We love when a company keeps innovating, and Yamaha has done just that with the first of a series of center console jet boats. The 190 FSH is available in three different versions, and in true Yamaha fashion, the main differences are in the amenities each includes. Choose from the basic FSH, the Deluxe version with added features that include a bow pedestal seat and Bimini top, or the FSH Sport that even includes a standard T-top.
We’ll Start Our Look at the Operational Features with a Tour of the Helm.
The stainless steel wheel is mounted to a tilt base. The throttle is mounted at approximately a 30-degree angle. All switches are kept close at hand and well organized. There's open space to the right panel for mounting electronics, and below the stereo is a recessed area for putting quick drop items. Additionally, at the top of the console is a raised lip for holding items in position and to the right is a removable organizer.
The ignition is located high, well above the knee strike zone. Below is a lockable storage compartment with good capacity for holding a large amount of items. An open storage space is just to the right. Down at the bottom of the console, Yamaha included a footwell to allow a bit more comfort to the operation.Of course visibility is hardly a concern but we would like to see the windshield be raised a little bit more so that it does a better job of blocking the wind.
With shade being a valuable commodity on the water, everyone will appreciate the standard T-top over the console. This top is also collapsible to allow for easy storage of the boat in a garage or rack room. The windshield can easily be removed to allow the top to lay all the way down to the top of the console.
Additional Operational Features
At the bow, Yamaha included an anchor locker so we don’t have to impinge on the under-seat storage for holding this important item. A pull-up cleat at the bow will secure the rode.
At the stern, there’s a hatch in the swim platform that provides access to a cleanout port. This allows clearing of the jet intake should the boat be operated in weeds, or over a plastic bag that a careless boater tossed overboard. When the hatch is lifted, a cut-off switch in the forward right hand corner kills power to the engine, keeping this process safe.
There’s a definite focus on fishing with the 190 FSH Sport, and being a center console, we’d expect nothing less. There are casting decks both forward and aft. At the bow, steps to both sides take the pressure off the knees from repeated trips up and down.
The stern platform
is a bit more comfortable as there’s the added benefit of the flip-back helm seat giving the angler a comfortable spot to sit while still keeping the line wet. It is also here that we have a nearby aerated livewell inside a starboard in-deck compartment. Just behind is dedicated storage for every fisherman’s best friend… the 5-gallon (19 L) bucket.
Where a PWC would have the typical “tell tail” water stream shooting up in the air, here that same outlet has a hose connected to it, allowing for a raw water washdown. All water used to hose down the decks flows aft and out the self-bailing cockpit.
Yamaha did a good job of accommodating storage on the 190 FSH Sport. Naturally, rods have a home nearly everywhere, starting with flush mounted rod holders in the caprails. When not in use, rods can go into vertically mounted holders to both sides of the center console. Under gunwale storage can accommodate rods up to 8’ (2.44m). Under the forward casting deck are two storage hatches, plus a nearly full-length insulated storage compartment just behind that can swap between generic storage, an insulated cooler, and an insulated fish locker. Naturally it is self-draining overboard.
Of course, even with a focus on fishing, the 190 FSH Sport still accommodates the family just as well. Family features start with the aft seating at the swim platform. This is a characteristic common on all Yamaha boats and it makes a comfortable spot to relax at any time that the 190 FSH Sport isn’t underway. The swim platform has a three-step reboarding ladder that can be easily deployed from the water and a pair of grab handles just ahead eased the transition from the water to the deck.
At the bow, a cushion snaps onto the forward deck adding to this area’s comfort level. While the cushion doesn’t cover the entire deck it does serve to add to the conversational atmosphere in conjunction with the forward console seat just behind.
Of course there are two additional seats that flip open to both sides of the aft deck. These have the added benefit of their close proximity to the helm seat, keeping the occupants within a conversational distance to the operator.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is powered by a single, high output, 1.8 liter, naturally aspirated, marine specific engine putting out 180-hp. It is a direct-drive, being connected right to the jet pump, and it’s also digitally controlled. It’s easily accessed by lifting the center section of the aft deck, helm seat and all, to expose the engine compartment.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport has a length overall of 19'2" (5.84 m), a beam of 8’ (2.44 m) and a draft of 16” (40.6 cm). We reached our top speed at 7400 rpm and 41 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 12.5 gph, giving us a range of 89 miles. Best cruise came in at 6000 rpm and 27.7 mph. That speed brought the fuel burned down to 6.8 gph and opened up the range to 110 miles, while still holding back a 10% reserve.We reached planing speed in 5.1 seconds, and continued accelerating to 30 mph in 7.4 seconds.
She’s an exciting boat to drive and responsive to the helm with half turn steering from lock to lock. She tracks well during turns, banking slightly into the turns rather than remaining flat. If the turn is held to long, she will ultimately spin out, much like any other jet boat. She's also quite maneuverable at low speeds, which will serve her well when fishing in the flats.
New Keel Design.
That low speed maneuverability comes primarily from the addition of Yamaha’s Articulating Keel that extends below the exhaust nozzle. This provides not only improved steering at low speed but also off-throttle steering. Normally we see no steering on jet boats unless the throttle is engaged. Now, with the Articulating Keel, steering is provided as long as the boat has any measure of way on.
The FSH Series are available in three models, each increasing in amenities. They start with the FSH at $27,999. Stepping up to the Deluxe model adds a Bimini top, dual batteries, bow pedestal, bow cushions, and the convertible leaning post along with a retail price of $29,999. The top of the line is the FSH Sport, the subject of this report. It adds a T-top over the center console and retails for $31,999.
The 190 FSH certainly garnered a lot of attention at her unveiling, and it’s easy to see why. She represents a boatload of out-of-the-box thinking and brings Yamaha reliability to the table. With the new Articulating Keel, maneuvering abilities have been greatly improved. We can easily see how this will be an attractive model and takes Yamaha from being a company that attracted families to watersports boats to one that now can attract anglers.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Yamaha 190 FSH (2018-) is 41.0 mph (66 kph), burning 12.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 47.31 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Yamaha 190 FSH (2018-) is 18.3 mph (29.5 kph), and the boat gets 3.36 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.43 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 91 miles (146.45 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 180-hp Yamaha 4-stroke 4-cylinder 1.8L.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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