The 21-foot-3-inch Yamaha 210 FSH Sport combines the function of a center console with some key features — most notably its jet-drive propulsion — that make it a boat suited for not just angling but also a variety of general-purpose boating fun. The 210 FSH Sport certainly proved itself as an angler’s boat during our test. There are rod holders in the gunwale, horizontal rod racks under the gunwale, and a rocket launcher across the back of the stylish and sleek aluminum T-top. For bait fishermen, the 26-gallon livewell ensures enough capacity for a full crew to fish the better part of a tide. Those who like to cast can position themselves in the large aft cockpit or in the bow, where it’s possible to walk right up to the anchor locker without having to step up on a seat. The insulated fish box, a trolling-motor mount, room for large-screen electronics displays, and even a raw-water washdown represent so much icing on the angling cake. But the 210 FSH also has bowrider-style seating forward, a changing compartment in the console, and a wide-open transom design that is not only fishable but also very swimmable and towable because there’s no outboard in the way.
The helm features an analog tach for each engine flanking the 4.3-inch Connext touchscreen display above the wheel, which reports engine and performance info. A 48-quart cooler is secured below the leaning post. The bi-level transom is a Yamaha feature we’ve always appreciated. It’s a great lounge space and also offers unimpeded access to the water for casting and retrieving fish.
The 210 FSH Sport packs a pair of Yamaha TR-1 three-cylinder jet powertrains below the aft deck. Jet-drive advantages include no props to ding, no drives to trim, and a draft of just 17 inches at rest and of perhaps 6 inches on plane — all great for maneuvering through shallow or stump-infested waters. The 210 FSH planes with no bow rise, and Yamaha seems to have dialed in the running angle of this hull because we never felt the urge to trim up the bow. Jet advantages and a smart center console layout make the Yamaha 210 FSH Sport a stand-up option for a family that wants to do it all on the water.
* Jet power provides less draft, less maintenance and more transom than an outboard.
* Drain channels express water from the console seat cushion.
* Rudderlike articulated keel improves tracking at high and low speeds.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin Yamaha Marine TR-1 High Output jet drives
Drive/Prop: Water Jet/155 mm stainless-steel impeller
Gear Ratio: 1:00:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 420 lb.
Yamaha Motor Corporation USA – Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-7926; yamahaboats.com