Most of the fishing, of course, will be done off the stern, where as many as 11 rocket launchers and six flush-mount gunwale rod holders can be loaded, and where a 60-gallon fish box/aerated livewell resides across the transom. There’s enough room to move around even though the helm and rear-facing seat are nudged aft to offset the weight of the cabin and to complement the boat’s profile.
We admittedly spent more time in the cabin on this day than at the livewell. The cabin is actually an extension of the head, though we’re told the boat will eventually have a divider between the throne and berth. You could fit five people belowdecks during a storm, and it helps to have the long windows ushering in natural light. Pull down the table and cushion as you would a Murphy bed, and you could sleep two people if they don’t mind an occasional glancing blow. There are galley basics — microwave and sink — and holders for four rods, but for the most part this is a basic retreat from heat, or in our case from the windchill.
My co-captain and I uttered no complaints about weather from the split helm seat. Windows atop three sides of the console staved off the worst of the cold, and the long hardtop kept glare off the two chart plotters. Our top had the optional extended sunshade, protecting an additional 38 inches of cockpit from the sun — retract it to normal length to free up backswings when casting.
Scout tells us sight lines will be improved. The window frames and raised sheer line of the long bow interfered with our line of vision until we reached 3,500 rpm. Admittedly, the aft-end weight of five people and two Yamaha 350s exaggerated the horizon loss at hole shot. We’re told Scout will raise the helm seats a few inches for a better vantage point. Once on plane, though, the boat was quick to reach 65 mph in the four-foot seas and with the benefit of a tail wind. At that clip, and with nary a drop of spray, we reached our destination before the rest of the crew could call it all off because of the weather.
Comparable model: Grady-White Canyon 366