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Yamaha AR195 (2019-)

1 x Yamaha 1.8L Super Vortex HO

Brief Summary

Yamaha’s AR195 is an entry-level jet driven runabout designed for families to have fun on the water while providing them with everything they need to do just that – without needing a long list of options. Everything needed is standard. The AR195 is one of Yamaha’s best value models in their product lineup. She has a 1.8 liter Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) engine, and because she is a jet boat, the compact and internal nature of the propulsion delivers added peace of mind.

Key Features

  • Integrated swim platform with stainless-steel, telescopic reboarding ladder
  • “Cruise Assist” and "No Wake Mode" control
  • Foldable sport tower with Bimini
  • “Connext” 4.3” (10.9 cm) touchsceen
  • Painted single axle trailer with swing away tongue

Test Results

1250 2.1 1.8 0.6 3.7 3.2 134 116.7 72
2000 5.6 4.8 1.1 5 4.4 182 157.9 74
2500 6 5.2 1.5 4.1 3.6 148 128.5 78
3000 6.6 5.7 2 3.4 2.9 121 105.2 78
3500 7.3 6.3 2.9 2.6 2.2 92 80.2 76
4000 8.3 7.2 3.8 2.2 1.9 79 68.4 75
4500 11 9.5 5.1 2.2 1.9 78 67.9 79
5000 14.6 12.7 6.8 2.2 1.9 78 67.5 85
5500 24.3 21.1 8.6 2.8 2.5 102 88.3 85
6000 31.4 27.3 10.6 3 2.6 107 93.2 86
6500 36.5 31.7 13.1 2.8 2.4 100 87.2 86
7000 41.6 36.1 16.6 2.5 2.2 90 78.6 88
7540 48.4 42 20.8 2.3 2 84 72.8 92


Length Overall 19’ 5'' / 5.92 m
Beam 8' 2''
2.49 m
Dry Weight 2,500 lbs.
1,134 kg
Tested Weight 3,100 lbs.
1,406 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 7’ 6''
2.29 m
Weight Capacity 1,600 lbs.
726 kg
Person Capacity 8
Fuel Capacity 40 gal.
151 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 3,100 lbs.
1,406 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.3 sec.
0 to 30 6.1 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 81 deg., 76 humid; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

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

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Yamaha AR195 running

The Yamaha AR195 with forward swept sport tower and wraparound windshield give it a sporty look which is equally matched by its performance.

Yamaha AR195 running

The Yamaha AR195 has a seating capacity for eight persons or 1,600 lbs. (726 kg).


Yamaha designed, engineered, and built the AR195 as a bowrider for families and friends to enjoy time on the water. The Yamaha AR195 is equipped with a folding sport tower with tow pylon and a separate tow hook for watersports, such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing, as well as ready to simply cruise to a favorite dockside restaurant or sandbar island.

Yamaha AR195 running

Shown with the Bimini deployed, the beam on the Yamaha AR195 carries forward which provides more space for the forward seating.

Major Features

Sport Tower and Bimini Top. A forward-swept aluminum tower comes with a Bimini top that folds for low bridges and storage.

Integrated Transom Swim Platform. The integrated transom swim platform design is a hallmark of Yamaha’s runabouts with drink-holders, soft rubberized non-skid, and wrap around backrests. The platform allows access to the pump cleanout ports.

Easy Transitions. The 21” (.53 m) windshield walkthrough leads from the bow to the open cockpit and a cutout in the aft bench seating provides simple access to the swim platform.

Innovative Cockpit Seating. Yamaha has designed the L-shaped cockpit seating to maximize flow as well as for social gatherings.

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.

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.

Standard Trailer. The Yamaha AR195 has a standard painted trailer with swing-away tongue, disk brakes, lights, safety chains, adjustable winch stand with strap and hook.


Yamaha AR195 hull

The hull of the Yamaha AR195 was redesigned to provide less bow-rise when accelerating, allowing the operator to maintain vision forward.

The Yamaha AR195 has a length overall of 19’5” (5.92 m) and a beam of 8’2” (2.49 m). With an empty weight of 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg), with 75% fuel and two people onboard, there was an estimated weight of 3,100 lbs. (1,406 kg).

Top Speed. With a single Yamaha 1.8-liter Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) engine turning the internal impeller jet drive, the test boat reached a top speed of 48.4 mph (77.8 kph) at 7540 rpm.

Best Cruise. The best cruise came in at 6000 rpm running at 31.4 mph (50.5 kph). At that speed, the 10.6 gph (39.9 lph) translates to 3.0 miles per gallon (1.27 kpl) and a range of 107 statute miles (172 kilometers) while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 40-gallon (151 L) total fuel capacity.

Acceleration Times and Conditions

Yamaha AR195


Yamaha AR195 running

The AR195 has the Yamaha Articulating Keel. This design extends the boat’s keel which moves in relation to the jet pump nozzles to provide directional stability and control while docking or maneuvering.

Low-Speed Maneuvering. Yamaha has improved the jet-drive with a V-bucket gate designed to improve low-speed control, even in reverse. The bucket provides thrust laterally, in lieu of downwards. This creates the benefit of side-thrusters when maneuvering at low-speeds.

Yamaha AR195 running

The Yamaha AR195 displayed sporty performance. However, not so powerfully that passengers will feel compelled to constantly hang onto the grab rails.

Unlike other jetboats we have tested, the Yamaha AR195 does not easily spin-out. A testament to Yamaha’s newly designed keel. When cornering, the operator can add thrust for a more responsive turn. To create a slide spin, the operator would need to really work on holding the turn and regulating the speed.

Features Inspection

Yamaha AR195 running

The Yamaha AR195 displays sleek lines with a wraparound windshield and forward sweeping sport tower.


The Foredeck. Many runabouts have the anchor locker under the foredeck. On the AR195, Yamaha moved it to under the aft-facing, forward most, center seat.

Yamaha AR195 fore deck

The foredeck of the AR195 has molded in non-skid and the navigation lights are mounted at the forepeak. Note the location of the anchor locker. But where is the cleat for the anchor rode?

Forward Seating

The Yamaha has made the forward seating versatile on the AR195 with everything well placed, including the storage under the lounge seats, speakers, grab handles, drink holders as well as upholstered inserts that fill in the foot well to form a sun pad.

Yamaha AR195 forward seating

The forward seating in the bow area measures 5’11” (1.80 m) from coaming to coaming. The lounge seats are 3’3” (0.99 m) long.

Green Arrow – Navigation Lights. The bi-color navigation light is mounted on the foredeck.

Yellow Arrows – Pop-Up Cleats. Yamaha has placed the pop-up bow cleats on the forward-most, outboard side of the hull side. This is very unusual, and will take some getting used to, and is one of the few complaints we have about the boat.

Red Arrow – Horn. The compact electric horn is located just aft of the starboard side pop-up cleat.

Purple Arrows – Integrated Drink Holders. There are drink holders on the outboard side of the loungers.

Blue Arrows – Grab Handles. The forward seating grab handles are made from billet aluminum and are located just forward of the coaming pads on each side.

Yamaha AR195 storage

The storage under the hinged lounge seats is finished with a marine grade liner.

Yamaha AR195 bow filler

Shown is the upholstered padded inserts that fill in the 2’ (0.61 m) footwell to make a large sun pad. Note, the side mounted mooring cleat which is unhandy at best.

Walkthrough Windshield. When open, the Yamaha AR195 walkthrough windshield has a 21” (53.3 cm) egress to facilitate forward and aft movement. The center opening is secured by double latches when closed.

Port Console

The port console has storage that extends under the forward port lounge seat storage area. A good place to store the cockpit table and pedestal.

Yamaha AR195 port console

The top of the port side console has rubberized non-skid material to help keep incidentals in place and an integrated drink holder. There is also a grab handle mounted on the inboard side of the console.

Yamaha AR195 back rest

The backrest of the aft-facing watersports spotter lounge seat flips down to reveal a glove compartment.

Yamaha AR195 ski storage

Between the port console and the helm console is in-deck storage. In this case, storing a large number of fenders.

Helm Console

Yamaha AR195 helm console

Inside the helm console on the Yamaha AR195 is storage. There is a dedicated trash container mounted on the inside of the console door.


The helm has the Yamaha Connext multifunction touchscreen display centered in the middle of the dash, directly in front of the operator and the tilt steering wheel. All of the components are ergonomically arranged and easily accessible.

Yamaha AR195 helm console

Shown is the helm console on the Yamaha AR195. Note the rearview mirror for watersports.

Yamaha AR195 helm dash

On the left side of the helm, mounted in the dash is the stereo remote, below is a built-in drink holder and below that are the blower switch and ignition.

Yamaha AR195 dash

On right side of the helm is a cell phone mount that can rotate so that the phone display can be vertical or horizontal, the USB and Aux ports and system rocker switches as well as the No Wake Mode and Cruise Assist switch.

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.

Yamaha AR195 connext

Shown is the Connext®, Yamaha’s 4.3” (10.9 cm), all-in-one touchscreen helm control system which integrates the boat’s entertainment features, operation functions, and essential system information.

Yamaha AR195 engine control

The Yamaha AR195 engine control is mounted on the inboard side of the gunwale within the operator’s easy reach.

Yamaha AR195 helm seat

The helm seat is a bucket-style with a flip up bolster, shown. There are cutouts at the base of the backrest to allow someone to swing their legs inboard without turning the seat.


The aft cockpit of the Yamaha AR195 was redesigned to make a more open flow. There is open storage under the forward portion of the port side bench seat and a backrest for an aft facing watersports spotter.

Yamaha AR195 cockpit

The cockpit of the AR195 is wide open making movement easy. Note that the seating panel to port can be removed to create a forward facing seat, or be used to stow a cooler under.

Yamaha AR195 cockpit table

Shown is the cockpit of the Yamaha AR195 with the helm seat reversed and the removable pedestal table in place.

Yamaha AR195 bench seat

There is storage under the starboard, forward-facing bench seat and the port forward-facing lounger. Note the curved backrest and grab handles that make passengers feel more secure when operating.

Yamaha AR195 battery

Inside the port forward-facing lounger storage on the Yamaha AR195 is the battery.

Yamaha AR195 helm seat

Shown is the helm seat in the reverse position facing-aft with the removable pedestal table in place. The table has two built-in drink holders. Note the raised edge on the table that keeps things from sliding off.

Yamaha AR195 pedestal table

With the pedestal table stowed, there are two built-in drink holders and a grab rail. Note the table side mount and speaker.

Yamaha AR195 carpet

The Yamaha AR195 comes with snap-in, marine grade carpet throughout.

Engine Compartment

Yamaha AR195 engine

The 1.8-liter Yamaha SVHO engine is accessed through the center aft seat. The two gas-assist struts make it easier to open and keep the hatch in place when open.

Yamaha AR195 engine

There is easy access to the day-check points. They are readily accessible on the Yamaha AR195.


The two-tier transom swim platform is a hallmark of Yamaha jet boats and the Yamaha AR195 is no exception. This is where all watersports are launched, and Yamaha has made it comfortable to do so.

Yamaha AR195 stern seating

This image shows the re-designed stern seating arrangement, walkthrough notch, and reboarding ladder tucked under the platform.

Yamaha AR195 swim platform

The step-through on the centerline from the cockpit on the Yamaha AR195 leads to the tiered swim platform. The rubberized non-skid and back rests provide an additional sitting area when at rest.

Yamaha AR195 swim platform

On the lower tier there are integrated drink holders and a pull-out re-boarding ladder with well-placed grab handles.

Yamaha AR195 wet storage

Under the upper tier is wet storage and the round access to the jet drive clean out port.

Yamaha AR195 jet drive

Yamaha has made clearing the jet drive easy and safe.

Yamaha AR195 flushing port

There is a fresh water flushing port (red arrow) and a shut-off safety switch (yellow arrow) that shuts off when the hatch is lifted.


The Yamaha AR195 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 10’ 2” (3.10 m) with the sport tower up and 6’11” (2.12 m) with the tower stowed.


The Yamaha AR195 comes with a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty for Original Purchaser, 10 Year Limited Transferable Structural Warranty and 3 Year Limited Component Warranty. See your local Yamaha Marine dealer for details.

Options to Consider

The Yamaha AR195 is a package and the only options include a choice of black or grey hull sides, a single axle aluminum trailer and wakeboard racks.


The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Yamaha AR195 is $37,599.


This model has been revised to make the bow seating larger. It creates more room in the cockpit for moving around, and the stern seating has been improved.

While she is an entry-level boat, the addition of the most powerful engine Yamaha makes, the 1.8-liter SVHO, and the articulating keel, make the AR195 hold a straight line when running and easier to dock than otherwise. Because everything is standard, the actual cost of ownership is well defined.

Overall, we like the boat, and think that it is a good value, except for the odd cleat placement on the port and starboard side of the hull forward. We hope Yamaha will change it, and then these cleats can be used for the anchor rode, as well.

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