Look closely at the AR 210. Compare it to any performance runabout you wish. We did when we tested it at Yamaha’s press introduction on Lake Oconee in Georgia.
We stepped on board via the swim platform. Its two-tier arrangement made for smooth boarding and, even more important, excellent lounging comfort when at anchor on the lake. You can deploy the boarding ladder from in the water, an important safety feature, or from on deck, a great convenience. Also convenient is the jet-pump clean-out ports. It snaps open easily, thanks to a redesigned system. It’s still patented, and no other jet boat gives you access to the jet intake from inside the boat. Think about that on a crisp, cool March outing.
In the cockpit, the upholstery is fashioned from multiple textures and colors, stitched evenly and formed crisply over multidensity foam to give a great look and even greater comfort in seating. The skipper gets a customlike bucket seat with a beefy flip-up bolster.
Just as the transom area of this runabout is memorable, so is the forward seating area. Two forward-facing lounges give even the tallest of passengers enough room to stretch out. Pop out two forward cushions and kids get a view over the bow that will keep them coming back to the boat every weekend. The sole is all fiberglass, but it’s also covered with plush marine carpet that snaps in place or removes for easy cleaning.
You won’t wonder why there’s a wakeboard arch after you tap the throttle lever and it jumps onto plane. It stays there, too, even when your riders are hauling back on the towrope. More important, the AR 210 remains effortless to control, even when the most advanced rider cuts back and forth behind the boat. That’s thanks to the steering assist from the articulating keel and the steerable jet nozzle. Keep all this in mind when you explore the AR 210 — it sets a new high in boating fun.
* Yamaha has redesigned its jet-pump clean-out ports to be easier to open and close.
* Articulating keel gives true tracking other jet boats lack and adds more control when towing riders.
* Freshwater engine flushing port simplifies that job and eases regular maintenance.
* White model with black bottom and black and red stripes is available.
How We Tested
Engine: Dual TR-1 High Output
Drive/Prop: 3-blade stainless-steel impeller
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 240 lb.
$42,499 (as tested)
Yamaha Motor Corporation Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-5265; yamahaboats.com