Yamaha Marine has kicked off 2021 with the release of next generation V6 Offshore outboards that deliver exciting new technology while continuing Yamaha’s proud reputation for legendary reliability and performance.
The new V6 Offshore series features powerful 225, 250 and 300 horsepower models, with premium options available in the 250 and 300 horsepower range, including Yamaha’s new Integrated Digital Electric Steering (DES) and the choice of an all-new stunning white or traditional Yamaha grey colours.
Yamaha’s new V6 series is based around the proven 4.2L block – an engine platform famous for introducing high performance automotive engine technology – plasma fusion – into the marine industry.
The plasma fusion process used in the production of Yamaha’s new V6 offshore series involves the thermal application of a plasma coating on the engine’s cylinder walls. The process creates a cylinder wall 60 percent harder than steel and removes the need for conventional steel cylinder sleeves. That means larger cylinder bores for increased displacement resulting 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, further increasing performance and enhancing reliability.
To improve this already class leading engine platform, Yamaha has introduced a range of new features designed to satisfy skippers who crave advanced control and further integration into modern boating systems.
The new Offshore V6 series also feature a bold new cowling design with aggressive lines that reflect the strength and performance of these powerful engines.
New Integrated Digital Electric Steering
The same Integrated Digital Electric Steering (DES) system introduced in Yamaha’s ground-breaking 425 horsepower XTO Offshore outboards is now available in the new F250 and F300 V6 models. This latest boat steering technology provides smooth, fast and precise steering and, unlike some conventional steering systems, only draws battery power when actively in use.
DES is significantly easier to rig than conventional steering systems and creates an uncluttered bilge and transom with no steering pumps, hoses, hydraulic lines or connections, no bleeding procedure, less complexity and straightforward serviceability. It also provides customizable steering settings for steering friction and sensitivity at the helm.
Integrated Digital Electric Steering allows the skipper to easily expand their engine capability with Yamaha’s Helm Master EX system. Boats powered by Yamaha’s new Offshore V6 series can be easily equipped with Yamaha’s AutoPilot and even Joystick control, with the ability to use Set Point features that automatically hold the vessel’s GPS heading or position at the push of a button. This incredible system is available on multi engine as well as single engine set ups, and has turned into the must have boating capability for serious fishermen and commercial operators.
The new V6 engines are also available in configurations without the integrated DES, ready to connect to traditional steering systems in 225, 250 and 300 models, for repower and other new boat applications.
Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust
In traditional outboard design, exhaust gasses are released through the propeller hub. In Yamaha’s new V6 models the new Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) feature releases exhaust bubbles above the anti-ventilation plate, well away from the propeller, when in reverse and below 2500 rpm.
This means the propeller bites only clean, undisturbed water, resulting in outstanding reverse thrust for improved control around marinas, tight docking situations or backing onto fish. It’s especially effective when combined with the fast precision of Digital Electric Steering, taking the Stay Point functions and Joystick control of Yamaha’s Helm Master EX system to the next level.
Next Level Trim and Tilt System
Yamaha’s all-new exclusive TotalTiltTM function allows the complete tilt up of the engine from any position with a simple double click of the “UP” trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) by the same double click of the “DOWN” trim/tilt button, for an improved user experience. There’s also a new built-in integrated tilt limiter allowing the engine to be automatically set to the maximum tilt angle to suit the boat. Plus, built-in DES models tilt higher out of the water than previous models, which helps lessen the potential for corrosion in boats that are kept on the water.
The new V6 Offshore series brings other premium features to the helm as standard. These include speed control, which allows the user to fine tune the speed of the boat by using a toggle switch on the throttle handle. If the speed is reduced below what can be achieved in gear, the engine will automatically enter pattern shift mode, shifting between forward and neutral to maintain a very slow speed for trolling.
Automatic trim assist can be set to automatically trim the engine based on pre-set speed or RPM parameters. In multi engine set ups the skipper can easily activate single-lever operation for more convenient control.