Go Back  The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > The Boating Forum
Reload this Page >

Where do Scout boats rank in the order of center consoles?

Notices
Like Tree26Likes

Where do Scout boats rank in the order of center consoles?

Old 02-11-2019, 10:21 AM
  #21  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hollywood Beach, Florida
Posts: 961
Default

Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
this is getting out of hand THT needs a list that numerically orders all CC brands so we know exactly where we stand

scout is 23rd on the list
I thought it was 6th. Below Bahama but above Bayliner
Special K III is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 10:27 AM
  #22  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 530
Default

Blue Bird (I think) posted a thread years ago about issues he had and pictures of shoddy construction and I think it stuck with a lot of people. That's about the only negative one I heard so maybe they built one bad boat (apparently similar to what Jupiter did)

I checked out a 255 Dorado at the show this weekend and it looked like a well built boat, better than SH and Sailfish to me,
PeteVB is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:05 AM
  #23  
jd3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: South Kackalackee
Posts: 16
Default

Scout started here in Charleston South Carolina so around here they are pretty popular. I have a friend who has had a 17' CC for twenty years and says he will never sell it. We've got a colloquialism..."The Scout is Stout" And his little CC is and an excellent hull design in my humble opinion. Takes chop like a champ considering the size...Rumor has it the founder of Scout was working for a boat builder (and it may have been Bayliner not sure on that) and started the business by experimenting with hull designs in his garage. First by designing a hull that would be ideal to handle the 5 foot tides, pluff mud and oyster bars prevalent here... And that was probably 30 years ago or so....like I said around here people love em....
jd3 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:23 AM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 782
Default

If you like the scout, take a look at the mag bay 33.
pilotwerxs is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:29 AM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mid Atlantic
Posts: 635
Default

From what I recall the Scout hate developed from a story on here years ago where there were some stringer failures on one particular boat. Past that, I can't recall ever seeing anything that would paint them in a bad light outside of the same old "wet ride/dough ride/not as good as Contender/Regulator/cat hull".

I always thought they had great lines and nice looking options. Never had the chance to be on one, though.

Sea trial it and if you like it, buy it.

Good luck with your decision.

PS - That Chris Craft your wife fell in love with is a gorgeous boat...she's got good taste.
zig10 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:30 AM
  #26  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,473
Default

Ride in a Scout in the ocean and then ride in a Regulator, Southport, Onslow Bay, etc and decide for yourself what they ride like. I'm sure the days of broken T-tops, cracking floors and splitting transoms are behind them but you need to ride in one, in the ocean. Scouts are beautiful boats. They are designed to catch the eye of your wife. You take a woman to the boat show and 95% of them are going to love the design and looks of the Scout. That doesn't mean they ride good.
pemorris likes this.
Windham14 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:46 AM
  #27  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 22
Default

Scouts are nice, I am a big fan of the Sea Hunt Game fish though, especially for the cost difference
emoore6933 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 11:54 AM
  #28  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 11
Default

Originally Posted by pilotwerxs View Post
If you like the scout, take a look at the mag bay 33.
That is my dream boat, but it is double the price.
rjlljr is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 12:09 PM
  #29  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,687
Default

if you think 33 feet is the perfect size check out the boat in my sig.
MUHSFINK07 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 12:14 PM
  #30  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 111
Default

Remember that just because something is worthwhile to some folks, doesn't make it worthwhile to everyone.

Take a Roto-Molded cooler (Orion/Orca/Yeti/Pelican.) I don't need one of those; I don't need to keep anything cold or keep ice for more than a few hours. So its not worth it to me. But that doesn't mean its not worth it. Also, like a cooler, some brands command a premium just because the name has enough good will and history. So there might be other boats that are equally seaworthy as a Boston Whaler that don't command the same price because they can't. Not saying that a Scout is equivalent to a BW, just that some brands command higher prices for one reason or another that's not always easy to quantify.

You know best what your expectations of the boat are and what weather and seas you expect to take it out and how it should perform.
jobowker likes this.
JONOV is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 12:19 PM
  #31  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Posts: 2,845
Default

OP: If the central purpose is family/fishing usage then Scout boats are more than qualified to meet your needs. My father had a 19' Scout CC (had it for 5 years) he would take out cruising with my mom and my boys; he also fished her when it was no more than 3 feet and under seas and the boat did fine every time, no issues. I may not make the exact same recommendation if your needs where different than what you stated (tournament fishing is harsh conditions, making long fishing runs to the Bahamas in the winter when seas can turn nasty quick and you still have 50+ miles to get back home, etc.).

Best of luck in your search; I raised my kids on the water (as my dad did with me), there is no better way IMO to spend quality family time.
Ken T likes this.
Anthem is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 12:29 PM
  #32  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: marmora nj
Posts: 5,334
Default

I f your used to riding in a reg,conttender, intrepid ,southport and other top tier boats then will not like the scout in the ocean. gotta tell ya they are pretty ,. wonder what that wooden stearing will look like in 5 years. all you really have to do is go for a ride in some slop and youll get it but, if your just crusing around the back bays and sandbars ,you should be fine go stand by an inlet on the rough days and see which brand boats turn around
pemorris likes this.
finman is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 12:49 PM
  #33  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 61
Default

Originally Posted by MUHSFINK07 View Post
if you think 33 feet is the perfect size check out the boat in my sig.
I was hoping someone would throw Intrepid into the mix.
INTP is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 01:17 PM
  #34  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,687
Default

Originally Posted by INTP View Post
I was hoping someone would throw Intrepid into the mix.
You said it I didn't! But in all seriousness we use our boat for cruising, going the sandbar, to lunch etc. and it is perfect for our needs.
MUHSFINK07 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 03:12 PM
  #35  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Stuart, Florida
Posts: 3,488
Default

This is just my opinion, but one indicator of how well a boat is built is how many, relative to the number produced by the mfg are for sale on the used market AND what is the price they are getting. I understand there are brands like Whaler which have been living off of their past reputation for a long time and may command a good resale but not sure how that reflects in their quality. On the other hand, I have owned boats that I could barely give away when I tried to sell them and driving by any boat consignment lot you find a lot of brands that do not hold their value. Also a lot of boats today are expensive because of all the things that have nothing to do with build quality or performance. These amenities or bling are added, simply because that is what everyone else is doing now...Powder coating, two-tone tufted seats, to name just two examples.
oceanluvr30 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 03:21 PM
  #36  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,687
Default

Originally Posted by oceanluvr30 View Post
This is just my opinion, but one indicator of how well a boat is built is how many, relative to the number produced by the mfg are for sale on the used market AND what is the price they are getting. I understand there are brands like Whaler which have been living off of their past reputation for a long time and may command a good resale but not sure how that reflects in their quality. On the other hand, I have owned boats that I could barely give away when I tried to sell them and driving by any boat consignment lot you find a lot of brands that do not hold their value. Also a lot of boats today are expensive because of all the things that have nothing to do with build quality or performance. These amenities or bling are added, simply because that is what everyone else is doing now...Powder coating, two-tone tufted seats, to name just two examples.
I will say that the boat rental shops around Naples have scout as their small CC rentals and considering that they rent to probably new or inexperienced boaters those companies make a decision based upon how much they can get out of their boats. i guess thats got to count for something!
MUHSFINK07 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 03:50 PM
  #37  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 219
Default

I loved my 18 Scout. Was a very well rounded boat. For what you describe it sounds like a good fit for you and your family.
kwipp is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 05:02 PM
  #38  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 869
Default

I am old enough to remember when THT thought Scouts were the best boats on the universe.
finatic1 is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 05:05 PM
  #39  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Beaufort North Carolina
Posts: 3,645
Default

Originally Posted by finatic1 View Post
I am old enough to remember when THT thought Scouts were the best boats on the universe.
Just before Fish Factory came along......
captain28570 likes this.
Ken T is offline  
Old 02-11-2019, 06:47 PM
  #40  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 238
Default

My buddy has a 202 (?) that he bought new about 15 years ago and still owns. He likes it and it looks nice despite living outdoors 24/7
Vollymall is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread