Popular Mechanics Writer Ezra Dyer walks us through Yamaha's 210 FSH, the center console fishing and family fun boat.
[Excerpted from Popular Mechanics, August 31st, 2018]
“Boats don’t fundamentally that change much… Nobody’s really blowing up the formula. Except Yamaha, that is. The 210 FSH is a wild reimagining of how to build a boat. Or, more precisely, how to propel one.”
“I’ve sold 45 different lines of boats over the years,” he (Bryan Douglas, G&R Marine) says. “And with these”—he gestures to the Yamahas on the lot— “once I sell one, I never see it again.” Meaning they don’t have problems. Yamaha’s warranty is three years on the components and lifetime for the structure (for the original owner). Douglas tells me it doesn’t really matter what the warranty is, though, because they don’t break.
“I could run the Yamaha wide open across wakes without inducing anything more than a dull thud from the hull. Out in the swells, the limiting factor is gravity. Keep the hull in the water and the ride is smooth. I couldn’t believe that I could set cruise control comfortably at 30-plus mph in big swells in a 21-foot boat.”
“[…] the 210 FSH is probably coming in at least 10 grand less than you’d pay for most comparable boats…the 210 FSH proves it’s not too late to start from scratch and try something different. If this was your first boat, you’d probably wonder why anyone does it any other way.”