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Boats.com Review: Yamaha AR192 and SX192 Jet Boats - Sporty and Supercharged

Excerpted from Boats.com, June 20th, 2013

Story by Charles Plueddeman</p>

“We have been telling you about the fast-changing jet boat market lately but one thing that has not changed is Yamaha dominance in this segment. And they plan for it to remain this way, with introductions like the AR192 and its sibling the SX192, deluxe versions of the Yamaha AR/SX190 models introduced last year. These lightweight, nimble jet-powered 19-foot 2-inch runabouts are the first to be powered by the supercharged version of the Yamaha 1.8-liter marine engine. Both models offer a lot of value and some standard features, including cruising speed control, that are rare on sterndrive-powered boats in this size range.”

“The 192 series models are priced a few thousand dollars higher than the 190 series boats. In addition to the supercharged engine, upgrades included with 192-series boats are a stainless steel rub rail, pull-up cleats, four Polk Audio high-performance speakers, a vinyl-wrapped dash and port console cap, a sport steering wheel, and soft Hydro-Turf material on the swim platform surfaces.”

“Assembled in Tennessee, the Yamaha 192 series uses the same fiberglass hull and deck parts as the 190 models. The 1812cc, four-cylinder supercharged engine, which has been offered in Yamaha WaveRunner watercraft since 2008, makes about 30 more horsepower than the naturally aspirated version of the same engine that’s used in all other Yamaha sport boats. That extra power is delivered with minimal added weight, and gassed up on its trailer the AR192 still weighs less than 3,000 pounds, according to Yamaha, and can be towed by a mid-size SUV or van.”

“The added power translates to a significant performance boost. I clocked the SX192 at 50.0 mph at 7700 rpm, about seven mph faster than the SX190. I found 6000 rpm was a nice cruising speed, good for about 32 mph and 3.0 mpg, which was easy to calculate thanks to the fuel-use display in the digital instrument display."

“The powertrain does offer some nifty features enabled by its drive-by-wire throttle. The first is Cruise Assist, an rpm-based speed control system that will hold any boat speed with the push of a button, and is great for towing because it allows the driver to focus on the water ahead and the action behind the boat, rather than the speedometer. Once set, you can toggle the button up or down through eight “clicks” to fine-tune boat speed. A second feature, No Wake Mode, can be set at one of five rpm points between 1100 and 2100 rpm (about 2 mph to 5 mph), to maintain a steady speed. It also partially drops the reverse bucket over the jet outlet to create a rudder effect (Yamaha calls Thrust Directional Enhancer) that keeps the boat on course – an idea that won Yamaha an Innovation Award at the 2013 Miami Boat Show.”

“A key highlight of the 192 series – and all Yamaha boat models – is the design of the stern lounge area, which has an easy step-through from the cockpit and a flat seating level with padded backrests above the swim platform. A wet stowage compartment here can hold ski line. The cockpit of the SX192 has a U-shaped aft bench with a pair of bucket seats at the consoles, while in the AR192 that bench wraps around all the way to the port console, and there’s a single bucket seat at the helm."

“Yamaha impresses with a nice level of finish and materials for this price range, and the 192 models feel solid in the water. The snappy power and quick steering make it possible to toss this boat around like it was a big watercraft, but it’s also happy to simply cruise along across the lake. Of course, there’s no prop to ding and no outdrive to maintain. The engine is self-draining so off-season storage is a matter of treating the fuel and snugging down the cover. Yamaha makes boating easy, and these new 192 models are a great addition to its line.”

07.15.13