Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

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Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby Turbomark » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:28 pm

Hey guys, looking for some experienced opinions on our upcoming considerations. We currently have a 2007 1900 with low hours and in great condition. We mostly boat the Mississippi River. Over the winter, I started looking at the AR195's after hearing great things about them. I can get a left over 2017 at a great buy and feel pretty confident that I can come out good on the Regal, if I sell it...I haven't ridden in or driven a Yamaha so I can't speak to that comparison. I'm not really leaning one way or the other right now. I like the features of the new Yami and that they have such low draft (especially for the river use) but I really like our Regal too. My wife likes the thought of the Yamaha for overall reliability of a new boat.

Hoping you all can give some input on it; pros, cons, overall thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby cbsmith » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 am

I have a 1900and a neighbor a couple cottages down from us has a 195. The 195 is a lighter boat with less Deadrise so it doesn’t ride as well in rough water. His has the supercharged engine, I’m not sure if all the 195s do or not, but it uses a lot more fuel than my 1900 with a 225 Volvo.

Another neighbor has a 242 Limited. Yamaha makes a nice boat, great layout and features but they are building it to fit a certain market. The 242 is a 24 foot boat with a dry weight of about 3300 lbs. it is built to be a 24’ boat that can be towed by a midsize SUV, the 195 is also a bit lighter than the 1900 I believe to be towed by small suvs.

If you are looking at a new boat I would take a look at the new Regal 2000 model. They layout in it is awesome!
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Re: Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby Turbomark » Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:31 am

Thanks for the comments! I have read that fuel consumption is pretty poor on the jet boats so that's definitely something to think about. I hadn't thought much about the deadrise and lower weight so I appreciate that, ride quality matters for sure.

I will have to check out the Regal 2000, but it's probably about $10k out of my range right now. The wife and I have an agreement that we will only allocate X amount per month/year toward boating.
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Re: Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby cbsmith » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:17 am

Another thing that I forgot to mention is the Yamaha jet boats are typically noisier than a stern drive. When I have been on them I find the engine noise is louder but also you can feel vibrations from the jet pumps, which makes it seem noisier than it is.
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Re: Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby Turbomark » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:14 am

Probably right. Having owned 3 jet skis myself, I don't doubt the additional noise and vibration.
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Re: Looking for opinions: Regal 1900 vs Yamaha AR195

Postby Sailor Saw » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:06 pm

I wanted a Yamaha when my wife and I went shopping for a boat two years ago. I friend of mine bought a new 2016 AR192 that same year and we went boating with them quite a bit that summer. I grew up on stern drives as a kid (Glastron, Ebbtide, Crownline). We eventually bought a new 1900 ES last year.

Here are some of the things I liked about the Yamaha
1. Hole shot. You can't beat a jet boat's hole shot.
2. Shallow draft/no out drive. Nice to be able to back it up to the beach at our lake and walk right off.
3. Light weight. You don't need such a big tow vehicle.
4. Loved the rear of the boat when at anchor.

Here are some of the things I didn't like about it
1. Fuel consumption. When we are at a bigger lake and he fills up, we still have well over a 1/4 tank of gas left in out 1900.
2. Shallow draft/no out drive. The shallow draft and no out drive mean a smaller dead rise and lighter boat. His Yamaha rode rough in choppy water and he was constantly having to feather the throttle because of the waves. Out 1900 "cuts" thought them and rides a LOT better.
3. Noise. The jet pump makes quite a bit of noise compared to our 1900.
4. Wasn't a fan of the AR's seating. I was actually looking at a SX because of it. The passenger has to turn their head in order to look in the direction the boat is moving. Doesn't sound bad now but after a 45 minute boat ride it gets old quick. The 1900 has the reversible seat to spot a skier/tuber or face forward.
5. Seat cushions. The seat cushions are not hinged to the seat bases. Our friends actually lost a rear seat cushion on the way home from the lake because of this, a $300 replacement. The 1900 seat cushions are hinged. There are many stories about Yamaha 190, 192, 195 owners loosing seat cushions. They are hinged in the 21 ft and 24 ft boats but not the 19's.
6. Stereo. The Yamaha 19 ft boat's stereo is in the glove box. It does come with a wireless remote but that can get lost. The 1900 stereo is right by the steering wheel.

I hope this helps. For the above reasons we choose to go with the 1900.
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