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Old 02-11-2019, 06:19 PM
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Iíve had 2 Scouts. Both 191 bays. Quality, fit, finish is top tier. Customer service is outstanding. Scout Boats is one of the best managed companies I know. Iíve been to their factory a couple times and you can eat off the floors. Everything is extremely organized and they really go out of their way to make sure every boat they build is top notch and done right. They have a good many videos you can watch to see for yourself.

Boston whaler makes good good boats and I really like the layout of the Daughtless models. If you look at the hardware and wiring, you will see that Scouts stuff is better quality. I also think Scout has more durable and better cushions. I kept both my 191ís in the sun on a jet dock and they both looked as good as new when I sold them 5 years later. Also sold them for close to what I paid for them. They hold their value very well.

Canít really go wrong with either brand. Good luck with your decision. The Scout 300 LXF is a sweet looking boat. Great layout for both cruising and fishing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:26 PM
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Love my 275lxf. IMO no comparison.
I laugh at the scout hate.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:09 PM
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I just sold my little 185 sportfish I bought new in 2002. Ran it on Lake Michigan, 1400 hours on it. Fantastic boat. Other than the scuppers.....
Just bought another one, a 191 bay
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by finatic1 View Post
I am old enough to remember when THT thought Scouts were the best boats on the universe.
I remember! I tried alluding to that earlier, but no one got it. You have a long memory sir!
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:29 PM
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This forum takes turns hating manufacturers. I remember this thread was one of the reasons scout got some hate. They said it was purely cosmetic.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by avalonandl View Post
RJL- Scouts are known as a "sandbar" boat more or less. They look nice, have lots of features etc.

Having said that, they are not built as battlewagons for chasing wahoo.

Do a search on here to see some threads regarding durability.
This exactly - you want to routinely run 100+ for pelagics in less than idea condition then Scout or any other 2 pc boat with more fru fru than meat is not your boat. OTH you want a do it all boat then a Scout or equivalent is perfect and will serve you well - pick the color of cushions your wife likes and move on. BW, Grady and then Scout are likely the "nicest" of the lot here, and certainly "nicer" than a Capehorn, Contender or Seavee...but nowhere near the sea boat.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:31 AM
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I have a 1999 Scout Sportfish. My fishing buds and I love it. I live in NC so not far from manufacturer and it took me some time to find a used one. Take a look at the resale value on Scout boats and the lack of used ones for sale. I have a couple of fishing bud on coast who own larger Scouts, who have no complaints and have stated they will never buy any other brand again. As suggested, if you can, take a tour of the Scout plant, as stated it is an impressive operation. I grew up on the FL east coast and Chesapeake bay in MD. My family was Boston Whaler and Grady White fanatics. For bays, ICW, inlets, lakes etc.. I would put my scout up to any of those in same size class. Mine is not big enough to consider any Ocean running, but have been in larger CC Scouts that performed great in big water. What ever you buy, just make wife happy and enjoy
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:03 AM
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I'll weigh in on this question as well. My wife and I just purchased a new Scout Dorado 275 last March. We have about 65 hours on it. We are very happy with the performance and the ride. It's comfortable enough for long trips, (6-8) hours. It's a very nice looking boat. We get a lot of compliments on it. Our two previous boats were a Boston Whaler and a Pioneer. We don't fish. We use it just for cruising the ICW in and around Tampa Bay. I don't run it out into the Gulf very much. If we encounter some chop or rough water I find that trimming the motors down pushes the bow down into the waves and provides a smoother ride. The flair of the bow keeps us dry in rougher water as well. We have friends from the mid west that visit a couple of times a year. We spent a lot of time on the water in our Pioneer 197 in and around the Charleston area. They have all commented that the Scout rides a lot better and is a dryer ride as well. The head is nice to have on longer trips as well. We did a sea trial on the Chris Craft Catalina as well before we purchased the Scout. One feature that we did not like was that chrome trim piece at the top of the windshield landed directly in our line of sight. We had to either look up and over it or hunch down a bit and look under it. A small detail perhaps but annoying on a long trip. We also didn't want the maint. headache of the teak trim. The more that I run the Scout the more I like it. The service after the sale has been very good as well. We had the opportunity to tour the Scout factory prior to our purchase. I was impressed with the plant. I've worked for a manufacturing company for the last 40 years or so. I could see a constant and steady progression of improvements to their processes as we moved through the plant. Most of their operations utilize state of the art manufacturing processes and philosophy. The plant is neat and clean, well organized and well lighted. Any mechanical device, boat or otherwise, can be driven to failure if you push it hard enough and long enough. Look at your intended use and pick a boat that fits your use and price point.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:11 AM
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I owned a 172 Sportfish for a number of years. With boat design, there seems to be several schools of thought:
1) Lots of show, little go. Build a cheap hull and put a glam interior in it. Eye candy.
2) Dreadnought. Build it like a tank, put enough engine on it and it will push through whatever seas you encounter
3) Finesse. Balance the mission requirements with smart design and materials to come up with a nice compromise.
Scout seems to be a "Finesse" builder. They design a hull that can handle most of what it would likely encounter. They build it light enough that it can be powered by a smaller engine resulting in good economy. After five years in salt water, my Scout looked almost showroom new. I loved the boat and consider it the best one I have ever owned. On the right days, we would take it offshore with other boats and they would marvel at my fuel burn...gas sipper. It was a good compromise for us and did what we needed it to do.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Upshot View Post
I'll weigh in on this question as well. My wife and I just purchased a new Scout Dorado 275 last March. We have about 65 hours on it. We are very happy with the performance and the ride. It's comfortable enough for long trips, (6-8) hours. It's a very nice looking boat. We get a lot of compliments on it. Our two previous boats were a Boston Whaler and a Pioneer. We don't fish. We use it just for cruising the ICW in and around Tampa Bay. I don't run it out into the Gulf very much. If we encounter some chop or rough water I find that trimming the motors down pushes the bow down into the waves and provides a smoother ride. The flair of the bow keeps us dry in rougher water as well. We have friends from the mid west that visit a couple of times a year. We spent a lot of time on the water in our Pioneer 197 in and around the Charleston area. They have all commented that the Scout rides a lot better and is a dryer ride as well. The head is nice to have on longer trips as well. We did a sea trial on the Chris Craft Catalina as well before we purchased the Scout. One feature that we did not like was that chrome trim piece at the top of the windshield landed directly in our line of sight. We had to either look up and over it or hunch down a bit and look under it. A small detail perhaps but annoying on a long trip. We also didn't want the maint. headache of the teak trim. The more that I run the Scout the more I like it. The service after the sale has been very good as well. We had the opportunity to tour the Scout factory prior to our purchase. I was impressed with the plant. I've worked for a manufacturing company for the last 40 years or so. I could see a constant and steady progression of improvements to their processes as we moved through the plant. Most of their operations utilize state of the art manufacturing processes and philosophy. The plant is neat and clean, well organized and well lighted. Any mechanical device, boat or otherwise, can be driven to failure if you push it hard enough and long enough. Look at your intended use and pick a boat that fits your use and price point.
The Dorado 275 is a really nice looking boat but the rear entry needs to be redesigned. You have to fold down the entire back seat and push it forward to get in.


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Old 02-12-2019, 05:46 AM
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I agree. I built a gang plank that we use to board the boat from the dock. It works much better that trying to use the small platform at the back of the boat and then climbing over the seat. I only fold the seat down to access the engines for flushing. When we are anchored at a sandbar or barrier island boarding via the swim ladder is not an issue. We also have a swim ladder in the bow but we have never used it. I wouldn't go the on cost for it if I had it to do over.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:55 AM
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I owned one new Scout, a 205SF for several years as well as 2 new Gradys, 1 new Whaler, 1 new Parker and bunch of other used boats from most other "tiers"

That said these are my observation and opinions - please take them as such

Scout builds well made and pretty boat with horrible customer service

Boston Whaler, Grady and Parker build boats that are "stronger" than Scout

Grady White is by far the best if customer service is a priority, Boston Whaler is good, stay away from Scout or Parker if customer service is important.

Ranking from just what I have owned would be

1) Grady White / Boston Whaler - tie
2) Scout / Parker - tie







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Old 02-12-2019, 06:52 AM
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I have had two Scouts: a 172 Sportfish and now a 225XSF. The 172 was made in 1992 and I sold it in 2013, very quickly, for more than I paid for it. It still looked fantastic when cleaned up. I have had no problems with my 2013 225XSF and am very happy with the ride, build quality, thoughtful design, and features. Scout customer service has always quickly answered any questions I have had (mostly with replacement parts for worn items on the 172).

Scout does not try to build the heaviest boat. I think a lot of people equate a heavy boat to a strong boat and that makes them discount Scouts as fragile boats. Heavy just means the material used is heavier, not that it is necessary stronger. Since I live in South Carolina where Scouts are built, I see quite a few out and about. Most every owner really likes them and I have never heard of anyone with a major problem. They always seem to hold up well over time and, as I experienced, sell very quickly used.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rjlljr View Post
As my boat buying research continues I find my that my family and I are more attracted to the 'family friendly' orientated center consoles vs. the more fishing-centric boats. i.e. My wife fell in love with the Chris Craft Catalina and we both agree that a Contender just isn't what we are looking for.

We are looking in the 27' to 33' range (although I personally feel 30'-33' is the sweet spot).

At a recent show I stepped on a Scout boat. I really liked what I saw. The boat felt very high end. It felt thoughtfully built and certainly the quality seemed first rate.

My question is this. To me, that boat feels like it should be more costly than a Boston Wailer (of equivalent size) but it isn't; it is a fair bit cheaper in fact. So to those of you who know more than I do, what am I missing? Are Scout good boats? Great boats? Where to the rank in the order of things (of course I understand that lists are naturally biased, but we can all agree that there are the NaticStar's of the world, the Sea Hunt's of the world and the Yellowfin's of the world - all of which represent different tiers of quality & price).

To me the Scout 30 LXF is the closest to perfect (for my needs) I have found as I near research exhaustion and I was surprised to see that they were not quite as expensive as I thought they would be.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.
I have owned 6 boats over the last 40 years. In 2004 after carefully considering all boats in the 21 foot range I went with a new Scout 21 XFS center console.
After 14 years of hard fishing I haven't had any problems and my Scout still looks great. I can honestly say that the Scout is the best boat I have ever owned.
I fish out of Cape May NJ and usually fish between 12 and 15 miles off shore but I have had it out 25 miles. At times I have been caught in some very rough conditions but never felt afraid in my Scout. It is very sea worthy and runs great in a chop.
Scout's owner worked for Boston Whaler for years so he knew a lot about boat building before he started Scout Boats.
I'm not sure why some people trash Scouts but I suspect it's because they never spent anytime on the water with one.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:21 AM
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When i was shopping for 2000ish dual consoles, i looked at scouts, key wests, pioneer, robola, and grady. I'd say they are in this group.

I just went to a boat show, and by far the best leaning post design to me was the Scout.


I want to buy this leaning post for my boat.

cool fold down gunnel seats.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:25 AM
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i have a 26 cc and love it . and you read this thread and see one guy had a bad boat or something happened with the used one he got and had to do some work on it. because it was out of the 10 year warranty !! really . ok so you buy the boat and use it for what it was intended for i take mine 60 miles off shore try to stay in less than 4 it can get a little wet but the fuel mileage is what it is all about with these boat and the finish and all around fishing and they hold there value if boat don't hold there value that tells you something. at 35 mph i get 3+ mpg and sometime almost 4 i give up some dry ride for that but $100 rain suit is cheap and i can fish 3 more time on the same fuel as I could with my 32'cat boat . you buy one you well like it . if not you can sell it fast and not get hurt on the sale and i have seen and been in sea hunt sea pro. not on the same page at all just look at the resale on those boat. My boat is a 06 and still well sell any day for over 50 k fast That tells you what you need to know .
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:04 PM
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As you can see there is not universal hate. There has been 2-3 failures of hulls here that were pretty graphic, which is were the negativity likely comes from. Every mfg has issues, you can search mine with Grady.

Never owned one one so I donít have much to add other then I have been on 2 which seemed to have scuppers too low. But they are good looking boats.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Elgreco809 View Post
This forum takes turns hating manufacturers. I remember this thread was one of the reasons scout got some hate. They said it was purely cosmetic.
I remember that one and a few others. It was a really bad yr for that mfgr. Last year I was all enrhused and working on getting a RangerTug. Then a Canadian buyer of one had a ton of issues with the brand. That really turned me off on the brand. Even thought the mfgr published an apology and fixed the issues. I thought very well about the mfgr after he cotrrected the issues and apologized publicly. It was well handled. But I could not get the pictures and post of my mind.

our needs and views on boating change all the time. Yesterdays great boat. We plunked money on does not seem to fit that great this year.. Its not the boat. Its us..
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:46 PM
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I think some boats are overpriced and some are very good value. I find Robalo overpriced. I own a Sea Hunt, and I think it is great value. We always thought of Bayliner as not worth the low price. Scout has a great reputation; I never thought of it as inexpensive. To me, Boston Whaler is high quality, but overpriced.
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