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Old 06-16-2019, 08:20 PM
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I had dinner with a friend last night in Newport, RI. He winters in Cape Coral, FL and told me that he sees loads of Scout boats down there. We see none in Rhode Island. I got online and looked at the 255 Dorado. It looks great and I remembered it from the Boston boat show.

I told another friend about the Dorado and he said he heard itís a very wet boat and all glitz. Iím just wondering if anyone has firsthand knowledge about this boat. It surely looks great and I want to know if I should put this on my list of possibilities as Iím hunting for a new DC in that size range. Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:29 PM
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:45 PM
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We bought a 215XSF this year and I have been very happy with it so far.

We looked at Boston Whaler, Wellcraft, Robalo, and Scout. The Boston Whaler was our second choice, but my wife liked the glitz of the Scout - the seats are really nice compared to BW.

I saw a 255 Dorado hardtop last weekend ( my first Scout sighting since buying ours), it is a beautiful boat.
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:57 PM
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Try searching scout boats here on THT. You can read many first hand experiences. Good Luck. To answer your question “yes”.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:37 AM
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We have about 100 hours on a new Scout 275 Dorado. We are very happy with it. Our previous boat was a Pioneer 197. The two boats are worlds apart. The Scout rides very well and we generally stay dry. I say generally because there are occasions where the combination of wind and waves will drive some spray back over the bow. Not very often though. We have friends and visitors that have spent a lot of time on both boats. They all say the same thing, the Scout rides really well and is much, much dryer than the Pioneer was. We are very happy with it. It's rumored that they are considering a 32' version of this same boat. I would be very interested in moving up to a larger Dorado if they offer it. We are leaving Thursday morning for a trip to Marathon Key, from Bradenton FL. The outing is sponsored by Scout and the local Scout dealer. They do this several times a year for their customers. There are about 20 boats signed up just from the local dealer. I don't know how many are signed up from other dealers. Scout does a lot to promote boating, (and their product, of course). All in all it's been a very positive experience for my wife and I. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by auntiepaula View Post
he said he heard it’s a very wet boat and all glitz.
He heard it? From whom? Kind of a silly approach to determining whether you might be interested in a boat.

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Old 06-17-2019, 04:44 AM
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There was a time that Scout was the most popular brand of boats here on THT and Viking Marine in Portsmouth, RI, was one of their largest dealers. Sadly, Viking owner Scott Potter died at a young age in 2014 after a fight with cancer.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:02 AM
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In response to Flatout71's post, I have a 2019 Scout 195 Sportfish and I fail to see where all the glitz is. If room enough in the bland console for a porta potti and pop-up cleats are considered to be glitz then it's loaded. While it certainly has some design flaws (the "leaning post" is not tall enough to really function as a leaning post, for example), the only item included with this boat that I would call glitz would be the unnecessary sound system.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:07 AM
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I have had the good fortune to run a 350 lxf on multiple occasions. Solid as a rock and with 900 hp on the transom it'll fly. VERY soft ride as long an you are in anything under 4ft (real 4ft, not THT 4ft) with more than a 6-7 second interval. Past that and you'll occasionally slam down on a wave...but we're also still running 37-40mph easy. Never had an issue with spray. Had a few electrical gremlins over the years, but all were minor (pump for toilet or a washdown pump) and were easily repaired when we got home. Go tour the plant if you want to see how they are made. Cool place to visit.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:08 AM
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I owned a Scout 177 Sport Fish. Was a great little boat for my uses. Only issue was wet feet from the scuppers. My personal opinion (which may be incorrect) is that their smaller boats, which are used for their intended purposes, are good. Their bigger boats look good at a sandbar, but a 30-40 foot Scout wouldn't be on my list for offshore sportfishing.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:08 AM
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Ive owned a 242 abaco and a 280 cc sportfish. I thought both were nice boats. The 242 abaco actually had a real good ride in my opinion compared to similar boats. Resale was also very easy on both if that means anything. No boat is perfect but id buy another. They sure do look good and both held up well.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:17 AM
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I think it might be fair to say "A larger amount of the purchase price spent on glitz" than "all glitz", if the stuff Scout places value on is appealing to you then they're fantastic boats and plenty of happy boaters riding around on Scouts that didn't find the look or comfort they wanted from other manufacturers.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Upshot View Post
We have about 100 hours on a new Scout 275 Dorado. We are very happy with it. Our previous boat was a Pioneer 197. The two boats are worlds apart. The Scout rides very well and we generally stay dry. I say generally because there are occasions where the combination of wind and waves will drive some spray back over the bow. Not very often though. We have friends and visitors that have spent a lot of time on both boats. They all say the same thing, the Scout rides really well and is much, much dryer than the Pioneer was. We are very happy with it. It's rumored that they are considering a 32' version of this same boat. I would be very interested in moving up to a larger Dorado if they offer it. We are leaving Thursday morning for a trip to Marathon Key, from Bradenton FL. The outing is sponsored by Scout and the local Scout dealer. They do this several times a year for their customers. There are about 20 boats signed up just from the local dealer. I don't know how many are signed up from other dealers. Scout does a lot to promote boating, (and their product, of course). All in all it's been a very positive experience for my wife and I. Good luck with your decision.
I would hope to hell that a 22į deadrise 27.5ft boat ride better and be drier than a 18į deadrise 19.5ft boat.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:33 AM
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I am happy with my 1998 Dorado 185. It's not perfect but overall it's a well made boat, and I believe it's better than average. I was wary of buying a Scout based on the opinions on this website, but frankly, for the most part, those opinions turned out to be crap. The only thing I was unhappy about was the fuel tank installation, but I doubt that Scout still mounts the tanks the same way.

I really have no issues with it. Last year I had to replace the port side curved glass windshield, and parts were still available from Taylor Made Systems. Good luck with that on some other makes/models. After 21 years of less than optimal maintenance I have no real issues with gel coat, or lamination, or structure.

Is it all glitz? Do you mean more so than any other family oriented boat? I don't know really, my family is pretty happy with it, it pulls a tube fine, it seats kids fine, a family of 4 can fish adequately if we all watch out for each other. If you want to swordfish 50 miles off shore you are better off with something else.
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I own a Scout. My next boat will not be a Scout.
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Originally Posted by Upshot View Post
We have about 100 hours on a new Scout 275 Dorado. We are very happy with it. Our previous boat was a Pioneer 197. The two boats are worlds apart. The Scout rides very well and we generally stay dry. I say generally because there are occasions where the combination of wind and waves will drive some spray back over the bow. Not very often though. We have friends and visitors that have spent a lot of time on both boats. They all say the same thing, the Scout rides really well and is much, much dryer than the Pioneer was. We are very happy with it. It's rumored that they are considering a 32' version of this same boat. I would be very interested in moving up to a larger Dorado if they offer it. We are leaving Thursday morning for a trip to Marathon Key, from Bradenton FL. The outing is sponsored by Scout and the local Scout dealer. They do this several times a year for their customers. There are about 20 boats signed up just from the local dealer. I don't know how many are signed up from other dealers. Scout does a lot to promote boating, (and their product, of course). All in all it's been a very positive experience for my wife and I. Good luck with your decision.

So you have a 28' boat that is dryer than your 20' boat, [probably 3x as costly] that is absolutely super kalifragilistic expeallidocious. wowee........
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:01 AM
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I ordered my Scout in April before I joined THT. After reading a lot of negative comments about the brand I got a bit nervous.

Then I searched the forum for Scout related threads. The truth is, the overwhelming majority of people who actually own Scouts like their boats. A few people have had major problems, as with any boat brand (except Freeman, those things are Godís gift to the boating world).

We wanted a family boat that I could also do a little fishing and crabbing out of. Out of the limited brands of CC/DC available in Oregon Scout fit our needs best.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:10 AM
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No one can deny that Scout boats are very pretty. Pretty is good and it helps convince the distaff side that it's OK to buy a Scout and it's OK to be seen on one. I like Scouts for that reason. Other than that I consider them to be very average. That's not a denigrating description. There days boats are so well built that an average boat is well worth owning. They're not for me but I'm more of a basics are better kind of guy.
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Watch how they build them and decide for yourself on build quality - though it doesn't tell you how they ride, handle, or fish.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:33 AM
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Scout has been through a few cycles over the last 20-30 years. The early/mid 90s 172 and 185 boats are bullet proof and you see many on the water down here in South Carolina. I think in the early 2000s they tried to expand to bigger models, flats boats, and higher priced models and they had a lot of manufacturing issues. I owned one that delaminated and knew people who worked in the factory who could see the issues they were having. Personally I think they build a stylish looking boat, but not worth the price they put on them.
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