Scout 255 Dorado

Scout's 255 Dorado is a multipurpose fishing and fun platform.

Scout 255 Dorado
LOA: 25'6" | Beam: 8'11" | Draft: 17" | Displacement: 5,258 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 132 gal. | More Information: scoutboats.comScout Boats

We Say: Scout's 255 Dorado is a big, beefy hull ideal for twin outboard power. Spinning 19-inch-pitch Reliance stainless-steel propellers at 6,000 rpm, the 5,258-pound 255 Dorado allowed us to attain a top speed of just over 53 mph with a crew of three aboard and 100 gallons of fuel in the 132-gallon tank. The most economical cruising speed of nearly 37 mph occurred at 4,500 rpm, as the accompanying chart shows.

Scout 255 Dorado
Scout 255 DoradoScout Boats
Scout 255 Dorado
Scout 255 DoradoScout Boats
Scout 255 Dorado
Scout 255 DoradoScout Boats

Ridewise, the 21.5-degree deadrise combines with the 2.5-ton displacement to provide a smooth, solid and uneventful ride, despite the wind-blown chop and boat-traffic slop we tested in.

This is a family-fun boat through and through. The high freeboard and ­Carolina flare deliver a dry ride, and the high windshield with arch and Bimini top offer space, fun and protection. As with all Scout boats, cool features and why-don’t-other-builders-do-that touches abound, but two of the best are the electric-powered, sliding aft-facing passenger seat that converts from upright to laid-back with the touch of a button. And the passenger console with concealed head and a surprising amount of headroom also impressed. The layouts behind the windshield and in the bowrider section are roomy, well-designed and ready for entertaining a crowd.

Scout 255 Dorado
Scout 255 DoradoScout Boats
Scout 255 Dorado
Scout 255 DoradoScout Boats

Who'd Want One: Boaters seeking a high-end, multipurpose fishing and fun platform that takes on rough water without complaint.

Another Choice: Grady-White's Freedom 255 (about $150,000 nicely equipped) matches up well with the 255 Dorado in size, power options, and luxury feature choices.

Bottom Line: $138,553; scoutboats.com

How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha F150 XB 150 hp outboards
Drive/Props: Outboard/133/4" x 19" Yamaha Reliance 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 100 gal.
Crew Weight: 650 lb.

Scout 255 Dorado Specs
Scout 255 Dorado SpecsBoating Magazine