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Old 01-31-2004, 03:43 PM
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Wow, O.K. I recently made a post about a the towablity of a Roballo (being too heavy for my truck) then from a comment I started to look at Scouts. I went to the Baltimore Boat show three times this week and after looking at everything there was, MAN!! I do actually really like the Scouts. But seaching on this boaters forum I'm finding mixed messages. Those who love em and those who hate em. Rather than buying a new truck to pull the heavy roballo, I'm thinking about the Scout now for versatility - however I was told by the dealer that the warranty only covers trailering it with a bunk trailer - no rollers, does this now mean I'm going to loose some of that versatility by now only finding the best boat ramps around?? No matter what I do I'm going to drive one first, in fact I'm actually thinking about going to the miami show to do just that. Please if you have any other good info on Scouts, I'm all ears.
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Old 01-31-2004, 04:21 PM
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kdonohue73,
I would not worry about the Scout problems listed in here lately it seems the non-Scout owners are much more worried about them than the owners themself. Obviously you have been crawling around these for the past week and you probably can see that these are well built quality boats that are highly regarded in the marketplace.

I just sold a Scout 202 Sportfisher and I will tell you it was and is a great boat. I am now going to replace it with another Scout. In regards to the bunk trailer, yes I think most if not all Scouts use this type.

If you want detailed information you should post what specific model you are looking at and take the comments from the Scout owners of that particular model into consideration.

Best of luck to you...!
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Welcome new member

A number of fiberglas boat manufacturers recommend using bunks as it spreads the weight over a larger bearing surface

Wish you success in your search for a new boat
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Always buy the boat that attracts you the most. To buy another on a supposed risk is a trade off that you may or may not be satisfied with in the long run.

That said, ask existing scout bay boat owners about the scuppers allowing the cockit deck to flood. Some will say zero to a thimble full of water intrusion. Others that are alarmed or pissed about it say 2 to 3 inches of water intrusion.

Now it certainly could be that not all of the scouts sit in the water the same, and the water intrusion is not as pronounced on some. However the one thing to keep in mind is, will yours be one that allows the 3" of water flood the deck?

There are a lot of bayboats in the world. Surely not all do this.
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I was in the market for a 19-21 Ft. C.C. with a 4 stroke , had gone to many boat shows and countless hours on the net. I had several boats in mind (sea pro,trophy,) $$ was a limiting factor. My brother told me about a nice scout he had seen on THT. Called NewMoon, met at the providence boat show, drove down to view the boat(202 sportfisher),in 6 degree weather, liked what I saw and proptly handed over twice the agreed deposit amount. The boat was more than I had been looking to spend, but the quality was evident, perfect layout and she had really nice lines. The real clincher was the owner, honest and a fine fisherman, two truely admairable qualities. Once I chip the ice bergs off of my dock and put the boat where she needs to be, I will lets you know how she does. Casey Mae
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Casey Mae: Congrats on the purchase! I am quite sure you will like the Scout.

kdonahue73: Scout issues, or for that matter, any boat issues will have some kinks and is largely a matter of opinion. For some people, the scuppers are a royal pain whereas for others it is not. Not me, I just plug them up!!! How simple can it be!!!

Regarding the bunks vs rollers: I believe Scout recommends bunks as it spreads the weight more evenly.
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Do a search for the guy who uses the handle "Aboater". He owns one and has been quite honest about the positives and negatives about the boat here. I too looked at them at the Baltimore show and thought they were very sharp looking, especially the yellow one. I also learned two things that I didn't know about the brand. One being that they advertise that they are unsinkable and the second that they are NMMA certified (It had been posted here at one point that they were not). Do a search and find this gentleman. His email may be in his profile so you can contact him direct. Good luck!
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Welcome to the forum kdonohue 73

I definitely hear you about the versatility of a roller trailer vs. bunks.

The end results of the coin toss is ..... spending more money.

This is Katmandude's .. Scout Abaco 280. What's not to love?



Best to you on you decision.
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I wouldn't worry about the bunk trailer. My Scout 172 Dorado has not been a problem at any ramp with a bunk trailer. One thing will help, spray your bunks every now and then with Silicon. But don't take the winch off at the top of the ramp or you may end up with premature launching.

I do have a problem with water coming in the scuppers on my scout. I have a 30 gallon bait tank for kings and stripers. When that's in the back, I get significant water in the back unless the scuppers are plugged.
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The weight of the boat might be a clue as to the quality. Ask a Scout owner what the hull is made of below the waterline. Ever wonder why Scout owners cannot mount a shoot thru hull transducer?

Look at the Robalo again, ask the salesman what its' hull is made of !
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Scout hulls are fiberglass. No wood or coring in the hull (obviously, the transom is cored).

Regarding the scuppers... mine are *just* above the waterline at rest (so the boat drains fine at the dock if I'm hosing her down). When I'm out fishing, I usually (depending on waves and/or water temperature) plug the holes with flip-plugs from the inside. Not a problem.

We really like our Scout (172 Sportfish). It's a great bay boat for its size, and does well in skinny water and a light chop (great "compromise" boat).

If you just want a rugged (not as pretty) fishing boat, take a look at Cape Horn.

Good luck,
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ain't a single boat on the water that doesn't have some "issues." the scupper thing's been a non-issue for me (do a search to check out my scout pet peeves).

ask some specific questions, about some specific models, and i for one promise to answer your questions honestly (if i have the answer).

all that said, you asked a very general question, and a very general answer is that scout boats are very, very good.
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hey ff.....what does last post mean?? Good or bad for Scout. I'm taking delivery on one next week and all you guys that encouraged me to buy one in December, now the boat sucks????
Is it the moon?????
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As a Scout owner, I think FF is saying that the hull is very thick fiberglass, unless he is saying that the hull is very thin which I seriously doubt. Although, I have never heard of not being able to mount a through-hull in a Scout or any boat for that matter(unless it is a thin hull). I do not know where that came from.

Don't worry about it, I think you'll love the Scout!
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richardb8,
Ignore fishfactory, he's far from an expert on hull construction. Its just his opinion and you know what they say about opinions. If the boat fits your needs just go have fun and enjoy it. Scout builds a quality product!!!
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There's alot of high end boats out there that shoot thru ducers don't work well in!! Does that mean the boat is no good in YOUR EXPERT opinion??
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hey hub..............my boats getting picked up in Boca Grande and traied up eeast coast to MD. How's your fishery in mid April in SC??
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Casey Mae,
It's good to see you made it back up there with the 202, how was the long tow back up. Now take good care of my baby up there

Fish Factory,
Don't worry guy your perfect parker will sell someday (maybe)

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Congrats on purchasing a Scout which model did you choose?
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richardb8,

Right now, it is cold but the redfish are still out there in the flats although they are a little sluggish.

Spring-time, things really heat up. Shrimp are moving in from offshore, trout too. Spring is a great time up here!!
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HEY, Thanks for the truthful input. The Scout I've got my eyes on is the 242. Was jocking for a leftover 2003 but the top mounted electronics box, the little table down below, and the Flag blue color are extra nice tid bits that can come on the 2004. I'm calling around right now to see what the dealers can do. If so, I'll probably go with something like a Load Rite, SA Bunk with the new vinyl cover (easy slipping suposidly) to trailer it. A great thing is that fully loaded, engine, trailer and even if I had full fuel, it should come out just at or below 5000 lbs. But before I do anything, I wannna ride her first.
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