When you talk about quality center console fishing and day-cruising boats, you have to include Jupiter Marine. The 30 FS is one of the Palmetto, Fla., builder’s newer boats.
The 30 FS (forward seating) isn’t entirely new. She’s built with the same hull as her predecessor, the 29, which has exited the fleet after seven years, says Jupiter vice president of sales Todd Albrecht. “It does utilize the 29 hull, but it has a new liner, console, prep center, hardtop ù everything in the interior is new,” he says. “The 29 was such an exceptional-running boat that there was no need to part with it.”
The 30 FS has attracted interest with its console/hardtop design. The hardtop piping is mounted to the console, rather than the deck, which frees up toekick space. Jupiter has given the console, which houses the head, an oversized port-side door so larger crewmembers avoid bumping their heads. “It’s a walk-in console, not a crawl-in console,” Albrecht says.
The deep-vee hull has an entry of 60 degrees and transom deadrise of 24 degrees. With twin 300-hp Yamahas, the fully loaded boat tops out at 56 mph. At 4,000 rpm, the Yamahas burn a combined 27 gph (1.5 mpg) while pushing the boat 41 mph. Pull the throttles back to 3,500 rpm, and the speed drops to 35 mph, while the mileage increases to 1.8 mpg. 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.
The base boat is $184,800 with the Yamaha 300s and $179,500 with 250s. Standard equipment includes coaming pads, a battery charger and an electric head with holding tank. Jupiter also has a new 32 FS.
LOA: 29 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 9 feet, 4 inches
DRAFT: 1 foot, 10 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 9,400 pounds (loaded)
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
ENGINES: twin Yamaha F250s (standard); twin Yamaha F300s
TOP SPEED: 53 mph with 250s;
56 mph with 300s
PRICE: $179,500 (with 250s), $184,800 (with 300s)
TANKAGE: 285 gallons fuel,
35 gallons water, 7.5 gallons waste
CONTACT: Jupiter Marine
October 2012 issue.
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