REVIEW: 2017 YAMAHA F130 FOUR STROKE

By: KEVIN SMITH, Photography by: KEVIN SMITH

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The Yamaha F130 Four Stroke has the best power to weight in its class. Read our review of the popular F130 Four Stroke where we cover fuel economy, speed and performance

Weighing in at a class-leading 172kg, the F130A trims the fat by utilising a light and compact power trim & tilt unit and the latest light-weight materials throughout the engine and the cowl design.

REVIEW: Yamaha F130LA  

 F130 Four Stroke Highlights:

  • 172kg - Best power-to-weight in its class
  • 35amp high-output alternator
  • Compatibility to Yamaha Command Link digital gauges
  • Compatibility with Yamaha Y-COP

 

Stessco Gulf Runner 550 Transom Yamaha F130

The Boat

The Stessco Gulf Runner 550 has a deadrise of 15 degrees and when it comes to hole-shot its planes quick and effortlessly and even gives you a bit of push-back into the seat. Gentle acceleration will get you onto the plane at a low speed of 9 knots with the motor fully trimmed in.

Read the Stessco Gulf Runner 550 test: TEST: STESSCO GULF RUNNER 550

In the mid-range, the ideal cruise speed is around 3500 rpm at a speed of 21.33 knots which is a pretty good cruise speed for any boat, especially in chop. Yet again, the economy is impressive and at 21 knots the 550 uses a moderate 15Lph of fuel, which is exceptionally good. As for the range at this speed, well you would be looking at around 150 nautical miles on 110L of fuel – and that’s quite a distance or at least a fair few local fishing trips in the bay or the dam.

Yamaha F130 Four Stroke Stessco Gulf Runner 550 

Yamaha F130 Engine Specs

  • Engine Type four stroke, 16 valve DOHC in-line four cylinder
  • Displacement 1832 cc
  • Bore x Stroke 81.0 x 88.9 mm
  • Recommended Max RPM 5300-6300
  • Alternator Output 12V - 35A with rectifier regulator
  • Gear Ratio 2.15: 1
  • Weight F130LA (20.3 in): 172 kg, F130XA (25.3 in): 178 kg

 

Sea trials

Stessco Gulf Runner 550 fitted with Yamaha F130LA and Stainless Steel SST 13.125x18in propeller. Two persons and 110 litre of fuel on board.

 

RPM

Speed (Kts)

Fuel Burn (L/hr)

Economy (Nm/L)

Range (Nm)

1000

4.08

2.35

1.73

78.85

1500

5.53

3.75

1.48

67.09

2000

6.67

5.6

1.19

54.13

2500

9.04

9.25

0.98

44.44

3000

16.04

11.4

1.41

63.94

3500**

21.33

15

1.42

64.63

4000

25.16

18.2

1.38

62.84

4500

28.59

22.55

1.27

57.63

5000

33.42

34.1

0.98

44.55

5500

36.47

41.05

0.89

40.39

5900/WOT

39.36

46.25

0.85

38.69

*Data supplied by Yamaha, verified by author. Range calculated leaving 10% in reserve.
**Best Cruise 

For more information head to Yamaha Outboards Australia

 


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