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January 07, 2009

Scout 191 Bay

Scout's 191 Bay is easy on the wallet and big on fun.

Instead of going with an aftermarket leaning post, Scout designed and built its own with an integrated 15-gallon aerated livewell. It's mounted slightly forward to maintain a favorable center of gravity and maximize cockpit space. The well can be plumbed for recirculation, and a removable backrest is also available.

On the stern casting deck, the 22-gallon storage compartment on the centerline can be set up as a recirculating release well. It comes with a slide-in divider. That feature proved useful in separating bull minnows and shrimp during our trip. A smaller dry box is located on the starboard corner. The box is removable for access to the batteries and pumps. A large storage compartment below the forward casting deck is perfect for safety gear and bulky items like a landing net.

Horizontal rod racks under the gunwales and four flush-mount holders will carry the day's arsenal. There's not an abundance of storage, but what's there is more than adequate. Besides, the beauty of this boat is simplicity.

The fish were not too cooperative during our outing, but the 191 proved to be extremely fishable nonetheless. Three of us fan-cast to docks without banging rod tips. The wide gunwales offer easy transition, and the boat was stable at rest. The aggressive nonskid pattern provides good traction even when wet.

Like the entire Scout line, the 191 is solidly built. The hull and deck cap is hand-laid fiberglass with closed-cell foam flotation. The cockpit is self-bailing. Quality components, like a stainless-steel rub rail and flush-mount cleats are also standard. Notable options include a choice of four hull colors, a battery charger, raw-water washdown, trim tabs and cushion packages.

Trends come and go, but value never goes out of style, and neither does quality. Scout's 191 Bay is a lot of boat for the money.

WEIGHT.......1,390 lbs.   
MAX HP.......150 hp
FUEL.......42 gals. 
w/90 hp yamaha four-stroke outboard

Scout Boats ? 843.821.0068 ?