Yamaha Introduces New Updated V6 Offshore Outboards for 2021

Yamaha Marine has kicked off 2021 with the release of brand new product offerings including updated V6 Offshore outboards that combine new benefits while continuing with Yamaha’s reliability and performance legacy.

With its V6 Offshore models being wildly popular with recreational and commercial users alike, Yamaha asked its customers how to improve upon the Yamaha V6 Offshore. Their response: “Don’t change the basic design.” There’s a reason Yamaha is voted NZ’s most trusted brand year after year.

Customers also gave Yamaha some great ideas for how to make the reliable platform even better. The result is the most feature-rich V6 outboard Yamaha has ever produced.

The new F225, F250 and F300 V6 Offshore models boast built-in Digital Electric Steering (DES – F250 and F300 only), Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) and other XTO Offshore-inspired features. 

The new updated 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboards now have many of the benefits previously only available on the XTO Offshore. Combining a high performance, big block V6 engine featuring outstanding power and fuel efficiency, Yamaha brings new levels of convenience and control to a proven performer,” says Richard Shaw, National Marine Manager for Yamaha Motor New Zealand.

“The introduction of these outboards in addition to a new flush, side-mount control and Saltwater Series II HP propellers allows Yamaha to start the year with new innovative products that meet customer demand.”

New Yamaha V6 Offshore

The same smooth, fast and precise Digital Electric Steering (DES) introduced on the XTO Offshore is now built-in to F300 and F250 V6 variants. The latest boat steering technology provides smooth, fast steering and, unlike some conventional steering systems, draws battery amperage only when actively in use. DES is significantly easier to rig than conventional steering systems and creates an uncluttered bilge with no steering pumps, hoses, hydraulic lines or connections, no bleeding procedure, less complexity and straightforward serviceability. There’s also a bolt-on version of DES for conventional DEC models of the new V6 Offshore (available in F225, F250, and F300).

Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) keeps exhaust bubbles above the anti-ventilation plate and out of the propeller below 2500 rpm when in reverse. This means the prop bites only clean water, resulting in outstanding reverse thrust and control to back down on fish. It’s especially effective when combined with the fast precision of Digital Electric Steering and Helm Master EX Full Manoeuvrability, which is helpful around docks and confined spaces.

Yamaha’s exclusive Total Tilt function allows complete tilt up from any position with a simple double push of the “UP” trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) by the same double push of the “DOWN” trim/tilt button. There’s also a new built-in integrated tilt limiter to help prevent inadvertent damage. Plus, built-in DES models tilt higher out of the water than previous models, which helps lessen the potential for corrosion.

Even after a decade of proven performance, the new 4.2-liter V6 Offshore has an improved lower unit featuring new components and design features that add durability, further increasing consumer confidence.

As the only outboard manufacturer using a highly advanced, thermally applied plasma fusion process on the cylinder walls, Yamaha’s V6 Offshore outboards have no conventional steel cylinder sleeves, yet the cylinder walls are 60-percent harder than steel. That means larger cylinder bores for increased displacement result in more power and torque without increasing outer cylinder dimensions. It also results in significantly lighter weight, better cooling and “micro-textured” cylinder walls that dramatically reduce internal friction loss, further increase performance and enhance reliability.

Capitalizing on many styling cues from its big brother, the XTO-like appearance in pearlescent white or signature Yamaha grey now feature a colour-matched lower unit, a new one-piece top cowling with water-draining air duct molding, a new bottom cowling and apron shape and raised chrome graphics on built-in DES models only. 

With the new and upgraded V6 Offshore, customers can choose different ignition control options on singles and twins (keyed or wireless fob). For displays, options between the new small and thin touchscreen colour display –the CL5; or use analogue gauges through use of an Analog Gauge Interface (AGI). There are even multi-function display interfaces (MFDIs) available to pipe display and control features directly to select third-party MFDs.

Adding more flexibility and more control, the V6 Offshore partnered with the new Helm Master EX boat control system brings modern amenities like speed control, trim assist and station selection to all DEC installations, in addition to useful convenience features like single- lever operation and centre engine only to multi-engine DEC applications. Through easy-to-add Helm Master EX upgrades, boats can be equipped with Yamaha AutoPilot and even a Full Manoeuvrability Joystick. That includes single outboard boats!

Yamaha Flush, Side-Mount DEC for Helm Master EX

The new flush, side-mount DEC for the Helm Master EX system is designed to bring the benefits of Helm Master EX to a broader array of boats. Smooth, precise and easy to install, the control gives boat builders and dealers more flexibility when rigging, single and multi engine craft where digital electronic control is desired. Customers, likewise, will enjoy its ergonomic design, useful features and comfortable operation.