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Brief Summary

The 195 HO is designed to offer customers the thrill of jet boat handling and performance, along with a great deal of creature comforts and aggressive styling. Using high quality materials and hardware, the clever design of the 195 HO is built to last.

Key Features

  • Premium upholstery
  • Scarab exclusive Versa-Lounge stern seating
  • Sports car-inspired dashboard
  • Double ComfortRide captain’s chairs
  • Removable cooler
  • Swim platform with reboarding ladder
  • Ski locker
  • Ski tow
  • Scarab custom trailer
  • Available in Blue, Black or Red colors
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 18' 10''
    5.73 m
    Beam 8' 0''
    2.43 m
    Dry Weight 2,500 lbs.
    1,134 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 12''
    30 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 1,400 lbs.
    635 kg
    Person Capacity 8
    Fuel Capacity 31 gal.
    117 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 250-hp Rotax
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Scarab 195 HO hull colors
    The 18’10” (5.74 m) long 195 HO has stylish lines and a choice of Jet Black, Deep Navy, and Crimson Red color.

    Mission of the 195 HO

    The 195 HO is designed to offer customers the thrill of jet boat handling and performance, along with a great deal of creature comforts and aggressive styling. Using high quality materials and hardware, the clever design of the 195 HO is built to last.

    Distinguishing Features

    Versa Lounge.

    Scarab’s exclusive “versa lounge” converts the stern seating from aft-facing seats to a flat sun lounge, a walkthrough turns the seat backs into arm rests. This makes the stern seating the most versatile location on the boat.

    Scarab 195 HO floor plan
    With a squared-off bow, the forward seating is considerably larger than most of the 195 HO’s competitors in this size range.

    Major Features

    • Bow seating with backrests
    • Automotive-styled full beam windshield with walkthrough opening
    • Sports car inspired helm area
    • Dual captain’s chairs with flip-up bolster cushions
    • U-shaped midship seating with innovative cutouts to improve legroom
    • Stern-facing seating capable of being converted into a sun pad
    • Large swim platform with boarding ladder
    • Ski-rope tie down
    • Snap-in carpet for ease of cleaning and maintenance
    • Bimini top
    • Stainless steel hardware, including cupholders and grab handles
    • Stereo with remote control at helm
    • Custom trailer with chrome wheels and swing-away tongue
    Scarab 195 HO aft seating
    The 195 HO’s aft seating is shown with backrest and sun pad.

    Performance and Handling

    We have not had the opportunity to test the 195 HO ourselves, however Scarab reports that with a Rotax 1.5L Supercharged 250 engine, she'll reach a top speed of 40 mph. Testing with a Rotax 1.5L Supercharged HO 250 the Scarab 195 will hit 43 mph at WOT, according to the builder.

    Propulsion System

    The 195 HO is powered by a Rotax 250 engine coupled to a BRP jet drive. This is an upgrade from the base model 195’s 200 Rotax engine, and should deliver an exhilarating increase in performance.

    Features Inspection

    The 195 HO was designed with two primary functions in mind – to be a comfortable cruising boat for family and friends, and to be a capable tow boat for a wide array of watersports.With an 8-person capacity, the 195 HO is perfectly suited to take a group of family and friends out for a day on the water.The bow seating, accessible through the walkthrough windshield, is large enough to sit 3 or 4 guests comfortably. With two forward facing backrests and two cupholders, two guests could lounge up there comfortable while underway.

    Scarab 195 HO wrap around windshield
    The wraparound windshield gives the 195 HO a stylish look and comes with stainless steel accents.

    The Deluxe ComfortRide captain’s chairs come with flip-up bolsters and are the most protected seats on the boat, thanks to the wraparound windshield.

    Scarab 195 HO captains chairs
    The 195 HO’s captain’s chairs appear to be supportive and comfortable.

    Immediately aft of the captain’s chairs is a unique U-shaped seat that could comfortably sit 4 passengers. Scarab added a small, but very clever touch to the seats in order to make them more comfortable: the corners of the u-shaped bench are scalloped out, adding a good deal of legroom to an area that may otherwise become crowded.

    Scarab 195 HO cockpit seats
    The scalloped corners of the cockpit seating, as shown, allow more passengers to sit comfortably in a given amount of space.

    As a tow vehicle, the 195 HO has several notable features. There is a built in tow point, so watersports enthusiasts are not struggling with tying tow ropes off to cleats or stern eyes. The aft facing seats in the stern will help those on board keep a close eye on the wakeboarder or water skier, in order to alert the driver when it is time to slow down or stop.

    Scarab 195 HO ski locker
    The ski locker is large enough to hold wakeboards and keep them out of the way when in transit.

    The hull design incorporates longitudinal tunnels and chine steps to reduce hull resistance and improve acceleration. Combined with the 250-hp Rotax jet drive, the boat is designed to have an impressive hole shot and the ability to stay on plane at a variety of speeds.

    Scarab 195 HO boarding ladder
    The boarding ladder is shown here, as well as the optional swim platform pad.

    The large swim platform at the stern of the 195 HO is equally beneficial to both functions. Not only is it large and low enough to the water to assist with the loading and unloading of watersports, but with the unobstructed transom – thanks to the use of a concealed jet drive – it is also an ideal location to gather with friends for an afternoon swim.

    Helm

    As one may expect from a performance-based boat like the 195 HO, the helm is designed to give the operator the sensation of driving a sports car. The automotive style windshield is coupled with automotive style gauges and an ergonomic steering wheel.

    Scarab 195 HO helm
    The helm is a perfect example of an area of the 195 HO where form meets function.

    Additionally, all vessel controls are within arm’s reach while sitting in the captain’s chair. This includes the primary system’s toggle switches (bilge pumps, lighting) as well as the stereo remote, which controls the Kicker stereo system.

    Scarab 195 HO stereo remote
    The stereo remote is simple enough to be functional without distracting the driver.

    Options to Consider

    There are a number of options to consider for the 195 HO. If the boat will be used frequently for water sports, the foldable wakeboard tower with Bimini top is a great idea. Not only does it raise the tow point for pulling wakeboarders or skiers, it also provides plenty of shade for the passengers. Additionally, there are some optional driving enhancements, including cruise control and the Scarab Digital Speed Control Package system, which alters the drivetrain to optimize handling for docking, ski-towing, economy and cruise modes.If considering many options for the 195 HO, it would be worthwhile to understand that the 195 hull is available in three configurations. There is the base 195, the 195 HO and the 195 HO Impulse. The 195 HO Impulse incorporates all of the options mentioned above, in addition to further hull color choices (Laser Red, Sunburst Orange or Vivid Green) and custom boarding and cockpit mats for added comfort.

    Price

    According to Scarab’s website, the 195 HO with trailer has a base price of $41,200 MSRP.

    Observations

    The Scarab 195 HO set out to be a performance-oriented, stylish jet boat. Not only was this achieved, they managed to do it while staying within a budget that is accessible to many customers in the market for a jet boat. And with the latest technology and dependability that Rotax engines bring to the table, this boat should surely be on the short list for anyone considering a jet-powered boat under 20’ (6.10 m).

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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