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Old 05-12-2019, 01:33 PM
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I have read read every thread on THT about the scout 262 sf. I am considering buying an 07. I have seen so many mixed reviews. Some people canít stand them and think they suck and others say itís the best boat they have ever owned. I donít typically run out when the weather man is calling for worse than 2-3. I do a lot of fishing offshore 30+ miles offshore (damn gulf! Lol), but do a lot of running to the beach with the family. Are there any current owners out there of a 262 sf that can speak to their experiences with this boat? The good and the bad. Just trying to make an informed decision. Yes the wife obviously loved the boat and is kind of driving my decision.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:16 PM
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:00 PM
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I think the mixed reviews and hyperbole are what you'll get about almost any boat on THT. I found a review on saltwater sportsman for that boat. I'd post the link but I don't have enough posts yet. Found it on google pretty easily though.

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Never had a 262, but I have owned two scouts. I liked them both, well built, seemed like above-par quality everywhere. You won't find too much love for them on this forum however.
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:20 AM
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I had a Scout 245XSF that was a great boat. At bit wet at times, but no issues with workmanship, the materials were of very high quality, and it was a very nice riding hull. Scout has one of the best family-friendly layouts in the business. My neighbor had a 262XSF, ran it from the Tampa Bay area back-and-forth to Key West, and never had an issue with it. They hold their value among the best in the business, and are in high demand on the used market.

The only thing to be aware of is that Scout counts the swim platforms in their length measurement, so they tend to be a bit smaller interior-wise that other boats of the same length.
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Originally Posted by mvaldes322 View Post
Hey guys!

I have read read every thread on THT about the scout 262 sf. I am considering buying an 07. I have seen so many mixed reviews. Some people canít stand them and think they suck and others say itís the best boat they have ever owned. I donít typically run out when the weather man is calling for worse than 2-3. I do a lot of fishing offshore 30+ miles offshore (damn gulf! Lol), but do a lot of running to the beach with the family. Are there any current owners out there of a 262 sf that can speak to their experiences with this boat? The good and the bad. Just trying to make an informed decision. Yes the wife obviously loved the boat and is kind of driving my decision.
Well.....I didn't have a 262 but I did have a 282 and I have ridden and fished on a 262. Here's my take: It's not a fish boat. Can it be fished? Of course. But it was not designed to either go head to head with Contenders
Cape Horns, Yellowfins etc...in the fishing department. First it doesn't have the dead rise, and a 2-3 foot at 6 second gulf chop will punch your spine thru your brain. Two...because you can't run very fast then, with any kind of 10 plus kt winds you WILL get wet. They are VERY pretty boats and I will take a guess that the one you are looking at has F150's, and they are as fuel efficient as anything out there......BUT unless its 5kts and
less than 2 feet.....all the time...Ö.just my .02. And as someone that has OWNED 2 Scouts and read a lot of the bashing threads, a lot of the issues people have had are a direct correlation to how previous owners used the boats. In Scouts defense, I never saw them sponsoring an SKA team, or promoting their boats as "wave eating monsters" but some folks think they are.
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I had a Scout 245XSF that was a great boat. At bit wet at times, but no issues with workmanship, the materials were of very high quality, and it was a very nice riding hull. Scout has one of the best family-friendly layouts in the business. My neighbor had a 262XSF, ran it from the Tampa Bay area back-and-forth to Key West, and never had an issue with it. They hold their value among the best in the business, and are in high demand on the used market.

The only thing to be aware of is that Scout counts the swim platforms in their length measurement, so they tend to be a bit smaller interior-wise that other boats of the same length.

thanks for the info it fo it really helps when trying to make a decision!!
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Well.....I didn't have a 262 but I did have a 282 and I have ridden and fished on a 262. Here's my take: It's not a fish boat. Can it be fished? Of course. But it was not designed to either go head to head with Contenders
Cape Horns, Yellowfins etc...in the fishing department. First it doesn't have the dead rise, and a 2-3 foot at 6 second gulf chop will punch your spine thru your brain. Two...because you can't run very fast then, with any kind of 10 plus kt winds you WILL get wet. They are VERY pretty boats and I will take a guess that the one you are looking at has F150's, and they are as fuel efficient as anything out there......BUT unless its 5kts and
less than 2 feet.....all the time...Ö.just my .02. And as someone that has OWNED 2 Scouts and read a lot of the bashing threads, a lot of the issues people have had are a direct correlation to how previous owners used the boats. In Scouts defense, I never saw them sponsoring an SKA team, or promoting their boats as "wave eating monsters" but some folks think they are.
I donít tournament fish nor do I go out when itís 3-5. If the wind happens to pick up and I find myself in 3-5 with short periods then Iím good with just cruising it back in and not beating the brakes off the boat. I have 3 young boys and a wife to consider in the decision. The boys love fishing and so does the wife, but she loves going for the cruise to the beach and hanging out all day and we find ourselves doing that a lot. The ride wonít be any worse than the 91 proline 230sport That I just sold Iím sure and Iíve had that boat 30 miles offshore and got caught in 2-3. That boat would kick your ass unless it was flat. So with that I really appreciate you sharing your experiences with both boats.
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