Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Founded in 1989 by current CEO and President, Steve Potts and his wife Dianne, Scout Boats of Summerville, South Carolina currently offers twenty-five models of centre console, dual console, bay boats and express cruiser walkarounds from fifteen to thirty-five feet.
At twenty-seven feet, six inches on a nine foot beam, the 275 Dorado, subject of this review, is the newest and largest in Scout’s five model Dorado fleet of dual console boats starting at seventeen feet. The Dorado series is intended to satisfy the boating needs of both fishermen and families whether it be getting to your favourite spot and hauling that prize catch aboard or perhaps leisurely cruising while enjoying a full range of watersports activities.
The 275 Dorado rides on Scout’s NuV3 hull design featuring “convex” surfaces “comprised of variable degree angles in the hull, offering immense fuel efficiency and the softest, driest ride in its class without sacrificing performance.” As with all Scout boats, the 275 Dorado also features wood-free construction with composite stringers and transom and a reverse-shoebox hull/deck design to prevent water penetration.
Let’s first explore the cockpit of the 275 Dorado as a prime example of the built-in flexibility and versatility to appeal to both the hard-core fisherman and to family cruising enjoyment. Standard cockpit seating features a fold down single seat behind each of the helm seats plus a transom bench seat. This transom seat not only folds away but the entire transom portion to which it mounts also folds down into what Scout refers to as its Wave Gate providing ready access to the port and starboard swim platforms for easier watersports or fish landing access. These two swim platforms come standard with Flexiteek covering.
For additional cockpit seating, choose the optional port and starboard fold away side bench seats and perhaps choose the optional cockpit table which is large enough to serve all cockpit seating. All of this cockpit seating virtually surrounds the entire cockpit area to accommodate all of your family and friends yet it all folds away to provide a fully unencumbered cockpit for the avid fisherman.
The cockpit also features two very large circular compartments, one at each corner of the transom and each with a clear lid, the port side compartment for the storage of the two aft fenders plus some mooring lines, and the starboard compartment a 25-gallon bait well. There are also two cockpit in-floor 200-quart fish boxes plus built-in transom rod holders. Horizontal rod holders are provided as is both fresh and raw water washdown systems plus trim tabs.
A standard custom fibreglass built-in hardtop covering the helm area not only provides shade and protection from the elements but also houses cupholders, storage pockets, speakers for the standard Fusion AM/FM stereo system with iPod jack, four flush-mount rod holders, plus forward and aft LED spreader lights. Both the helm and passenger seats are fibreglass backed captain’s chairs with armrests. Tackle drawers are provided at the helm, a storage drawer beneath the passenger seat, and in-floor storage between the two seats.
Behind the captain’s seat is a covered, molded refreshment centre with sink and faucet and available optional gas grill with more storage drawers below. Also standard is a built-in port side 152-quart cooler which may be optionally replaced with a refrigerator. The molded helm provides lots of space for flush-mounting your choice of navigational and/or fishing electronics. Hydraulic steering is standard for the recommended twin Yamaha 200 horsepower four stroke outboards. A starboard side articulated windshield wiper with fresh water wash is standard.
The passenger helm features a private head compartment with locking door, self-contained porcelain toilet, vanity with sink and storage, plus an opening portlight. A weather-protecting door leads through the centre opening windshield to the bow area which provides padded backed lounge seating with armrests on both sides. Storage is provided beneath both of these seats and a table between these two seats uniquely folds away flush into the forward bow section. Ahead of this is the anchor locker with standard vertical windlass with polished stainless through-the-stem anchor roller plus rode and chain.
Factory performance data with twin Yamaha F200’s, four persons on board and a test weight of 8,898 pounds shows an optimum cruising speed almost 27 mph at 3500 RPM while consuming just under eleven (US) gallons per hour. WOT (Wide Open Throttle) shows 53 mph at 6000 RPM. Time to plane was just under five seconds.
You can further personalize your 275 Dorado with factory options such as a choice of hull colours, LED underwater lights, stainless tow hook, stereo upgrade, and an inverter system, etc. It is readily apparent that the Scout 275 Dorado certainly provides those features most desired by both the fisherman and the family wanting cruising and watersports enjoyment.
|Length:||27' 6"||8.38 m|
|Beam:||9' 0"||2.74 m|
|Dry weight:||6,820 lbs||3,094 kg|
|Draft:||1' hull only||41cm hull only|
|Fuel Capacity:||163 US gals||617 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||twin 200|