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Quality Construction from Start to Finish

Scout_quality_spray    To simply say that Scout Boats is an innovative company would be a gross understatement. Under the guiding vision of company President Steve Potts, Scout has earned a reputation for being on the cutting edge of design and quality. Consider just a few of the unique design features that make a Scout a Scout. It all starts with the in-house design team headed by Steve Potts.

   Through his thirty plus years of boat building experience, Steve has learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to boat design. What may look good to a designer on a drawing board may not work when it comes to the real world rigors of the marine environment. When Steve set out to design his Scout boats, he already had a firm knowledge base from which to draw upon. He paid special attention to what designs didn't work and why, valuable knowledge when you're designing your own boats from scratch. One important lesson Steve learned was that the conventional way of bonding the deck to the hull was poorly conceived from the beginning. Most manufacturers lay the deck over the hull and then screw the two parts together. The flaw here is that in rough conditions, water is allowed to get between the joint and into the boat, the last place it should be. By pioneering the industry's first reverse-shoebox hull/deck design, Steve not only increased the overall strength of his hulls, but made them safer at the same time.

Scout262AB    Another innovation that Scout helped to pioneer was the eradication of all wood in boat construction. Wood rots, it's just that simple. No matter where wood is placed during the construction of a boat, eventually it will rot and the resulting damage can be beyond repair. That's why, from the very beginning, Scout boats have had composite stringers and transoms.  An additional innovation unique to Scout is the Air-Assist hull. Steve designed this unique feature specifically to combat the problem of static stability, common on small boats. With additional longitudinal buoyancy, the Air-Assist hull increases static floatation and decreases time to plane and also vastly improves overall handling characteristics. An important advantage of this design is increased fuel economy.

   Scout is always developing new and innovative construction methods. For instance, the engine mounting system on the 210 Sportfish and larger models, called the "Scout Strata-Mount" is a fully factory molded bracket with one very important feature: the two main longitudinal grid stringers pass through the transom and are integrated into the engine mount. This design allows the natural stresses of the engines to be spread out over the entire hull, increasing strength, durability and performance. Scout's state-of-the-art 134,000 square foot manufacturing facility is climate controlled and houses two 6,000 sq. ft. bridge cranes, a sophisticated 32' X 12' test tank for water testing, a high-tech vacuum system, a quality control laboratory and an employee fitness center. A fifth phase of expansion, scheduled to begin in 2005, will add another 50,000 sq. ft. to the facility, which currently produces 1,500 high-quality boats a year.

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Scout Boats is once again leading the industry by providing its owners the peace-of-mind of a comprehensive manufacturer backed 3-year stem to-stern warranty (in addition to Scout's 10 year limited* structural transferable hull warranty.) Scout boats are built to such a high standard that it just made logical sense to back them for longer than any other boat brand in the industry.

Owner Benefits
All claims will be handled through Scout's authorized dealer network and are backed by the manufacturer (not an outside insurance company.)
What does that mean to you, the owner?

  • Faster claim turnaround
  • Confidence of knowing the manufacturer stands behind their product 100%
  • Helps ensure higher resale/trade in value
  • Applies to complete Scout Boats line

~ f e e d b a c k ~

Rick,

I would love it if you can pass on to the Scout people how happy I am with the performance of this boat. For a 17.5 foot boat to handle chop and seas the way it does is amazing. And I'm speaking as a former owner of Key West boats, Makos, Aquasports, Grady Whites, and a number of others I can't remember. The boat noticeably "squishes" as it descends through the waves, giving it a nice cushion feel while maintaining excellent speeds. IT is a very dry boat with the exception of when a whale gets too close and blows it's snot from one end to the other.

I had deliberated on whether or not to get the right hand drive model with the walk through windshield. It would have given me more storage in the deck and nice passenger seating. I am really glad I got the center console. The ability to walk around the entire deck and such easy access to the bow makes not only fishing better but all activities, especially anchoring. Even with the T top there is still plenty of room to walk around the center console. And, the T top does provide the very necessary grab bars for dealing with rough water.

I would not have chosen the 115 over the 90 HP if I had ordered the boat. On the showroom floor it looks overpowered. However, now that I have experienced the 115 for 8 months it is by far the best choice. It's not only nice to get the boat out of the hole onto plane but more importantly with the seas the way they usually are around Kona or here in Maui, I'm able to run at around 3000 rpms and a speed of about 20 mph in choppy water. The heavier engine works on such a light boat. The 90 HP would probably need to run at 3500 or closer to 4000 to acheive the same results, or perhaps even more with four or more passengers.

I particularly like that she is so very agile to trailer and launch and in my case, garage. If she was 19' she wouldn't fit into the garage and I would be paying $200 a month for storage in a dirty lot with restricted access. Also wouldn't fit into the garage if you hadn't ordered the break away trailer.

Finally, I would like to apply to Scout Boats as being designated the "Western Most Scout", a title I hold with great pride until you sell one on Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, or, god forbid, Guam.

 —Bruce Benner
  Kihei, Hawaii

 

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