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Yamaha AR192 (2016-)
(w/ 1 x 1.8L Yamaha Super High Output Marine Engine)

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AR192 (2016-)
Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Test Video

Yamaha refers to the AR192 as its jet boat with “supercharged watersports performance” and, with its single 1.8 Liter (1812cc) Super High Output engine and stainless steel 3-blade impeller, we think it may be hitting the nail squarely on the head. She’s gained in maneuverability with the integration of the articulating keel. Her layout is just the right mix of affordable and upscale. And she’s packaged with a trailer and collapsible wakeboard tower.

Key Features

  • Available in White or Suede Gray
  • Seating capacity for 8 persons or 1,240 lbs.
  • Single 1.8L super high output Yamaha marine engine
  • Bimini top
  • Aluminum folding wakeboard tower
  • Integrated swim platform and telescoping ladder
  • Premium teak-style marine-grade carpet
  • Clarion marine stereo with wireless remote and Bluetooth capability
  • 3 position ''No Wake Mode'' control
  • Painted trailer with swing-away tongue


Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Specifications
Length Overall 19'
5.79 m
Dry Weight 2,183 lbs.
990 kg
Beam 8' 0''
2.44 m
Tested Weight 2,776 lbs.
1,259 kg
Draft 13''
0.33 m
Weight Capacity 1,240 lbs.
562 kg
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity 8
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 30 gal.
114 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom 18-deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 6' 1''
1.85 m
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package 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

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 1.8L Yamaha Super High Output Marine
Tested Power 1 x 1.8L Yamaha Super High Output Marine Engine
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Captain's Report

Yamaha AR192 running shot

Yamaha’s AR192 has a LOA of 19’ (5.79 m), a beam of 8’ (2.44 m) and a draft of 13” (33 cm).

Features Inspection


Yamaha carries the beam well forward, making a squared-off bow that provides more room and comfort for two passengers. The seats cushions are wide and the seat backs have integral headrests. Padded bolsters to the sides add comfort in turns, or back cushioning for two persons facing one another. An additional padded bolster is found forward to accommodate an aft-facing occupant. A filler cushion will turn the entire bow into a sun pad.

Yamaha AR192 bow seating

Bow seating is in the usual configuration, with padded side bolsters for comfort in turns. Yamaha added a bolster forward for an aft facing center seat.

Yamaha AR192 bow filler cushion

Adding a filler cushion to the bow transforms the area into a sun pad.

As we move to the cockpit, wraparound seating runs from the port side console all the way around to the helm seat.

Yamaha AR192 cockpit seating

It makes good sense to utilize all the seating space when underway, as Yamaha has done here.

The helm seat is comfortable and features wraparound construction with an open lumbar area that provides additional ventilation for the operator. It includes a flip-up bolster for an elevated vantage point while driving. And we included it in the seating section because it is able to swivel around and become a part of the social atmosphere in the cockpit when the boat is at rest.

So with two people sitting at the bow, five people sitting in the cockpit seats and an additional person sitting in the helm seat, we have underway seating for up to eight people.

Yamaha AR192 tower

With the standard color-matched tower, Yamaha has not only provided an elevated towpoint, but much needed shade thanks to the integral Bimini.

Yamaha AR192 lowered tower

With the tower in the lowered position, the profile of the AR192 is dramatically reduced, allowing it to be stored in most garages or in smaller, less expensive, rack rooms.

Moving to the stern we find even more seating, but we purposely did not include this in the underway capacity, as these seats were not intended to be used while the AR192 is moving.

Because Yamaha uses such low-profile engines in its boats, there is no massive engine box that could simply be covered with a sun pad. Instead, Yamaha provides what it refers to as its "aft patio". Any time that the AR192 is at anchor or tied up to a dock, this area provides an excellent location to sit back and relax. There are curved seatbacks for comfort, and the deck is treated with Hydro-Turf rubberized matting that not only repels water, it also remains cool to the touch even under the all-day onslaught of direct sunlight.

With this seating’s convenient location to the swim platform, this entire area also makes an excellent staging area for watersports. This is where the boards will get put on, where the towline will get deployed, where the kids will be climbing onto the tow tube or simply swimming behind the boat.

Yamaha AR192 aft seats

The aft seats with upholstered backrests have evolved to identify the Yamaha brand. Note the SeaDek slip-resistant decking, conveniently placed grab handles, and collapsible swim ladder.


Storage is an area where Yamaha excels — with compartments that are larger and more accessible than most. At the bow, there are the usual compartments to both sides, under the lounge seats. But there’s also anchor storage under the forward seat, and it includes an anchor keeper.

Yamaha AR192 anchor

Yamaha includes an anchor keeper in the dedicated storage in the bow of the AR192.

As we move into the cockpit the advantages of the storage spaces become even more self-evident. Underneath the seats, one of the lockers easily swallowed up our safety gear bag that held four life preservers, and there was room left over for more gear inside the compartment. Additional storage is found inside the port console, as well as on top of the console in the form of a sizable glove box that houses the stereo, keeping it in a protected environment.

Yamaha AR192 under seat storage

The cockpit under-seat storage is large enough to swallow our safety gear and leave room to spare for additional items.

Yamaha AR192 glove box

The port console storage is accessed from a hatch to the side. On top of the console is a cavernous glove storage compartment that keeps the stereo in a protected environment. Note the MP3 and 12V accessory connections.

But few boats can touch the cockpit in-sole storage compartment that Yamaha has created. At 14” (35.56 cm) wide, 16” (40.6cm) deep, and a full 45” (114.3 cm) long at the opening, it is not only wider, but is also deeper and longer than others in class. It's certainly large enough to store wakeboards and skis, but we still advocate using external board racks attached to the watersports tower. This will help minimize cockpit clutter and free up the in-deck storage compartment for the large amount of gear that guests tend to bring aboard with them.

Yamaha AR192 in deck storage

Yamaha's version of in-deck storage may very well be the largest in class.

Luxury Built-in

There are numerous upscale treatments added to the AR192. Starting at the bow, the seatbacks are much more than simple cushions secured to a fiberglass bulkhead. These have beveled sides that serve to hold a person's torso more comfortably in the seat as the boat maneuvers. Separate headrests add an increased measure of comfort.

We also like Yamaha's use of multiple fabric tones -- the vinyl is thicker than what we normally see. While it would certainly be easier, and more cost effective, to use a single piece of vinyl to upholster the seats, this choice adds a distinct level of luxury and class. Upgraded speaker grills and stainless steel drink holders are found throughout the boat.

Yamaha AR192 chrome strip

A chrome strip is added to the vinyl grab handles. A chromed rim can be seen here on the drink holder, which is self-draining. Even the speaker grills are upgraded for this boat.

Yamaha AR192 carpet

The snap-in carpet is standard. It's thicker than what we normally see, and is backed by a rubber mat that strengthens the snaps and prevents the carpet from coming loose easily.

Yamaha AR192 helm seat

The helm seat gets the same upscale treatments as the rest of the boat upholstery. A separate headrest, multiple tones of fabric and double stitching all speak of an upgraded trim level.

There are six cleats on the AR192, pull-up versions instead of fixed models. These are highly functional when deployed and, when closed create streamlined surfaces that are certainly more pleasing to the eye.

Operational Features


While the AR192 has a trim level that blurs the line between functional and upscale, the minimalist helm layout helps keep the novice operator comfortable from the moment he takes control.

A vinyl brow provides shading over two gauges. The speedometer is to the left, and a tachometer is to the right. The tachometer also includes a digital window that provides selectable information.

Yamaha AR192 helm

Yamaha created a helm that lacks clutter and is beautiful in its simplicity.

Below, the dark tones of the console still retain a gloss finish and complement the color scheme of the rest of the boat. Waterproof rocker switches have circuit breakers just beneath.

Tech Added

On the right side of the padded steering wheel, there's a panel with a rocker switch that activates the "No Wake" and the "Cruise Assist" operating modes. Pressing this button at idle speed increases the jet pump output to an optimum speed for low-speed handling, while still keeping the wake in check.

Using it at cruise allows the speed to be maintained precisely, while incremental changes can be made with up/down presses of the rocker switch. This is not only a convenient feature when two boats are running together, but it is certainly valuable while towing. Use full application of throttle to bring the skier or wake boarder upon top, and then back off to a more manageable speed, using the switch to make incremental changes underway.

Engine Control

To the starboard side is the engine control and, from the operator's standpoint, it works just like any other single binnacle control. But there's a little bit more involved here. When the engine is running, the waterjet is pumping continuously. The AR192 is basically controlled by how we treat the water flow that is continually coming out of the jet duct. With low engine rpms, there is minimal thrust.

To achieve what we refer to as neutral, a bucket is dropped-down to partially deflect that thrust straight down. This will have no effect on moving the boat fore and aft, but will have some directional effect when the wheel is turned.

When we want to go forward, we move the engine control forward from neutral, and that bucket is lifted out of the way, allowing free flow of the thrust out the back of the boat. To go faster, we increase the throttle and the thrust increases.

When we want to go in reverse, we move the engine control back from neutral. This has the effect of dropping the bucket down to fully cover the jet duct, redirecting the thrust forward, underneath the hull. Once the boat is moving in reverse, more throttle adds more thrust.

Yamaha AR192 bucket

Here we can see the waterjet duct, and the black directional bucket. In the upper position the duct is fully exposed for forward thrust. In neutral, it is only partially exposed, and in reverse it is completely blocked, redirecting the thrust forward, underneath the hall.

Because there is no transmission, we can theoretically move the engine control from full forward to full reverse without damaging any mechanical components. But let's keep that feature in the "theoretical" category. Doing so is not only unsafe handling practice but also uncomfortable for the passengers on board.


Yamaha added more power to its AR192 by including a high-output, supercharged, 1.8-Liter engine (1812cc). Yamaha built an entirely new, purpose-built engine specifically for its watercraft. The same engine is used in the Performance family of Wave Runners and high output Sportboats.

Yamaha AR192 engine

Raising a center hatch in the aft cockpit seating allows access to the engine. Two gas struts bring the hatch right up, and hold it open for increased safety.

Yamaha AR192 hull graphics

Hull graphics broadcast to all that the engine in this boat is no ordinary powerplant.

Keep it Clean

Regardless of whether a boat is powered by a spinning propeller or a ducted impeller, debris can cause problems. With outdrives, it's usually a simple matter of cutting away the stray piece of line that we ran over. With a jet boat, the impeller is a little further removed from reach.

Yamaha has developed an exclusive design that makes cleaning an impeller easier and safer. Underneath the transom seating is an access port that opens straight down to the impeller. This cleanout port allows us to reach in and clear the impeller of grass or other debris that may have been sucked in through the water intake grates under the hull.

Naturally, reaching into this port with the engine running is dangerous. To prevent accidents, Yamaha designed a fail-safe system with a cutoff switch that, when the hatch is opened, prevents the engine from running.

Yamaha AR192 clean out port

Yamaha has created this cleanout port to remove debris from the jet impeller. Note that there is a drain in the bottom of the compartment, allowing it to serve as excellent wet storage for ski vests and towlines.

Yamaha AR192 cut off switch

A cutoff switch activates when the hatch is opened, interrupting the engine and ensuring that no one reaches into the cleanout port while the impeller is spinning.

Articulating Keel

The Articulating Keel is an integral component to the handling characteristics of the AR192. As the two halves of the bottom meet in the middle, a keel protrudes down from the bottom of the boat. That molded keel runs all the way back to the stern where a hinged section is connected to the jet drive duct. This serves as a rudder of sorts and provides a remarkably increased level of maneuverability at low speed. High-speed maneuverability is enhanced as well.

Yamaha AR192 articulating keel

Just underneath the waterjet duct, the Articulating Keel enhances steering at both low and high speeds.


We can certainly validate the benefits of the Articulating Keel. Low speed maneuverability was outstanding, particularly when docking. We were able to maneuver the AR192 with expert precision, even at low speed — that's something previously unheard of with most waterjet-powered boats.

At speed, she tracks straight with no tendency to spin out of the turn — unless the turn is held long enough for the speed to drop down, and with the throttle left at full power. Otherwise she feels like a regular sportboat. There’s a slight pull to the wheel below 24 mph, at which point the articulating keel and thrust keeps the steering centered. Acceleration is brisk and she comes up on plane almost instantly.

She cuts wakes nicely, getting no spray over the caprails. With responsive three-quarter-turn stop-to-stop steering, it’s great fun to keep cranking and banking. She’ll lean 11-degrees into the turns.

Yamaha AR192 running shot

We had no doubts that the Yamaha AR192 was a desirable tow vehicle, as we watched our wakeboarder performed a full range of intermediate to advanced moves.

Pricing and Observations

The Yamaha AR192 comes priced at $34,799 fully-equipped, and that includes a standard painted (or an optional galvanized) single-axle trailer and a standard painted aluminum wakeboard tower. The only other add-ons available are the board racks.

This is an impressive boat that certainly has the features necessary for a fun day's load of guests and gear, and even then it will still have the power to serve as a capable towboat. She’s basic in her functionality, particularly with the uncluttered helm, but there’s nothing minimalist about her handing and performance characteristics.

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha AR192 (2016-) is 48.6 mph (78.2 kph), burning 21.35 gallons per hour (gph) or 80.81 liters per hour (lph).
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Standard
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Warranty

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 5 year

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Price

Yamaha AR192 (2016-) Price
Pricing Range $34,799.00
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.

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