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2020 Scout 215 Dorado

The 215 Dorado is a smooth-riding dual-console that doubles as a fishing machine.

Scout 215 Dorado running shot
The hull slices smoothly through rough water and corners like a sports car.Courtesy Scout Boats

With a frameless wraparound acrylic windshield and style lines that instantly identify it as a Scout, the new 215 Dorado will turn heads anywhere this smooth-riding dual-console model carries you. Plus, a host of angling features make this an effective fishing machine, as well.

Whether fishing or cruising, you’ll stay comfy. The bow offers twin lounges and serves as a gathering place that envelopes crew in posh two-tone wraparound seating. Set up the optional oval, teak table ($1,045) for drinks and snacks.

Scout 215 Dorado helm
Skippers will love the helm—especially when it comes equipped with an optional flush-mounted Garmin GPSMap 942XS.Courtesy Scout Boats

Open the central windshield panel and stroll aft to find a spacious cockpit deck spanning 7¼ feet by 7¾ feet. Fold down the transom bench seat to kick back while skimming across the bay. Twin adjustable, swiveling bucket-style seats for the helm and port console come standard, but you can opt for back-to-back seating that converts into a lounge on the port side.

Enjoy watersports? Pull your gear out of the central in-sole ski locker, set up the optional ski pylon ($1,102), crank up the Fusion four-speaker stereo, and have a blast. The F150 Yamaha outboard on our test boat displayed plenty of pop, propelling the 215 to plane in 3.5 seconds and 30 mph in 7.5 seconds. Top speed was a pleasing 43 mph at 5,700 rpm. Want more power? You can max out the 215 Dorado at 200 hp in either a Mercury or a Yamaha.

Scout 215 Dorado transom seat
Fold down the transom bench seat to kick back while skimming across the bay.Courtesy Scout Boats

Use the telescoping, stainless-steel boarding ladder in the starboard swim platform to climb aboard, and the enclosed head compartment in the port console to change in privacy. A portable marine toilet is optional ($365), but a good idea when cruising or fishing with friends.

This boat’s fishy side emerges with four gunwale rod holders, horizontal rod racks below the gunwales and a 19.4-gallon covered livewell in the port quarter. Order the optional freshwater washdown ($811) to clean up after fishing.

Scout 215 Dorado cockpit
Open the central windshield panel and stroll aft to find a spacious cockpit deck spanning 7¼ feet by 7¾ feet.Courtesy Scout Boats

Skippers will love the helm—especially when it comes equipped with an optional flush-mounted Garmin GPSMap 942XS ($1,859). A black acrylic dash and matching countertops, along with a beefy stainless-steel wheel, complement this boat’s classy look.

High Points

⋅Frameless, wraparound acrylic windshield earns big-time style points.

⋅Versatile enough for enjoying fishing, cruising and watersports in comfort.

⋅The hull slices smoothly through rough water and corners like a sports car.

⋅The self-bailing cockpit quickly drains water away from the nonskid deck.

⋅Hydraulic steering assures easy handling whether running at speed or maneuvering in the confines of a tight, crowded marina.

Scout 215 Dorado performance data
Scout 215 Dorado Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 21′6″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft (max): 1′3.75″

Dry Weight: 2,776 lb. (without power)

Seat/Weight Capacity: 9/1,500 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 82 gal.

Price: $55,995 (with Yamaha F150)

How We Tested

Engine: 150 hp Yamaha F150

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Reliance 14 1/4″ x 17″ stainless-steel 3-blade

Gear Ratio: 2.00:1

Fuel Load: 50 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

More Information

Scout Boats - Summerville, South Carolina; 843-821-0068; scoutboats.com