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Brief Summary

If you had to describe the Scarab Open 195 Fish in one word, it would be FUN! Although plenty of other words come to mind, too, such as versatile, innovative, and safe. This boat doesn’t have one specific mission; rather, it can support many different roles from towing water toys, sandbar relaxing, exhilarating maneuvers, and, of course, fishing. It’s the angling aspect of this boat that separates it from its jet-powered siblings.

Key Features

  • Hinged tailgate with gas shock assist
  • Console changing room with room for optional toilet
  • Dual tow points, tower and stern
  • Bow and Stern casting decks
  • Rod holders
  • Baitwell and fish box
  • Jet power with “Intelligent Neutral & Reverse”
  • Affordable price
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 18' 10''
    5.7 m
    Beam 8''
    20 cm
    Dry Weight 2,460 lbs.
    1,120 kg
    Tested Weight 3,030 lbs.
    1,374 kg
    Draft 12" (30 cm)
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20°
    Max Headroom
    Bridge Clearance 6' 9''
    2.06 m total height no tower
    Weight Capacity 1,400 lbs.
    635 kg
    Person Capacity 9
    Fuel Capacity 31 gal.
    117 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer 21'
    6.40 m
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power
    Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Rotax Supercharged
    Opt. Power
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 8.9 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props Jet pump
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 68 deg., wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop

    Captain's Report

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    The Scarab Open 195 Fish has an LOA of 18'10" (5.7 m), a beam of 8' (2.44 m), and a draft of 12" (30 cm).

    Overview

    If you had to describe the Scarab Open 195 Fish in one word, it would be FUN! Although plenty of other words come to mind, too, such as versatile, innovative, and safe. This boat doesn’t have one specific mission; rather, it can support many different roles from towing water toys, sandbar relaxing, exhilarating maneuvers, and, of course, fishing. It’s the angling aspect of this boat that separates it from its jet-powered siblings.

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    The new Scarab Open 195 Fish with stern gate deployed. Note the large bow casting platform and and casting seats fore and aft.
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    View of the new Scarab Open 195 with the innovative stern gate in the down position and conventional center console bow seating.

    The Jet Set

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    Propulsion is accomplished by a jet pump powered by a Rotax engine. Nothing protrudes below the bottom of the hull. This is much more forgiving than an outboard’s lower unit in unfamiliar shallow water -- that means no damaged props and no broken shafts or gears.

    A shaft guard keeps things like weeds and ski ropes from interrupting operation, plus, there’s no propeller for an extra margin of safety when people are in the water around the boat.

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    There are two different tow points on the boat: one at the stern and one on the top of the T-Top, depending on the desired angle of the tow rope.

    Jet Maneuverability

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    Historically, jet-powered boats have had maneuverability challenges, especially at low speeds. The lack of a lower unit or skeg makes some jet-powered craft somewhat more difficult to control in certain circumstances. Scarab has addressed that issue with the use of a newly-designed machined aluminum reverse bucket, which is independent of the jet nozzle. This is an important design and provides the ability to use thrust vectoring for turning and holding the boat in neutral.

    Now, at rest, when steering left or right, the bow reacts by pivoting in the same direction as the turn. This is not only a welcome improvement but something conventional prop propulsion can’t do. The fly-by-wire shift and throttle control precisely use just the amount of thrust necessary for station keeping. It is very useful when navigating in current or wind.

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    The reverse bucket directs thrust from the jet nozzle in two directions for better control at low speeds.

    Major Features

    • Hinged tailgate with gas shock assist
    • Console changing room with room for optional toilet
    • Dual tow points, tower and stern
    • Bow and Stern casting decks
    • Rod holders
    • Baitwell and fish box
    • Jet power with “Intelligent Neutral & Reverse”
    • Affordable price
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    The new Scarab Open 195 Fish with stern gate deployed. Note the large bow casting platform and casting seats fore and aft.
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    View of the new Scarab Open 195 with the innovative stern gate in the down position and conventional center console bow seating.

    Bow Comfort

    Removable pads allow for comfortable bow seating and thick closed-cell EVA foam pads provide back support. A center fill-in cushion creates a full sun pad. Stow the pads and drop in the optional fishing seat, and the bow area converts from seating to angling. A trolling motor plug, pre-wired, is optional, but we didn’t see an obvious mounting pad for the electric motor. Below the four hatches are storage, an anchor locker, and an insulated draining fish box.

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    With the optional fishing seat installed at the bow, an angler can fish in comfort much like a typical bass boat.
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    An optional pre-wired plug can be installed at the bow, ready for a bow-mounted electric trolling motor.
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    Sun bathers will enjoy the large bow pad made up of four individual cushions that snap into place.
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    Below the four bow hatches, you’ll find room for gear such as your PFDs, an anchor locker, and center-located fish box.
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    The fish box, located in the center of the bow casting deck, is insulated and can double as a drink cooler.
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    The anchor locker, built into the bow casting deck, has a padded interior to protect the hull and an aluminum plate with a hole to tie the bitter end of the anchor rode.

    Center Console Command Station

    At the helm, there’s plenty of room for flush-mounted electronics and a Scarab custom gauge cluster. Tilt steering and a molded-in storage tray are standard as well as a compass, which would be easier to use for navigation if it were mounted along the centerline of the steering wheel.

    A single lever fly-by-wire shift and throttle can be adjusted through the instrument cluster to set the boat’s neutral speed for greater control of low-speed maneuverability. When specking out your boat, be sure to opt for the Kicker Premium Sound package, which includes six speakers, a subwoofer, and transom remote control.

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    The aggressive look of the console includes a built-in foot rest and plenty of room for flush-mounted electronics. The helm area is finished in black gel coat to minimize glare, a tilt helm, cup holders, and a padded shelf.
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    The top of the console has molded-in shallow compartments for small items and a compass. Navigation would be easier with the compass center-mounted in line with the helm.
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    To the starboard side of the helm is a control head for the Kicker stereo along with 12-volt and USB plugs.
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    The Open 195 Fish has a custom Scarab gauge cluster that monitors the engine functions and gives you control of the neutral speed.

    Privacy and Convenience

    The entire face of the center console swings up, supported by gas shocks. This gives access to a changing room with enough room for an optional head. The console door has a molded seat with cushion for forward-facing seating.

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    The face of the console is a door that lifts on gas shocks with a molded-in seat.
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    Inside of the center console is room for an optional head with storage pockets flanked on both sides. Behind the back curtain is access to electronics and wiring.
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    LED lights back-light the speakers and are arranged throughout the cockpit for subtle, cool blue lighting after dark.

    Stern Seats

    The helm leaner seat is mounted on top of the stern casting deck and can spin 180 degrees to face aft while at rest. An optional fishing seat can be installed just aft of the leaner, which is flanked by twin jump seats that fold flat to extend the casting deck area. Behind the jumps seats are two hatches that lead to systems access and a plumbed baitwell.

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    The leaner seat, behind the helm, can accommodate two people and spins 180 degrees to face the stern while at rest.
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    Flanking each side of the helm leaner seat are twin jump seats that fold flat into the stern casting deck.
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    Add the optional stern fishing seat for angling from the rear of the boat.
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    An optional sun pad turns the aft casting deck into a padded sun lounge.
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    No true fishing boat would be complete without a plumbed baitwell. The Open 195 Fish has one built into the stern casting deck.
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    An additional hatch on the stern casting deck opens to systems: starting battery, breaker panel and battery switch.

    Tailgating

    Perhaps the most unusual feature of the Scarab Open 195 Fish is its actuating tailgate. In the up position, there’s enough room to sit facing aft with legs and feet between the stern casting deck and the aft gate. A stainless-steel hand rail is for safety.

    When deployed, the tailgate extends the stern platform for increased fishing room or to make getting back into the boat a breeze. We were surprised how sturdy the deck was in the open position, and gas shocks kept it from slamming down.

    The tailgate should always be up in the closed position while underway.

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    With the tailgate in the up position, passengers can be seated facing aft with a stainless-steel grab handle for safety. There is also a small swim platform.
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    With the tailgate down, this is now a very large swim platform that doubles as a casting deck while fishing. The folding deck actuates with the assistance of gas shocks and is stable to walk out on.

    Power

    Exhilarating jet ski-like performance is provided by a 200-hp supercharged three-cylinder Rotax engine. An optional 250-hp engine is available. Either choice incorporates a closed-loop cooling system that will help to extend the engines’ life, especially when operating in a salt water environment.

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    A hatch lifts on gas shocks, under the helm leaner seat, to give you access to the Supercharged Rotax engine.
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    An optional built-in fire suppression system in the motor compartment adds an extra measure of safety.

    Test Numbers

    Our test boat was equipped with a 250-hp Rotax Supercharged engine and had an estimated test weight of 3,250 lbs. We hit a top speed of 41.9 mph at 7900 rpm. Best cruise came in at 6500 rpm where we ran 26.8 mph and burned 9 gph.

    The boat jumped up on plane in just over five seconds and hit 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 5.66 seconds and reached 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 8.87 seconds.

    Ride and Handling

    We tested the Scarab Open 195 Fish on the intercostal waterway in a light chop. She performed well in all our maneuverability tests. Through a series of 180 degree turns as well as aggressive ‘S’ turns, the boat had no tendency to spin out. The handling was predictable, and running across the chop was smooth. At the end of the test, there was not one drop of water on the windshield.

    We were most impressed by the low-speed maneuvering, expecting the boat to wander like other jets we’ve run. Around the dock, we could get the boat to “hover” anywhere we wanted her to go. By turning the steering wheel in conjunction with feathering the throttle, the boat can be spun in place and eased up to the dock.

    Down the Road

    Our Scarab was delivered on a standard custom-built trailer with chrome wheels. For protection and longevity, the trailer was painted with an industrial coating much like a pickup bed liner.

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    The sturdy-built trailer had custom wheels and was protected with an industrial coating like a sprayed-on pickup bed liner. It also included ratchet stern tie-downs.

    Price

    Base: $35,367 with single 200 Rotax 3-cyl jet.

    Available Options

    • 250-hp Supercharged Engine
    • Premium Sound Package
    • Bow Cushions
    • Battery Charger
    • Electronics
    • Marine Mat Cockpit Flooring
    • Head
    • Folding T-Top
    • Rod Holders
    • Cockpit Table
    • Trolling Motor and Wiring
    • Wake Board Ballast and Racks
    • Bimini Top

    Observations

    If the mission for the boat is watersports, it’s hard to beat the safety factor of a jet drive -- particularly if small children are involved. The ease of control would make this a great platform for a spouse, who may not be very experienced, to gain confidence at the helm. The versatility of the design means buyers don’t have to compromise when choosing a boat that will fit the entire family’s lifestyle. Up to eight passengers can cruise together.

    Top speeds in the 40s and the ability to jump on plane in about five seconds will satisfy the kids wanting to be pulled on the tube while the fishing seats and baitwell allow dad to fish with his buddies. Trailering can be accomplished by a modest sized truck or SUV with a towed weight in the 3,500-pound range.

    Overall, we think that this is an innovative package that has something for all family members and is a good value.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Scarab Open 195 Fish (2017-) is 41.9 mph (67.4 kph), burning 18.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 68.13 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Scarab Open 195 Fish (2017-) is 26.8 mph (43.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 83 miles (133.58 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Rotax Supercharged.

    Standard and Optional Features

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