Does anyone have any information on Scout Center Consoles vs Sea Hunt boats or Grady Whites. I am looking to purchase a fishing machine but I am getting so confused looking at all the models, makes etc.
Well I own a new Scout 202 Sportfisher, and couldn't be more happy with it. I looked at the Grady 18-20' Center Console, and although they were nice you were paying for the name without a doubt. I also looked at Hydra-Sports, Mako, Triton, and a few others that I wouldn't touch. Looked and tested the Whaler 21' Outrage, and my old 18' Pro-Sports for $18K had a better ride. The Scout is a quality piece and you will have a hard time finding something better without spending an extra 8-10K. Another nice boat was the 1850 Edgewater.
Hmmm that's a tough question at the moment, as going from my 2001 Pro-Sports 1850 CC, to my 2002 Scout 202SF is like going from a Escort to a Lincoln, lol.
The Pro-Sport served me really well, I would reguraly venture out 20+ miles with it without much excitement. The boat was great in the price range.
But there are alot of corners cut in the manufacturing. The hardware is fair at best, doors and hinges were flimsy, wiring was not good, (twice I lost all console power due to ground wires working their way loose, in nasty swells) livewell was terrible, anchor locker was a joke. And at moments I just didn't have a lot of confidence the hull would hold up under constant pounding.
Things I liked: Had a smooth stable ride, the price was right.
Would I buy another? Probably not, I have been spoiled by the Scout now and I couldn't see taking a step backwards. One thing I did notice is that the quality on the 22'+ Pro-Sports seems to be much better than on the smaller boats.
If you are on a tight budget the Pro-Sports is a good boat for the dollars,(but remember you get what you pay for) If you can afford a bit more, spend it and buy a better built piece.
I don't plan on taking it out very far. Almost all of my fishing will be done on the sound. I may venture to Orient Point once or twice this year. I also may take a run to the Breezy Point jetty, but that's about as far as I will go this year. I'm docked on the North Shore in Little Neck Bay.
I am having the Marina I'm buying it from clean up the wiring a bit as that was one of my complaints. I didn't like the way it all looked under the console. We also upgraded to a Yamaha 115 4-stroke. I'm hoping for the best.
I have the 185 center console that I bought new in 97 with a Honda 90. I really like the boat and it hardly uses any gas. I must say the only thing I would change is the gunwall height in the stern. I say this because I fish Plum Gut and the race often and the sides are too low to lean against. Feels like youre going overboard in a good swell. The only plus to the sides is in the looks department I think they look pretty cool but safety first. Other than that I really enjoy the boat. I trailer it with a V-6 Explorer like its not even there. For the price of other boats in this range I think its a great deal. I see Scout just came out with the new 23' its awesome but big bucks. Good luck any questions let me know.
I have a Scout 18.5 SF with a 90 Honda. While the boat does its job well for me, if doing it again I know I would opt for the 115 hp Honda and I might considere the Parker CC as a very solid choice. The Scout is a bit on the light side and slaps quite a bit. All boats are a trade off.
I am sold on the value of the 4 Stroke OB, it is a great way to go. I love the Honda but have a friend with the 4 stroke Merc who is also very happy ( and it comes with a much longer warranty). The smooth quiet engine sips gas, no oil smell or smoke, and idles so quietly and efficiently you don't really need a trolling motor.
The Scout is a good but not great boat, but I urge you to spring for a 4 stroke no matter what your boat choice is, you will not be sorry.
I had to post this in response to the Parker being a better boat compared to the Scout in the 18' range.
First off the Scout is larger 18.5' for the Scout, 18' for the Parker. Beam 7'11" for the Scout, 7'6" for the Parker, Weight 1450lbs for the Scout, 1950lbs for the Parker (where is all this extra weight coming from, more rigid hull design? No dated manufacturing process is more like it) The Parker is a good boat, but to say better than a Scout is stretching it. The Parker does not even offer a livewell as a standard feature.
In the curb appeal department it's not even a contest the Scout stands out.
Which boat will ride and handle better, both will shine at differant times and conditions...When conditions are awefull you probably want the "tank" the Parker, when conditions are okay to good you want the Scout. I tend to do my fishing on okay to good days.
My suggestion is if you don't like the performance of your 18' Scout you need a bigger boat. A change to a smaller Parker 18'er is not going to satisfy you. Take a look at some of the 20-23' models out there.
You may be right, I am kind of second guessing my own decision, but I do like the Scout. As you say it is 500 lbs lighter, and this is why it gets slapped around a bit in rough weather, it is also why I can get by with the smaller engine. I moved down from a Grady 22 Seafarer that was the other extreme, too heavy for what I was using it for, but the Scout will do the job for me just fine. I do not fight the rough weather too much anyway, and the economy sure is nice between the light boat and the 4 stroke I burn very little fuel and get to sneak into some pretty skinny back bay water with the flyrod. ALso, as you say it tows real easy. Last year I pulled it out to Southold behind an Escape and it did just fine, hardly knew it was back there !