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Brief Summary

The Yamaha V1 Sport carries an entry-level price, but this is far from a stripped-down personal watercraft. She has the latest Yamaha engine technology and comes equipped with everything a family could want at as affordable a price point as possible. The V1 should provide thrills for first-time and mid-level buyers.

Key Features

  • Available colors in Silver Metallic or Pure White
  • 1 to 3 persons rider capacity
  • Glove box with Dual Cup holders
  • Hydro-Turf mats
  • Extended rear platform
  • Mechanical reverse
  • Multifunction instrumentation panel
  • Dual mirrors
  • Tow hook
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 128.7''
    3.27 m
    Beam 46.1''
    1.17 m
    Dry Weight 681 lbs.
    308 kg
    Tested Weight 972 lbs.
    440 kg
    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 155 mm 4-stroke 3-cylinder Yamaha Marine Engine
    Tested Power 1 x 1049cc 3 cylinder 4-stroke 155mm pump
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    5000 17.2 14.9 2.1 8.2 7.1 136 118 0
    6000 29.7 25.8 3.0 9.9 8.6 165 143 0
    7000 44.1 38.3 5.8 7.7 6.7 128 111 0
    8000 52.7 45.8 7.9 6.7 5.8 111 97 0
    8200 53.0 46.1 8.5 6.2 5.4 104 90 0
    5000 118 219 27.70 7.95 3.47 0
    6000 143 266 47.80 11.36 4.20 0
    7000 111 206 71.00 21.77 3.26 0
    8000 97 179 84.80 29.90 2.84 0
    8200 90 167 85.30 32.18 2.65 0

    All speeds are measured by a hand held Stalker PRO radar gun and a hand help digital timer, so the human elements is a factor. Temperature, saltwater versus fresh, load, and water conditions are all a factor and the reason why test results may vary.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 2.5 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 1 person, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 85 deg., 70 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 859

    Captain's Report

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


    The V1 Sport 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, reverse capability, 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 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport, 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 Sport 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 Sport storage compartment
    A second storage compartment just ahead of the driver includes two removable beverage holders.


    Being able to back off the beach, or maneuver into the dock, is a pretty important feature and it comes standard on the V1 Sport. The rider pulls a manual lever on the right side of the craft to lower the reverse bucket and re-direct the jet thrust forward to back up the vessel. Its positioning on the right side is deliberate. To engage reverse, the operator must remove his/her hand from the throttle, which prevents thrust from being applied before shifting. Once reverse is engaged, the driver can then apply throttle as needed. This also eliminates the hard, emergency stop that can cause a novice operator to lose control, or fall off, the V1 Sport.

    Yamaha V1 Sport reverse lever
    Here, the reverse lever is pulled to lower the reverse bucket and back up the V1 Sport.

    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 Sport.

    Yamaha V1 Sport rear deck
    The rear deck is large enough to serve multiple purposes.
    Yamaha V1 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport. Hydro-Turf makes the rubberized mats that cover the decking on the V1 Sport. 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 Sport 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 Sport compliant in states that require that all tow vessels have a rear-facing observer and rearview mirror(s).

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


    The V1 Sport 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 Sport blasted to 30 mph in 2.5 seconds.

    Yamaha V1 Sport profile shot
    The V1 Sport 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 Sport running shot
    The V1 Sport in her element, cruising along at about 30 mph.
    Yamaha V1 Sport 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 Sport 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 Sport. 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 Sport running shot
    Captain Steve Larivee put the Yamaha V1 Sport through its paces and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
    Yamaha V1 Sport running shot
    When Captain Steve hit the throttle, the V1 Sport leapt out of the water with brisk acceleration.

    Pricing and Observations

    The Yamaha V1 Sport 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.For kids reading this who may still have trouble convincing mom and dad to take the plunge, there’s an alternative. The Yamaha V1. It’s priced at $7,899 and the only thing it’s missing is the ability to shift into reverse and the flip-down reboarding step.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 53.0 mph (85.3 kph), burning 8.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 32.17 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 44.1 mph (71 kph), and the boat gets 7.66 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.26 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 128 miles (206 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 1049cc 3 cylinder 4-stroke 155mm pump.
    • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 2.5 sec. seconds.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Standard


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