SCOUT 222 ABACO
Draft (max.) 2'8"
Displacement (lbs., approx.; w/o engine) 2,400
Transom deadrise 20°
Max. cabin headroom 4'8"
Fuel capacity (gal.) 90
Price (w/150-hp Yamaha F-150) $54,374
Its finish is at the top of this class, but it's also the most expensive of the group. The unique layout has cockpit seating for seven, a center-entry cabin, and a standard equipment list that includes such goodies as a stereo and sink with a stowage locker. The cabin is roomier than expected and has a berth longer than 6'. But all that interior space makes the sidedecks narrow.
A fun boat to run, skimming over waves large enough to slam other boats. Yet even with 200 horses, it gets better than 3 mpg and comes close to 4 at its sweet spot, 25 mph/3500 rpm. It also revs up to better than 45 mph, making it the fastest boat here. With its standard hydraulic steering, 20-degree deadrise, and bucket seats, the Scout feels like a sports car.
Like all Scouts, the Abaco is wood-free, has a reverse-shoebox hull-to-deck joint, and sports an integrated motor bracket that's tied into the two main stringers, spreading the stress of 200 or more horsepower throughout the boat. When the boat punches through a wave, it feels like a single solid unit. Rails, fittings, and accessories all feel solid as well.
HIGHS & LOWS
HIGHS One-of-a-kind layout lets you entertain a crowd, overnight, ski, fish -- whatever. With a 200-hp motor it's the fastest in the fleet. Construction makes for a solid feel when striking waves.
LOWS The most expensive boat in this crowd. No hardtop option for extended season cruising. All that seating makes the cockpit feel cramped.