Last weekend Yamaha WaterCraft Group introduced its 2019 boat line. It has redesigned its 19-foot models, adding such features as improved low-speed maneuverability and corrosion resistance, and new touchscreen interfaces on helm controls. The company also announced new wakesurfing technology that Yamaha says creates the largest, cleanest wake surf ever seen behind a jet-powered boat.
Yamaha rolled out new models for 2019 including 19’ boats with a deck and hull design that is 2” wider and 3” longer than legacy models. Yamaha says the boats’ running surface exhibits reduced bow rise during acceleration and better running in choppy conditions. The additional onboard space allowed the builder’s engineers to rethink the way people will use the boat to create more comfortable spaces.
Seating to either side in the cockpit has more space to accommodate larger passengers, according to Yamaha. The builder said it has created a new area abaft the helm with seating offering more leg room, cooler stowage, and a table mount for a table. Yamaha uses a versatile helm seat on the 190 and 195 series boats that rotates to add to the cockpit entertaining area.
Important Changes. The builder has also improved its stern lounge area and enlarged the swim platform and added integrated beverage holders. The boat includes a new V-shaped reverse bucket that, according to Yamaha, enhances handling when operating the boat in reverse. The builder also notes that it reduces drag with a redesigned articulating keel, and protects its jet pump and driveline parts with a coating that enhances corrosion resistance.
Yamaha says it has completely overhauled the 19-foot FSH series of center console jet boats with a new hull and deck, and added new features and technology to meet boater needs.
The builder says the bow has been redesigned to include larger lockers that open wider, and mini-pods to port and starboard serve as boarding steps while housing storage using integrated Plano tackle trays to keep tackle organized. Yamaha tells us the boat has 14 rod holders, with a sport version that adds a four-rod rocket launcher on the T-top.
Yamaha added a new user interface to the 4.3” touchscreen Connext® control system in 2019. The boat also has rocker switches for the company’s proprietary No Wake Mode™ and Cruise Assist, along with the bilge, horn, and other vital functions, according to the builder.
Fishing Friendly. Yamaha added removable backrests for the port and starboard jump seats, which the builder says can be stowed easily, opening access to the stern. And Yamaha has moved the livewell forward and enlarged it so more anglers can gain access to it more easily.
With the jet-boat design, the 190 FSH has a transom area unlike most center consoles — it’s open for fishing, as well as tow sports and swimming.
“This new 19-foot platform is a game changer for this size of boat and offers the feel and space of a much larger boat,” said Mike Ricciardi, Yamaha’s product planning manager. “We rethought the design from the ground up and matched our concepts with customer research into how they use our boats to create the most functional and efficient design we’ve yet to offer in this segment.”
Yamaha also says it is changing the game for wakesurfing thanks to a new technology called the Yamaha WakeBooster™ that’s included in the Yamaha Surf Package. The Yamaha WakeBooster™ attaches to the stern tie down and sets up on either side of the boat to accommodate riders on both sides of the wake. Yamaha says the device pulls water energy into the center of the wake, creating a larger, cleaner wave for surfing.
The Surf Package includes a Yamaha tow rope and a custom wakesurf board that was co-designed with Slingshot®, according to the builder.
“To develop this new surf technology we had to approach it from an entirely new standpoint, searching for ways to best capitalize on the advantages of jet propulsion in ways that had never been tried before,” continued Ricciardi. “After years of testing, we began to realize the possibility of pulling water into the center of the wake, via a “scoop” design, where the influx of water combined with the power of our jets, created a larger surf pocket that extends farther behind the boat, with a clean face, plenty of push and wave size to surf with ease.”
2019 Yamaha Sport Boat Models:
Yamaha Wake Series: 242X, 212X
Yamaha 242 E-Series: 242 Limited S E-Series, 242 Limited S
Yamaha 240 Series: AR240, SX240
Yamaha 212 Series: 212 Limited S, 212 Limited
Yamaha 210 Series: AR210, SX210
Yamaha 195 Series: AR195, SX195
Yamaha 190 Series: AR190, SX190
2019 Yamaha Family Fishing:
Yamaha 190 Series: AR190, SX190
Yamaha 210 FSH Series: 210 FSH Sport, 210 FSH Deluxe, 210 FSH
Yamaha 190 FSH Series: 190 FSH Sport, 190 FSH Deluxe, 190 FSH