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2019 Scout 195 XSF, mercury 150XL, T top
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Potentially new Scout 195 or 215 XSF owner

Old 06-14-2019, 01:12 PM
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Default Potentially new Scout 195 or 215 XSF owner

Update: we chose the 215XSF
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Hi guys, new here but long time lurker.
Had a 20 ft Wellcraft CC back in 2011, sold her in 2012.
since then wife and kids have been asking me to get back into boating( we love to fish )
Anyway, we narrowed it down to these 2 models and we really like the layout on the Scouts.
Thoughts on these models?
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:27 PM
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4-5 people I’d go with the bigger boat.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by kwipp View Post
4-5 people I’d go with the bigger boat.
I agree
Me: lets get the 215
Wife: 195 price is better.
BTW, the 195 is rated for 7, while the 215 is up to 9.
( but 4-5 people, it can get crowded esp when fishing )





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Old 06-14-2019, 03:57 PM
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The 195 has a wide beam for its size, it can definitely get it done. Capacity rating is one thing but fishing comfortably is another. See if you can test ride them with 5 people on board and then picture all of those people with fishing rods in their hands.
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Originally Posted by kwipp View Post
The 195 has a wide beam for its size, it can definitely get it done. Capacity rating is one thing but fishing comfortably is another. See if you can test ride them with 5 people on board and then picture all of those people with fishing rods in their hands.
Thanks.
Thats part of the reason it’s hard to decide. The 195 is definitely a good value. They both have the same beam size of 8’6”.
But, the 215 definitely feels more roomy, compared to the 195.
(huge bow seating area and front console seat with large fish box in the 215, compared to the standard bow seating area and the igloo/ yeti cooler seat of the 195)
Both have bow casting area when cushions removed, but the 215 has the advantage in size.
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Coast guard ratings are relative and ignore 'comfort'. Ask the weight rating on the coast guard plate where the capacity is listed. Odd they didn't include that in the site.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Coast guard ratings are relative and ignore 'comfort'. Ask the weight rating on the coast guard plate where the capacity is listed. Odd they didn't include that in the site.
I will. Thanks
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Update: We decided and we picked the 215.
They both have great features and quality, the 215 won just a tad.
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What size are these 4 to 5 people?

Regardless I would suggest a used 23 footer.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
What size are these 4 to 5 people?

Regardless I would suggest a used 23 footer.
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Average adult size, and one teen (my son). If it’s just me and my family it will be 4 people total.
The 5th or 6th would be a couple friends. (each one from 100-200 lbs, Not exceeding 210 lbs per person)

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We bought a 215 at the boat show in February. We also looked at the195, but my wife wanted room for more friends. We have had it out with seven people ( not fishing, just playing around) and it wasn’t at all crowded.

We love our Scout so far, a few small glitches (we had a leaky vacuum breaker on the fuel line that was replaced the week after we got it) but the dealer was quick to fix it.

Enjoy the new boat!
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Originally Posted by Dan_F View Post
We bought a 215 at the boat show in February. We also looked at the195, but my wife wanted room for more friends. We have had it out with seven people ( not fishing, just playing around) and it wasn’t at all crowded.

We love our Scout so far, a few small glitches (we had a leaky vacuum breaker on the fuel line that was replaced the week after we got it) but the dealer was quick to fix it.

Enjoy the new boat!
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Good to hear feedback from other Scout owners.
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215 (as you've already decided) but do yourself a favor and spend the extra 5k for 200 V6. You won't be disappointed.
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215 (as you've already decided) but do yourself a favor and spend the extra 5k for 200 V6. You won't be disappointed.
The extra 5k gets you the I4 200HP. We bought it and I can’t compare it to the 150, but it seems like plenty of power.

I haven’t had a really smooth day but it has done 48 @6000 RPM.

The dealer said you wouldn’t see much difference unless pulling tubes or the boat is heavily loaded. It did pull my niece’s boyfriend at 46 mph, which seemed almost too fast...
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The extra 5k gets you the I4 200HP. We bought it and I can’t compare it to the 150, but it seems like plenty of power.

I haven’t had a really smooth day but it has done 48 @6000 RPM.

The dealer said you wouldn’t see much difference unless pulling tubes or the boat is heavily loaded. It did pull my niece’s boyfriend at 46 mph, which seemed almost too fast...
Thanks, the dealership is a Mercury dealer so the 215 is equipped with the 150XL (and Enertia prop)
I think for what we will use it for, the 150 would suffice. (relaxed cruising and inshore fishing)
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The extra 5k gets you the I4 200HP. We bought it and I can’t compare it to the 150, but it seems like plenty of power.

I haven’t had a really smooth day but it has done 48 @6000 RPM.

The dealer said you wouldn’t see much difference unless pulling tubes or the boat is heavily loaded. It did pull my niece’s boyfriend at 46 mph, which seemed almost too fast...
That might be correct if you are talking Yamaha as both the 150 and 200 are 2.8L 4 cyl, But the OP says he wants Mercury and as you can see the 200 Merc is the new V6.
The boat will be better in every way with the 3.4L V6.


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the Merc 150 will do fine, I have one on similar boat, and unless your focused on WOT speed, has plenty of power. I get 4 mpg at 32 mph, so I go 32 a lot
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
That might be correct if you are talking Yamaha as both the 150 and 200 are 2.8L 4 cyl, But the OP says he wants Mercury and as you can see the 200 Merc is the new V6.
The boat will be better in every way with the 3.4L V6.

Thanks. (good info, something to consider in case we decide to trade up in a year or so)
Tbh, I think the 150 would be enough for stuff we’ll be doing.( inshore, bay)
My friends have bigger boats, so I doubt they’ll be going with me all the time
Kids are bigger now, so tubing is no longer interesting to them.
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the Merc 150 will do fine, I have one on similar boat, and unless your focused on WOT speed, has plenty of power. I get 4 mpg at 32 mph, so I go 32 a lot
Thanks,
Thats good to hear.
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
That might be correct if you are talking Yamaha as both the 150 and 200 are 2.8L 4 cyl, But the OP says he wants Mercury and as you can see the 200 Merc is the new V6.
The boat will be better in every way with the 3.4L V6.

Missed that part....
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