The new Yamaha 190 FSH Sport combines center-console versatility with the advantages of jet propulsion. The new hull is 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the previous 190 FSH, and there’s more space in the main cockpit area. The new bottom is deeper forward to improve low-speed tracking, and both the shape of the strakes and an extended running surface are intended to reduce bow rise on acceleration.
The forward console seat lifts to access an interior finished with a smooth liner. The space can be used for stowage or as a head. The bow platform is now flanked by a pair of angled pods. The compartment to port can hold four tackle trays, while the one to starboard is devoted to small-gear stowage. In the casting platform, there’s a 31-inch-wide insulated fish box (or cooler) and additional stowage below a 36-by-13-inch hatch, both of which drain overboard. A friction hinge on this hatch replaces a strut, which can be an obstruction when open.
The high helm seat has a pivoting backrest so it can also face aft, and a 48-quart cooler fits below the seat. The Yamaha Connext 4.3-inch touchscreen displays all instrumentation, and there’s room on the dash to mount a 10-inch display. The jet drive features a new reverse bucket that improves lateral thrust for better control around the dock, and the Yamaha articulated-keel rudder has been revised to reduce drag.
The standard T-top has a new textured finish and lots of grab handles, plus four rod holders on the aft rail. There are also three rod holders on each side of the console. A 25-gallon livewell sits to starboard on the aft platform. The swim platform is a wide-open fishing/swimming/tubing deck. Here’s a clever detail — a new hatch in the swim platform covers a removable white 5-gallon bucket for a cast net; use it for wet lines, small fenders, and those sandy seashells the kids insist on bringing back from the beach.
Versatility supports the beauty of the 190 FSH Sport, which is ideal as a deck boat, watersports boat or fishing boat. The one-stop Yamaha warranty supports the fun.
- Jet propulsion means shallower draft for chasing fish into skinnier waters, and the unobstructed transom is ideal for casting or landing a fish.
- MSRP includes a trailer with swing-away tongue and disc brakes.
How We Tested
Engine: Single 180 hp Yamaha Marine 1.8L High Output jet drive
Drive/Impeller: Water jet pump/155 mm stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 18 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Yamaha Motor Corporation USA – Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-7926; yamahaboats.com