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

Old 02-11-2019, 08:14 AM
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Default Where do Scout boats rank in the order of center consoles?

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.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:18 AM
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Apparently, they are somewhere below Freeman and above Jupiters and Barkers....
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JK.... never been on one, other than at a show.. beautiful boats, though...
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I am very happy with my 21 year old Scout. Many people who don't owns Scouts are very unhappy with Scout, so you will get mixed reviews as replies to this thread. I have a Dorado DC though, not a CC.

Is it perfect? No, but overall I believe it is much better than average.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:23 AM
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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.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by whalerboy View Post
I am very happy with my 21 year old Scout. Many people who don't owns Scouts are very unhappy with Scout, so you will get mixed reviews as replies to this thread. I have a Dorado DC though, not a CC.

Is it perfect? No, but overall I believe it is much better than average.
And why would that be?
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Most consider them "Mid Tier" boats but the friends I know that have them have great reviews of their own boats. I really can't recall any of them having issues that were Scout related. I wouldn't rank them with the Contender boats but for a family boat it will handle way more than what you will put it through. They go hand in hand with the Sea Hunts and Key West boats.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:27 AM
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Beautiful boats for sure, and the ladies love them, but I wasn't super impressed be the ride of the 32 I was on for a long run.

I would certainly have one, as I have owned Sea Pro's and Sea Hunts, and they are a fair bit nicer than those brands for sure, but I would not pay what they are asking.

In the 27-32 foot range they are about 40-65k higher than Sea Hunt...which I'm not sure is worth it, but they certainly look better, and people seem to think quite a bit higher of them.
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Good looks are expensive
High quality is expensive
Excellent functional design is expensive
There's a premium for a name brand

Scout is a really good looking boat with a strong enough name to demand some name premium. They are not the most expensive boats out there. Some of the things above must be missing. You pick what's most important to you.
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Originally Posted by rjlljr View Post
And why would that be?
I am curious as well. I joined this forum shortly after buying a 215 XSF and was surprised to find so much hate for the brand. We compared them to a comparably priced Boston Whaler and my wife was all over the Scout. The Boston Whaler seemed sparse in comparison.

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Originally Posted by rjlljr View Post
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.
Now go sea trial it and the other ones that you have researched and if this is still what you think, pull the trigger.

When I get too old to fish deep and run hard, I 'm going back to Davidson and get my 1998 Scout 202 from my Son to put put to the sandbars in. And you can fish out of them.




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Old 02-11-2019, 08:31 AM
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I bought a new Scout Sportfish last year and have been more than pleased. I have frequented the forum here for years and read all the recommendations. I sea trialed everything from the Sea Hunt, Pioneer, Boston Whaler and Cobia and picked the Scout over all four mentioned. It has served well on the freshwater lake and also 30 miles offshore. You are looking at the larger model, but for the brand itself I couldn't be happier with the purchase and Scout customer service so far.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rjlljr View Post
And why would that be?
I don't know. When I bought my Scout, I had read all the reviews on this website, and I was worried that I was making a mistake because of the negative. Of all the negative I read on here, all of it was garbage, except for the lousy mounting method of fuel tanks in the 185. The Scout 185s did have a stupid fuel tank mounting methodology. I suspect that has changed in the last 15 years.

My experience is that the prior primary complaints were mostly inaccurate and/or were very emotional. I can't tell you the reason why because I don't understand it.
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Originally Posted by Dan_F View Post
I am curious as well. I joined this forum shortly after buying a 215 XSF and was surprised to find so much hate for the brand. We compared them to a comparably priced Boston Whaler and my wife was all over the Scout. The Boston Whaler seemed sparse in comparison.
Had you joined a few years earlier, it would have been an entirely different vibe. They used to be viewed pretty well over here for a number of years, as any of the old-timers on here will recall. The love fest used to be strong here, and hate only surfaced a few years ago. I don't really know why.

Honestly, I really hate discussions of "mid-tier". I understand its purpose, but I believe it also does an injustice. People assume that the amount of money spent somehow has a direct correlation on the seaworthiness of the boat, which is not a very scientific way of measuring things. People will buy a 15 year old boat with a mushy transom, soft spots in the deck, and a corroding gas tank, thinking it's somehow superior to a 5 year old boat with none of these problems, all because of these alleged tiers that we made up.

Kinda silly if you think about it.
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There is a lot of negative written by people who don't own them and by people around here who look down on boats that have cushions and whatever else is considered creature comforts. They think anything like that is a waste of money. In my opinion no boat looks as good as a Scout. There are credible threads here where the decks and maybe transoms have cracked and they get no help from Scout. To me, becoming a top tier boat manufacturer includes over the top support after the sale. I've heard they don't always do that. They have a top tier price though.
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Had you joined a few years earlier, it would have been an entirely different vibe. They used to be viewed pretty well over here for a number of years, as any of the old-timers on here will recall. The love fest used to be strong here, and hate only surfaced a few years ago. I don't really know why.

Honestly, I really hate discussions of "mid-tier". I understand its purpose, but I believe it also does an injustice. People assume that the amount of money spent somehow has a direct correlation on the seaworthiness of the boat, which is not a very scientific way of measuring things. People will buy a 15 year old boat with a mushy transom, soft spots in the deck, and a corroding gas tank, thinking it's somehow superior to a 5 year old boat with none of these problems, all because of these alleged tiers that we made up.

Kinda silly if you think about it.
Agree, the hate on this forum for Scout always floors me. I can't really recall a member that actually owns one bad mouth them. Always seems to be my neighbors friend said this about them.
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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
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I have had my 251 XS for about 3 years now....hands down the best boat I have ever owned.....Have zero complaints......service is awesome as well.
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Agree, the hate on this forum for Scout always floors me. I can't really recall a member that actually owns one bad mouth them. Always seems to be my neighbors friend said this about them.
Yep totally agree...most of the negative comments come pre-pended with "A guy I know", "A buddy of mine" or "I have heard from a friend that". I am very satisfied with my Scout. And if you notice they don't stay up for sale long before they are sold. I have a 2013 model and the few used ones you can find of my model year that are up for sale are asking about what I paid for it 3+ years ago.
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So Scout is equivalent of Sea Hunt or Key West? Dude you gotta quit wake and bake'n.
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