Top 5 Jet Boats for 2022

Top 5 Jet Boats for 2022

Think of a jet boat as the big sister of a personal watercraft (personal watercraft): bouncing through the water at high speeds, turning and maneuvering smoothly, the wind blowing through your hair, but with more people on board to enjoy the fun . There are several advantages to owning a jet boat. The first is that you get a boat that tows your favorite water toys (wakeboard, anyone?). Another is that the turbine is housed in the jet cavity, so there’s no propeller to cause damage around the transom (swimming, anyone?). Also, because the jet engines are built into the hull, the boat can cruise in very shallow waters (Bahamas, anyone?). If you’re considering buying a jet boat, consider these five things:

For fishing

Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E

The Yamaha 255 FSH Sport E is the only 25-foot (8’6″ wide) center console fishing boat with twin 1.8L supercharged engines producing 500 horsepower channeled through Yamaha Jet Propulsion system, which allows it to run in shallow water without worrying about propeller damage. The jets also make her more maneuverable and safer for water sports. With a draft of just under 2 feet, take this boat to the Bahamas where the fishing is phenomenal. Her state-of-the-art design is packed with fishing gear, such as dual livewells, an insulated fish locker, and an abundance of rod storage. The helm is protected by a standard hardtop and has two multi-function displays and a dual seat (part of a custom prop station) with a flip-up footrest that has room for a cooler behind. Transitional spaces and a capacity of 12 people also make this boat family. yamahaboats.com

For the entry level

Sea-Doo Switch Sport Pontoon

Easily outfitted for watersports with ski mode, inflatable stand, and rear-view mirror, the Sea-Doo Switch Sport delivers an exhilarating riding experience while offering a spacious and versatile layout. The pontoon’s tri-hull design allows passengers to experience the thrill and action on the water. Power comes from 170 hp or 230 hp Rotax 1630 ACE engines, and the jet propulsion system offers outsized excitement with a high level of maneuverability. With simple and intuitive handling, the Switch Sport is easy to steer, anchor, launch and load. Sea-Doo offers three bundled options in lengths from 13 to 21 feet with a range of different features and a choice of three colors. Each comes standard with a powder-coated trailer, bimini top, rear lounge, sunpads, Garmin 7-inch touchscreen GPS, LED navigation and courtesy lights, and more. A range of stylish options makes the Switch Sport easily adaptable to any adventure. sea-doo.com

For a thrill ride

Beetle 215 ID

Feel the exhilaration as the Scarab 215 ID easily makes a wake for a group of 10. Twin Rotax engines deliver a maximum of 600 horsepower to this 21-foot jet boat that is customizable in a variety of colors and graphics. The 215 ID features a bimini top and a full-width (8′ 4″) swim platform with a deep storage area that empties into the hold. The stern has a hidden telescopic boarding ladder for easy boarding as well as a ski tow eye for tubing or waterskiing.Hardcore water skiers will want to add the optional Wake Edition package to get a wakeboard tower, a pair of fixed board racks and a wake ballast.Relax on the comfortable U-shaped seats in the cockpit where the fully finished ski locker won’t damage stored gear.A tilt steering wheel and raised footrest provide helm comfort.Under the helm Front seat in the front is a fully finished insulated cooler which also dumps into the hold.A single axle trailer comes standard with an option to upgrade to a tandem axle. scarabjetboats.com

For a day cruise

Vortex 2430 VRX

The Vortex 2430 VRX combines Chaparral design, quality construction and innovation with twin 1.5L supercharged Rotax engines (either 200hp or 250hp) to create a jet boat that looks like a bowrider. Watersports enthusiasts will be delighted with the optional surf package, including three ballast tanks, a swim platform, a wakeboard arch with optional board holders and surf capabilities controlled via the touchscreen on the helm . Not a thrill seeker? The 2430 VRX (24′ 3″ LOA, 8′ 6″ beam) is also a great day cruiser for up to 12 people. The open cockpit is the perfect place for entertaining with comfortable U-shaped seating, a pedestal table and twin bucket seats that slide and swivel. Deck ski storage features a large hinged fiberglass hatch and rubber mat. There is easy access to a changing room with a light for when the door is closed and an optional portable head. The bow is large and welcoming with lounges featuring folding armrests for added comfort. A tandem axle trailer comes standard. vortexboats.com

For a weekend getaway

Hinckley Talaria 43

Classic lines and Downeast styling are central to the design of the Hinckley Talaria 43 (45′ 10” LOA, 14′ 6” beam). She is powered by two 550 hp Cummins diesels paired with two Hamilton 322 jet engines which push her to a top speed of 36 knots. Without the drag of propellers and a 2′ 4″ draft, the Talaria 43 can quickly whisk you to a secluded Bahamian beach for a weekend getaway. At the helm, JetStick 3 offers maneuverability in The boat also features an innovative push button, retractable glass stern enclosure to the cockpit, large opening hatches and sliding side windows that create a single-level open-air space, from the cockpit to the galley.The galley layout allows for additional drawer storage and allows the host to prepare cocktails while carrying on conversation with guests seated in the spacious saloon.Below decks, find respite in a large master cabin with a central berth and a guest cabin which share a head with a separate shower cubicle. hinckleyyachts.com

Earnest A. Martinez