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March 07, 2013

Yamaha F200 Outboard

This inline, four-cylinder engine is thinner and weighs 489 pounds.

Yamaha Marine has taken a different tack with its new F200 outboard. Instead of a ­traditional V-6, it’s an in-line, four-cylinder engine that’s thinner and weighs 119 pounds less than its predecessor. At 489 pounds (25-inch model), it’s today’s lightest 200 hp four-stroke. The 2.8-liter outboard features a 16-valve dual-overhead-cam design with Yamaha’s Variable ­Camshaft ­Timing System for strong acceleration and midrange punch. The F200 also has a ­50-amp ­alternator, a 13 percent boost in charging capacity over the V-6 F200. Available with either digital electronic or mechanical throttle-and-shift controls, the new outboard can be linked with NMEA ­2000-compatible external displays, as well as analog gauges via an electronic gateway. It also features ­Yamaha’s Variable Trolling RPM Switch, which allows the user to set trolling rpm in 50 rpm increments.

Price: $17,895 MSRP

Link: www.yamahaoutboards.com