2014 Scarab 195 HO Impulse

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Scarab®, one of the oldest and most recognized names in the fibreglass boat industry, has very recently been revived as a separate boat brand by Rec Boat Holdings of Cadillac, Michigan, builders of other such recognized names as Four Winns®, Glastron®, and Wellcraft® boats.

For 2014, the Scarab lineup of jet boats includes two models, the 195 and 215 and each of these models offers three variations: the 195 and 215 base models, 195 HO and 215 HO, and the most upscale and powerful 195 HO Impulse and 215 HO Impulse for a total of, in essence, six models. Each progressive variation from the base model through the HO to the HO Impulse version adds more standard equipment and personalizing opportunities.

As with all of these new sporty bowrider models from Scarab, and especially the HO Impulse version, the 195 HO Impulse being the subject of this review, at eighteen feet, ten inches length overall on an eight foot beam, is loaded with features and instant eye appeal throughout.

To start with, three highly eye-catching hull colour schemes are available: Laser Red, Vivid Green, and Sunburst Orange. Then check out the interior with its premium pearlescent with metallic accenting and chrome logos upholstery and with an abundance of strategically placed hull colour matching accenting and bolsters throughout in a most noticeable and classy contrast with the white vinyl base colour.

Next, turn your attention to the windshield and dash, both of which Scarab claims to have been inspired by the automotive industry. The highly curved and contoured walk-through windshield is trimmed in stainless steel and “free from invasive frame lines.” The very modern looking “sports car inspired” molded dash along with a padded thick-rimmed tilt steering wheel feature contrasting tones from silver to black with even some carbon fibre-looking accenting. Two large circular gauges for RPM and speed flank a superimposed central multi-function gauge. Switches are toggle-type – not rocker – and cruise control is standard along with a depth sounder, 12-volt outlet, and remote control for the stereo at the helm.

Seating in the 195 HO Impulse completely surrounds its interior. The squared-off bow area provides U-shaped lounge-type seating with surrounding padded bolsters plus forward-facing proper backrests against both helm consoles. Storage is all-round and a forward deck-accessed anchor locker is provided. Bow filler cushions are optionally available.

In the cockpit, the driver and passenger both enjoy Scarab’s upgraded ComfortRide captain’s chairs with flip-up front bolsters. A U-shaped lounge seat fills the remaining stern half of the cockpit. The two inside rear corners of this lounge are notched with cut-out portions to prevent those seated there to have to play “kneesies” with each other. What a nifty idea! Snap-in cockpit carpeting is standard and may be optionally upgraded with Scarab’s Smart Mat carpet with its quick drain, mildew-resistant surface. A cockpit removable cooler is also standard.

A centre transom walk-thru makes it easy to get from the integrated molded swim platform into the cockpit. On each side of this centre walk-thru is Scarab’s exclusive Versa-Lounge stern seating with one-touch convertibility, allowing passengers to choose between three different seating configurations including a sunpad. The swim platform with reboarding ladder stowed below also includes the upgraded swim platform mat. A transom mounted ski tow ring is standard as is a foldable wakeboard tower with bimini top. Tower speakers with the upgraded premium sound system featuring amplifier, blue LED backlit speakers and transom remote control is available.

Through a long-term supply agreement with BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division, power for the Scarab 195 HO Impulse is from a single 250 horsepower Rotax® 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system. This should provide plenty of get up and go for even the most avid of watersports enthusiasts.

The Scarab® name is back big time and snazzier looking than ever.

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Length: 18' 10" 5.73 m
Beam: 8' 0" 2.43 m
Dry weight: 2,600 lbs 1,179 kg
Draft: 1' 0" 30 cm
Fuel Capacity: 31 US gals 117 L
Base Engine / Drive: Rotax Jet
Engine HP: 250
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 20
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