Boat Test #1594

It might come as a surprise that Yamaha is one of the largest sellers of center-console boats in the 19- to 21-foot segment in the United States. Consumers love a good value and Yamaha delivers it.

Our favorite from Yamaha is the 210 FSH Sport, which comes well-equipped with a starting price of $47,500. Don’t look for a Yamaha outboard hanging off the transom, instead the builder uses proven twin TR-1 High Output engines found in the company’s personal watercraft. The 1,049 cc, three-cylinder, TR-1 gave designers options for the transom, which has water-facing seating, wet storage and a boarding ladder that tucks away.

The 210 FSH Sport appeals to both anglers and water sports enthusiasts. Anglers will appreciate the 26-gallon aerated live well, abundant rod holders, insulated fish box, a trolling-motor mount and the 5-gallon bucket storage in the bow.

Kids will love the 210 FSH Sport because they can be towed behind on a tube or board without snagging the outboard. The twin engines provide plenty of power to get riders going and because of the jet-drive system there’s no chance of cuts or bruises because of a prop.

The 210 FSH Sport comes standard with a hardtop with four rod holders that can be easily removed so the boat to be stored in the garage. Even though the 210 FSH Sport is a production boat, buyers can customize the helm. Yamaha includes as standard a 4.3” Connext touchscreen display, compass, Jensen marine stereo, three-position no-wake mode and rack-and-pinion steering.

Yamaha included a small head compartment that can be fitted with a portable head. A gray curtain, which matches the teak-style marine mat flooring, provides excellent privacy. The bow was designed with young children in mind. The facing lounges have backrests and grab handles built into the padded gunwale if the water gets a little rough.


SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 21’3”
Beam 8’6”
Weight dry 3,003 lbs.
Max. Power NA
Price w/Twin TR-1 High Output $47,499

For more information: www.yamahaboats.com

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.