The Mission of the Jupiter 30 FS
A 30-something center console is an ideal size for a number of missions and Jupiter Marine has created a vessel for at least three of them. First, in the FS mode with optional fold-out transom seating and the optional cocktail table in the middle of the bow seating, she makes a day excursion boat that can seat as many as 13 people. Two groups of people can clump together in on-the-water conviviality – six to eight in the bow and four or five in the stern area. We have actually seen the boat used in just this way as a load of friends cruised the ICW north of Jupiter, FL.
Second, the FS configuration can be used for sportfishing in both blue water fishing as well as estuaries, sounds and bays. The boat is large enough for two to four anglers using light tackle to work around the boat.Third, the Jupiter comes in a second version designed for tournaments and bigger game – aptly called the 30 Tournament! This model does not have the forward seating, allowing anglers to get right up the bulwarks which have standard bolsters. Several options are available to make this model a serious fighting machine.
The standard models of both the 30 FS and 30 Tournament are exceptionally well equipped. Standard equipment includes—●
Bait prep center
with 45 gallon (171 L) stand-up livewell, tackle storage, rod holders, fresh water sink with sprayer.●
120 gallon (456 L) with macerator.●
in the FS model includes two 65 gallon (247 L) dry storage compartments under the seats forward which drain overboard.●
Cushioned helm seat
with folding foot rest and drink holders.●
4 rod holders
port and starboard with rod racks.
in console ●
Indirect LED lighting
in cockpit ●
with indicators and auto-retract ●
with adjustable helm ●
An electric marine head
with holding tank
Description of Center Console
Like the rest of the interior the console is all new. Most important it has what is described as standing headroom inside for most people. The lockable entry door on the port side has been made extra large for easy access even by portly anglers. By having the door extended across part of the overhead the compartment can be stepped into rather than requiring a crouch to enter. There is a light inside and a hatch for ventilation.
The instrument panel is particularly high and has room for two, large screens and other instruments. (Radios can be put in the cabinet attached to the underside of the T-top.) The wheel is placed to the port side leaving room to the right for a companion to sit. The windscreen is plexiglass, key switches are recessed, are weather resistant and have indicator lights.Forward of the console is a seat with a 85 quart cooler underneath. There are fold- down arm rests making this spot particularly comfortable. In the Tournament version an optional coffin box can be placed here.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Jupiter 30 is her bottom shape which is one of the most practical we have seen in this size and type of boat. Her deadrise forward is 60-degrees which warps to 24-degrees at the transom. This is the bottom configuration that is de rigueur for offshore high-performance boats designed to blast through three to six-foot seas at full speed and give occupants a decent ride.
Where the Jupiter 30's hull is different is in the pad in her keel in the stern, 25% of the boat’s bottom. This pad helps the boat get up on plane faster, cruise at lower rpms, thus being more fuel efficient, as well to give the boat a higher WOT speed than it would have otherwise. The pad is a clever counter point to the 24-degree deadrise which is comfortable but harder to push than a more shallow (and harder-riding), deadrise.
Blount & Associates.
This is an interesting combination that is designed to give the boat the speed and fuel-efficiency of a boat with a lower deadrise, say, something like 16 to 18-degrees; yet, give the boat’s occupants the ride of a boat with a 24-degree deadrise. Donald Blunt & Associates, one of the world’s foremost powerboat designers, collaborated with Jupiter on the boat.
Special Fuel Tank.
One of the most unusual pieces of standard equipment is something that we have rarely seen – the aluminum fuel tank is coated in coal tar. While it is little discussed, one of the most vulnerable pieces of equipment aboard a boat, particularly one intended for saltwater use, is the aluminum fuel tank. If water stands on the top of the tank corrosion can occur. Likewise if the bottom sits in bilge water the bottom can corrode. By coating the entire tank in coal tar the aluminum is protected from oxidation caused by standing and evaporating water that over the course of years can create problems. More mundane items of equipment are as followed—*Automatic battery monitoring system*Battery charger*Bonded electrical system*Vapor-proof battery switches*AGM Marine batteries*Two 2000 gph auto/manual bilge pumps*Livewell pump, 1600 gph*Fuel/water sensors with alarms*Stainless steel props
Jupiter has a long list of options allowing each owner to personalize the 30 for a specific application. Following are a few things that we think may generally be wanted --*
with electronics cabinet overhead and aluminum braces affixed to the console instead of the deck, thus providing uncluttered deck space. *
Fold-out Transom Seat.
This seat provides great utility for the boat no matter how it is used.*
Colored Hull, Complete:
With gel coat. With AWLcraft polyurethane paint to the chine.*
: fiberglass; Teak/cover.
Regular readers know that we put great stock in the management of boat companies since the quality, safety and warranty coverage of boats starts and ends right there. Jupiter is a company run by parents, not a parent company.
Patriarch Carl Herndon has been building boats most of his life and was the president of both Blackfin and Bertram Yachts along the way. When it comes to building boats, and building fishing boats, he knows a thing or two. He still puts in a full day most days and can be found on the shop floor, but the day to day operation is pretty much run by his adult children.
Family owned and run businesses tend to tenaciously guard their reputations because that is what their business is built upon and their future livelihood depends on its strength. Not surprisingly, some of the best warranty programs in the boat business -- and the most honored in the spirit as well as the letter -- are from family-owned boat builders.
Power and Prices
The Jupiter 30 FS powered by twin 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboards has an MSRP of $194,950. The Jupiter 30 Tournament powered by twin Yamaha F300s is priced at $204,950.
The Jupiter 30 FS and Tournament belong in the rarified air of the top tier of center consoles built in America. To fully appreciate the quality of the lamination and fit-and-finish the boat must be seen in person. Pictures just can't do it justice. Her operating weight with twin engines and fully laden is 9,430 lbs. (4,286 kg.). That is not light and it reflects her solid construction (all composite, solid glass under the waterline, and no wood) which will provide the boat's occupants with as good a ride as is possible in sloppy conditions at speed. With 300 twin outboards she should be adequately powered for virtually anyone.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!