Scout 215 XSF Reviews
Scout 215 XSF Reviews One thing about a yacht: It’s not hard to make a look luxurious. Not so with a piece of fiberglass less than 22 feet in length. But when I stepped aboard Scout’s 215XSF for the first time last October, I saw comfort and conveniences that lied to the compact design. Scout’s Sales and Marketing Director Alan Lang and Captain James Lavanway (reelfishfinder.com) took me to the coastal ramp north of the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. Only two weeks had passed since Hurricane Matthew whipped the low country, and Lavanway had just begun sampling the bait and the bull Red Fish.
But even if we couldn’t find the fish, we still faced a nice day on the water in a well-equipped pleasure craft with a forward sun lounge/coffin box and a fusion Bluetooth stereo: A welcome haven after a destructive Storm.
Lavanway pushed the 215 to speed, and we drove southeast towards the mouth of the Charleston Harbor. At a comfortable 3,900 rpm, we crossed at nearly 30 mph and reached 3.8 mpg. Lang made me know before I started noting down performance numbers that they had to temporarily install a larger-than-desired propeller on the Yamaha F200 (due to a national lack of the right prop).
This became apparent immediately when I timed our acceleration to 30 mph (12.6 seconds) and after we topped at only 5,400 rpm and 46.1 mph. The same vessel, powered by a smaller F150, reached 30 mph in 6.9 seconds, and at 6,000 rpm, knocked 45 mph-after Yamaha tests. I would certainly expect even snappy performance and a top speed of 48 to 50 mph with the right prop and the larger F200 outboard engine.
Once we reach the harbour jetties, Lavanway Idle, and we ready to anchor from the south side of the canal. I noticed that the anchor comes loose with a recessed hanger for a Danforth-style hook and swiveling starboard blocks that secure the stock.
Without a sonar unit on board (the black-acrylic console can face a 12-inch flush-mount display), he felt more cautious about snuggling next to the rocks, especially on a falling tide. But birds crashed the surface near and pelicans circled, studying bait schools, so the place looked fishy. Lavanway has already loaded a 21-gallon Livewell well in the stern corner of the port of Menhaden. He threw the anchor and sat down live and cut pogies under about 8 ounces of weight. He apparently expected some heavy tides flowing.
Almost immediately ants, Lavanway made a few calls to friends and decided to relocated to a place just inside the North jetty. He weighed anchor, broke north, and fell only outside and far ahead of another ship. He pulled a chopping board and a frozen American shad for chum. I went to the bow as Lavanway four rods in vertical holders along the mirror-a nice touch for such a small vessel. Placing four rod holders along the rear bulkhead keeps the device out of the living area of the boat. (This 21 ½ footer even comes with a latch door to the starboard swim platform.)
The forward seats on board the 215XSF seems surprisingly large as the space. An almost semicircular padded lounge and coaming rim of the bow. To port and Starboard, Scout offers removable backrests so passengers can really relax on the ride to a popular fishing spot or sandbar. A low-profile bowrail adds security; Beverage holders and a catch-all Sims are just aft of the leftovers. Add an optional, removable teak bow table for a complete picnic setup. In front of the console is a padded sun cushion with armrests in the direction of the canopy. Underneath it lies cave-like insulated dry storage where we had my cameras stowed, all safety equipment, tackle and lunch.
Just when I was considering where to plop down to enjoy a cold drink, I saw the port rod tip arc like a rainbow. Bull Reds not smash-strike a bait; They pick it up and make it go like a tractor. I have been in the port corner, thighs against the coaming pads, and worked to keep the fish on my side of the outboards and away from the port swim platform. In this rear section, the top of the railing measures 22 inches above the deck-higher than today’s popular hybrid crossing but lower than many offshore battlewagons.
In fact, the 215 ‘s 20-degree bar deadrise there is also a deeper v than a hybrid, although it is flatter than a go-fast, and still floats in less than 16 inches of water. I fought the red boot side where it lolled as Lavanway gently corrected it and removed the hook for a release.
Lang raised the rod for the second fish, while Lavanway and I easily maneuvered around it to take photos, shoot video and clear lines. Also the space between the skewed post and optional foldable mirror bench seemed abundant for our crew. In the cockpit sole opens a stretching hatch for easy access to the bilge to change pumps or route wiring.
After our second sea fish release, we drove anchor and went back to the port so I could experience the handling of the boat. We had zero seas, so I created some chop with sharp turns to port and starboard. Scout uses up to 215XSF NuV3 hull construction with varying degrees of immobilization from chin to keel. The resulting ride feels safe; Turns feel balanced, without slipping or catching. The optional Trim tabs also helped the load as crew members moved, and they helped in creating a faster hole shot, but otherwise the tabs were not needed. A slight trimming of the outboards made for a perfect running posture.
Scout 215 XSF Reviews
The rudder seemed comfortable for both Lavanway and me, although we are of very different heights. The padded support post features lifting supports for standing or sitting during piloting. The almost vertical console face is supplied with a single footrest and a Tilt‑and steering wheel. Lang says scout built this 21-footer for family fishermen. This describes most boaters today, and it is a perfect fit for a company that knows how to create style and comfort while retaining the memory of fishing.
Scout 215 XSF Performance Specifications
- POWER: Yamaha F200
- LOAD: Three adults, 45 gal. fuel, full livewell
- TOP SPEED: 46.1 mph @ 5,400 rpm*
- TIME TO 30 MPH: 12.6 sec.*
- BEST MPG: 3.8 mpg @ 29.5 mph (3,900 rpm)
Scout 215 XSF Hull Specifications
- LOA: 21 ft. 6 in.
- BEAM: 8 ft. 6 in.
- DEADRISE: 20 deg.
- DRY WEIGHT: 2,776 lb. (w/o engine)
- DRAFT: 1 ft. 3.75 in.
- FUEL: 82 gal.
- MAX POWER: 250 hp
MSRP: $65,464 (w/ Yamaha F200)
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