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Yamaha 212X 2016 Owner's/Operator's Manual

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2016 Yamaha Boat
U.S.A. Edition
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  • Page 1 2016 Yamaha Boat 212X 212SS OWNER’S/OPERATOR’S MANUAL U.S.A. Edition LIT-18626-11-02 Read this manual carefully before operating this boat. F2J-F8199-15...
  • Page 2 Read this manual carefully before operating this boat. This manual should stay with the boat if it is sold.
  • Page 3 Important manual information To the owner Thank you for choosing a Yamaha boat. This Because Yamaha has a policy of continuing owner’s/operator’s manual contains informa- product improvement, this product may not be tion you will need for proper operation, main- exactly as described in this owner’s/opera-...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents General and important labels.....1 Main switches ......32 Remote control levers ....32 Identification number records ... 1 Steering ........34 Primary Identification (PRI-ID) Tilt lever ........35 number ........1 Hull Identification Number (HIN) ... 1 Instrument operation ......
  • Page 5 Table of contents Rear underseat storage First-time operation ......90 compartment (port)....63 Engine break-in......90 Glove compartment..... 63 Port console storage Pre-operation checks....... 91 compartment ......64 Pre-operation checklist ....91 Wet storage compartment... 65 Pre-operation check points .... 92 Walk-through........
  • Page 6 Loading ........115 Consumer information....145 Lifting......... 116 Limited warranty......145 Care and storage ......117 YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE Post-operation care ...... 117 (Y.E.S.) ........148 Flushing the cooling system..117 Sample float plan ......149 Cleaning the boat ...... 118 Basic stain guide .......
  • Page 7: General And Important Labels

    Hull Identification Number (HIN), and engine serial numbers in the spaces provided to assist you in ordering spare parts from your Yamaha Boat Dealer. Also record and keep these ID numbers in a separate place in case your boat is stolen.
  • Page 8: Emission Control Information

  • Page 9: Manufactured Date Labels

    SPARKPLUG: SPARK PLUG GAP (mm): FUEL: UNLEADED REGULAR GASOLINE VALVELASH (mm)/IN: CERTIFIED COMPONENTS: DNCNPLINEME1, DATWPMDRN212, DYMXPTANKF2J YAMAHA MOTOR CO.,LTD. Star label location Manufactured date labels These labels are attached to each engine unit. (See page 60 for engine hood opening...
  • Page 10 General and important labels stroke engines. These engines are equivalent to the U.S. EPA’s 2006 standards for marine engines. Four Stars - Super Ultra Low Emission The four-star label identifies engines that meet the Air Resources Board’s Sterndrive and Inboard marine engine 2009 exhaust Two Stars - Very Low Emission The two-star label identifies engines that meet emission standards.
  • Page 11: Important Labels

    General and important labels Important labels Read the following labels before operating this boat. If you need any additional information, contact a Yamaha Boat Dealer.
  • Page 12 General and important labels 3-star models 4-star models...
  • Page 13: Warning Labels

    General and important labels Warning labels If any of these labels is damaged or missing, contact a Yamaha Boat Dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 14 General and important labels...
  • Page 15 General and important labels 212X Improper use of the ballast system can overload the boat, causing poor handling and increased risk of swamping. Ballast system adds 750 lb (340 kg) when full. Include this weight when making sure your load does not exceed the weight shown on the Maximum Capacities Label.
  • Page 16: Other Labels

  • Page 17: Safety Information

    Limitations on who may The safe use and operation of this boat is operate the boat dependent upon the use of proper operat- Yamaha recommends a minimum operator ● ing techniques, as well as upon the com- age of 16 years old.
  • Page 18: Cruising Limitations

    Safety information Cruising limitations This is a high-performance boat—not a toy. ● Sharp turns or jumping wakes or waves can Scan constantly for people, objects, and ● increase the risk of back/spinal injury (pa- other watercraft. Be alert for conditions that ralysis), facial injuries, and broken legs, an- limit your visibility or block your vision of kles, and other bones.
  • Page 19: Operational Requirements

    Safety information Operational requirements Attach the engine shut-off cord (lanyard) to ● the PFD and keep it free from the steering All riders must wear a Coast Guard-ap- ● wheel or other controls so that the engines proved personal flotation device (PFD). stop if the operator accidentally leaves the helm.
  • Page 20: Required Equipment

    A mirror can also be used as an emergency Spare parts, such as fuses. ● signal. Contact your Yamaha Boat Dealer Navigation charts for the waters where you ● or the Coast Guard for more information.
  • Page 21: Hazard Information

    Practice turning in an open area without obstructions until you have a good feel for the maneuver. This Yamaha boat is water-jet propelled. ● The pumps are directly connected to the engines. This means that the jet thrust will produce some movement whenever the en- gines are running.
  • Page 22: Night Operation

    Safety information Keep away from the intake grates while the Night operation ● engines are on. Items such as long hair, When using your boat before dawn or after loose clothing, or PFD straps can become dusk, you must have both bow and stern entangled in moving parts, resulting in se- lights operating.
  • Page 23: Wakeboarding And Water-Skiing

    Safety information Wakeboarding and water-skiing A second person should be on board as a ● spotter to watch the wakeboarder or water- You can use the boat to tow the wakeboarder skier; in most states, it is required by law. or water-skier, using the ski tow hook provid- Let the person being pulled direct the oper- ator’s control of speed and direction with...
  • Page 24: Rules Of The Road

    Rules of the road Give-way vessel The vessel which does not have the right-of- Your Yamaha boat is legally considered a way has the duty to take positive and timely powerboat. Operation of the boat must be action to stay out of the way of the stand-on in accordance with the rules and regula- vessel.
  • Page 25 Safety information In the following illustration, your boat is in the Crossing When two power-driven vessels are crossing center. You should give the right-of-way to each other’s path close enough to run the risk any vessels shown in the white area (you are of collision, the vessel which has the other on the give-way vessel).
  • Page 26 Safety information Other special situations bers, and lights to show which side of the There are three other rules you should be buoy a boater should pass on when navigat- aware of when operating your boat around ing in a particular direction. The markings on other vessels.
  • Page 27 Safety information This system uses buoys and signs with distinctive shapes and colors to show regulatory or ad- visory information. These markers are white with black letters and orange borders. They signify speed zones, restricted areas, danger areas, and general information. Remember, markings may vary by geographic location.
  • Page 28: To Get More Boating Safety Information

    Boat Education and Training The Online Boating Safety Course, available obey all laws. through the watercraft section of the yamaha- Remember that pollution can be harmful to website, is a free, 50-question the environment. Do not refuel or add oil learning course available to the public.
  • Page 29: Description

    Description Boat glossary TERM DEFINITION The front part of the boat. Deck The “floor” or upper structure which covers the hull. Give-way The vessel which must yield the right-of-way when two boats meet. Gunwale The meeting junction of the deck and hull; the upper edge around the boat.
  • Page 30: Location Of Main Components

    Description Location of main components Exterior components 212X 1 Bow ladder (page 70) 14 Rear starboard seat (page 57, 62) 2 Bow light (page 48) 15 Strap 3 Front starboard seat (front) (page 57) 16 Tow pylon 4 Speaker 17 Rear center seat (page 57, 60) 5 Handrail 18 Wakeboard tower (page 73) 6 Front starboard seat (rear) (page 57, 61)
  • Page 31 Description 212SS 1 Bow ladder (page 70) 14 Rear center seat (page 57, 60) 2 Bow light (page 48) 15 Bow eye 3 Front starboard seat (front) (page 57) 16 Anchor storage compartment (page 60) 4 Speaker 17 Front port seat (front) (page 57) 5 Handrail 18 Front port seat (rear) (page 57, 61) 6 Front starboard seat (rear) (page 57, 61)
  • Page 32 Description 212SS 1 Cleat 15 Flush hose connector (page 117) 2 Swim platform (page 71) 16 Reboarding grip 3 Beverage holder 17 Bilge pump outlet (page 88) 4 Wet storage compartment (page 65) 18 Stern light socket (page 67) 5 Speaker 19 Cooling water pilot outlet (page 100) 6 Ski tow hook 20 Horn (page 49)
  • Page 33: Stern Components

    Description Stern components 1 Stern ladder (page 71) 2 Stern eye 3 Shift gate (page 33) 4 Jet thrust nozzle 5 Hull drain plug (page 88) 6 Water temperature/water depth sensor 7 Intake grate...
  • Page 34: Helm Components

    Description Helm components BILGE HORN NAVI CTSY BLOWER LIGHTS BALLAST AUDIO FILL AUX-USB EMPTY 1 Blower switch (page 48) 16 No-wake mode/cruise assist switch (page 51) 2 Main switch (page 32) 17 Remote control lever (page 32) 3 Switch circuit breaker (page 54) 18 Engine shut-off switch (page 31) 4 Multi-function tachometer (page 36) 19 Engine shut-off cord (lanyard) (page 31)
  • Page 35: Engine Components

    Description Engine components 3-star models 1 Blower (page 98) 2 Fuse box (cover) (page 142) 3 Engine oil filler cap (page 85) 4 Engine cover (page 124) 5 Dipstick (page 85) 6 Air filter case (page 128) 7 Spark plug/Ignition coil...
  • Page 36 Description 4-star models 1 Blower (page 98) 2 Fuse box (cover) (page 142) 3 Engine oil filler cap (page 85) 4 Engine cover (page 124) 5 Dipstick (page 85) 6 Air filter case (page 128) 7 Spark plug/Ignition coil...
  • Page 37: Control Function Operation

    Control function operation Boat control functions Engine shut-off switch WARNING Always attach the engine shut-off cord ● (lanyard) to your PFD before starting the engines. Failure to attach the cord could result in a runaway boat if the operator is ejected.
  • Page 38: Main Switches

    Control function operation Main switches Remote control levers There is a main switch for each engine. WARNING The main switch controls the ignition and Before shifting, make sure there are no ● electrical circuits as follows: swimmers or obstacles in the water near you.
  • Page 39 Control function operation Neutral The shift gates are dropped down part way over the jet thrust nozzles. The neutral posi- tion balances forward and reverse thrust to help keep the boat from moving, although some movement may occur. 1 Neutral position 2 TDE position 3 Forward position 4 Reverse position...
  • Page 40: Steering

    Control function operation When the remote control levers are moved Steering farther forward, the shift gates are lifted all the Your boat can be steered by turning the steer- way up. All jet thrust is to the rear, which ing wheel the same direction you wish to trav- moves the boat forward.
  • Page 41: Tilt Lever

    Control function operation Tilt lever WARNING Never touch the tilt lever during opera- ● tion, otherwise the steering wheel could suddenly change position, which may lead to an accident. Be sure the steering wheel is locked in ● position after adjustment. If the steering wheel is not locked in position, it may suddenly change position during opera- tion, which may lead to an accident.
  • Page 42: Instrument Operation

    Instrument operation Speedometer Multi-function tachometers The speedometer shows the boat speed. The boat is equipped with two multi-function The speedometer starts operating when the tachometers. The tachometer on the left is for starboard engine is started. The speedometer the port engine. The one on the right is for the needle will sweep once across the speed starboard engine.
  • Page 43: Lcd

    Instrument operation The LCD can display various types of information. To change the displayed item, push the M button or T button. The displayed item changes in the following order. LCD displayed item selection order Display item Display item display display Fuel level Boat speed*...
  • Page 44 Instrument operation Fuel level Clock This display shows the amount of fuel remain- This display shows the time. See “7-Set ing in the fuel tank. Clock” on page 43 for information on setting the time. 12:00 1 Fuel level Clock Water depth This display shows the water depth in feet or TIP:...
  • Page 45 Instrument operation Fuel consumption per gallon or liter Engine hours This display shows the current fuel consump- This display shows the total number of hours tion in miles per gallon or kilometers per liter. that the engine has been running since the boat was new.
  • Page 46: System Menu (Lcd)

    Instrument operation Elevation System menu (LCD) This display shows the elevation of the boat’s The system menu contains the following 11 current location in feet or meters. items for making settings and confirming in- formation. 1-Set Units 1200 2-Contrast 3-Backlighting 4-Read Param 1 Elevation 5-Calibrations...
  • Page 47 Instrument operation 1-Set Units 2-Contrast The display units of the LCD can be set to The contrast of the LCD can be adjusted. “ENGLISH” or “METRIC”. To adjust the contrast: When “ENGLISH” is selected as the display (1) Push the M button to decrease the con- units of the LCD, values are shown in trast or push the T button to increase the feet/miles/gallons/degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Page 48 Instrument operation 3-Backlighting Port Fuel: Fuel consumption per hour of the ● The brightness level of the LCD can be ad- port engine justed. To display an item: To adjust the brightness: (1) Push the M button to scroll down through (1) Push the M button to decrease the bright- the items or push the T button to scroll up.
  • Page 49 (2) Push the M button to decrease the hours or push the T button to increase the 6-Instr. Diag Yamaha Boat Dealer use these functions to hours. test the meters and check the conditions of (3) Push the M button and T button simulta- the meters.
  • Page 50 5 seconds to return to 9-Eng. Diag the system menu. The Yamaha trouble code can be displayed in the LCD if there is an engine malfunction. To 8-Heading/Comp. return to the system menu, push the M button The item that can be selected for the normal and T button simultaneously.
  • Page 51 Instrument operation To select the font size: (1) Push the T button to select “Normal” or “Large”. 1300 RPM 0 mph Normal or Large FONT Large Press t for Normal Press m to Exit M button Selected display line (3) Push the M button or T button to change 1 “Large”...
  • Page 52: Warnings

    Instrument operation Warnings Engine overheat warning system This model is equipped with an engine over- Warnings are audible and visual indicators of heat warning system. If the engines start to a fault condition. A warning will be displayed overheat, “ Engine Over Temp”...
  • Page 53: Engine Oil Pressure Low Warning

    If the oil level is low, add enough engine oil to raise it to the proper level. If the oil level is sufficient, have a Yamaha Boat Dealer check the en- 1 Intake grate gine.
  • Page 54: Switches

    Instrument operation Switches Blower switch Push this switch to turn on the blowers to ven- Left side tilate the engine compartment. (See page 98 for more information.) Bilge pump switch Push this switch to activate the bilge pump. (See page 88 for more information.) Courtesy light switch Push this switch to turn on the courtesy light inside the boat.
  • Page 55: Horn Switch

    Instrument operation Drain the ballast completely before ● trailering the boat to reduce the risk of a towing accident. The increased weight of ballast can cause unsafe towing con- ditions due to negative tongue weight, including decreased tow vehicle stabili- ty and greater chance of a runaway trail- er that has come off the hitch.
  • Page 56 Instrument operation 1 Ballast bladder Bottom of the ballast switch To fill the ballast water: (3) If more weight is desired after automatic The ballast system fills and discharges water filling, press the top of the ballast switch from a screened fitting located below the wa- again.
  • Page 57: No-Wake Mode/Cruise Assist Switch

    90° clockwise to shut off water intake. Ask your Yamaha Boat No-wake mode/cruise assist switch Dealer to inspect the boat before continuing to use it.
  • Page 58 Instrument operation the buzzer sounds, the no-wake mode is Push the minus side of the no-wake ● activated. mode/cruise assist switch until the LCD re- turns to the normal display. 1 Plus side “ ” Minus side “ ” Push the remote control levers forward to ●...
  • Page 59 Instrument operation the starboard multi-function tachometer, To deactivate the cruise assist: the cruise assist is activated. Operate the remote control levers to decrease the engine speed to 3000 rpm or less. The LCD will return to the normal display and the cruise assist will be deactivated.
  • Page 60: Switch Circuit Breakers

    The electrical circuit for each switch is protect- ed by a circuit breaker. If the button under a switch pops out, push it back in with your fin- ger. If it pops out again, ask a Yamaha Boat Cruise Dealer to inspect the electrical system.
  • Page 61: Accessory Outlet

    Instrument operation Accessory outlet Stereo system There is a 12V DC outlet with a circuit breaker A stereo receiver is standard. The stereo sys- located on the starboard side of the steering tem consists of the receiver/CD player, wheel. speakers, auxiliary input jack, remote control keypad at the stern, and remote control unit.
  • Page 62 Instrument operation To reset the pairing setting for a connected TIP: smartphone: Have anyone else on the boat that may have (1) Turn off the stereo system. a smartphone turn off the Bluetooth function (2) Turn the main switch keys to the off posi- in their smartphone settings before proceed- tion.
  • Page 63: Equipment Operation

    Equipment operation Seats WARNING Passengers must always sit in a designat- ed seating area, place feet on the deck, and hold on to the handgrips, handrails, or straps when the boat is in motion. This boat is equipped with the following seats. Bow filler cushion These cushions can also be used to create a temporary center seat.
  • Page 64: Driver's Seat

    Equipment operation 212X Driver’s seat The driver’s seat can slide forward and rear- ward, and the seat can swivel. In addition, the seat bolster at the front of the seat can be flipped up to change the seat style for a raised seating position.
  • Page 65: Passenger's Seat (212Ss)

    Equipment operation To swivel the seat: To flip up the seat bolster: (1) Extend the slide/swivel lock lever. Lift up the seat bolster at the front of the seat (2) Rotate the lever to starboard (right). so that it is resting against the backrest. (3) Swivel the seat to the desired position.
  • Page 66: Engine Hood

    Equipment operation Engine hood Storage compartments The engine hood can be opened to access This boat is equipped with the following con- the engines. venient on-board storage compartments. The engine hood latch is located under the Make sure that the storage compartments are front of the rear center seat.
  • Page 67: Front Underseat Storage Compartments

    Equipment operation To close the anchor storage compartment: (1) Close the anchor storage compartment lid. (2) Turn the lock handle and make sure that the lid is securely closed. (3) Push the lock handle down. Front underseat storage compartments The front underseat storage compartment (starboard) and front underseat storage com- Lock handle partment (port) are located under the front...
  • Page 68: Rear Underseat Storage Compartment (Starboard)

    Equipment operation Rear underseat storage compartment (starboard) NOTICE 212X: The rear underseat storage com- partments also house the ballast bladders. Be careful not to store items in this area that could be crushed or damaged by the ballast bladders as they fill. (See page 49 for more information.) 1 Drain plug The rear underseat storage compartment...
  • Page 69: Rear Underseat Storage Compartment (Port)

    Equipment operation Rear underseat storage compartment (port) WARNING Do not carry any flammable substances in the storage compartment or any heavy or metal items that can damage the battery or cause a short circuit. Sparks or fire could result. NOTICE Rear port seat 212X: The rear underseat storage com- Rear underseat storage compartment (port)
  • Page 70: Port Console Storage Compartment

    Equipment operation Port console storage compartment The port console storage compartment is a large storage compartment that is located in the port console. The port console storage compartment door can be used as a partition in the front walk- through. To open the port console storage compart- ment, unhook the port console storage com- partment door latch.
  • Page 71: Wet Storage Compartment

    Equipment operation To use the port console storage compartment Wet storage compartment door as the partition: The wet storage compartment is located un- (1) Unfold the door and guide the edge of it der the swim platform. into the channel on the driver’s side con- To open the wet storage compartment: sole.
  • Page 72: Walk-Through

    Equipment operation Walk-through Windshield The windshield can be opened and closed. Front walk-through This boat has a large bow area where two WARNING adults can sit comfortably with their legs out- To avoid injury, the windshield must be se- stretched. The front walk-through provides cured when the boat is in motion.
  • Page 73: Stern Light

    Equipment operation To open the windshield: Stern light (1) Turn the windshield latches to the unlock The boat is equipped with a removable stern position, and then open the windshield. light. (2) Unsnap the retaining strap from the strap The storage location for the stern light is dif- base, and then snap it onto the wind- ferent depending on the model.
  • Page 74 Equipment operation 212SS 212SS 1 Rear starboard seat Stern light holder 2 Rear underseat storage compartment (star- Stern light board) TIP: (2) Remove the stern light from the stern For 212SS, skip steps (3) and (4). light holder. 212X (3) Slide stern light stoppers A and B apart to disconnect them.
  • Page 75 Equipment operation (4) Extend the stern light pole, and then (6) Fit stern light stopper B into the stern light screw stern light stopper A onto the cen- socket. ter section of the pole. Stern light stopper B 1 Stern light stopper A To store the stern light: (5) Open the cap of the stern light socket, fit (1) Pull stern light stopper B upward, remove...
  • Page 76: Bow Ladder

    Equipment operation (4) Install the stern light into the stern light Bow ladder holder, and then close the storage com- The bow ladder is located in the anchor stor- partment. age compartment. Bow ladder Anchor storage compartment Retaining strap To use the bow ladder: (1) Open the anchor storage compartment lid.
  • Page 77: Swim Platform And Stern Ladder

    Equipment operation To stow the bow ladder: Swim platform and stern ladder (1) Open the anchor storage compartment WARNING lid. Stay away from the swim platform area (2) Raise the bow ladder, and then pull it while the engines are running. Exhaust rearward completely.
  • Page 78: Side Table

    Equipment operation To use the stern ladder: Side table (1) Unhook the stern ladder strap. WARNING If the side table is installed at the swim platform, do not use the table while the en- gines are running. Exhaust gases coming from underneath the swim platform con- tain carbon monoxide, a colorless, odor- less gas which may cause brain damage...
  • Page 79: Wakeboard Tower (212X)

    Equipment operation Wakeboard tower (212X) The wakeboard tower is provided as an ele- vated tow point suitable for wakeboards and similar towable recreational equipment. The tow pylon can be used to attach a standard ski rope or other tow-rope. 1 Side table To install the side table, slide the end of the ta- ble pole into the table bracket until it is locked in place.
  • Page 80: Collapsing And Setting Up The Wakeboard Tower

    Equipment operation To collapse the wakeboard tower: NOTICE (1) Remove wakeboards and any other ac- Do not modify the wakeboard tower to tow cessories from the wakeboard racks. from any other point or to carry accesso- Fold and secure the bimini top (if up). ries not designed for it.
  • Page 81: Bimini Top (212X)

    Equipment operation (4) Lower the wakeboard tower, and then in- Bimini top (212X) stall the short tower storage supports. Setting up the bimini top To set up the bimini top: (1) Remove the storage cover, unwrap the bimini top, and then zip the flaps around the wakeboard tower.
  • Page 82 Equipment operation (3) Push the snap button and extend each (5) While pulling the main pole down, push forward support pole until it is locked in the snap button and shorten each for- place. ward support pole until it is locked in place to tighten the bimini top.
  • Page 83: Storing The Bimini Top

    Equipment operation Storing the bimini top (3) Push the snap button and shorten each To store the bimini top: forward support pole until it is locked in (1) While pulling the main pole down slightly, place. push the snap button, and then extend each forward support pole until it is locked in place to loosen the bimini top.
  • Page 84: Trailering With The Bimini Top

    When the boat is (3) While supporting the bimini top, remove trailered with a genuine Yamaha boat cover, the lock pins securing the main pole to simply store the bimini top in the fully col- the wakeboard tower, and then remove lapsed position and install the storage cover.
  • Page 85: Installing The Bimini Top

    Equipment operation Installing the bimini top Bimini top (212SS) To install the bimini top: Setting up the bimini top When installing the bimini top, simply reverse To set up the bimini top: the removal steps, and then make sure that (1) Raise the bimini top, and then unhook the the lock pins are securely installed.
  • Page 86: Storing The Bimini Top In The Upright Position

    Equipment operation (3) Remove the storage cover, unfold the bi- (5) Tighten the front straps so that the top is mini top, and pull it toward the bow. snug and wrinkle free. 1 Storage cover NOTICE (4) Hook the latch on each front strap onto Do not exceed 72 km/h (45 mph) with the the strap eye.
  • Page 87: Storing The Bimini Top In The Fully Collapsed Position

    Equipment operation To store the bimini top in the upright position: Storing the bimini top in the fully collapsed position (1) Loosen each front strap, and then un- hook the latch from the strap eye. To store the bimini top in the fully collapsed position: (1) Follow the above steps for “Storing the bi- mini top in the upright position”.
  • Page 88: Trailering With The Bimini Top

    The bimini top must be secured to the boat when it is being trailered. When the boat is trailered with a genuine Yamaha boat cover, simply store the bimini top in the fully col- lapsed position and install the storage cover.
  • Page 89: Operation And Handling Requirements

    To avoid fires and mance problems. explosions and to reduce the risk of in- Yamaha does not recommend gasohol con- jury when refueling, follow these in- taining methanol because it can cause fuel structions.
  • Page 90: Engine Oil Requirement

    SAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W- making them more likely to accumulate these harmful deposits. Engine Med RX, available Recommended engine oil grade from your Yamaha Boat Dealer, is formulated (3-star models): to remove existing deposits and, when used API SE,SF,SG,SH,SJ,SL...
  • Page 91 Operation and handling requirements Checking the engine oil 4-star models WARNING Engine oil is extremely hot immediately af- ter the engines are turned off. Coming in contact with or getting any engine oil on your clothes could result in burns. NOTICE Make sure debris and water do not enter the oil filler hole.
  • Page 92: Draining The Bilge Water

    This model is equipped with a fuel tank com- the maximum level mark, consult a partment drain plug, engine compartment Yamaha Boat Dealer. If the engine oil lev- drain plug, and hull drain plug. el is below the minimum level mark, add To drain the bilge water from the various com- engine oil.
  • Page 93 Operation and handling requirements (1) Remove the floor mat. (9) Install the fuel tank compartment cover. (10) Turn the lock handles, and make sure that the fuel tank compartment cover is securely closed. (11) Push the lock handles down. (12) Install the floor mat in its original position. Draining the bilge water from the engine compartment If there is fuel or a fuel/water mixture in the en-...
  • Page 94: Draining The Bilge Water On Water

    Operation and handling requirements Draining the bilge water from the hull Draining the bilge water on water Remove the hull drain plug at the stern to This model is equipped with a self-draining drain the water. Check the condition of the deck and bilge pump to drain the bilge water O-ring on the hull drain plug, and then secure- on water.
  • Page 95 Operation and handling requirements BILGE HORN NAVI CTSY LIGHTS 1 Bilge pump switch 1 Bilge water outlet...
  • Page 96: First-Time Operation

    First-time operation Engine break-in NOTICE Failure to perform the engine break-in could result in reduced engine life or even severe engine damage. The engine break-in period is essential to al- low the various components of the engines to wear and polish themselves to the correct op- erating clearances.
  • Page 97: Pre-Operation Checks

    Do not operate the boat if you find any problem. If a problem cannot be corrected by the procedures provided in this manual, have the boat inspected by a Yamaha Boat Dealer. Pre-operation checklist Before operating this boat, perform the checks in the following checklist. Always follow the inspec- tion and maintenance procedures and schedules described in this owner’s/operator’s manual.
  • Page 98: Pre-Operation Check Points

    Pre-operation checks Pre-operation check points Remote control lever checks Pre-launch checks WARNING Perform the pre-launch checks in the pre-op- Do not touch the shift gates while the re- eration checklist while the boat is on land. mote control levers are being operated, otherwise you could be pinched.
  • Page 99: Fire Extinguisher Check

    A fire extinguisher is not standard equipment with this boat. If you do not have a fire extin- guisher, contact your local Yamaha Boat Dealer or fire extinguisher dealer for one meeting the proper specifications.
  • Page 100: Access Port Cap Check

    Pre-operation checks A FIRE-PORT™ is mounted below the rear center seat. Use this port to spray the con- tents of a fire extinguisher into the engine compartment if a fire breaks out in the engine area. WARNING! If there is a fire in the en- gine compartment, opening the hatch will add more oxygen to the fire, increasing the risk of a larger fire or an explosion.
  • Page 101: Jet Intake Checks

    Pre-operation checks keys, and then remove the engine shut-off cord (lanyard) from the engine shut-off switch. Fuel system checks Refer to “Checking the fuel system” on page 127 for the correct procedure. Engine oil level check Make sure that the engine oil level is between the minimum level mark and maximum level 1 Access port cap mark on the dipstick.
  • Page 102: Battery Check

    Pre-operation checks 4-star models Battery check Make sure that the battery terminals are not damaged and that the battery leads are con- nected properly. WARNING! The battery must always be fully charged and in good condition. Loss of battery power may leave you stranded.
  • Page 103: Bilge Water Check

    Pre-operation checks Bilge water check Make sure that no bilge water has collected in the engine compartment and the fuel tank compartment. If bilge water has collected in the engine compartment and the fuel tank compartment, drain it. (See page 86 for infor- mation on draining the bilge water.) Drain plug check Loosen the drain plugs and remove them, and...
  • Page 104: Blower Switch Check

    Blower Contact a Yamaha Boat Dealer if there is a problem you cannot locate or correct. Push the blower switch to operate the blowers and ventilate the engine compartment for at Make sure that the blowers operate properly least 4 minutes.
  • Page 105: Horn Switch Check

    Pre-operation checks together. The engine shut-off cord (lan- yard) may not pull free when the operator falls off, allowing the boat to continue to run and cause an accident. 1 Bow light 2 Stern light (3) Push the left side of the navigation and anchor lights switch and check that only the stern light comes on.
  • Page 106: Cooling Water Pilot Outlet Check

    Pre-operation checks to run the engines. Overheating and seri- ous damage could occur. See “Engine overheat warning system” on page 46 for more information. Fuel level check Select the fuel level display of one of the multi- function tachometer. (See page 38 for infor- mation on selecting the fuel level display.) 1 Engine shut-off switch 2 Clip...
  • Page 107: Operation

    Severe injury or death may result if you ig- gers: nore any of the following: 758 kg (1670 lb) Before operating your boat, become fa- ● miliar with all controls. Consult a Yamaha Boat Dealer about any control or function you do not fully understand.
  • Page 108 NOTICE ment or if there are any loose electrical There is a hull drain plug at the bottom of connections. Contact a Yamaha Boat the stern. Check the O-ring on the hull Dealer if there is a problem you cannot drain plug and make sure that the plug is locate or correct.
  • Page 109 Operation TIP: The engines will not start when the clip is re- moved from the engine shut-off switch. The starter motors will turn over without the cord attached. (5) Put the remote control levers in the neu- tral position. The starter motors will not operate unless the remote control levers are in neutral.
  • Page 110: Stopping The Engines

    Operation enough throttle should be applied to keep the If you move the remote control levers to the engine at a fast enough idle to stay running. forward position and simply turn the steering wheel to steer the bow away from the dock, as Stopping the engines you would when driving a car out of a parking space, you will drive the stern of the boat into...
  • Page 111 Operation higher the engine speed, the more thrust is At trolling speed, the boat can be turned produced. gradually by steering wheel position The amount of jet thrust, in addition to the po- alone using just the amount of thrust sition of the steering wheel, determines how available at engine idle.
  • Page 112: Boating With Passengers

    Operation D. If the boat is moving and the remote con- Boating with passengers trol levers are in the neutral position, or if WARNING there is no thrust because the engines When passengers are on board, make are stopped, the boat will go straight even sure they are seated and holding onto the though the steering wheel is turned.
  • Page 113: Stopping The Boat

    Operation Stopping the boat WARNING Allow adequate stopping distance. ● 133 m (437 ft) Take early action to avoid collisions. Re- ● member, boats do not have brakes. Operate defensively at safe speeds and ● keep a safe distance away from people, objects, and other boats to give you time to stop.
  • Page 114: Boarding From The Bow

    Operation (3) Approach the dock at idle speed. Use re- verse as necessary during slow-speed maneuvering to help control speed and direction. Position the boat according to wind and water conditions. WARNING! Do not use your hand, arm, or other parts of your body to try to keep the boat from hitting the dock.
  • Page 115: Beaching

    Operation Wind or current pushing boat toward Beaching dock: NOTICE Slowly maneuver to a shallow angle and allow Small pebbles, sand, seaweed, and oth- the boat to move toward the dock. ● er debris can be sucked into the jet in- takes and impair or damage the Wind or current impellers.
  • Page 116: Anchoring

    There will be swells and wakes from other type anchor is suitable for most applications; boats, etc. your Yamaha Boat Dealer can help you The best way to cross wakes and swells is choose an anchor. with the least jolt to you and the boat. Small...
  • Page 117: Post-Operation Checks

    Operation To cross a wake or swell, change your speed Post-operation checks and choose the angle at which you cross the These post-operation procedures are devel- wake or swell. Usually, a slower speed and oped to help preserve the long-term appear- “quartering”...
  • Page 118 (3) Stop the engine. before installing the drain plug. (4) Wash down the hull, helm, and both jet (10) Spray a rust inhibitor, such as Yamaha drive units with fresh water. Silicone Protectant and Lubricant, on me- (5) Open the rear platform hatch. (See page tallic parts to minimize corrosion.
  • Page 119: Trailering

    Trailering Trailering the boat Use safety chains between the towing vehicle and the trailer so the trailer will not detach WARNING completely from the towing vehicle if it acci- Avoid accident and injury from improper dentally comes loose from the hitch ball. trailering: Crisscross the chains under the trailer tongue The trailer must be matched for the...
  • Page 120: Backing Your Trailer

    A durable, downs. properly fitting cover, such as the genuine Yamaha cover available from your Yamaha Boat Dealer designed specifically for your boat, is highly recommended to help protect your boat during transport and storage.
  • Page 121: Launching

    Trailering Turn the towing vehicle’s wheels opposite (5) Remove the bow line from the bow eye. ● the direction you want the trailer to go. (6) Back the trailer farther into the water until After the trailer begins moving, turn the tow- just the tops of the fenders show, and ●...
  • Page 122: Lifting

    Trailering Lifting NOTICE Do not attach lifting cables to the bow eye, cleats, stern eyes, ski tow hook, or hand- grips. Serious damage to the boat can oc- cur. Use only a sling designed specifically for lifting boats. If you need to remove the boat from the water without a trailer, use these guidelines: 1 Bow eye Use a sling-type lifting mechanism de-...
  • Page 123: Care And Storage

    Care and storage Post-operation care (4) Make sure that the area around the boat is clear, and then start the engine. Imme- Flushing the cooling system diately after the engine starts, fully turn Cooling system flushing is essential to pre- the water supply on so that water flows vent the cooling system from clogging up with out continually from the jet thrust nozzle...
  • Page 124: Cleaning The Boat

    (3) Clean the hull, boat interior, and drive er Yamalube care products are available from units with Yamaclean Wash & Wax Con- your Yamaha Boat Dealer. centrate, or a mild natural soap, and wa- (1) Remove the engine compartment drain ter.
  • Page 125 Consult a the hatch until you get home. Open the Yamaha Boat Dealer if you want to use hatch again when you arrive and remove a product other than Yamaclean Vinyl the caps as before.
  • Page 126: Basic Stain Guide

    Care and storage Basic stain guide Here are basic steps to remove common stains from boat upholstery. Consult a Yamaha Boat Dealer or upholstery-cleaning professional for difficult stains. TYPE OF STAIN STEPS (rinse with clean, warm water and then dry after application) General care/Dirt —...
  • Page 127: Battery Care

    Care and storage Battery care ter) at least once a month and recharge If the boat will not be used for more than a the battery if it gets too low. month, remove the battery and store it in a To install the battery: cool, dark place.
  • Page 128: Long-Term Storage

    Consult a Yamaha Boat Dealer or other qualified mechanic if the fuel system is to be drained instead. Lubrication It is advisable to take the boat to a Yamaha Boat Dealer to have the engines fogged for long-term storage. Grease points...
  • Page 129 The first service should be done after 10 hours or 1 month by a Yamaha Boat Dealer. Fill the bearing housings with water-resistant grease through the grease nipples.
  • Page 130: Maintenance

    If you are not familiar with ma- chine servicing, this work should be done by a Yamaha Boat Dealer or other qualified mechanic. Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and system may be...
  • Page 131 Maintenance (3) Lift up the engine cover and remove it. 1 Engine cover To install the engine cover: (1) Place the engine cover in its original posi- tion, and then push it down. (2) Install the engine cover screws, and then tighten them to the specified torque.
  • Page 132: Periodic Maintenance Chart

    Frequency of maintenance operations may be adjusted according to the operating conditions, but the following table gives general guidelines. ●: Indicates the checkups which you may do yourself. ■ : Indicates work to be done by a Yamaha Boat Dealer. Thereafter Page...
  • Page 133: Checking The Fuel System

    (2) Open the engine hood, and then check Check the fuel system for leaks, cracks, and the fuel filler hose. malfunctions. If any problem is found, consult a Yamaha Boat Dealer. Checking points: Fuel tank for leakage ● Fuel hose joints for leakage ●...
  • Page 134: Checking The Air Filters

    (3) Loosen the clamp screw, and then dis- water is found in the fuel system, take the boat connect the air intake pipe from the throt- to a Yamaha Boat Dealer for service. tle body. Checking the air filters The air filters must be checked at the intervals specified in the periodic maintenance chart.
  • Page 135: Engine Oil And Oil Filters

    LCD of the multi-function tachometer for the affected engine when the engines are running, immediately turn the engines off and have a Yamaha Boat Dealer check the boat. Continuing to operate under such conditions could cause severe engine damage.
  • Page 136: Checking The Steering Cables

    If steering is stiff or misadjusted, ask a (1) Remove the engine shut-off cord (lan- Yamaha Boat Dealer to service it. yard) and main switch keys. (2) Operate the remote control levers several times to make sure that operation is smooth throughout the whole range.
  • Page 137: Checking The Shift Gate Mechanisms

    If the shift gates do not operate correctly, ask control levers are moved farther forward. your authorized Yamaha Boat Dealer for ser- vice. 1 Shift gate 2 Fully open position...
  • Page 138: Checking The Sacrificial Anodes

    Galvanic corro- Ask a Yamaha Boat Dealer for this service or sion can damage metal surfaces below the you can do it yourself if you have a torque waterline on any boat, particularly in salt wa- wrench of the proper type.
  • Page 139 Maintenance These general guidelines apply to many com- Recharging monly used battery types (but not, for exam- WARNING ple, to maintenance-free batteries). Consult When charging the battery, keep it well ● the battery manufacturer’s instructions before away from sparks and open flames, as it performing battery maintenance.
  • Page 140: Specifications

    Specifications Specifications ITEM Specification Boat capacity Maximum people on board 9 person Maximum load capacity 212X 789 kg (1740 lb) 212SS 835 kg (1840 lb) Dimensions and weight Length 6500 mm (255.9 in) Beam 2600 mm (102.4 in) Height 212X 2800 mm (110.2 in) 212SS 1800 mm (70.9 in) Draft (Light) 407 mm (16.0 in)
  • Page 141 Specifications ITEM Specification Engine Number of engines Engine type Liquid cooled 4-stroke, DOHC Number of cylinders Engine displacement 1812 cm Bore × stroke 86.0 × 78.0 mm (3.39 × 3.07 in) Compression ratio 11.0 : 1 Valve clearance-intake (cold) 0.14–0.23 mm (0.0055–0.0091 in) Valve clearance-exhaust (cold) 0.28–0.37 mm (0.0110–0.0146 in) Lubrication system...
  • Page 142 Specifications ITEM Specification Fuse amperage Electronic throttle valve fuse 10 A Fuel pump fuse 10 A Main relay drive fuse 10 A Main fuse 20 A Battery fuse 30 A Accessory fuse 20 A, 15 A...
  • Page 143: Trouble Recovery

    If you have any trouble with your boat, use this section to check for the possible cause. If you cannot find the cause or if the procedure for replacement or repair is not described in this own- er’s/operator’s manual, ask your Yamaha Boat Dealer or a qualified mechanic for the proper service.
  • Page 144 Jet intake clogged Clean displayed or warning* Cooling system Clean flashing in clogged Oil pressure Oil pressure dropped Have serviced by Yamaha — warning* Boat Dealer Fuel Empty Refill as soon as possible Check engine Faulty sensors Have serviced by Yamaha —...
  • Page 145 Engine overheat* Jet intake clogged Clean loses power Cooling system Clean clogged Fuel filter Clogged Have serviced by Yamaha — Boat Dealer Spark plug Fouled or defective Have serviced by Yamaha — Boat Dealer Incorrect heat range Have serviced by Yamaha —...
  • Page 146: Emergency Procedures

    Trouble recovery Emergency procedures Jet pump clean-out procedure WARNING Severe injury or death may result if you ig- nore any of the following: Turn off and remove both main switch ● keys, remove the clip from the engine shut-off switch, and wait for all move- ment to stop before removing the ac- cess port caps.
  • Page 147: Jump-Starting

    (5) Remove any weeds or debris from the drive shaft, impeller, pump housing, and jet thrust nozzle. If you cannot remove the debris, consult a Yamaha Boat Deal- (6) To reinstall the access port cap, first clean off any sand or other foreign matter from the cap or port surfaces.
  • Page 148: Fuse Replacement

    Trouble recovery If the boat battery runs down, the engines can discharge the battery and the engine be started in an emergency using a 12-volt will not start. The starter motor may booster battery and jumper cables. also be damaged if they are engaged To connect the jumper cables: continuously for more than 5 sec- (1) Connect the positive (+) terminal of the...
  • Page 149 Trouble recovery 4-star models Accessory fuse holder Accessory fuse 1 Fuse box cover (4) Replace the blown fuse with the spare fuse of the correct amperage by using the fuse puller. Fuse amperage: Electronic throttle valve fuse: 10 A Fuel pump fuse: 10 A Main relay drive fuse: 10 A...
  • Page 150: Running On One Engine

    Trouble recovery Running on one engine Towing the boat NOTICE WARNING Do not operate the boat above a no-wake The operator of the towing boat must ● speed with just one engine. keep speed to a minimum and avoid traf- Severe engine damage could result be- fic or obstacles which could be a hazard cause water can flood the non-operating...
  • Page 151: Consumer Information

    Owner’s Manual. The owner of the boat shall give notice to an authorized Yamaha Boat dealer of any and all appar- ent defects within ten (10) days of discovery and make the boat available at that time for inspection and repairs at the dealer’s place of business.
  • Page 152 213 of the Clean Air Act and that PWC engines used in Yamaha boats are free from defects in materials and workmanship which cause said engines to fail to conform with applicable regulations for thirty (30) months from the date of purchase or 175 hours of operation, whichever comes first.
  • Page 153 2. Explain the operation, maintenance, and warranty requirements to your satisfaction at the time of sale, and upon your request at any later date. In addition, each Yamaha Boat dealer is held responsible for his setup, service and warranty repair work.
  • Page 154: Yamaha Extended Service (Y.e.s.)

    5-year standard protection on available to Yamaha owners like you, and only the hull. while your Yamaha is still within the first year • of the Yamaha Limited Warranty period. So Y.E.S. is designed and administered by the...
  • Page 155: Sample Float Plan

    Sample float plan Leave a float plan with a responsible person on shore before boating. The example below can be copied and used. FLOAT PLAN VESSEL INFORMATION BOAT MAKE: Yamaha MOTOR TYPE: MODEL: LENGTH: REGISTRATION NO: DECK COLOR: HULL COLOR:...
  • Page 156: Index

    Index Boarding from the water ......107 Access port cap check ......94 Boat characteristics ........15 Accessory outlet........55 Boat control functions....... 31 Additional equipment Boating with passengers ......106 recommendations ......... 14 Bow ladder ..........70 Air filters, checking ......... 128 Anchor storage compartment....
  • Page 157 Index Fuel level check ........100 Fuel requirement ........83 Main components, location ...... 24 Fuel system..........122 Main switches........... 32 Fuel system, checking......127 Maintenance........... 124 Fuel system checks........95 Manufactured date labels......3 Fuse replacement ........142 Multi-function tachometers ....... 36 Getting to know your boat ......
  • Page 158 Index Sample float plan ........149 YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE Seats ............57 (Y.E.S.) ..........148 Shift gate mechanisms, checking... 131 Side table ..........72 Ski locker..........61 Specifications ......... 134 Speedometer..........36 Star labels (4-star models) ......3 Starting the engines ....... 101 Steering............
  • Page 159 Genuine Yamaha Accessories – Yamaha only offers accessories that meet our high standards for quality and performance. Buy with confidence, knowing your Genuine Yamaha Accessories will fit right and perform right – right out of the box. Yamalube – Take care of your Yamaha with legendary Yamalube oils, lubricants, and care products.
  • Page 160 Printed in USA May 2015–0.3 × 1 CR...

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