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History of Innovation

A POWERFUL

HISTORY

YAMAHA’S NEVER-ENDING PURSUIT OF BETTER BOATING.

For nearly 30 years, Yamaha has led industry in innovation, but we can’t take all the credit. It’s our boaters’ high expectations that drive us to improve our game. To make it faster, more efficient, more exhilarating and more reliable. Here are just a few of our engineers’ notable innovations:

Four Stroke V MAX SHO

The V MAX SHO® was the very first V6 4.2 liter super high output four stroke for bass boats. It changed the game by merging the quiet, clean-burning, fuel-efficient advantages of a four stroke with a light weight and class-leading hole shot and displacement.

V8 F350 four stroke

Yamaha’s F350 was the world’s first V8 5.3 liter four stroke outboard. It redefined offshore power and offered an amazing alternative to inboard power, revolutionizing offshore boat design.

YearInnovation
2013Helm Master – Fully Integrated Digital Boat Control System
2010Shift Dampening System (SDS™)
2009World’s first marine application of Plasma-Fused Cylinders –
V MAX SHO® & V6 Offshore
2007World’s First V8 350HP 5.3L Four Stroke 
2005F250 Four Stroke Powerhouse
20033.3 Liter HPDI®
2002225HP Four Stroke 
2000High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI®)
1999Direct-Drive DOHC
1998V MAX 3.1L Big Block
19970X66
1997Twin Rotating Props (TRP)
1996YDC-30 Alloy
1994Fuel Management System
1993ACP-221 Paint Process
1990PrimeStart
1990Multi-Charge Monitoring System
1987Multifunction Digital Gauges
1986Counter Rotation, Dual Station
1985High Thrust
1984Micro Computer Ignition
1983Precision Blend® Oiling System