The jet-powered Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is a boat that the whole family should enjoy. The design and layout with convertible seating fore and aft and uniquely innovative storage are advantageous for the multi-mission quality of the 190 FSH Sport. The fishing features allow family and friends to fish all morning, then in the afternoon play in the water off the transom deck and in the evening pull-up to the local sandbar and toast the sunset.
|Length Overall||19' 5'' / 5.92 m|
2.41 m (max)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.1 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.2 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||81 deg., 72 humid; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm|
1 x 1.8L HO Yamaha Marine
1 x 1812cc 1.8 Liter High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
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The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is designed for fun on the water, family fishing, and just blasting around on the water with a boat that is nimble and sporty. Being a water jet powered vessel, it is safer for people to enjoy swimming and playing off the transom deck, and it is particularly appropriate for young children. We like to think of the 190 FSH as a utility boat, one that can be used for most anything and is low cost to both buy and operate.
The center console Yamaha 190 FSH comes in three packages, the 190 FSH, the 190 FSH Deluxe, and the 190 FSH Sport. They are all multi-mission, multifaceted fun family center consoles with an emphasis on fishing.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport with the standard T-top with rocket launcher-style rod holders is the most angler-oriented of the three. The fishing features include an insulated fishbox forward, gunwale mounted rod holders, under the gunwale and console mounted rod storage, a storage pod for Plano tackle drawers, a 25-gallon (95 L) livewell, and even storage for a 5-gallon (19 L) bucket.
However, the 190 FSH Sport still is set up to offer owners the ability to explore all that is fun with a small boat. The stowable, removeable jump seat back rests and seat pads give passengers safe and comfortable seating on either side of the leaning post and the removable bow pad adds additional seating with grab handles on either side.
The forward-facing console seating lifts to reveal a space inside the console to change from wet suits to dry clothes when desired.
- • Jet Drive. The 1.8-liter 4-stroke engine drives internally housed propellers. Water is pulled through and pushed out though nozzles in the stern, providing thrust. This eliminates the need for an exposed drivetrain with external propellers, making the 190 FSH Sport safer as well as plane quicker with less bow rise, out of the hole.
- • T-Top with Rod Holders. The T-top has an easily removable canvas cover with grommeted openings for rod tips for rods stowed in the console side rod holders. There are four rocket launcher-style rod holders mounted on the back of the tower and grab rails at the helm.
- • 4.3” Multifunction Display. Connext®, Yamaha’s all-in-one touchscreen helm control system integrates the boat’s entertainment features, operation functions, and essential system information.
- • No Wake Mode. 3-position switch sets engine speed and maximizes jet thrust for No Wake zones.
- • Cruise Control. Yamaha’s Cruise Assist allows the operator to set the speed for cruising.
- • Aerated Livewell. There is a 25-gallon (95 L) aerated livewell under the starboard side jump seat.
- • Insulated Fishbox. The insulated fishbox is forward and has a removable cushion mounted on top.
- • Storage. The forward casting platform has storage below, the storage pods on either side of the forward casting platform, lockable storage inside the console, and a dedicated 5-gallon (19 L) bucket storage in the transom.
- • Integrated Swim Platform. The swim deck is built into the transom for easy water access. With the jet drive it is safer with no exposed drivetrain or propellers.
- • Warranty. Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty for Original Purchaser, 10 Year Limited Transferable Structural Warranty, 3 Year Limited Component Warranty. See your local Yamaha Marine dealer for details.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport has a length overall of 19’5” (5.92 m) and a beam of 8’2” (2.49 m). With an empty weight of 2,575 lbs. (1,168 kg), with 75% fuel and two people onboard, there was an estimated test weight of 3,175 lbs. (1,440 kg).
Top Speed. With a single 180-hp Yamaha 1.8-liter High Output engine turning the internal impeller jet drive, the test boat reached a top speed of 40.9 mph at 7400 rpm.
Best Cruise. The best cruise came in at 6000 rpm running at 28.1 mph. At that speed, the 6.8 gph fuel burn translates to 4.2 miles per gallon and a range of 150 statute miles while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 40-gallon (151 L) total fuel capacity.
Acceleration Times and Conditions
The Yamaha 190 Sport had a spirited ride and handled as one would expect for a boat of its size and weight. The 180-horsepower jet drive propulsion allowed the test boat to reach 30-miles per hour in just 7.2-seconds with a top speed of just over 40-miles per hour.
Accelerating from sitting still at full throttle the 190 FSH Sport had little bow rise. There was no chop during testing. However, driving the 190 FSH Sport through the photo boat’s wake at speed, the test boat handled it without any concern about loss of control or concern.
The relatively sharp bow entry helps give the boat a smoother than expected ride, given her 18-degree deadrise at the transom. The aft sections give her speed and greater fuel efficiency. Her articulating keel gives directional stability, positive turning, and makes her easier to handle around the dock.
There is an unusual 4” (10.2 cm) pop-up cleat mounted on the point of the bow for securing the anchor rode – or a line to the beach. On the foredeck, there is a deep anchor locker with anchor retaining clips and a place for the anchor rode to come through when the anchor locker hatch is down.
The forward casting platform has deep storage beneath and an insulated, self-draining fishbox under a removable seat cushion. Yamaha built in grab handles on both sides of the cushion. There are two storage pods at the corners of the casting platform that are flush with the port and starboard coamings. They have rubberized non-skid on the top which make a good place to board from a floating dock. The port side storage pod has storage trays for Plano tackle boxes.
Coaming Pads. Coaming pads are used as cushions for anglers’ thighs when fighting fish. The coaming pads on the Yamaha 190 FSH Sport are made from the same rubberized material as the rubberized non-skid utilized throughout the boat. This makes a particularly firm coaming pad.
The console has a forward-facing bench seat that lifts to reveal a changing area. There is room to have a Porta-Potti. On either side of the console is vertical rod storage for six rods, three on each side.
Vertical Rod Holders. Many boat models of this size and mission have vertical rod holders mounted on the sides of the console. On the Yamaha 190 FSH Sport, they are particularly well executed. The rods racks have tool holders between the three rods and hook holders on the ends. There are grommeted pass-through holes in the T-top canvas above.
There is 20” (50.8 cm) between the gunwale and the T-top stanchions, so passing forward is not too awkward for the portly. There are four rod holders, two on each side under the gunwales. There is also the hose connection for the Jet Wash raw water washdown system.
The helm is logically laid out with room for a 9” (22.8 cm) multifunction display on the dash. On top of the console there is a small lip on its aft-most edge and rubberized non-skid, both are designed to keep incidentals in place. A larger lip or recessing the top would significantly improve holding incidentals in place.
Steering is on the port side of the helm with the engine controls in the center. The tray on the starboard side has rubberized non-skid and is self-draining. There are two stainless steel drink-holders mounted on the top.
The acrylic windshield is removable and the stainless steel steering wheel is mounted on a multi-position, tilt base.
The T-top is what separates the 190 FSH Sport and the 190 FSH Deluxe. The frame is welded metal with powder coating. There are built in grabrails, four rocket-launcher style rod holders, and the navigation one-light mounted on the aft-most top of the frame. The canvas is easily removable from the T-top frame.
The stern has a raised deck that acts as an aft casting platform when the removable 20” (50.8 cm) wide jump seats are stowed. The jump seats flank the helm’s leaning post. Under the starboard jump seat is the 25-gallon (95 L) aerated livewell. Under the port jump seat is the dual battery system and additional storage. Engine access is under the leaning post which tilts up and back.
The transom has an integrated swim platform in the center of the watersports activities. The decks have molded in anti-skid and the upper deck offers upholstered backrests for sitting. Access to the jet drive cleanout ports and a 5-gallon (19 L) bucket with dedicated storage is under the upper deck. A telescoping re-boarding ladder is accessible from the water and Yamaha has included two grab handles to assist when re-boarding.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is available with a standard single axle painted trailer with a swing-away tongue, disk brakes, lights, adjustable winch stand with strap and safety hook. The storage height on the trailer is to the console top, which is 6.8” (2.03 m).
Options to Consider
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is an upgraded package and the only option is a single axle aluminum trailer.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport comes with a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty for Original Purchaser, 10 Year Limited Transferable Structural Warranty, 3 Year Limited Component Warranty.
The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Yamaha 190 FSH Sport is $34,899. The base 190 FSH has an MSRP of $29,799.
The Yamaha 190 FSH Sport has been a successful boat and we advise consumers to look also at the next step up – the 210 FSH Sport. It is 20% heavier, has an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and a starting price tag of $46,499.