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Robalo 242EX vs Scout 255 LXF

Old 01-15-2019, 08:12 AM
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So... I am about to make a decision on one of these two boats and wanted to get some opinions. Ultimately, I understand this is my decision but input always helps. Please keep in mind these boats are going to be used for 80% family and 20% fishing (or maybe even 90/10). I have the choice between a brand-new 2018 Robalo 242EX (with a 6-year Yamaha warranty if purchased in January) and a barely-used (120 hours) 2016 Scout 255 LXF. As far as equipment goes, both are comparable in terms of electronics, etc. and both boats have the Yamaha F300 XCA with digital controls. The Scout seems to be a bit more of a 'big boat,' but the Robalo is all brand-new and shiny. Price-wise, the Robalo is actually a little less money than the Scout. My wife and I like both boats for different reasons--she LOVES the 'sexiness' of the Scout, but the comfort of the Robalo (e.g., seating, etc.).

Anyone have thoughts or experience with either boat that they would like to share?
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:47 AM
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I just upgarded from a 195 SF to a 255LXF Scout. I assume the Scout in this case is a foot bigger than the Robalo. In these smaller sized CC, a foot seems to make a world of difference. I agree with the sexiness of the scout - you cant beat those lines. Also the head in the 255 is really sizeable which is what primarily sold me on that boat. The LXF series fit and finish is really top notch. All fasteners seem to be of high quality and attention to detail really sold me.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:05 AM
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I just upgraded from a Scout 195 SF to a 255LXF. I completely agree on the Scout's sexiness and lines. Cant beat the look of that hull. The LXF series is a significant step up from the other lines of Scouts and other manuf that I looked at. The fit and finish of the 255LXF seemed very high quality. All fasteners and latches have weight and a finish to them that says durability. Also - is the Robalo a foot shorter? It seems like 1-2' in the smaller CC makes a world of difference. The head in the 255 also sold me as being 6' I could completely stand up with head room. My boat also has the 300 and def looking forward to boating season for her maiden voyage.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:02 PM
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I have not been on a Scout but I have an R242 and we love it. I am a bit on the opposite side I am more of the 90/10 fishing family but I don't think it matters. The EX has the same hull as the 242 but different deck layout. The 242 is a great riding boat and gets good mileage for as heavy as it is. Mine was delivered at the end of June '17 and as of 12/18 I have over 220 hours on it. It's very dry, it handles 2 to 3 foot chop very well and can run over 27 mph in it once you learn how to trim it, at least that's what I had to do. I take it out on small craft advisory days all the time without issue. The only issue I had was a rear seat failure that was addressed by my dealer and Robalo without issue or cost to me. I cruise in 1 to 2 foot chop at 32 and get 2.2 GPH with a single 300 with a 1/2 tank, 2 to 3 fat guys and all my fishing gear. A pair 150s will run slightly better. If I could do it again I would get it with 2x 200s but the 300 does very well. My wife, 11 year old and all of my friends love cruising in it. I bought a full cover and rear shade from TTops out N Charleston, SC. Get the rear cover and factory canvas for the the console and console seat, it's worth the money. . PM me if you have any questions.




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Old 03-09-2019, 05:39 AM
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I appreciate everyone’s feedback. My wife and I are doing some boat shopping this morning with these two boats still on the list. Glad to hear that owners of both brands really like what they have.
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