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WE SAY Yamaha’s ar­tic­u­lat­ing keel helps the SX195 de­liver su­pe­rior han­dling. The ar­tic­u­lat­ing keel is like a small fin near the jet noz­zle. In turns, this helps the boat carve. Spin the wheel and the SX195 turns crisply with­out any drift or slid­ing. The keel not only elim­i­nates a han­dling ob­jec­tion many at­tribute to jets, but it also cap­i­tal­izes on the nim­ble turn­ing ra­dius al­lowed by in-line propul­sion, cre­at­ing a new stan­dard for run­about ma­neu­ver­abil­ity. The SX195’s speed also proved note­wor­thy. Dur­ing our test, the boat rushed to plan­ing speed in 2.5 sec­onds and hit 30 mph in 5.6 sec­onds. Top speed was a sat­is­fy­ing 52.4 mph — and this was all on a sin­gle jet-pump en­gine. In fact, our tester got 3.3 mpg at 22.4 mph. We’ve rarely used the words “eco­nom­i­cal” and “wa­ter jet” in the same sen­tence, but both ap­ply to the Yamaha SX195. A blem­ish: The high en­gine rpm a wa­ter jet re­quires cre­ates a whine not heard aboard sim­i­lar stern­drive- or out­board-pow­ered boats.

Don’t let its per­for­mance ad­van­tages dis­tract you, the SX195 boasts hangin­gout ameni­ties, like Yamaha’s clas­sic stern swim-plat­form area. In­side, wrap­around seat­ing pam­pers the crew; for­ward is a wrap­around seat­ing area that comes with a re­mov­able cen­ter cush­ion. It’s com­plete with a Bi­mini top and loaded on a cus­tom trailer. Be sure to check one out and see for your­self.

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