Boat Test #1585
By Brad Roberts
All-New for 2020
The Yamaha sport boat lineup for 2020 features sixteen models from 19 to 27 feet. The all-new-for-2020 275 SE is their largest sportboat to date, and it’s a testament to the now well proven consumer demand for a jet-powered family bowrider. Available in either a grey or black hull colour with coordinating interior upholstery and a black forward-arching tow tower with an integrated bimini top that folds easily for storage, it’s an eye-catcher for sure. (Her sister-ship, the 275 SD, uniquely features a fiberglass hard top mounted to the tow tower.)
I was pleased to see that Yamaha hadn’t messed with the great layout of the two-tiered swim platform with integrated seats. I’ve always loved the aft-facing seats on the well-padded swim platform, as well as the wet storage space and the easy to access jet pump cleanout access ports. A centerline swim ladder pulls out from underneath the platform leaving the deck unencumbered and very safe for little kids’ tiny toes. But for 2020, there are two new twists at the stern. First, two swim-up seating pads attach to the underside of the swim platform and sit just below the waterline to make the platform function like a swim-up bar (these are patent pending industry-firsts!) Secondly, that two-tiered stern seating has been improved with stern seat backrests that now flip-fold: forward to create an extended sunlounge pad, or aft to create more cockpit seating space. Simply brilliant!
Stepping over the centre-access transom, leads to the cockpit which features a u-shaped bench across the stern and up both sides. The 275 SE features twin pedestal bucket seats in the helm and companion seat positions. A small prep area with cooler storage underneath is to starboard behind the helm. The in-floor locker is massive, as is the storage area under the companion-side windshield. The snap out carpet allows you to play in the water all day and then add the dry carpeting back in for a nice evening cruise.
The bow area features great space thanks in part to the wide beam that is carried forward almost all the way to the bow. This creates a great open space with two forward-facing seats, and a centre aft-facing seat with a nicely padded backrest, grab handles, cupholders and two speakers so those up the bow can hear the tunes.
The 275 SE is powered by two Yamaha Supercharged 1.8L Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) Marine Engines, featuring a 1812cc displacement and a pleasing to the ear harmonic at all speeds, but they do like to run on premium unleaded fuel. The twin engines are well hidden under the stern convertible seats and the walk-over transom so they are well encased to reduce noise. I was pleased to see that Yamaha kept their patented Articulating Keel which will, especially when combined with their No Wake/Cruise Assist Mode, make this 27’ jet boat easy to maneuver around the dock, the locks or in close quarters.
All Yamaha sport boats come with a painted trailer with swing-away tongue, plus a 5 year warranty on the hull, and purchasers can opt for the Yamaha Protection Plus coverage that extends the one year full warranty period by 12, 24, 36 or 48 months.
Being a jet boat, the all-new 275 SE offers the ultimate in safety for children around the swim platform with no exposed moving parts,
yet with the performance and space you’d expect from a more traditional family runabout. If you’re considering a bowrider for your family – take the 275 SE for a test ride with your whole family before everyone makes their final decision.
Length: 27’ / 8.23 m
Width: 9’ / 2.74 m
Weight: 5,304 lb / 2,406 kg
Fuel Capacity: 90 gal / 340 L
Capacity: Yacht Certified
Deadrise: 20 degrees
Engine: Twin – Yamaha 1.8 L (1812 cc) Super Vortex High Output marine engines with electronic fuel injection.
Starting from Approx: $114,999 USD
For more information: www.yamaha-motor.ca