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WADDINGTON, New York - July 19, 2021 – Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Taku Ito of Chiba, Japan weighed in 26 pounds on the final day of the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the St. Lawrence River to capture his first Elite series championship with a four-day total of 90 pounds even.
Kennesaw, Ga. – July 14, 2021 – This summer, Yamaha Marine introduces MyYamahaOutboards, a new mobile app and web portal that revolutionizes the ownership experience and helps enhance customer satisfaction of Yamaha outboards. MyYamahaOutboards puts essential product and dealer information at owners’ fingertips, including a complete maintenance history for each outboard they own.
Kennesaw, Ga. - June 18, 2021 – Aspiring marine technicians can now become Yamaha-certified by completing and passing Yamaha Marine University™ Maintenance Certification Program (MCP) exams at designated locations nationwide. MCP offers technicians four distinct certifications covering Yamaha outboard products. Those include portable, midrange, inline (four-cylinder), and v-engine platforms.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 14, 2021 – Yamaha Rightwaters is a new sponsor of the Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Initiative, a multi-year conservation initiative dedicated to rebuilding wetlands lost to erosion, subsidence and sea level rise in Louisiana and Texas. Through the Meraux Foundation Terracing Project in Louisiana and the Sargent Marsh Shoreline Protection Project in coastal Texas, Ducks Unlimited, Yamaha Rightwaters, and other supporters will restore designated seagrass and wetland habitats and contribute to climate mitigation through a combination of protecting buried carbon and sequestering atmospheric carbon at rates up to 530 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year across the two projects.
Nickajack Lake, Tenn. – June 2, 2021 – Yamaha Pro Angler Ish Monroe teamed up with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (KTNRB) and a group of young volunteers on June 1 to clean up Nickajack Lake. Led by KTNRB Executive Director Kathleen Gibi, the group pulled 2,119 pounds of trash from the shoreline near the Shellmound Campground boat ramp in Jasper, Tennessee.
The 2021 Bassmaster Classic will take place June 11-13 on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Worth, Texas. This year, 14 of the pro anglers competing in the Classic will have Yamaha V MAX SHO® power on the back of their boats. The anglers bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the table as they compete on the biggest bass fishing stage in the world. Here’s a quick snapshot of the 2021 Yamaha Bassmaster Classic qualifiers.
Kennesaw, Ga. – May 19, 2021 – Yamaha Rightwaters and other leading conservation groups kicked off National Invasive Species Awareness week by signing a National Conservation Proclamation highlighting the importance of invasive species awareness and recognizing May 15 as National Clean Drain Dry® Day.
Gadsden, Ala. - May 11, 2021 – Wes Logan, powered by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats, weighed in 14 pounds, 1 ounce on the final day of the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Alabama’s Neely Henry Lake to capture the Elite series win with a four-day total of 57 pounds, 9 ounces. The 26-year-old from Springville, Ala., a 30-mile drive from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, earned $100,000 for the win, his first in 26 B.A.S.S. events.
Quitman, Texas - Patrick Walters and Quentin Cappo both fished a strong tournament during the record-setting Bassmaster® Elite Series on legendary Lake Fork. While their performances fell short of hometown favorite Lee Livesay’s mind-boggling 42-pound limit on Championship Sunday, they both went home with Yamaha Power Pay bonus money.
Washington D.C. – April 23, 2021 – Yamaha Rightwaters joined forces with the Coastal Conservation Association® (CCA®) in Maryland and Northern Virginia to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up Fletcher’s Cove on the Potomac River. Volunteers met at Fletcher’s Boat House on a chilly morning to spend some time preserving and enjoying one of the more popular fishing spots on the Nation’s River. With help from the Friends of Fletcher Cove and the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the group removed debris from the river and raised awareness for a renovation project in the Cove.
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 13, 2021 – Yamaha joined forces with more than 30 South Carolina-based boating and fishing tackle manufacturers and marine dealerships to help form the new South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance (SCBFA). The SCBFA is dedicated to the protection and growth of the state’s burgeoning boating and fishing industry, and Yamaha is a charter member.
KENNESAW, Ga. – March 31, 2021 — Yamaha Marine announced today a video series designed to give novice boaters basic tips while emphasizing the importance of safety on the water. Hosted by Yamaha Pro and social media influencer Tyler Anderson, Yamaha’s Boating Academy aims to help educate new boaters on a wide variety of useful topics including boating etiquette, driving 101 and proper boat ramp procedures.
FLORENCE, Ala. - March 24, 2021 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen weighed in 20 pounds, 11 ounces on the final day of the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Pickwick Lake to capture first place with a four-day total of 83 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory marks the first B.A.S.S.® win for the angler from Brookville, Ind. The Xpress Boats Pro’s performance led him the first-place prize of $102,000.
KENNESAW, Ga., March 23, 2021 — Yamaha Marine’ s newly upgraded 4.2-liter V MAX SHO® outboard has a full 40 percent more charging capacity and contemporary styling as it enters a new era of reliable service. Joining the upgraded outboard in this month’s announcement are a suite of new analog gauges and a battery management system that promises to improve offshore boaters’ experiences on the water.
Provides Boat, Outboard for Research, Tagging in North Florida
Kennesaw, Ga. – March 23, 2021 – Yamaha Rightwaters is teaming up with Skeeter Boats to provide a SX2250 center console boat with a 250-horsepower Yamaha V MAX SHO outboard to the University of Florida. Scientists in the University’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will use the boat and outboard to conduct a study on redfish activities and numbers to gather better data on the species in Northern Florida.
Kennesaw, Ga. – March 23, 2021 – Yamaha and Skeeter Boats announced a new Redfish Cup Championship tournament in conjunction B.A.S.S.® for 2021. The Yamaha Bassmaster® Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter propels B.A.S.S. into the saltwater realm and expands the competitive fishing industry in a growth segment. It is one of several new elements in multi-year agreements struck recently among Skeeter, Yamaha and B.A.S.S.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. today announced a strategic alliance with Siren Marine®, manufacturer of marine-based IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. It is Yamaha’s most recent step to reinforce CommandBlue™, a philosophy that represents a commitment to move engineering and development into the realm of the customer, ultimately delivering products that are easier to use and creating greater satisfaction and confidence on the water.
KENNESAW, Ga., March 4, 2021 — Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit accepted the 2021 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in five categories including Outboard Engine, WaveRunner® personal watercraft and Jet Boat as well as for Yamaha’s boat companies Skeeter® and G3® Boats. Yamaha has received this recognition in the Outboard Engine category every year since the award’s inception in 2001, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Feb. 23, 2021 - For 30 seasons, Mark Menendez has proven he’s got the sort of rare bass fishing talents reserved for a select group. His sustainability, professionalism and ability to overcome life’s adversity are admirable.
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 10, 2021 – Yamaha and B.A.S.S. ® signed a new agreement that not only continues but also expands Yamaha’s sponsorship of Bassmaster® events through 2024. Yamaha’s support of B.A.S.S. underscores the company’s commitment to the growth of competitive and recreational fishing.
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 4, 2021 – Yamaha Marine, along with trade and conservation organizations, worked last year during the 116th Congress to ensure the conservation of U.S. waterways, promote responsible angler practices and increase access to federal land and waterways. The legislation signed into law in 2020 and early 2021 is the result of efforts from many entities promoting conservation and sustainability while achieving access for fishing and boating.
Kennesaw, Ga., Feb. 2, 2021 – Yamaha Marine has grown its 2021 Pro Team with eight new anglers who will compete in professional tournament trails this season, represent Yamaha’s premium brand and uphold the company’s commitment to competitive fishing.
Broadens Eligibility Requirements, Adds New Tournaments to 2021 Season
KENNESAW, Ga. – Jan. 27, 2021 — Yamaha Marine today announced the expansion of Power Pay, a contingency program that provides a cash bonus to Yamaha anglers who place in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. For the 2021 season, Yamaha adds 68 new competitive fishing events, enhances the payout bonus amounts and broadens the eligibility requirements to eligible anglers who own a Yamaha outboard with a warranty start date within the 60 months prior to registering for Power Pay.
Also adds new flush, side-mount Digital Electronic Control (DEC) for Helm Master® EX, Saltwater Series II™ HP propellers to product line
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 25, 2021 — Yamaha Marine kicks off 2021 with brand new product offerings including updated V6 Offshore outboards that combine new benefits with a reliable performance legacy. The new F250 and F300 V6 Offshore Digital Electronic Control (DEC) models boast built-in Digital Electric Steering (DES), Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) and other XTO Offshore®-inspired features.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Jan. 19, 2021 - High school angler Hunter Keller understands his mom, Ashley, and dad, Dusty, need to live within the family’s financial means - but they’ve always done all they can to support Hunter’s love of competitive bass fishing.
Kennesaw, Ga. – Jan. 11, 2021 – The Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit begins 2021 with several new management team appointments. These changes continue to maximize synergies and strengths across the organization to better serve customers, dealers and boat builders.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Nov. 18, 2020 – Yamaha Marine announced today its official sponsorship of the expanded Jimmy Johnson saltwater tournament series. In addition to the Jimmy Johnson “Quest for the Ring™” Championship Fishing Week in South Florida, this year’s series will add two major events to the schedule for 2020/2021, extending the tournament series in Florida and north to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
FT. MYERS, Fla. – Nov. 17, 2020 – As part of a continued effort to develop qualified marine technicians, Yamaha Marine and the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA of SWFL&TB) teamed up to help provide the funding and equipment to make it possible for Ft. Myers Technical College (FMTC) to offer Yamaha’s new Maintenance Certification Program (MCP) to students during the 2020/2021 school year. MIA of SWFL&TB contributed $10,000 toward the four modules of curriculum, and Yamaha donated an F300 V6 outboard for hands-on instruction in the classroom.
KENNESAW, Ga. – November 16, 2020 – The “Add Some Horsepower to Your Holiday” offer from Yamaha Marine gives customers continued incentive to purchase new Yamaha four-stroke outboards this holiday season between Nov. 16, 2020, and Dec. 23, 2020.
Yamaha Pro Clark Wendlandt Lands 2020 Angler of the Year Title, Yamaha Pros Capture Top Four Spots in Final Bassmaster Elite Tournament of Season
QUITMAN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2020 – Yamaha Pro Patrick Walters weighed in 22 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of Toyota® Bassmaster® Texas Fest on Lake Fork to capture a dominant win with a four-day total of 104 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory marks the first B.A.S.S.® Elite win for the angler from Summerville, S.C.
Milestone Highlights Continued Commitment to Marine Technician Career Development
KENNESAW, Ga. – Oct. 27, 2020 – The Yamaha Marine Technical School Partnership program (TSP) reached its 100th member milestone with the addition of Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska. Developed in 2015, Yamaha’s TSP program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used in the classroom for hands-on training.
Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk Relies On Experience, Instinct to Guide Him
It’s a hot, humid, windless morning on South Carolina’s Santee-Cooper Lakes, the final day of the 2020 Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament, and as he idles out from the boat dock Brandon Palaniuk has less than 10 seconds to decide whether to run up the lake or down to his first fishing spot. It’s one of several hundred on-the-water decisions the Yamaha Pro will have to make that day.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Oct. 20, 2020 – Harbor View Marine, in conjunction with Yamaha Marine, announced today that Josh Turner successfully completed the Yamaha Marine Apprentice Program (YMAP) offered through Yamaha Marine University™ (YMU).
This month, Yamaha Marine is celebrating the first anniversary of its new Power Pay contingency program. Power Pay opens the world of competitive fishing to a wide field of participants and offers cash bonuses for noncontracted anglers running eligible Yamaha power in sanctioned tournaments.
CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. - Oct. 12, 2020 – Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk weighed in 21 pounds, 11 ounces on the final day of the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Santee Cooper Lakes to capture a win with a four-day total of 72 pounds, two ounces. The victory marks the fifth overall B.A.S.S.® win for the 2017 Angler of the Year from Rathdrum, Idaho, and the second win in 2020 alone (he also took home the trophy on Lake Champlain in August). His performance earned the first-place prize of $100,000.
Powers Marine Habitat Restoration Efforts in South Florida
Kennesaw, Ga. – Oct. 8, 2020 – Yamaha Rightwaters helped secure a new F200 four-stroke outboard for AquaTech Eco Consultants. The organization uses the outboard to power its 24-foot Carolina Skiff® during habitat restoration projects along the coasts of Florida.
KENNESAW, Ga., Sep. 29, 2020 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine with IBEX® Innovation Awards in two categories for 2020. Yamaha’s Helm Master EX, the industry’s first fully integrated control system designed for single outboard applications, won in the outboard motor category and its Phase Angle Control Charging System won in the electrical systems category. The awards were presented at the Opening Session and Awards Presentation. Five BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners.
Welcomes Interior Secretary Bernhardt to Manufacturing Facility
Newnan, Ga. – Sep. 25, 2020 – Yamaha Motor reinforced its commitment to workforce development within its U.S. manufacturing facilities through the President’s Pledge to America’s Workers. Mike Chrzanowski, President of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC), and Ben Speciale, President of Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, signed the pledge during a visit from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at YMMC’s Newnan, Ga. facility, where the company assembles golf cars, personal watercraft, and ROVs.
Kennesaw, Ga. – Sept. 8, 2020 – The Potomac Riverkeeper Network has a new 4.2-liter, 225-horsepower outboard for its Parker patrol boat thanks to support from Yamaha Rightwaters™. The organization will use the boat for pollution surveillance and to take water samples of the Potomac River, which provides drinking water for approximately seven million people.
Wind, Waves Push Larger Smallmouth Into His Fishing Area
Seldom, if ever, does a bass pro welcome wind and stormy weather during a day of competition, but for veteran Brandon Palaniuk, those very conditions during the final round of the recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Lake Champlain played a major role in leading the Yamaha Pro to victory on the massive, open-water impoundment.
Kennesaw, Ga. – August 11, 2020 – Yamaha Rightwaters joined forces with Anderson Marine to re-power Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful’s (KTNRB’s) 25-foot aluminum work boat with a V MAX SHO® 90 outboard. The organization, which works to preserve, improve and protect the 652-mile Tennessee River, will use the boat and outboard for cleanup missions during scheduled volunteer events going forward.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – August 6, 2020 –Sunshine Boats and Motors, in conjunction with Yamaha Marine, announced today that Dustin Bearden is the first apprentice to successfully complete the Yamaha Marine Apprentice Program (YMAP) offered through Yamaha Marine University™ (YMU). YMAP includes 4,000 hours of comprehensive, hands-on Yamaha outboard technician training supported by an online platform.
Kennesaw, Ga. – August 3, 2020 – The “Repower with Yamaha” offer from Yamaha Marine gives customers great incentives to purchase new Yamaha four-stroke outboards between Aug. 1, 2020, and Sept. 4, 2020.
Kennesaw, Ga. – July 1, 2020 – Yamaha Marine today introduced Helm Master EX, the next level of customizable, integrated boat control. Now available in single through quad outboard applications, Helm Master EX brings forward the benefits from the original Helm Master system, including joystick maneuverability, and improves upon them to create greater control and fishability for a wider range of boaters.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 30, 2020 – North Carolina native Brant McMullan has a 25-year history in Ocean Isle Beach, where his life is centered on family and fishing. He and wife Amy own and manage Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and when they’re not working, they often compete together as a family in kingfish tournaments with daughter, Caroline, and son, Brayden. In recent weeks, the McMullans have become the ‘first family’ of Yamaha’s Power Pay.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 29, 2020 – Yamaha Rightwaters™ will sponsor a blackwater dive in the Cooper River near Charleston on July 29 as part of the South Carolina Seven (SC7), a first-of-its-kind expedition across the Palmetto State showcasing its unique natural beauty while raising greater awareness of environmental threats (resulting from disastrous storms and flooding) to the most vulnerable areas of the state.
It used to be simple to plan for a summer vacation. When the kids got out of school all you had to decide was whether you wanted to go to the beach, head to a theme park or take a cruise. This summer, it’s hard to envision the same-old, same-old kind of vacation. Traditional options might be off the table, especially as many people have taken serious financial hits. So what can you plan that’s safe, inexpensive and fun?
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 12, 2020 – Yamaha Rightwaters™ marks its one-year anniversary this week, a milestone that coincides with 2020 World Oceans Day® and Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Serving as the umbrella for all of Yamaha Marine’s sustainability projects, Yamaha Rightwaters champions environmental stewardship and supports marine habitat restoration, invasive species control and scientific research. The mission of the initiative is to improve the quality of boating and fishing waters, and ensure a healthy marine ecosystem for generations to come.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 9, 2020 – Yamaha Marine today introduced CommandBlue™, a philosophy that represents the company’s commitment to move engineering development into the realm of the customer, ultimately delivering products that are easier to use and create greater satisfaction and confidence on the water.
It’s Times Like These That Highlight the Benefits of Boating
What a difference a few months makes. In mid-March, many of the nation’s outdoor recreational activities were shut down due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. Authorities in many hard-hit states like Washington, Michigan, New York and Maryland were taking no chances and prohibited most recreational boating within their borders. Now that we’re edging into summer, boating in all 50 states has opened up again. And if ever we needed boating in our lives, now’s the time.
Kennesaw, Ga. – May 18, 2020 – Yamaha Marine announced today that Ben Speciale, President of Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, is the 2020 recipient of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Center for Sportfishing Policy™. Established in 2012, the award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation by manufacturers.
Kennesaw, Ga. – May 15, 2020 – Yamaha Marine announced today the “Spring Savings” outboard sales event. Valid from May 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020, the promotion provides consumers one of two sales incentives depending on the model purchased.
Kennesaw, Ga. – May 12, 2020 - Prior to turning full time FLW® pro five years ago, Matt Stefan made a living assuring commodities such as soybeans and gold were being traded in a fair and ethical manner. It’s no surprise the Wis. pro was quick to recognize the financial opportunities within the Yamaha Power Pay contingency program for tournament anglers, which has already paid anglers roughly $20,000 since its launch.
In many parts of the country, the COVID-19 virus has put a temporary halt to recreational boating activities. Here are four things you can do that will jump-start your season and keep you busy. Make sure when ordering any item online that it’s in stock and that the vendor is currently shipping. Before heading to the virtual checkout cart, call to verify when you’ll get your order because many companies are temporarily closed but are taking orders.
Jake Mims Places 18th, Takes Home $500
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 21, 2020 – Jake Mims, a student at Brewton Parker College in Central Georgia, recently became the first official competitive college angler to take home Yamaha Power Pay cash. Mims, who admits he hates to fish in a crowd, ran 34 miles away from the official launch on Lake Sam Rayburn to flip the flooded bushes that eventually led to an 18th place finish in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event. Impressively, his long run paid off in Power Pay winnings.
Birmingham, Ala. – April 17, 2020 – On March 7, 2020, B.A.S.S.® made an unprecedented move to name three individuals, Bill Frazier, Barb Elliott and Jake Davis, Conservation Directors of the Year. Recognized for their outstanding service and leadership to their state, region or the B.A.S.S Nation, Fraizer, Elliott and Davis accepted the honors during the B.A.S.S. Conservation Summit Awards Banquet, sponsored by Yamaha Rightwaters, which took place in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Bassmaster Classic®.
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 3, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.’s U.S.-based manufacturing subsidiaries gave production updates as each entity continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Actions to be taken by each subsidiary include furloughs, staff reductions, and in cases where regulations and conditions allow, a return to limited production to support essential businesses. All Yamaha U.S.-based manufacturing subsidiaries previously announced paused production on March 23, 2020.
With a generally mild winter behind us, all indications point to an early season kickoff for striped bass fishing in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and there are a few techniques that can help even a novice get in on the action. Before we get into the nuts and bolts, it’s important to note that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently instituted new regulations to reduce striped bass mortality.
Kennesaw, Ga. – March 31, 2020 - Jacksonville redfish tournament angler Scott O’Brien makes a living tearing down buildings and turning them into recycled concrete, but his passion for inshore saltwater angling recently converted a third-place finish in the IFA Redfish® Tour® event at Steinhatchee into $2,000 worth of Yamaha Power Pay bonus cash.
Husband and Wife Duo Compete in Both Bassmaster® Elites and Opens
He won the 2015 Bassmaster® Angler of the Year Championship tournament, finished 4th overall in the 2019 Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, and placed 16th in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic®. She finished 4th in her first major bass tournament, and quickly moved up to the Bassmaster Central and Eastern Opens. Together, these two Yamaha Pros may soon become the first husband/wife team competing as Bassmaster Elite anglers.
Kennesaw, GA – March 23, 2020 – All of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.’s U.S.-based manufacturing subsidiaries have decided to pause production in response to the increase in COVID-19 infections nationwide.
Birmingham, Ala. – March 16, 2020 – Yamaha Marine and Skeeter Boats provided a Skeeter SX230 center console boat powered by a Yamaha V MAX SHO® 250 outboard to the Florida State University (FSU) Coastal and Marine Laboratory at the fiftieth annual Bassmaster Classic®, March 8, 2020. The lab will use the boat, sponsored by the Yamaha Rightwaters™ initiative, to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on oyster habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay.
Yamaha Marine will award $50,000 to the highest finishing registered eligible Power Pay angler during the 2020 Bassmaster Classic® in Birmingham, Ala., March 6 to March 8. Yamaha’s new Power Pay contingency program, which launched in the fall of 2019, provides cash bonuses to anglers who place highest in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. The payout for the Classic represents the highest cash bonus opportunity available through the program.
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 21, 2020 – Darold Gleason became the first angler in America to cash-in on Yamaha’s new Power Pay contingency program for tournament anglers when he finished third in the FLW® Tackle Warehouse® Pro event on Sam Rayburn, Texas on Jan. 26.
Miami, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2020 – Duane Kuck, CEO, Regal Boats, became the first annual recipient of the Yamaha Marine Industry Champion award on Thurs., Feb. 13, during the 2020 Miami International Boat Show®. The award recognizes individuals who work tirelessly to protect, encourage and grow the marine industry. Kuck’s immediate and unwavering support of the relief efforts in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and his advocacy efforts highlight his commitment to boating, fishing and communities that foster life on the water.
MIAMI, Fla., February 14, 2020 — At the Miami International Boat Show® today Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business accepted the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in five categories including Outboard Engine, WaveRunner® personal watercraft, and Jet Boat as well as Yamaha’s boat companies Skeeter® and G3® Boats. Yamaha has received this award for its Outboard Engine category every year since the award’s inception in 2001, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
Miami, Fla. – Feb. 13, 2020 – Yamaha Marine is offering incentive coupons to qualified customers who take demo rides on boats equipped with Yamaha Helm Master® integrated boat control system or on boats powered by Yamaha V6 Offshore outboards during the 2020 Miami International Boat Show®. Outboards eligible for coupon redemption include new Yamaha F300, F250 and F225s in twin, triple or quad configuration. Helm Master demo coupons are also eligible for redemption with new Yamaha F150, F175 and F200 outboards in twin configurations.
Hot Springs, Ark. – Feb. 6, 2020 – Yamaha expanded its Technical School Partnership program in Ark. with the grand opening of National Park College’s (NPC) new Marine Technology building, Jan. 30. The 7,500-square-foot facility includes a classroom and workshop space for students to train with the latest marine technology.
All Predict Heavy Weights As Long As Weather Cooperates
For Drew Cook, Scott Canterbury and Patrick Walters, walking across the stage as a competitor for the first time in this year’s Bassmaster Classic® will be the realization of a life-long dream. Even for Matt Herren, Keith Combs, Bill Lowen and Mark Menendez, who have fished in previous Classics, the excitement is every bit as strong because this will be the 50th anniversary of the most famous bass tournament in the world.
Charleston, S.C. – Jan. 29, 2020 – Charleston Water Taxi Co-Owner Chip Deaton, who logged between 6,800 and 10,000 trouble-free hours* with Yamaha F150 and F200 outboards, has decided on Yamaha V8 XTO Offshore outboards for the 40-passenger Daniel Island Ferry. The Yamaha-powered catamaran, “Indigo,” offers daily service from Daniel Island to Charleston’s downtown Waterfront Park.
On January 11, 2020, Yamaha Financial Services transferred several thousand accounts from Synchrony Financial to a new Servicer, Vervant. During the data transfer process, incorrect account numbers were communicated to the customers in their welcome letter. Payment information is still being transferred, reviewed and validated. Our team is working diligently on manually updating these details to ensure accuracy; however, this process is taking longer than initially anticipated.
We apologize for the delayed service. Please be assured that no late charges will be assessed, and no adverse credit reporting will occur until these issues are resolved.
Yamaha Angler Began Fishing at Age 2, Now Entering 10th Season as Full-time Pro
Brandon Palaniuk will never forget his first ride in a bass boat, because part of him was really scared at going so fast on the water. At the same time, another part of him was unbelievably excited for the opportunity. He also remembers that day for another reason. The future Yamaha Pro caught a four-pound bass on a tube lure by a fallen tree, and that’s when he decided he wanted to be a professional fisherman. He was eight years old.
Yamaha Pro Staffer Brian Rice’s Program Introduces Children to Fishing
Fair Haven is a quiet New Jersey town situated on the southern shore of the tidal Navesink River. It’s a stone’s throw from Sandy Hook, Raritan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, where all manner of gamefish reside. The area offers some of the best coastal fishing in the Mid Atlantic region. Where should parents in the area look if their kids are ready to try fishing?
Enter Captain Brian Rice. Rice, a Fair Haven resident, is a successful businessman and charter captain who specializes in light tackle fishing for the area’s abundant striped bass. He also takes his clients bottom fishing and on occasional jaunts offshore for tuna. Rice runs the Jersey Devil, a highly recognizable Yamaha-powered 31-foot Contender® center console. He’s been associated with Yamaha for more than a decade and is a member of the pro staff team for companies including Shimano® fishing tackle and Costa del Mar® sunglasses. He’s well known in the New Jersey fishing community and active in local conservation and civic groups.
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 2, 2020 — For a limited time, Yamaha Marine’s “Reliable Choice” sales event, which launched today, allows customers who purchase eligible, new Yamaha four-stroke outboards in the 2.5- to 300-horsepower range the choice of either a dealer credit of up to $1,500 based on MSRP, or the opportunity to add two years of Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.) to their three-year Yamaha Limited Warranty for a total of five years of coverage at no additional cost.
Unexpected Bites at Lake Tenkiller Saved Yamaha Pro’s Season
According to Scott Canterbury’s notes, he spent 33 days in competition on 10 different bodies of water during the 2019 Bassmaster® Elite season, but the most important part of his season really lasted just 20 minutes on the second day of fishing on Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Oct. 29, 2019 — On the heels of launching Yamaha Power Pay, the first contingency program for Yamaha-powered anglers, Yamaha Marine announced today unprecedented cash bonus opportunities for anglers competing in B.A.S.S.® tournaments.
Yesterday’s trip was a reminder of how fall fishing really differs from every other season.
We’d launched on a natural lake with water clarity of about five feet. Our plan was to look for active fish; crappie, largemouth, or walleye.
Besides being on a new lake, we were also on the back end of a cold front that sent air temps plummeting from 88 degrees to 43. I feared this would drop water temps into the low 50s and trigger turnover.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Oct. 22, 2019 — Yamaha Marine today announced a new contingency program that provides a cash bonus to Yamaha anglers who place in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. The new program, Power Pay, yamahapowerpay.com, gives anglers not currently under a supported contract with Yamaha, or its subsidiaries, the opportunity to receive compensation for running eligible Yamaha outboards.
Indianapolis, Ind. – Oct. 17, 2019 – Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, presented Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers Incorporated (YPPI) with a certificate of appreciation today honoring the company’s investment in the state of Indiana. The certificate recognizes YPPI as an international company making a significant contribution to the state’s economy.
Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Drew Cook is 2019 Bassmaster® DICK’s Sporting Goods® Rookie of the Year
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich., Oct. 2, 2019 - Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. With five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 12 ounces during the final round on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Canterbury pushed his three-day total to 59 pounds four ounces, finishing in 14th place for the week at the Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair. More importantly, he finished at the top of the season points standings with 848 points, earning $100,000 and one of the most coveted titles in professional fishing.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Oct. 2, 2019 – Yamaha Marine’s “Why Wait for Spring” sales event gives customers a great way to add even more value to new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases from Oct. 1, 2019, through Nov. 26, 2019.
Lessons from a Snook Pro Captain will Up Your Linesider Success
Mike Holliday is not your typical sportfishing captain. Sure, he has more than 30 years of experience guiding in Florida waters, but he is also a noted outdoor writer, with two published books on inshore fishing topics and countless magazine articles to his credit. He’s the former editor of two regional sportfishing magazines, and he’s often featured on the Florida Insider Fishing Reports Show, which airs weekly in primetime on the Fox Sports® Network.
Yamaha Marine’s New Sustainability Initiative Hosts Plastic Bottle Cleanup
LAKE WALES, Fla., July 24, 2019 – Yamaha Rightwaters™, Yamaha Marine’s national sustainability initiative, sponsored Yamaha Pro Angler Bobby Lane’s “Kids Fishing and Conservation Clinic” at Camp Mack in Lake Wales, Fla., July 13. During the event, Yamaha Rightwaters representatives led a plastic bottle cleanup campaign and attendees collected more than 1,000 plastic bottles, which a local Boy Scouts of America troop sent off for recycling.
Yamaha Pro Patrick Walters Believes Current Makes Bass Easier to Locate
If it’s summer, don’t look for Patrick Walters to be fishing anywhere on the main body of a lake. Instead, you’ll find the Yamaha Pro far upriver where he can work moving water.
F300s to Power Research Vessel During 2019 Season
KENNESAW, Ga., July 22, 2019 – Yamaha Marine recently donated two F300 outboards to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which will power the group’s research vessel Shark Cat during expeditions in the 2019 season. Support for the national marine sanctuary is an activity of Yamaha Rightwaters™, a sustainability program that encompasses all of Yamaha Marine’s conservation and water quality efforts.
GREENFIELD, In., July 8, 2019 - Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers (YPPI), Inc. broke ground today on a new 54,000 square foot manufacturing facility on five of 28 acres in Greenfield, Ind. The company’s expansion is slated to add 30 new jobs and increase total manufacturing output by 67 percent.
KENNESAW, Ga., July 2, 2019 — Yamaha Marine announced today the addition of a new V MAX SHO® 200 X-Shaft model and three new, even-pitch XTO OS® propellers for the powerful V8 XTO Offshore®. The new outboard and propellers expand customer options to offer more diverse boating applications in fresh and saltwater.
NEENAH, Wis., July 1, 2019 – Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace took home the eighth and final trophy of the regular-season Bass Pro Tour on Green Lake, Wis., June 30. Sunday’s championship battle required more than 81 pounds to win, and Pace caught 47 bass for a total of 81 pounds, nine ounces to secure the title. Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane placed second, catching 43 bass for a total of 68 pounds, twelve ounces. For his win, Pace takes home $100,000 and the title of Stage Eight Champion.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 27, 2019 -- Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and Clearwater Mills, L.L.C. of Pasadena, Md., agreed today to jointly design a device for removing plastics and other floating debris from coastal stormwater systems. Yamaha plans to deploy the device as part of its Yamaha Rightwaters™ sustainability campaign, a national program focused on water, which includes conservation, habitat restoration and projects to reduce marine debris.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 14, 2019 – Yamaha Marine officially launched Yamaha Rightwaters on World Oceans Day last Saturday with a public service project that targeted the Georgia coast and collected 2.3 tons of debris. The local effort is just the beginning of a far-reaching national sustainability program for the Georgia-based Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit.
The Yamaha Team Spends Some Time in Florida’s Northernmost Keys on the New Regulator® 26 Crossover
The Fla. Keys are famous for many things, from pirates and sunken Spanish treasure galleons to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home with its pride of polydactyl cats. But for anglers, it’s best known for fishing. While the middle and southernmost Keys garner most of the good press, the upper Keys offer some of the most diverse fishing opportunities in the entire island chain. The winter sailfish season provides the opportunity to catch a billfish a scant few miles off shore, while the ocean reefs are home to tarpon, jacks, blackfin tuna and a variety of grouper and snapper species. On the other side, the backcountry of Florida Bay is a shallow water playground where bonefish and permit hunt the skinny water, and a variety of mackerel, snapper, grouper, jacks and ladyfish are found in the slightly deeper holes.
Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen Made 100-Mile Runs to Find Right Conditions at Winyah Bay Event
Bill Lowen had never made a 100-mile run one-way just to find the right fishing conditions, but he did it three successive days during the recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament at South Carolina’s Winyah Bay, and it nearly paid off with a victory. In three days of competition, the Yamaha Pro put more than 600 miles on his boat, the equivalent of driving a car from Atlanta to Miami.
KENNESAW, Ga., January 24, 2019 — Yamaha Marine’s new high-thrust T25 delivers the power and grip to maneuver heavier small vessels with exceptional efficiency. Based on the award winning F25, Yamaha developed the new T25 in response to requests for lightweight, electronic fuel injected performance in a small, high-thrust configuration.
UPDATE 10/15/19: We updated this post to make your experience better. The facts are the same, but we provided easy-to-read steps and links to a video and to the products you will need.
Yamaha offers a popular line of four-cylinder four-stroke outboards that are used in a wide range of installations in both fresh and saltwater all over the world. From pontoons to center consoles, bass boats to work skiffs and even water taxis, they are great performers and real workhorses. The most popular are the 90, 115 and 150-horsepower models and many are used in climates where they are taken out of service for the winter months.
While we always recommend having your engine winterized by a certified Yamaha dealer if possible, these engines are designed to make the process easy enough for owners to do the job themselves. We asked Pete Reils, a certified Yamaha technician at Garden State Marina in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey to provide a step-by-step tutorial on how you can winterize your engine(s).
SALTWATER FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 4
Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring
Is your boat equipped and ready to pass one? It should be.
It was a hot Saturday afternoon in July, and the river was busy with boats returning from the ocean waiting to pass through a narrow railroad bridge a quarter mile from the inlet. There were recreational boats of all sizes—large sportfish and cruiser types, personal watercraft and outboards of very description. While waiting to make the passage, a familiar orange vessel appeared off our starboard side with its blue revolving light shining brightly. It was a Coast Guard RIB, short for rigid inflatable boat, and a guardsman was standing on the bow motioning to our boat.
Adding years of life to an outboard is easy and doesn't cost a dime. What's the secret? Flush the outboard with fresh water frequently, preferably after every use. It's that simple.