Jupiter Marine builds durable, seaworthy open boats, and the Palmetto, Fla., company’s newest model is the 30 FS. She’s built with the same hull as her predecessor, the 29, which has exited the fleet after seven years, says Jupiter Marine vice president of sales Todd Albrecht.
“It does utilize the 29 hull, but it has a new liner, console, prep center, hardtop — everything in the interior is new,” Albrecht says. “The 29 was such an exceptional-running boat that there was no need to part with it. So many customers were coming back for another 29 that we thought it was time for an update to keep those customers happy.”
The 30 FS (forward seating) has attracted boaters with its center console and hardtop design. The hardtop piping is mounted to the console, instead of the deck, which frees up toekick space.
Jupiter has built the console, which houses the head, with an oversized port-side door so larger crewmembers can avoid bumping their heads. “It’s a walk-in console, not a crawl-in console,” Albrecht says.
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Other improvements include the addition of an electronics box to the hardtop underside, another set of LED spreader lights and a forward console seat that now has fold-down armrests.
The 30 FS rides a deep-vee hull with an entry of 60 degrees and a transom deadrise of 24 degrees. With twin 300-hp Yamahas and fully loaded, it tops out at 56 mph. At 4,000 rpm the Yamahas burn a combined 27 gph while pushing the Jupiter at 41 mph for 1.5 mpg. With the throttles at 3,500 rpm, the speed drops to 35 mph, but the mileage increases to 1.8 mpg.
The boat carries 285 gallons of fuel.
The standard propulsion package of twin 250s delivers a 53 mph top end, and at 36 mph it gets just under 1.5 mpg. “A lot of people think downsizing horsepower gives you better fuel efficiency, and that is not always the case because with more horsepower you can attain the same speed and have better fuel efficiency,” Albrecht says.
Jupiter is a production builder but follows semicustom practices. “Customers come to us with requests for transom live wells or transom fishboxes or three live wells throughout the boat,” Albrecht says. “We’ve really given ourselves the ability to never have to say no to a customer.”
For instance, boaters who dive often request a hull-side door that swings down into the water.
The base boat is $184,800 with Yamaha 300s and $179,500 with 250s. Standard equipment includes coaming pads, a battery charger and an electric head with a 7.5-gallon holding tank.