Boat Test: 2023 Jupiter 40

The Jupiter 40 is a brawny center-console built to take on the biggest seas.

Jupiter 40 running offshore
The Jupiter 40 serves up a smooth ride. Courtesy Jupiter Marine

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In a crowded field of 40-something center-console fishing boats, the Jupiter 40 stands out as one of the most impressive. It is also the first boat I’ve run with the new Yamaha 450 XTO V-8 outboards. Jupiter’s 40 features a conventional V-hull (meaning no steps) with a 39-foot-11-inch length overall, nearly 12-foot beam, 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom, and a Posi-Stern hull-pad design. Dry weight with engines is 16,000 pounds, yet we achieved a top speed of 57.3 mph while smoothly traversing tightly spaced 2- to 3-foot seas.

Jupiter 40 helm
The dash features three Garmin multifunction displays. Courtesy Jupiter Marine

Interior and Accessories

Jupiter builds in durability with composite PVC coring (meaning no wood to rot), a fiberglass and foam-filled uni-grid stringer system, and vacuum-infused vinylester construction. Separating the transom bulkhead from the motors is a transom platform that lets you walk from one side of the boat to the other. 

Anglers will love the 60-gallon pressurized transom livewell with a viewing window (and a seating pad and backrest), twin 100-gallon insulated fish boxes under the aft cockpit sole, a 126-gallon forward insulated fish box, and the port-side door that lets you slide aboard a big fish. There was also a 48-gallon cooler/bait freezer under the aft-facing bench abaft the three-across helm seats on our test boat. 

Jupiter 40 transom seating
The transom is outfitted with a seating pad and backrest. Courtesy Jupiter Marine

An inviting lounger for two adorns the forward console, and the bow features a pair of lounges with integral backrests. Accessed from the port side, the roomy console interior offers over 6 ½ feet of headroom, a 7-foot-long berth, a mini galley, a hanging locker, and a separate head compartment with a shower, vanity, sink and electric marine toilet.

A curved acrylic windshield complements the hardtop, and the dash features three Garmin multifunction displays—a 24-inch MFD in the middle and 16-inch MFDs on each side. There is also a helm compartment to starboard that lifts open to reveal the Yamaha Helm Master EX joystick. Even in a crowded field of 40-somethings, the Jupiter 40 is hard to ignore. Check one out, and you’ll see why.

Jupiter 40 idling
There’s plenty of space for fishing or entertaining. Courtesy Jupiter Marine

How We Tested

  • Engines: Triple Yamaha 450 XTOs
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha XTO EC 16 3/8” x 22″ (outside); 16 3/8” x 21″ (center) 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.79:1 Fuel Load: 500 gal. Crew Weight: 600 lb.

High Points

  • This big, brawny, 40-foot deep-V center-console is built to take on the biggest seas.
  • Composite materials (no wood) and resin-infused construction help ensure years of durability.
  • Console cabin with a 7-foot-long berth, galley and head provides overnighting comfort.

Low Points

  • Full-height acrylic windshield is nice, but we’d like the option of a three-sided glass windshield for more protection from spray-laden winds on the beam. 

Toughest Competitor

Regulator’s 41 (starting at $1,235,995 with quad Yamaha 425 XTOs) is another standout 40-something center-console. Like the Jupiter 40, it has a deluxe console cabin and a deep-V hull. 

Pricing and Specs

Price:$1,154,045 (as tested)
Draft:3’3″ (motors down)
Displacement:16,000 lb. (with power)
Transom Deadrise:24 degrees
Bridge Clearance:12’10”
Fuel Capacity:500 gal.
Max Horsepower:1,350
Available Power:Mercury or Yamaha outboards up to 1,350 hp total

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Jupiter 40 performance data
Jupiter 40 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Jupiter Marine – Palmetto, Florida; 941-729-5000;

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