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2021 Scout 215 Dorado

The 215 Dorado mixes stylish looks with smooth handling.

March 16, 2021
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Scout 215 Dorado running in the ocean
The 215 Dorado offers a smooth ride and luxurious appointments. Courtesy Scout Boats

Overview

The Scout 215 Dorado adds flourishes to its classic lines—including a frameless, racy-looking wraparound acrylic windshield—that will turn heads anywhere this smooth-riding dual console carries you.

The Scout 215 Dorado slicing through the waves
The 215 Dorado knifed smoothly through choppy seas. Courtesy Scout Boats

Engine

The F150 Yamaha outboard on our test boat propelled 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. Handling proved excellent. The 215 carved turns with confidence-inspiring precision. With 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom, it knifed smoothly through choppy seas. The feel was solid, with nary a rattle or creak. We’d like to see footrests for the helm and portside seats.

Interior and Accessories

An inviting bow area offers twin lounges and seating that envelopes guests. Set up the optional oval teak table for drinks and snacks.

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Open the central windshield panel and stroll aft to find a cockpit deck spanning 7¼ feet wide by 7¾ feet long. Guests can fold down the transom bench seat to kick back. For the helm and port console, twin adjustable, swiveling bucket-style seats come standard. Back-to-back seating that becomes a lounger is an option for the port side.

The Scout 215 Dorado has comfortable bow seating
The bow area offers twin lounges. Courtesy Scout Boats

Insert the optional ski pylon to retrieve your gear from the central insole ski locker, and turn up the Fusion four-speaker stereo.

There’s a telescoping, stainless-steel boarding ladder in the starboard swim platform. The head compartment in the port console offers privacy, and a portable marine toilet is optional, but a good idea.

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For anglers, this boat has four gunwale rod holders, horizontal rod racks below the gunwales, and a 19.4-gallon covered livewell in the port quarter with a pump that serves the raw-water washdown system. A freshwater washdown is optional.

Scout 215 Dorado from overhead
The cockpit deck spans 7¼ feet wide by 7¾ feet long. Courtesy Scout Boats

A black acrylic dash and matching countertops, along with a stainless-steel wheel, complement this boat’s classic yet racy look.

Note that the suggested retail pricing is listed here, but Scout informed us about a special discount program currently underway, so when shopping, ask about this Scout promotion.

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How We Tested

  • Engine: Single Yamaha F150
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Reliance 14″ x 17″ stainless-steel 3-blade
  • Gear Ratio: 2.00:1 Fuel Load: 50 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.

High Points

  • Earns style points.
  • Self-bailing cockpit quickly drains water away from the nonskid deck.
  • Hydraulic steering ensures easy handling.

Low Points

  • Many saltwater anglers will want greater livewell capacity.
  • Footrests would be nice additions at the base of the consoles.

Toughest Competitor

Grady-White’s Freedom 215 ($84,790 with a Yamaha F200, portable head, Vista top and side curtains, trim tabs and hydraulic steering) is another versatile dual console with similar length and beam, 80-gallon fuel capacity, and abundant fishing features, including an optional 16-gallon livewell in lieu of the aft cooler.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $72,632 (MSRP as tested with Yamaha F150)
LOA: 21′6″
Beam: 8′6″
Draft: 1′3.75″
Displacement: 2,776 lb. (without power)
Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 8′9″
Fuel Capacity: 82 gal.
Max Horsepower: 200
Available Power: Single Mercury or Yamaha outboard to 200 hp

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Scout 215 Dorado performance data chart
Scout 215 Dorado Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

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

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