Scarab 195 Open

Where sport meets utility.

by Craig Ritchie
The Scarab nameplate has always been associated with performance and innovation; that heritage lives on in the all-new 195 Open and 195 Open Fish models.


  • LOA: 18'10"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 12"
  • Weight: 2,730 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 31 gals.
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: Rotax 1.5L 200 hp (base) / Rotax 1.5L HO 250 hp (max)
  • Price: Contact dealer

Scarab describes the new Open series as the place where “sport meets utility,” and they couldn’t have come up with a more apt description.

Taking a tip from the automotive world, where the ultimate sport utility vehicle remains the standard pickup truck, Scarab gave their new 195 Open models the very element that makes a pickup so adaptable: A tailgate. Thanks to some brilliant engineering and space-saving qualities of the boat’s standard Rotax jet power, the entire transom on the Open models can be easily lowered like a pickup’s tailgate, swinging outward until it’s flush with the floor. This immediately creates inviting possibilities: An extended swim platform, a roomy casting deck, or just the perfect spot to enjoy the lake under the summer sun.

“Stating that the 195 Open is a versatile new boat is simply an understatement,” says Scarab’s Doyle VanderPol. “The 195 Open and 195 Open Fish have unique features and amenities that will provide years of boating excitement for you, your family and friends.”

Both models feature self-draining cockpits, easy-to-clean upholstery, a cooler and even an optional ballast system for wakeboarding. There’s a standard transom tow point for watersports and an available tower with tow point. A standard console changing room, which can accommodate an available porta-potti, means there’s absolutely no need to return to shore.

The 195 Open Fish edition adds four gunnel rod holders and additional rod storage in the cockpit, a baitwell and bow fish box, and a bow casting platform. Available bow and stern fishing seats represent the finishing touch.

Standard power for both models is a Rotax 1.5L jet, which churns out 200 hp, while an upgrade to the 250-hp Rotax 1.5L HO is available. The standard engine delivers a top speed in the 37 to 40 mph range, while the HO model pumps that up to 40 to 43 mph. Both come with Rotax’s iNR (intelligent neutral and reverse) control system for easier shifting and enhanced maneuverability at low speeds.

Both the 195 Open and 195 Open Fish come with an upgraded single axle trailer with chrome wheels, allowing you to easily tow your fun anywhere.  



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