight at 972 lbs. (440 kg). We hit a top speed of 53 mph at 8200 rpm, burning 8.5 gph and could keep that up for 2 hours and 104 miles with 10% of the fuel capacity in reserve. Best economy was measured at 6000 rpm and 29.7 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 3 gph and increased the range to 165 miles. In acceleration tests, the V1 blasted to 30 mph in 2.5 seconds.

    Yamaha V1 profile shot
    The V1 has a length of 128.7” (3.27 m), a width of 46.1” (1.17 m) and holds 18.5 gallons (70 L) of fuel.
    Yamaha V1 running shot
    The V1 in her element, cruising along at about 30 mph.
    Yamaha V1 running shot
    We reached a top speed of 53 mph. She could keep that up for two hours.


    It’s rare that the Yamaha V1 will be used for straight out running, but riders will spend hours cranking and banking and getting wet. And that’s where we had the most fun running the V1. It’s quite responsive to steering and there’s never a feeling of being out of control. She transitions smoothly from one side to the other through turns.

    Yamaha V1 running shot
    Captain Steve Larivee put the Yamaha V1 through its paces and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
    Yamaha V1 running shot
    When Captain Steve hit the throttle, the V1 leapt out of the water with brisk acceleration.

    Pricing and Observations

    The Yamaha V1 is priced at $7,899. Another alternative is the Yamaha V1 Sport that comes in at a reasonable $8,699 and that represents a great value for the money. This is the most popular model with rental companies around the world and with good reason. It’s cost effective, safe, and pure fun.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Standard


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