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Yamaha SX195 (2019-)

1 x 1812cc Yamaha Super Vortex High Output

Brief Summary

The 195 Series from Yamaha represents an all-new lineup that the company says provided the best performance and handling in a 19’ (5.79 m) runabout. That’s a bold statement and Yamaha, taking the same engine that wins awards for the WaveRunner racing team and mating it to a boat for the first time, backs it up. Add in the Articulating Keel that provides better response and zero thrust steering, and we think Yamaha may be on to something. Let’s take a look.

Key Features

  • Available in Suede Gray or White
  • Integrated swim platform with stainless steel telescopic reboarding ladder
  • Stern wet storage
  • Marine stereo
  • 3 position No Wake Mode control
  • Cruise assist
  • Tow hook
  • Bimini top
  • Painted trailer with swing-away tongue

Test Results

1250 3.6 3.1 0.5 7.2 6.26 194 169 72
2000 5.3 4.6 1 5.3 4.61 143 124 75
2500 5.8 5 1.3 4.42 3.85 119 104 78
3000 6.8 5.9 2.05 3.29 2.86 89 77 78
3500 7.3 6.3 2.8 2.61 2.27 70 61 76
4000 8.3 7.2 3.55 2.34 2.03 63 55 75
4500 10.1 8.8 5.1 1.98 1.72 53 46 79
5000 24.4 21.2 6.7 3.63 3.16 98 85 85
5500 30.1 26.2 8.7 3.46 3.01 93 81 85
6000 34.5 30 10.8 3.19 2.78 86 75 84
6500 40.4 35.1 13.65 2.96 2.57 80 69 84
7000 45.6 39.7 16.05 2.84 2.47 77 67 85
7500 52.3 45.5 20.45 2.56 2.22 69 60 92


Length Overall 19' / 5.79 m
Beam 8'
2.44 m
Dry Weight 2,238 lbs.
1,015 kg
Tested Weight 2,838 lbs.
1,287 kg
Draft 1' 6''
0.46 m
Deadrise/Transom 18-degree
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 3' 5''
1.04 m
Weight Capacity 1,240 lbs.
562 kg
Person Capacity 8
Fuel Capacity 30 gal.
114 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 2,838 lbs.
1,287 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 5.9 sec.
Ratio 0:00
Props 3-blade SS
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 93 deg., 66 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 1812cc Yamaha Super Vortex High Output
Std. Power 1 x 1812cc 1.8 Liter Super Vortex High Output
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Yamaha SX195 running shot

The new 195’s from Yamaha are now the benchmark for the company’s 19’ (5.79 m) runabouts.


As is usually the case with Yamaha, it creates boats that are all-inclusive, meaning there are no options, but the features that one boat doesn’t have will be included on another with a new model designator. Such is the case with the 195 Series that consists of two boats, the AR195 with a forward swept watersports tower, and the SX195 with a standard Bimini. The tower, or Bimini top are the only differences, well other than price, that separate the two. Other than that all the features are the same, including the fact that these boats are the first to be offered with Yamaha’s 1.8L supercharged, Super Vortex High Output marine engine, the most powerful engine in the Yamaha boat line.

Yamaha SX195 running shot

The 195 Series of boats look great on the water, but even better once stepping aboard.

Yamaha SX195 running shot

The AR195 includes a watersports tower with Bimini. Board racks will be an aftermarket purchase.

Features Inspection

Stylish Details

One of the first things we noticed when we stepped aboard the 195 is that the boat looks much more expensive than it is. With the SX195 coming in at $33,299 and the AR195 at $35,299, these boats may be the best bargain in the industry, but you can’t tell that by looking at them.

Yamaha SX195 lifestyle

Everything about the SX195 says relax…. Until you hit the throttle, and then it’s a thrilling ride.

Beginning with the upholstery that incorporates multiple tones and textures, along with bead welting, makes for an impressive display. But looks mean nothing unless comfort is taken in, and here Yamaha delivers with multiple densities of water resistant foam that adds more support in key areas of the body.

Yamaha SX195 upholstery

The first indication that this isn’t a price point boat is the quality upholstery.

Yamaha SX195 grab handles

The grab handles are brushed aluminum and angular design gives them a classier look.

Additional areas that draw the eye to a more upscale level of boat are the speaker grills that enhance the premium sound system, the brushed aluminum and angular grab handles, and of course the beautifully wrapped premium steering wheel.

Yamaha SX195 speakers

Even the speakers get a touch of class adding to the premium sound system.

Yamaha SX195 steering wheel

The steering wheel is a beautiful accompaniment to the helm and speaks of a premium level boat.

Yamaha SX195 carpet

Carpeting comes standard on the 195 Series of boats.

And the windshield is pretty stylish in its own right with a good-looking black anodized frame that contrasts well with the white topsides.


With Yamaha’s low profile engines, it was the first company to really take full advantage of the stern of the boat and make it into a more attractive gathering area. The concept worked and took off across the industry, but to be sure no one can look at a Yamaha boat and not expect to see the clever “aft patio” that it made so popular.

Yamaha SX195

The stern of any Yamaha is instantly recognizable with two levels of comfort. Notice the padded seatbacks up high and non-skid mating to both levels. The grab handles are in line with the reboarding ladder. Drink holders are to the sides.

It consists of two levels of deck, one with padded seat backs. Drink holders are to the sides, and both decks are padded to provide more comfort, non-skid safety, and to repel the heat from the continual onslaught of the sun. The entire area makes a great gathering spot when the 195 is not underway, and when preparing for some watersports it serves as an ideal staging area for putting boards on.

Under the lower platform is a concealed reboarding ladder and two grab handles aid in the reboarding.

Stern Storage

The upper decking is actually a hatch that reveals wet storage in a convenient location to the staging area that the swim platform provides. There’s a drain in the compartment but we’d like to see it mounted a bit more flush for keeping the compartment drier, and there’s also a clean out port here but more on that later.


Moving into the cockpit, we see U-shaped seating that wraps around the stern and comes ahead to meet the two swivel buckets seats for the captain and observer. Yamaha designed the aft seats with, what it calls, optimized ergonomic comfort, meaning that the corners of the seats are no longer squared off and uncomfortable for anyone to sit in at an angle to the cockpit gathering. By rounding off the corners, now we can sit into this previously avoided spot and take further advantage of the available space the seating provides.

The two bucket seats are open in the back providing ample ventilation on hot days. Both swivel and slide. The port side seat swivels around 180-degrees allowing it to be utilized as an observer’s seat for watersports, and it understandably takes sliding fore and aft to complete the entire swivel. As for the captain’s seat, it stops short of the full 180-degrees to prevent the seat from hitting the throttle accidently.

Cockpit Storage

Cockpit storage is under the side seats, as expected. To port, the compartment also houses the battery and battery switch. Just ahead of the port bucket seat is a glove box that houses the stereo in a protected environment. Alongside the stereo is an accessory jack and input connectivity plugs.

Yamaha SX195 storage

Storage is under the two sides seats in the cockpit. Notice the channels at the far edge to direct water away from the interior.

Yamaha SX195 battery

Under the port cockpit seat is the battery and battery switch. The battery is moved well to the rear so it hardly affects the storage space at all.

Yamaha SX195 glove box

The glove box features a protected place for the stereo and connectivity plugs are right alongside.

Yamaha SX195 console storage

Additional storage is under the port console accessed from the walkthrough to the bow. This access door features a lift and lock latch so it secures by just closing the door, no need to turn a latch.

As with most boats, there’s also storage in the deck right at the bow walkthrough. This compartment is not only quite deep at 1’2” (.36 m) but also at 6’ (1.83 m) plenty long enough to store boards along with a ton of other gear. The hatch, with its turn and lock latch, is held open with a single support strut and the opening is gasketed all the way around. Matting at the bottom of the compartment protects the valuable gear.

Yamaha SX195 sole

In-deck storage at the bow walkthrough is deep and padded at the bottom to protect boards.

Yamaha SX195 latch

A turn and lock style latch secures the hatch to the sole storage compartment.


We access the bow through the usual walkthrough in the windshield. Yamaha carries the beam of the 195 well forward to provide more room in the bow, and it works quite well. The seating consists of the usual lounge seats to either side and an aft facing seat fully forward.

Padded bolsters surround the bow with the exception of the areas where the speakers are, way up in the forward corners. The beverage holders are also here, a tad out of reach from the lounge positions.

Yamaha SX195 bow seating

The bow seating is in the usual configuration, but it’s the improved comfort level that we noticed here.

Bow Storage

As expected there’s storage under both bow side seats, but we don’t always see anchor storage fully forward. These side storage compartments measure in at 4’ (1.22m) with the opening measuring 2’ (.61m) x 1’4” (.41m) and Yamaha takes the extra step of adding carpet to the interior along with the molded in contours that channel water away from the interior of the compartments.

Yamaha SX195 bow storage

Bow storage comes with an anchor locker located under the forward seat.

Yamaha SX195 storage compartments

Channels to the perimeter of the storage compartments direct water away from the interiors so contents stay dry.

Operational Features

Moving to the operational features of the SX195 we’ll start with the exterior where we see four 4” (10016cm) pull-up cleats, two to each side. Inside, we’ll start at the bow where there is a dedicated storage space for the anchor under the forward bow seating. This anchor locker also includes an anchor keeper so it won’t be bouncing around in its storage space.


The engine is the biggest deal with the new SX195s since it’s the first time that Yamaha has put its most powerful engine into a boat instead of limiting it to just the waverunners. This 1812cc Yamaha 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, Supercharged and intercooled, 16-valve Super Vortex High Output engine delivers a lot of power and got us moving while barely giving adrenaline a chance to keep up.

Yamaha SX195 engine

Yamaha installed its most powerful engine in the 195 Series, and the installation still leaves enough room for working around the engine.

To be clear, this is not an engine taken from a motorcycle or ATV and marinized for use on the water. This was purpose built by Yamaha for marine use, and more importantly, Yamaha didn’t outsource the engine. So if something goes wrong, it’s the same company that built the boat standing behind the engine as well.

The installation allows for plenty of room for regular maintenance and daily checks. Soundproofing made a noticeable difference that went from the screaming levels of the previous models to a more comfortable level that remained low enough where we were actually able to have a conversation while at cruise speed… a conversation about how quiet the boat was.

Clean-Out Port

Now it’s no secret that jet intakes and impellers can get clogged. Unlike a propeller, jets take water in one end and blast it out the other. Not surprisingly, if we run through weeds, or a plastic bag that some thoughtless boater tossed into the lake, then we stand a chance of blocking that flow of water through the jet pump.

We’ve seen jet boats where someone actually has to go for a swim to free up the flow again, but Yamaha has a different take on the matter and it’s called the clean-out port.

At the swim platform, there’s a hatch that opens to reveal the port that leads right down to the impeller. Now to be clear, whenever the engine is running, the impeller is spinning. Shifting into gear only opens and closes the exhaust to make the boat move… or not. Given that, no one in their right mind would put their hand in there with the motor running. Sure we could shut the engine off and take the key with us, but people aren’t always smart enough to take the extra step to ensure that the digits all stay attached to the hands.

Yamaha SX195 clean port

The clean out port is under the upper deck hatch and allows for reaching in and accessing the impeller area.

Yamaha SX195 removable

A removable plug is at the bottom of the port. A ¼ turn releases it and allows complete access to the impeller.

Instead, Yamaha utilized a kill-switch that activates whenever this hatch is opened. The engine shuts down, and won’t even turn over if someone tries to turn the key. The caveat however, is that the engine will also be killed if this compartment is used for wet storage, but in most situations, if someone were in this area the engine would be shut down anyway.

Yamaha SX195 kill switch

A kill switch shuts down the ignition when the aft hatch is opened.

Now at the bottom of the port is a plug (Wouldn’t do to have exhaust water blasting out this port now would it?) and all we do is reach in and turn the handle a quarter turn to release, and then pull the plug out. Now the impeller is exposed and free to clear. When done, replace the plug, close the hatch and off we go.


The helm consists of two gauges, one with a selectable display that shows Gallons per hour, Miles per Gallon, Gallons Used since last fill, Water Depth, Water Temp, and Battery Volts. These gauges create a clean, uncluttered dash panel that also looks good. All dark colors and a matte finish eliminate glare, and a visor over the gauges also helps with that. The steering wheel is a premium upgrade for this model year.

Yamaha SX195 helm

The helm is populated by only two gauges, allowing the driver to focus on what’s important… driving.

Yamaha SX195 gauge

The tachometer has a window that displays selectable information at the touch of a button.

Rocker switches are to both sides of the wheel with the most significant being to the far right. This is the Cruise Assist and No Wake rocker. Set a cruise speed and then incrementally increase or decrease with just a push of the button. At no wake speed, just move the throttle to the forward detent and the button can do the rest.

Yamaha SX195 cruise assist

The Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode rocker switch allows incremental changes to the 195’s speed, whether cruising or keeping the speed down in the channel.


The Yamaha SX195 has a LOA of 19’ (5.79 m) , a beam of 8’ (2.44 m), and a draft of only 13” (33 cm). With an empty weight of 2,238 lbs. (1,015 kg), full fuel, and two people on board, we estimated our test weight at 2,838 lbs. (1,287 kg).

Yamaha SX195 profile

We measured a best economic cruise at 24.4 mph with a 6.7 gph fuel burn.

With the single 1812cc Yamaha SVHO engine turning a stainless steel 3-bladed impeller in a 160mm jet pump we reached a top speed of 52.3 mph at 7500 rpm. At that speed, we could keep going for 69 miles, but pulling back to 5000 rpm produced a best economic speed of 24.4 mph. At that speed, the fuel burn of 6.7 gph would allow us to run for 98 statute miles while still keeping 10% of the SX195’s 30 gallon (114 L) fuel capacity held in reserve.

Yamaha SX195


She’s a quick boat to handle, reaching 30 mph in just under 6 seconds and she does so with practically no bowrise. Probably the biggest improvement in handling comes from the Articulating Keel that allows for zero thrust steering, along with straight line tracking during acceleration and quicker response when turning.

Yamaha SX195 articulating keel

With the Articulating Keel, steering is much improved especially at low, or no, thrust.

Yamaha SX195 turn

The SX195 will make tight turns with a small radius. Keep the power on and turn held and she’ll bleed off speed and spin around on a dime.

With the turn held on she’ll spin out as expected. We had a calm day on the lake so we can’t talk about how she handles choppy conditions, but crossing the wake of the camera boat showed that the SX195 transitions over the wakes with no hull slap and minimal spray kept low. All in all, an exciting ride.

Yamaha SX195 running shot

When crossing the wake she’ll hop over the wave rather than through and spray is kept low.

Yamaha SX195 running shot

The 195 Series will find its natural cruising attitude at about 5-degrees bow high. With no outdrive there’s no trim to manipulate.


Bringing the SX195’s into the dock is pretty straight forward… until reversing. When we reverse, the steering is also reversed, that is to say, steering to the left will back to the right. This takes the uninitiated a few tries to get the hang of but then it becomes pretty second nature.

The way around this is to always remember that the steering wheel steers the bow, never the stern. If you want the stern to go left, steer the bow to the right by turning the wheel to the right. Works every time.


Putting the most powerful engine Yamaha makes into the 195 Series was a smooth move and gave a small boat some serious performance. Now, just because a boater has to be limited in size, for whatever reason, does not mean that performance needs to be compromised.

And one look at the interior will tell that just because a boat has a smaller price tag, that the quality does not need to be compromised on either. Of course we can’t overlook the safety factor of the spinning propeller being removed from the equation. Judging by the way these boats are selling, and the comments we hear at boat shows, that’s all some people need to see before considering a jet boat. Once they start looking at Yamaha, the question simply becomes… which one.

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