Although outboard engines and PWCs may come to mind first when one hears the name Yamaha, this company also has a boat-building division that’s dedicated to one thing: building jet-powered runabouts. In fact, Yamaha is the best-selling brand of jet-boat in the country. A dozen boats up to 24’ make up the Yamaha line, with a mix of runabout and watersports-oriented models.
At the 2013 Miami International Boat Show Yamaha won an NMMA Innovation Award for the development of their Thrust Directional Enhancement feature, which improves control at slow speeds; used boat buyers should be aware that in some older jet boat models wandering at slow speeds was regularly an issue, which this new feature addresses. And although these are jet boats, Yamaha encourages boaters to compare them against prop-driven runabouts. Reduced draft and the elimination of propeller dangers are the most obvious advantages, but in many cases, the Yamaha jet boats are also less expensive than comparable propeller-drive runabouts.
If getting more for your money is where the fun begins, get ready for big fun. The SX190 is a true standout in the 19-foot boat category. Loaded with Yamaha innovation, advanced features, and seating for eight, this crowd-pleaser delivers a summer’s worth of thrills for less than you thought possible. Ride with confidence knowing you’ve settled for nothing less than Yamaha’s industry-leading internal propulsion system. With its Total Package of amenities including a garage friendly trailer and Bimini top, the SX190 is the number one choice for riding waves on a budget, without feeling like you’re on a budget.
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Highlights: • Top industry performance with exceptional fuel economy. • Thrust directional enhancer for improved slow speed handling. • Spacious cockpit with flared bow design. • More storage than anything in its class. • Yamaha’s award-winning stern design. • Yamaha’s Total Package: All features are standard. • Internal drive propulsion for instant acceleration, shallow water clearance, and peace of mind.
• The sport edition of the Yamaha 190 Series. • Dual Captain Chairs. U-shaped seating • Available in Yacht Blue and Black
Revolutionizing the 19-foot boat segment in the same way Yamaha did with its best-selling 21-foot and 24-foot models are the 19-foot sport SX190 and the watersports tower equipped AR190. The Yamaha 190 Series exudes Yamaha’s boat DNA with an innovative design, exhilarating performance, and complete feature package that no other brand offers in this value-oriented class.
Innovative Deck Design Beginning at the bow, the 190 Series offers the roominess of most 21-foot boats with plenty of space for two adults to stretch out comfortably. The 190 Series features a “molded in” anchor locker with ample space for the anchor and rope all in one dedicated self-draining compartment. This is a feature rarely seen in a 19-foot boat. Also in the bow is storage under the seats. On the port side, the storage under the seat opens into a cavernous port console storage compartment for extra long items. Nine cup holders provide the finishing touch. The cockpit area and helm of the 190 Series is a step up from that of other 19-foot models. From the stylized upholstery, comfortable J-shaped seating rarely seen in a 19-foot boat (AR190; the SX190 features U-shaped seating with two captain’s seats), integrated, reclined rear seat backs and quality snap-in marine carpeting to advanced helm features that include Cruise Assist™ and 3 position No Wake Mode™, the 190 Series is no ordinary 19-foot boat.
Yamaha’s Award-Winning Stern Lounge and Swim Platform The SX190 and AR190 boats feature Yamaha’s award-winning stern lounge area and swim platform. Made possible by Yamaha’s drive train and compact engine that sits low in the hull, only Yamaha can offer this innovative design. Enjoying the stern lounge area of the 190 Series begins with Yamaha’s convenient walk through transom that opens into the lounge area and swim platform. Stern features include: • Integrated cup holders. • Ski tow eye. • Hydro turf® mat • Wet storage. • Deep, angled reboarding ladder. • Upholstered backrests.
Yamaha’s Signature Drive Train and 1.8L Marine Engine The heart of the 190 Series is Yamaha’s signature jet drive propulsion system and compact 1.8L Yamaha marine engine that delivers top of class performance and fuel efficiency while maximizing the usable space of the cockpit and stern area. Every inch of the 190 Series layout is functional with no wasted space or compromises unlike stern-drive models where huge engine blocks cover a third of the usable space. Yamaha’s jet drive system is renowned for its industry-best acceleration and quick time-to-plane. Powered by the same Yamaha 1.8L marine engine that comes with Yamaha’s flagship models, the 190 boats provide a cruising range of 130 miles at approximately 4.5 miles per gallon. A recent addit