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2018 242X - First Jet Boat

Discussion in 'Yamaha AR240, SX240, 242 Limited / S / X/ E-Series' started by hamsammy, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. hamsammy

    hamsammy New Member

    Messages:
    11
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    I will be soon be taking ownership of a 2018 242x. This will be my first jet drive and after extensive research in this forum, I will be adding the JBP vectors and thrusters. I’m sure I would get used to the handling, but I’d hate to rash up a new gel coat. In addition, I will be changing the bow eye roller to a Stoltz. The question I cannot find an answer to is would it be a good choice to replace the keel roller and any of the frame pads to Stoltz as well?
     
  2. AZ Native

    AZ Native Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    187
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona 85044
    Ratings:
    +194 / 7
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2013
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    How exciting. Welcome to the Jet Boat world and this forum. These owners have been a huge help to me this past couple years. Agreed with adding the vectors and thrusters. I added the vectors on both of my boats before ever taking them out. The latest one also has the Thrusters. You'll probably want them anyhow so might as well order them while waiting on the boat delivery. As for the keel roller (I assume you mean rear/stern), I may be wrong, but unless you retrieve at a really shallow ramp, I don't think any boat comes close to the trailer at the back. My trailer doesn't have a roller at the back, just a plastic piece.
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  3. hamsammy

    hamsammy New Member

    Messages:
    11
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    I’m not sure if these trailers have it, but the previous boat trailers I’ve owned have had a roller on the forward most crossmember to help center the boat. That’s what I’m referring to as the keel roller. These trailers may not have one?
     
  4. Dave Baran

    Dave Baran New Member

    Messages:
    13
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    Other
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    No rollers on the Yamaha trailers. Definately get the Stoltz bow roller. The middle section needs about 1/4" sanded or cut off of it. I would recommend you swap it out at the ramp while the boat is in the lake. Thats what I did the first time out to the lake and it was really easy.
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
  5. hamsammy

    hamsammy New Member

    Messages:
    11
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    This was the first thing I did. Didn't need to do any grinding though, they sell one specifically for the yamaha shorelander trailer.
     
  6. GoVols01

    GoVols01 Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
    316
    Location:
    College Grove, TN
    Ratings:
    +187 / 8
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
    After loading my boat onto my trailer a few times and trailering it, the stupid factory roller scratched up my bow. I replaced it with the Stoltz roller and problem was resolved.

    If you’re new to boating or driving a twin engine boat, I suggest you watch as many YouTube videos as possible. With patience and practice, these boats can be quite easy to captain. I bought mine mostly because of the twin engine setup and maneuverability that goes along with it.
     
  7. Jameson Clark

    Jameson Clark Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    273
    Location:
    Duncan, SC
    Ratings:
    +141 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
    Which roller did you get? I have already noticed a couple spots on mine that I want to avoid.
     
  8. Dave Baran

    Dave Baran New Member

    Messages:
    13
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    Other
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
  9. Shookie

    Shookie Member

    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    Cary, NC
    Ratings:
    +28 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Is the roller thing a big issue? I haven't noticed any scratches on mine, but honestly haven't looked. Is the stock roller that bad?
     
  10. Stevenpigsooie

    Stevenpigsooie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Beaver Lake, Arkansas
    Ratings:
    +101 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    Yes. Cheap plastic feel to it.
     
  11. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
    2,109
    Location:
    Chapin, SC
    Ratings:
    +2,520 / 19
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    My brand new boat had scratches from the stock bow roller when I picked it up. They buffed out but yeah its that bad.
     
  12. Shookie

    Shookie Member

    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    Cary, NC
    Ratings:
    +28 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Hmmm.... add that to the upgrade list I guess. My thrust vectors and lateral thrusters shipped from JBP today! Super excited about that
     
  13. ttzz

    ttzz Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
    364
    Location:
    Oronoco, MN
    Ratings:
    +398 / 9
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
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  14. Jameson Clark

    Jameson Clark Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    273
    Location:
    Duncan, SC
    Ratings:
    +141 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
  15. hamsammy

    hamsammy New Member

    Messages:
    11
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    That's the one I got. Night and day difference.
     
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  16. McMark

    McMark Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    1,227
    Location:
    Monongahela, PA
    Ratings:
    +1,193 / 25
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    Get a keelguard.
     
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  17. AJack

    AJack Member

    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    Tampa 33621
    Ratings:
    +14 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    I see people stating two different sizes of bow rollers: the 4" (ULT-4) or the 3.5". Which is the size for a 2018 sX240? What does the size dimension refer to? Is it the diameter of the roller bells or is it the length?
     
  18. ttzz

    ttzz Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
    364
    Location:
    Oronoco, MN
    Ratings:
    +398 / 9
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    X
    Boat Length:
    21
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  19. Scott Huse

    Scott Huse Member

    Messages:
    88
    Location:
    Janesville Wisconsin 53546
    Ratings:
    +79 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR195
    Boat Length:
    19
    This is the one I purchased as well, works great.
     

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