The mission of the all-new 275 Dorado from Scout Boats is to serve as a family-friendly coastal fishing boat. She has a lot of ingredients that help her fulfill that mission and she seamlessly transitions between hard fishing on Saturday to relaxing times with the family on Sunday. All with some of the cleverest features we’ve seen in this class of boat. By creating a hardtop, not only is there a large platform for mounting an antennae of all sorts and outriggers, but it also means the boat can be easily buttoned up with isinglass for three-season boating.
NuV3 Hull Design.
This is what Scout calls an “ultra fuel-efficient hull design”. It’s not only designed to save fuel, but to perform well also. Its ‘convex’ design is comprised of variable degree deadrise angles in the hull, offering fuel efficiency because of its aft sections and a softer, dryer ride because its sharp sections forward and bow flare.
Custom Fiberglass Built-in Hardtop.
This feature not only adds to the stunning good looks of the vessel, but provides much needed shade, houses drink holders and easily accessible smartphone storage pockets, speakers for the Fusion stereo, four flush mounted rod holders, LED lights, and stainless steel hand rails. It still leaves a bridge clearance of only 90” (2.3 m).
Optional Fold-Down Port and Starboard Bench Seats.
Scout offers smartly-designed fold down port and starboard side bench seating that complements the standard aft facing seating. This, in effect, creates duel aft facing chaise lounges. These optional seats make the cockpit ideal for a large group and we highly recommend them for owners planning on doing serious entertaining.
Integrated Fold-Out Bow Table.
By tucking the bow table into the bow on a mechanism to swing up and over, Scout has made the power as about as entertainment-friendly as possible.
C-Zone Digital Switching.
All the electronics can be easily turned on and off with the touch of a button with this standard system, but that's just the beginning of its functions. See below.
"Wave Gate" Transom.
With the aft seat lowered the “Wave Gate” is formed allowing access to the Flexiteek swim platforms and also easing maintenance and daily checks of the twin engines.
LED lights, 5 tackle drawers, a dedicated safety locker with toolkit and fire extinguisher and lockable console storage.
Located behind the helm seat it can be accompanied by an optional grill. To the opposite side is a built-in 152-quart (144 L) cooler.
Plush seating around an integrated fold-down table, built-in cooler underneath and armrests on the bow seating.
Dual in-deck fishboxes with diaphragm pump, the 25-gallon (94.6 L) aft bait well, flush mounted rod holders and a 25-gallon (94.6 L) storage compartment.
Reverse Shoebox Hull Design.
Rather than create a hull and deck, then screw the two together at the rubrail, Scout employs a design that increases overall strength and prevents water from penetrating through the hull/deck joint in rough conditions.
Scout says that its stepped hull design achieves an approximate 10-15% performance increase over conventional hull designs with similar deadrise. We have not tested the boats so cannot confirm that claim. However, we have tested enough boats with a stepped hull to verify that when properly executed this design concept can make boats more fuel efficient and go slightly faster at the top end.
The forward seats have flip-down armrests. The bow seems to take on the characteristics of a deckboat with the beam carried further forward and the seats lacking in the sportboat convergence in the forward “V”. This makes for a much more roomy and therefore confortable layout. By eliminating the forward seat, leaving only a fiberglass step which contains the bow table, access to the anchor locker is improved.
The 275 Dorado has an integrated table that folds out from the bow and fits perfectly between the seats. This makes a comfortable dining arrangement for two people inward. It also eliminates the need to have dedicated storage under the seats for a separate table.
With the table deployed
, additional storage space is revealed under the space that the table extends from. This allows Scout to add a built-in cooler to the bow area and saves guests from having to move aft to get a drink.
Fully forward there’s a flush-mounted hatch covering the standard windlass. The hatch is finished both inside and outside and gasketed all the way around to resist the ingress of water that may come over the bow (which, by the way, would make its way out the self draining cockpit deck).
The anchor runs through the stem
keeping the foredeck clean and clutter free. The stainless steel scuff plate is standard. We would like to see the addition of a cleat in this compartment to secure the anchor rode. Windlasses are not meant to hold a strain on a line and using them in this way may void their warranty. Their function is pulling power to raise the weight of the anchor and rode.
316 Stainless Steel.
There are pull-up cleats to the sides of the compartment that are made of 316 stainless steel -- the best grade available for marine use. Not all stainless is the same (or as or as expensive as 316), which is why some of weeps rust and stains the topsides. On the hatch latch, we appreciate the lift-and-lock design instead of the turn-and-lock which is cheaper and problematical.
Ergonomics play a big part in the design consideration of the helm. The console gel coat is a light tan that helps knock down glare. The 13” (33 cm) stainless wheel with a steering knob is mounted to a tilt base. Steering is hydraulic.
The panel has open real estate for a 12” (30 cm) map display. The Yamaha engine-monitoring panel is just above the Fusion stereo. A large switch panel, with perimeter lit pushbutton switches, is below and to the right. Controls are mounted to a slight angle to starboard and Scout has never missed the mark when it comes to having everything within easy reach and sightlines are always considered.
Important Standard C-Zone System.
Scout also went with a standard C-Zone digital switching system -- a monitor that goes with the system allows the operator to see and control things like tank levels, DC loads, timers, dimmers, etc. and a motor output interface, which runs the power for output loads to items like the standard trim tabs. In short, the C-Zone system creates a single brain and monitoring system for the boat. Some map displays also integrate with the system for control right from the main display.
The cockpit is well laid out for fishing with plenty of open space for moving about. It is completely surrounded with padded bolsters. A 25-gallon (94.6 L) livewell in the starboard quarter makes a perfect place to store fenders and dock lines when not being used for bait. To port a similar-size compartment is dedicated for storage.
Instead of separate courtesy lights, Scout went with LED indirect rope lighting, which adds a bit of visual appeal. A sink just behind the helm seat adds to the family-friendly utility of the 275 and by adding the optional grill, the day becomes even more appealing.
The 275 Dorado is billed as a coastal fishing boat and as such includes some fishing necessities. With the seats all retracted she presents a large cockpit for working the deck and bringing the fight to the fish. Dual fishboxes are in the deck with a diaphragm pump.
Two flush mounted rod holders are in the aft caprails and two more are angled back by being mounted to the hardtop supports. Five tackle drawers are at the helm. There is horizontal storage for four rods.
The 275 Dorado also includes both a raw water washdown and a separate freshwater washdown, with the latter being plumbed to the 15-gallon (56.8 L) freshwater tank.
The transom bench seat retracts in the usual manner to convert from seating to a more roomy cockpit, but it also folds down to become what Scout calls its “Wave Gate” and leads to the Flexiteek covered swim platform. This is the first time we’ve seen such an arrangement and it’s actually pretty clever.
Obviously the "Wave Gate" when up weeps water from sloshing into the cockpit from the stern if the boat comes to a quick stop from plane, or when drifting in a sloppy sea. It also might serve as an emergency dewatering device should the boat become somehow swamped.
The optional port and starboard side seating is something we have seen builders do for years. For boat owners who want to use the 275 Dorado for cocktail cruises with a large group, this seating is ideal. While men don't mind sitting on the boat's gunwales during a party, most women we know prefer not to. These two fold-out seats, along with the transom fold seat are the solution.
Remarkable Seating Options.
But Scout has taken a good idea one step farther: both of the side seats blend seamlessly with the aft-facing jump seats when both are deployed to form dual chaise lounges. This creates more options for how this area can be used than we would have ever imagined and it’s amazing that no one has done this before.
Mix and Match.
Go with the aft-facing seats up or down, side seats up or down, aft bench up or down, or mix and match for any number of combinations. And with the addition of the optional cockpit table, the image is complete for ultimate dining and entertaining. And, all of this in a fish boat!
When it comes time to eat, whether fishermen or family are onboard, the 275 Dorado delivers. Just behind the helm seat is a cabinet with a flat surface that serves as a convenient food prep area. Underneath is a sink and another flat surface. However, this area can be used to house the optional electric grille, and we can’t imagine this boat without it. Food can be stored until ready in the built-in 152-quart (144 L) cooler.
The port console houses the head compartment and Scout went with a porcelain head as standard. The privacy door is locking. A vanity is provided with a sink that includes a pull-out sprayer allowing it to double as a shower. An opening portlight provides ventilation.
While we haven’t yet conducted an independent performance evaluation on this boat, Scout has tested it pretty thoroughly and has come up with some respectable numbers.
With a tested weight of 8,898 lbs. (4,044 kgs.), including four people aboard and 7/8ths of a tank of fuel, according to Scout, with a pair of Yamaha F200XCA engines they reached a top speed of 53 mph at 6000 rpm. At that speed fuel burn was reportedly measured at 40 gph.
was found to be at 3500 rpm and 26.8 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 10.9 gph. She reached planing speed in 4.99 seconds and accelerated to 30 mph in 7.66 seconds. Again, these figures are from Scout and have not been verified by BoatTEST.com.
Pricing and Options
With a pair of base F150 XA engines the stock 275 Dorado lists at $155,779. Dual F200 XB’s will add another $8,408 to that, and a pair of F200 XCA’s will bring it up another $11,922. As for options, let’s look at some of the items we would, and wouldn’t, add to our 275 Dorado and see where the price takes us.
Our Suggested Option List Yeas and Nays.
We probably wouldn’t go beyond the base color of the boat, but suffice it to say that several options are available including Imron color schemes. We would start with a mooring cover to protect our investment ($1,571). Underwater lights are classy but pricey ($2,000), so we wouldn’t bother. Nor would we go for the solid teak upgrade on the platforms and helm ($929), no sense in adding maintenance to a low maintenance boat.
The removable cockpit table ($1,393) adds so much to the functionality we couldn’t imagine the boat without it. Same goes for the dual fold-away side bench seats ($2,850). The 12V refrigerator could be left off ($1,714) since ice is cheaper and doesn’t drain the batteries. Here’s the biggie… the inverter system ($5,707) would be a hard sell to leave off as it includes a 50 amp battery charger, a pair of 110V outlets and the ever important electric grill. Leave off the stereo upgrade ($2,534) as we don’t need to tick off the neighboring boats with our fun.
we would add the LED trim indicators ($464). Power assist steering ($2,564) is a definite as we travel long distances when we are on the water and that can get tiring.
The Grand Total.
So where does that leave us? With everything checked off that we’d want we tip the scales at $170,328. Fully loaded she will come in at $194,718, but there’s a lot on that list that only gets an owner bragging rights that “I’ve got every option available”, regardless of cost. We just don’t see the need for that but kudos to Scout for at least making them available.
We think Scout delivers with astounding innovations which are functionality combined in a single boat that is now the largest of the Dorado Series. So often we see boats listed as fish and family-friendly and all that the family accoutrements entail is bow filler cushions and a cooler. The Scout 275 Dorado really is a true "crossover" boat that offers a lot of bang for the buck, and has the looks to go with it.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!