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Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-)
Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-)
The Scout Dorado line of boats is designed for people who want a good all-around boat that they can use in saltwater for skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, diving, cruising, blasting around, a little fishing, or all of the above. The Dorado line of Scout boats runs from 18' to 24' (5.4 to 7.3 m), so the 210 is about in the middle of the range. Equipped with a Yamaha 150-hp 4-stroke engine she has an MSRP of $49,200.

Key Features

  • 15 Degree S.S. flush mount rod holders (4)
  • Cockpit storage / fish box
  • Captains chairs
  • 8” Pull up bow cleats
  • Raw water washdown
  • Spring line cleats
  • Dual battery switch
  • Aerated baitwell with high speed pick-up
  • Stainless steel full bow rail
  • Removable stern seat with wave gate
  • JBL AM/FM stereo with iPod jack
  • Fully cushioned bow seating
  • Bay Star hydraulic steering
  • Dual swim platforms

Specifications

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Specifications
Length Overall 20' 10''
6.35 m
Dry Weight 2,040 lbs.
925 kg
Beam 8' 4''
2.5 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 15''
0.4 m
Fuel Cap 60 gal.
227 L
Deadrise/Transom 19 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 4' 10''
1.5 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Captain's Report

Many boaters are tempted to buy a sportboat for use in saltwater for watersports, but unless the body of water intended to be navigated is protected, that could be problematical. Sportboats, and certainly most deck boats, are generally designed to be used in freshwater on lakes and rivers, i.e. places where the fetch is short and waves are not too high. While some of the more robust models can handle saltwater and big-water conditions, it is usually not the primary focus of most sportboats.

Scout 210 Dorado

With a deadrise of 19-degrees at the transom, a sharp entry and reasonably high freeboard, the 210 Dorado is made for offshore watersports of all sorts.

Bowriders for Offshore

There are other saltwater bowriders on the market that are variously described as crossovers, dual consoles, hybrids or something of the sort. In most cases they are built by center console companies and usually have the same hull as a like-sized CC in their line. While they are not as ubiquitous as center consoles, they are still nearly a dozen on the market.

We call these craft "utility boats" because they can do most anything, and that's why we like them.

Scout 210 Dorado

The 210 Dorado is a dual console bowrider. Note the stepping the forward part of the foot well that aids stepping up to the bow. It is also a hatch for a 5 gallon bucket at access to the anchor locker.

The Dorado Line of Offshore Bowriders

These models are built on the same semi-deep-V hulls that Scout uses for its rugged fishing boats intended to go offshore. The 19-degree deadrise combined with the boat's sharp entry, high freeboard and hard chines make the 210 comfortable and dry in a moderate chop.

Some boaters we know prefer them over conventional, offshore-ready sportboats, simply because they look fishy and more salty that the run-of-the-mill runabout. And -- unlike large sportboats -- they are powered by outboard motors, not sterndrives.

What Sets the 210 Dorado Apart?

In our view no one or two things jump out at us screaming a big difference. This field is competitive and it is hard to get a big innovation onto a boat without other builders copying it within a few weeks or so.

Scout 210 Dorado

The center section of the aft bench seat makes into a table, or fold the back down to aid bringing big fish aboard. A cooler can go under the seat.

Rather, we think that what separates this boat from others in class designed for the same purpose, is the 210 package taken as a whole. There are a lot of little things that in themselves are not a huge difference, but when you add them together they do create a distinctive personality for the boat.

The reverse transom and tumble home in the 210's stern quarters are what most people immediately see, two design attributes that are hard not to like. That together with it boat's graceful sheer, and colored hull (optional) of Heritage Green or Aqua Mist, sticks in our memory. The boat's rounded windshield and rake top off the profile.

Scout has wisely selected an unusual color and texture vinyl for its seating which also sets it apart from other American-built boats of this type. While we have seen this thick brown and tan upholstery on some foreign-made boats we have not seen it in this type boat. We like it because it looks upscale and plush. Indeed, under the rugged vinyl exterior is 80-lb. polyurethane foam that gives firm support.

Scout 210 Dorado

The layout of the 210 Dorado is a marvel of simplicity. Note that there is plenty of open deck space in which people can move around.

Deck Layout

The deck layout is conventional with a couple of interesting tweaks. The helm seat is a bucket seat on a pedestal and swivels. The port seat is fixed facing forward and is backed by a spotter seat that folds down into a bench or a sunpad, just as boat builders have done in sportboats for nearly 50 years.

Across the transom there are four rod holders behind the bench seat. The middle of the seat comes out and its back is called a "Wave Gate" because it can be folded down to aid bringing aboard fish, or it can be place up to dam off the cut out in the transom. The seat also converts into a fold down table with a place for a cooler under. This is a clever feature and we can see it removed for scuba tanks, or to aid the exit of wakeboarders to the small port and starboard swim platforms.

Forward, in the bow, are the standard seats intended to sit upon with legs stretched out forward. Where this area departs from its peers is at the bow, where there is no seat but rather a step that serves double duty as a hatch. The step makes it easy to get up to the bow. The hatch, when opened makes an ideal place to keep the much-needed 5 gallon bucket. There is also a second hatch that gives access to the anchor locker so lines or chain can be properly stowed.

Scout 210 Dorado

Like the rest of the boat the helm console is simple, but it does have a lockable box for electronics. Obviously the compass should be mounted on the centerline of the wheel's hub, but a compass to the side is better than none at all.

Design Comparison

As we survey other boats in this class we see a couple that were built for sterndrives, but have been converted to outboard power. We also notice that some have self-draining cockpits while other drain into the bilge. Most noteworthy, however, is the fact that the Dorado 210 at 2,040 lbs. (925 kg.), dry and without the engines, is virtually the lightest boat in class -- most by over 1,000 lbs. (454 kg.) That means the 210 Dorado is as much as 30% lighter than others in class.

By carefully watching weight Scout is able to build a boat that is lighter and easier to push than most of its peers. That can translate into a lower horsepower engine which saves money on the purchase price, and better fuel economy, which means lower operating costs.

Scout 210 Dorado

Chopper gun -- NOT! The often-used method shown above of putting down a boundary layer of chopped strand and resin adds unnecessary weight to a boat's hull and deck. Scout does not use this labor-saving method and at least partially as a result seems to have one of the lightest boats in class.

Construction

Scout uses conventional hand layup of its hulls and decks and says that it does not use any chopped strand in it's boats manufacture. That is an important factor and may be the single most important reason why the 210 Dorado is lighter than most of its competitors.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with blowing fiberglass strands and resin out of a chopper gun, it usually does not allow builders to get a high glass to resin ratio. On the contrary, it relies on the resin to fill gaps, voids, and creases in the hull, and the strands of reinforcing glass are omni-directional. It is also a good "barrier coat" to prevent pattern read-through. Scout relies on other materials that are more labor intensive, and when properly applied requires less resin, to accomplish the same purpose.

Scout 210 Dorado

Rod holders are connected to heavy duty under-deck plumbing drains which direct water into the bilge. All open voids on Scout boats are plumbed this way including rod holders, pull-up cleats, cup holders, etc.

Scout 210 Dorado

Scout uses a specially formulated chemical bonding agent (much like 5200) instead of screws to chemically bond the deck to the hull. Every Scout boat is bonded this way from 14' to our 28'. This bonding agent is applied all the way around the flange of the boat, across the entire transom.

Scout 210 Dorado

Each Scout transom is hand shaped, sprayed, and buffed. Scout does not use transom caps, or aluminum flashing to cover the bonds. We like this method of finish because it creates a cleaner finish and provides an open view of this vital joint.

Scout 210 Dorado

Scout operates their boats' internal mechanisms in a test tank to ensure there are no leaks and all livewell and bilge systems function properly. Over-head sprayers simulate rain falling on the deck and hatches to assure there are no leaks.

Scout 210 Dorado

One of the things Scout does that we like is to give each boat what it calls a "Birth Certificate." It is compiled from thirteen logs. Each log contains data relating to the construction, materials and personnel involved in that step of the process. It also records the batch numbers of the gel coats and resins, time and date the boat was worked on as well as the climate conditions at the time of construction.

"Birth Certificate"

Virtually all boat builders have some sort of active QC procedures and over the years the industry has gotten much better at reducing errors in installations. Nevertheless, it is good to see that Scout has a formalized regimen that records not only time and materials, but also the shop workers involved with each step of the building process.

Scout says that they have a "rigorous" program of QC and based on what we have seen in the field we would say it looks to be a success from our observations.

Performance

We have not tested the boat so we can not affirm its performance or handling. The folks at Scout have done speed trials on the 210 on an 81-degree day in a unit that weighed 3,137 lbs. (1,568.5 kgs.) Powered by a Yamaha F150 4-stroke, Scout says the boat has a WOT speed of 47.0 mph and a best cruise at 3500 rpm of 25.4 mph getting 5.29 miles per gallon.

In our opinion this is exceedingly good performance both in terms of WOT speed and fuel consumption at best cruise, particularly for a boat with a 19-degree deadrise at the transom. We look forward to testing the boat ourselves to confirm these numbers in everyday conditions and to evaluate handling.

Scout 210 Dorado

Warranty

Scout's warranty program is said to be a "comprehensive manufacturer-backed 3-year limited stem-to-stern warranty…" Labor is covered for the first year. Components made by third parties carry their own warranties which are not covered by Scout, and corrosion of electrical components is not covered. Gel coat is not covered for cracking, crazing, or blistering. The company says that its hulls have a 10-year limited structural hull warranty. As with all warranties we urge buyers to read the fine print.

Recommendation

For the casual fisherman the 210 Dorado does have a few important fishing features such as an aerated bait well with high-speed pick-up, 8" pull-up cleats, a fish box, and four rod holders. For the casual watersports members of the family the boat has a tow pylon over the outboard and two swim platforms. These are the basics with few or no frills, but evidently fine performance, and that is the mission of the boat.

We think boaters looking for an attractive bowrider utility boat to use in open water, be it saltwater or freshwater, should check out the Scout 210 Dorado. It is a boat that covers the important bases, looks good in the process, and carries an attractive MSRP of $49,200 with a 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Exterior Features
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Warranty

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 3 year

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Price

Scout Boats 210 Dorado (2012-) Price
Pricing Range $49,200.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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