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    Yamaha FX vs VX?

    Hi everyone!
    (Swedish)Newbie here on the forum and soon to be new to the pwc world.
    This spring im trading in my boat for a ski, since my wife doesnt enjoy beeing on the waters as much as me i spend alot of time cruising about, discovering for myself but the boat is a handfull for 1 person alone in the harbour a windy day. So i thought a pwc is the way to go.

    The boatshop/dealer that will trade in my boat only sell Yamaha skis, not a problem really since i have read mostly good things about waveruners considering reliability and fuel effiency.

    So i have narrowed it down to 2 skis, the, FX Cruiser HO or the VX Cruiser HO since i dont think a supercharged ski is the best option for me.

    My questions to the forum is;
    1. In terms of seaspray to the face, is it a big difference between the FX and VX hull? Im gonna ride mostly on big lakes but also a few trips in the baltic archipelago.

    2. Is there a noticable difference in storage space? To be more specifik, the front storage?

    3. When the summer peaks and sun is shining my wife probably wants to come along, are both the FX and VX fine to ride 2 persons on?

    Appreciate all input!
    Regards from Sweden!


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    FX or VX?

    Hi there!
    Newbie on this forum.
    Im about to trade in my boat and enter the pwc-world.
    I have narrowed my search down to either the VX cruiser HO or the FX cruiser HO.
    Im mostly gonna ride big lakes but occasionally a few trips in the ocean.

    Is it a big difference in how dry the ride is between the two hulls? And also is the front storage compartment significally bigger on the FX or is there no real difference?

    Thankful for all input.
    /F

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    I personally would go with the FX....
    Made more for family than any other ski in Yamaha's line up.
    Can't go wrong.

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    1 yes there can be particularly in rougher water

    2 yes fx has quite a bit more

    3 yes but fx is bigger more stable

    Fx costs more........

    for mostly lake riding either will be fine the vx doesnt have trim which trim which can help in rougher water (unless you go for a VXR)

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    Welcome

    You are comparing the new 2019 Yamaha FX to the 2019 VX series, correct?

    The 2019 FX is an all-new hull and top deck, different from the 2018 and older FX hull. There are a few online reviews posted for the 2019 FX but only a few actual owners have the 2019 FX and so far not many comparisons with the prior FX hull.

    The 2018 and prior FX is considered to be Yamaha’s best hull for rough water riding. I expect the 2019 FX to maintain a similar reputation.

    2019 FX has only two engine options, the supercharged SVHO and the non-supercharged 1.8 liter HO (about 180 hp).

    The VX series has several engines. The base engine is the three cylinder TR-1 engine. Next is the same 1.8 liter HO engine as the FX HO. The supercharged version is named GP1800R, but the hull and deck are very similar to the VX (there are some minor differences).

    The ‘VX’ hull is overall a good combination, but I would say it would not be quite as good in rough water as the FX. The FX hull is larger and heavier, which provides additional stability and ride comfort.

    I ride the GP1800, often in rough water. I have added several aftermarket changes to improve rough water ride and handling. I also tend to ride standing up, with flexed legs, most of the time. If I planned to ride sitting down I would probably choose the FX model.

    Note: None of the VX models offer Cruise + No-Wake modes, and also jet nozzle trim control. Some models have Cruise, some have Trim. Even the GP1800 does not have both.

    I think the FX does have Cruise and trim control.

    Trim control can be helpful when carrying a passenger (lift the rear) or to raise the front (softer ride in rough water at some speeds).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrik-c View Post
    ... i spend a lot of time cruising about, discovering for myself ... 1 person alone in the harbour a windy day. So i thought a pwc is the way to go.

    ... 2 skis, the, FX Cruiser HO or the VX Cruiser HO ...

    ... Im gonna ride ... a few trips in the baltic archipelago.

    ...
    My understanding is that the Cruiser seat will fit on any other VX model. If you want the trim control of the VXR then you can add the Cruiser seat.

    Given what you have outlined I would suggest you focus on the FX HO or FX Cruiser. The ride will be more comfortable, there is more storage space and certainly a better ride with two people on board.


    From a safety perspective, I recommend the buddy system. Yes, the Yamaha watercraft tend to be reliable. That said, things can happen out on the water. Having a second ski nearby can make a big difference if something goes wrong, especially if you end up in the water.

    There are a number of older threads on GH discussing safety while riding, not just equipment but also best practices.

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    Thanks for the replies!
    Yes it will be the 2019 model, i guess the Fx cruiser HO is a good choice for me since i like a comfortable ride, coming from the boating world. Storage is crusial for me since i tend to bring a lot of stuff with me on trips (at least i did on the boat). But i also seen alot of you guys are using some kind of coolerrack in the back that looks smart.
    I think no wake mode looks like a smart feature, also cruisecontrol. But trim, do you guys use that a lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    From a safety perspective, I recommend the buddy system. Yes, the Yamaha watercraft tend to be reliable. That said, things can happen out on the water. Having a second ski nearby can make a big difference if something goes wrong, especially if you end up in the water.

    There are a number of older threads on GH discussing safety while riding, not just equipment but also best practices.
    Yes safety is important, im gonna read up on those threads. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrik-c View Post
    Yes safety is important, im gonna read up on those threads. ...
    Here are a few to get you started.

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...dy#post2988915

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...dy#post2988185

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...dy#post2931967

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2918187

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2918164

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...dy#post2870440

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2836055

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2734770

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2720774

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2683195



    Regarding equipment;

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2911003

    Note: My understanding is that the FX model comes with a factory electric bilge pump. BUT the bilge pump is only energized when the engine is running. There is no manual override and no water sensing automatic turn on if the hull is taking on water while engine is not running.

    My preference is for a fully automatic bilge pump that senses water electronically And can turn itself on regardless of whether the engine is running or the lanyard is in place.

    Whale Supersub SS1212 bilge pump installed in Yamaha GP1800 Waverunner

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...12#post2905402

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=1#post2837236

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    I had a VX and have a VXR with no trim and didn't think I needed it. Bought a 2018 FX HO last year for the wife and the trim does make a difference. Sure you can trim for top speed but it does make a difference in rougher water and if you have a passenger. If you want faster turns, trim one down. I usually cruise at one up, when the wife allows, and it takes waves much better. She doesn't want to give it up because it rides so nice. I like the better ride of the FX so much, especially in rougher water, that I have a 2019 FX HO ordered. The current VXRs are a different hull and ride better than my 2013 VXR but for a comfortable ride, I don't think you can beat the FX in Yamaha's line-up.

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