When Yamaha introduced its 190 FSH two years ago, some crazy editor wanted more speed—so they upgraded to the Super Vortex High Output supercharged engine, added some other important refinements and called the new fish boat the 195 FSH. Our test model was an 195 FSH Sport, which added a T-top and four -additional rod holders on top.
This boat has more than just added horsepower. The handling is fantastic, thanks to the inline thrust of the jet-pump system. At wide-open throttle it comes within striking distance of 50 miles per hour and gets up on plane in seconds with practically zero bow rise. A rudder on the jet nozzle—Yamaha dubs it an -articulating keel—offers vastly improved tracking in turns, beautifully enhancing control for towed watersports. Cruise-assist helps maintain speed forward, and -reverse-rpm control adds a gentler hand in docking -maneuvers—in fact, we found it easy to pivot and dock in reverse with the new system. Part of that added control comes from Yamaha’s V-shaped reverse bucket optimizing reverse steering thrust.
Keeping track of voltage, engine rpms and running systems on board is easy thanks to the Connext touchscreen user interface. The single Connext display -replaces several gauges for an extra-clean installation and sleek look. A factory-installed audio system adds tunes to the ride and is Bluetooth-addressable via smartphones. Forward seating includes a bench on the front of the console and a cushion on the bow casting platform. The captain and mate share a flip-back leaning post that can face forward for sit-down or stand-up driving, or face aft to watch the fishing lines. The leaning post is flanked by a pair of jump seats that stow quickly to open the casting deck for fishing.
Shotgun rod holders, gunwale rod holders and combination cup/rod holders at the bow give ample fishing options. For stowage, there are six rod holders on the console, four under the gunwales and four more in the T-top.
Topping off the feature list is Yamaha’s excellent one-stop warranty service—all at your local dealer.
⋅The new SVHO supercharged engine adds more exciting performance.
⋅Standard features on the sport model include a trailer.
⋅Connext touchscreen engine and systems control ease operation and enhance reliability.
Draft (max): 1′4″
Dry Weight: 2,615 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 8/1,650 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 40 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Single 1.8-liter, Super Vortex High Output
Drive/Impeller: Water jet pump/3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 450 lb.
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing – Kennesaw, Georgia; yamahaboats.com