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Mike posted 05-07-2001 12:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mike   Send Email to Mike  
Several months ago there was a discussion, which has now rolled off the one-year retention period, about Scout boats and a possible design link to Boston Whaler. At that time I was not very interested in the topic, but now I am seriously considering replacing my 19 year old Striper 15 with a 162 0r 177 Scout. I want to move up somewhat in boat size, comfort and horsepower for the large inland lakes in Alabama, but I gag at the thought of buying one of the modern all-out bass boats, which at 6'8" tall I don't fit in very well anyway. As a long-time Whaler lover, I have strongly considered the Dauntless series, but believe them to be overweight for their relative sizes as compared to classic Whalers, and also to the Scouts. The Montauk is also a candidate, but I would have to modify it (no bow rail, add pedestal seats, add a rear deck). The same modification issues would exist with a classic Outrage, and I am not looking for a "project". This will be a fresh-water boat. I saw a Scout "live" for the first time last weekend, and it appears to be a well-built and finished boat, although not quite at the standard of my '82 Striper 15.
I value the experience and knowledge available on this forum, and would welcome any information/input on a comparison between Scout boats and the Dauntless Whalers.
SWarren posted 05-07-2001 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
I call on the Scout factory in Summerville SC. I have had the opportunity to go out on the production floor. I must say that it is a pretty nice operation. I would say that some of their models are better that others. The newer scouts seem to be made a little better than the older ones. The foam does not go all the way up the gunnels like you have on a whaler. It stops about 4 inches up. The 18.5 model is very nice as it the 17. They all come stocked with Yamahas, and are way less expensive than a whaler. I feel strange when I drive to the plant and park by the owners Porshe with my Boston Whaler sticker on my car.
reelescape1 posted 05-07-2001 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I live south of Summerville about 30 minutes, and have several friends with Scouts, mainly the 16 and 17. The quality is GREAT!! I think thats why a lot of Whaler dealers also carry Scout. My only complaint: They aren't as dry riding as Whalers.
Mike posted 05-10-2001 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mike  Send Email to Mike     
Thanks for the replies. Local dealer has offered to arrange a ride in a Scout 177 she recently sold in this area, and I am going to take her up on it.
blackdog posted 05-11-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Mike,
What would you be using the boat for? I have a 2001 Dauntless 16í and I love it. Very dry comfortable ride and a high free board if you like that sort of thing. I looked at some Scoutís and I liked them. I think I saw a 17 dual console at the Atlantic City boat show in the water. I climbed on board and looked around. Very good construction but of course nothing compares to a B/W.
I would say a big difference between the Dauntless and the Scout was the Scout sits very low on the water. When I stepped on the stern locker the Scout almost took on some water. Perhaps an indication that I need to go on a diet but my wife did not feel as secure on the Scout because of this. Over all a very nice boat and good value but the Dauntless was far superior in fit and finish.
I also had chance to go aboard, I think it was a 27ft Scout Cabrio, which I donít think they make anymore. Very nice with twin Yam 200ís on the back custom Tower and canvas made up at Minmar marine here in Sea Ilse, NJ. This boat was a fishing machine. Again very nice but not a B/W.
The sales person I spoke about the Scout honestly said there is no comparison between the two boast companies and the he showed us the Pursuits they had. That would be a more apples to apples comparison. Nothing wrong with the Scout just not in the same class as a B/W. Hope that helps, but take a ride and decide for you self.

Blackdog

blackdog posted 05-11-2001 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I forgot to mention. The Dauntless is very heavy. Around 2000 lbs with motor and fuel. But It also rides better because of this.

Blackdog

Whaletosh posted 05-11-2001 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I would say that one thing that distinguishes B/W form Scout is that there is mor stratifiaction in Scout's line. The lower priced scouts aren't built as well as the more expensive ones. They use lesser quality components. Not that they aren't using good components; but as an example molded platic seats aren't the same as custom upholstered seats. B/W keeps the quality more consistant from the 13 Sport on up through the 34 Defiance. The "corner cutting" does take place but isn't as much.

Sean

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