While some anglers need the shallow draft many true skinny-water skiffs afford, most fishermen tend to work water deeper than a puddle. The new 240 Bay Scout from Scout Boats provides a world of versatility for both inshore and nearshore fishermen. At an overall length of 23 feet 8 inches and a beam of 8 feet 6 inches, the Bay Scout can easily switch from chasing fish off the beach to working the shallower waters of the inshore flats.
The handlaid fiberglass hull is completely foam-filled and virtually unsinkable with a deep-V forefront to tame a nasty chop. With 16 degrees of deadrise at the transom, the boat runs and sits stably in the water and draws just 11 inches of water. An ”air assist” hull design provides a smooth, dry ride while boosting speed and fuel efficiency.
The 240 features plenty of deck space and an abundance of underdeck storage to keep the deck clutter-free. The forward deck houses an insulated fish box, while the stern deck houses the livewell and the full-beam-width release well. The forward port and starboard lockable rod storage boxes will securely hold rods up to 9 1/2 feet in length.
Standard features include tilt steering, recessed deck hardware and rod holders, and a stand-up console with head compartment (the portable head is optional). Trim tabs, T-tops, jack plate and hydraulic steering are all optional, as is a tunnel hull design.