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“Yamaha’s Sweet New 19 Footers” - Sport Boat Magazine, Spring 2013

Excerpted from the Spring 2013 issue of Sport Boat Magazine:

“Utilizing the company’s supercharged 1.8L Super High Output (SHO) engine found in its performance-based watercraft, the new AR192 and SX192 models pack plenty of punch. And once again, I’m impressed with how much boat Yamaha could squeeze into a 19-footer.”

“Yamaha delivered both models–the first boats from Yamaha to come with a supercharged 1.8L engine–to the docks at the Heavenly Reynolds Plantation Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro. The AR192, the watersports edition of the series, includes a fold-down aluminum wakeboard tower powdercoated with black or gray.” 

“Besides a couple of color options and price–the SX192 is $28,999 and the AR192 is $30,999– the two 192s, which both seat eight, are identical. Some seat time on Lake Oconee also confirmed that both boats excel in the fun-to-drive department. In handling drills, the boat is a natural.  It stayed connected in sweeping and slalom turns at every speed.”

“ Possibly the best part–yes, better than the supercharged powerplant–-is Yamaha’s new thrust directional enhancer, which has been added to all of the company’s boats to improve low-speed maneuverability. ..Yamaha created a system that directs water flow at an optimum angle to create more responsive handling as the boat is turned right and left at slow speeds.”

“The Yamaha digital throttle, which is mounted on an extension from the gunwale, controls the thrust directional enhancer. Both gauges, as well as the accessory switches, are easy to see above the tilt steering wheel.”

“Along with stowage compartments under the bow lounges, in the port-side console, and in the floor between the driver and copilot, the 19-footer includes premium snap-in carpet and stylized upholstery.”

“Overall, the new 192 Series did exactly what Yamaha set out to do: upgrade its 19-foot lineup by incorporating innovative features from its 21- and 24-footers. The company’s most-affordable models, the AR190 ($27,999) and SX190 ($25,999) aren’t going away, but given the $3,000 price difference for a significantly more powerful boat with premium appointments throughout, the new 192 Series should have a long life span.”

02.06.13