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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