By Capt. Dan Armitage
Mission of the Scout 187 Sportfish
This boat is designed for the average angler who wants a quality, seaworthy fishing boat that can be easily trailered and also be used for a variety of boating activities other than fishing. Oh, and one more thing...she has to be priced right.
Scout says that it engineered the first reverse-shoebox hull/deck design, in which the deck cap fits inside – rather than outside - the hull. The two are bonded for a permanent connection, which increases overall hull strength and prevents water from penetrating through the hull/deck joint in rough conditions.
The “Air-Assist” hull design incorporates pocket areas in the chines, designed to trap air up under the hull to allow it to more easily be release from the water. This reduction in surface tension helps create a better hole shot, as well as better speed and fuel economy.
Direct drains to the bilge.
The Scout’s flush-mounted, stainless steel rod holders (four standard) are fitted with flexible hose to direct water into the bilge.
Sectional rub rails.
The stainless rub railing on the 187 Sportfish is made up of ten separate sections, so that if it is damaged there is only one segment to replace rather than the entire railing.
By adding the optional pad insert that covers the built-in, 180-quart insulated fishbox, the bow area can become a comfortable spot for lounging. The portable cooler/seat forward of the console with 94-quart capacity can serve to keep plenty of food and drink -- or bait –- on ice.
Soft, rounded corner design features, such as those found on the Scout, serve a practical purpose that becomes obvious as you move around the boat – especially in seaway. Check out the large compass on top of the flat-topped dash, the multi-function gauges placed in plain view over the wheel and the lockable electronics box.
I have tested several Scout center console models over the years and find them to be as well-built and easy handling as advertised. In person, it becomes readily apparent that Scout sweats the details in design and function, and the 187 SF is a boat I would be pleased to own and operate. There is special pricing on a standard package that includes boat, 115-hp Yamaha outboard and matching trailer priced through March 31, 2012, at $26,995, (regularly priced at $32,980).
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
10 year limited