As a serious fish chaser, the Scout 245 Abaco is no wuss. It comes exceptionally well equipped for piscatorial pursuits both inshore and off where the big dogs hang. At 24’5” with a beam of 8’6”, she can be operated from a slip or off a trailer. Some so inclined might fret over the presence of a single outboard, but modern units in the bread-and-butter 200- 250-hp range have proven exceptionally reliable. And with a basic, rough-water-hungry deep-V hull (20 degrees at the transom) enhanced by some bow flare to keep things dry, those with a yen for chasing species such as tuna and stripers as they migrate up and down the coast, needn’t be too concerned reaching out with this boat.
There are many advantages to a single-outboard-equipped boat, not the least of which is economy. Scout maintains a business arrangement with Yamaha and recommends the engine builder’s F225 for the boat. Max horsepower is 250. We haven’t tested the boat, but the folks at Scout tell us that her best cruise with the 4-stroke Yamaha F250 BTXR engine is 25.8 mph getting 3.71 statute miles per gallon. That gives her a 420-statute-mile range (365 nautical miles) with 90 percent of her 126-gallon fuel capacity. That is terrific range and it is due to the 25 mph speed and the single 250 4-stroke. For you speed freaks that want to know her WOT, at 6050 rpm she will go 49.8 mph, according to the builder, and 43.9 mph at 5500 rpm. She still is fairly impressive on fuel burn, getting 2.49 mpg at 5500 rpm. Scout tells us she was fitted with 15.25 x 19 when they got those numbers.This little boat isn’t a battlewagon, but she’ll take on most skirmishes. And when fishin’s not the mission, she’d be a fine boat to just go tooling around with the family. Scout has been very careful about the price to value relationship of its boats. If you have not seen a Scout, then we advise you to do it, as we consider this company a major player in the center console market.
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