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.
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.
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.