Yamaha Revolutionizes Offshore Boating… Again
By Ted Lund
Yamaha, one of the leading marine outboard companies that refined the world of offshore power more than five years ago with the introduction of its popular Yamaha F350 outboard, has done it again, introducing a newly-redesigned F350C that is sure to turn heads from single bay boat applications to quad installations on blue water battlewagons [what are blue water battlewagons?[.
When introduced in 2007, the Yamaha F350 redefined offshore power. There was finally a manufacturer that was offering an outboard with the raw thrust necessary to power larger, heavier offshore boats.
Yamaha not only headed the call of boat builders and dealers, but they started a revolution towards larger, outboard-powered boats. Sales of boats in the 40-foot-plus segment have increased by more than 300 percent over the past five years.
Although other manufacturers followed suit, nothing matches the big bore, naturally aspirated flat torque curve of the 5.3-liter F350C V8. The F350C V8 is nothing short of a premier offshore outboard that offers all the benefits of the original with additional refinement and five full years of limited warranty coverage, for pleasure use.
The first thing you’ll notice is a new look; the graphics speak to what’s under the cowl that no other manufacturer offers – a naturally aspirated, 5.3-liter V8 with the best torque characteristics in the business. The “V” design not only defines the cylinder arrangement, it also denotes the way the engine makes its power: The top of the “V” graphic represents the flatness of the F350C V8 torque curve (torque output plotted against RPM); that’s a curve familiar to anyone who knows engines and values performance. A flat curve that is the classic marker for consistent, smooth, naturally aspirated V8 power.
But it’s when you take the cowling off that you’ll notice the Yamaha difference. The 5.3-liter V8 configuration of the F350C is designed to easily produce 350 prop shaft horsepower, with less stress and strain on internal engine components than small displacement, high-output outboards. Four oversized valves per cylinder increase breathing efficiency and contribute significantly to this engine’s power and torque.
The F350C’s multi-point fuel injection system consists of seven different sensors that constantly measure vital atmospheric conditions and engine functions to give the Engine Control Module (ECM) the information needed to precisely and instantly adjust the fuel/air mixture for optimum performance and economy. Variable camshaft timing advances and retards the angle of the intake camshaft to dramatically increase power and throttle response in the low- and mid-rpm ranges, giving the F350C substantially greater torque between 2000 and 3500 RPM to plane large offshore boats with authority. The single electronic throttle control valve routes all air entering the F350C through a single 81mm intake controlled by the ECM to ensure the precise amount of air necessary for any given condition — maintaining optimum power and efficiency. And Yamaha’s exclusive in-bank exhaust helps to enhance engine performance by sending exhaust gasses out more efficiently and reducing exhaust pressure.
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology, and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA’s® C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. To learn more about the Yamaha F350C or to find an authorized dealer near you, visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.
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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com