2022 Scarab Jet 285 ID

The Jet 285 ID is easy to customize and fun to run.

The Scarab Jet 285 ID is a wide-beam luxury runabout with all the advantages of jet propulsion, a perfect accessory for a dockside boat lift. The largest, most powerful jet-powered runabout on the market, this Scarab features an enclosed head, a huge sun pad and transom platform, a new digital helm, and a long list of options you can use to create a custom version to fit your ambitions.

Scarab Jet 285 ID running fast
The Jet 285 ID is a mix of luxury and contemporary style. Courtesy Scarab Jet Boats

Updates for 2022 include a new standard helm with twin touchscreens that replace all switches and instruments. A display above the dash presents boat data, while a screen to the right of the wheel controls audio, lighting, diagnostics and more. The Scarab Jet 285 ID is now equipped with two wireless phone-charging pads and has a new foldout snack table in the starboard inwale. The 12-gallon freshwater and waste tanks have been moved below the port companion seat for service.

Jet 285 ID helm
Twin touchscreens keep everything at the driver’s fingertips. Courtesy Scarab Jet Boats

It’s easy to make this boat distinctive. There are 60 different options for colors and graphics, including many that incorporate soft Impact matting on the hull sides, a durable material that adds interesting graphic texture and protects the hull from dock rash. A Wake package ($14,127) adds a tower with hardtop, a 1,600-pound water ballast system, board racks and digital speed control. The Premium JL Audio package ($3,463) includes a subwoofer, amplified transom speakers, and RBG LED lighting within the speakers.

Jet 285 ID bow table
A table in the bow complements the comfortable seating. Courtesy Scarab Jet Boats

Lift the front of the port console to reach a head compartment with a standard portable or optional flushing head ($1,555). A pair of 25-quart coolers slide out of the starboard console. The sun pad measures 4 feet, 10 inches square and has a pivoting backrest for fore- and aft-facing seating. The backrest at the port console also pivots to create a lounge in the cockpit. Upholstery is crisply styled.

Jet 285 ID storage
There are numerous places to stash gear. Courtesy Scarab Jet Boats

A single lever controls the synchronized digital throttles of twin Rotax marine jet drives. The optional 300 hp engines in our test boat (not catalyst-equipped and not available in California and CE markets) pushed the Scarab to 52 mph. The Scarab Jet 285 ID is truly the Gulf Stream of jet boats.

High Points

  • Expansive aft platform and sun pad/seat create a comfortable hangout spot.
  • Jet power eliminates prop anxiety.
  • Design incorporates an ideal combination of luxury and contemporary style.
Scarab Jet 285 ID performance data
Scarab Jet 285 ID Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engines: Twin Rotax Marine 300 ACE 1.6L jet drives
  • Drive/Prop: Jet drive/stainless-steel impeller
  • Gear Ratio: 1.00:1 Fuel Load: 50 gal. Crew Weight: 200 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $130,420 (base with test power)
LOA: 28’0″
Beam: 9’2″
Draft: 1’8″
Dry Weight: 5,750 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 98 gal.
Crew Weight: 200 lb.

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