Scout 170 Costa
The 170 Costa is the first model in an all-new series of flatsfishing boats from Scout Boats, and it’s a peach. Keys legend StuApte has been intimately involved in this 17-footer’s design, andit quickly becomes obvious that this boat was built by a fishermanfor fishermen. Apte says they asked him what he wanted in a flatsboat, and they incorporated everything he suggested.
The 170 Costa incorporates a ventilated hull, which can achievespeeds of up to 50 mph with a two-stroke 90-hp outboard, isextremely quiet and dry, and features a particularly skinny 7-inchdraft. The stepped hull features a flared bow to deflect spray, areverse transom and a deadrise of 8 degrees.
In addition, the boat is loaded with a number of standardfeatures that are quite innovative. Most intriguing is the firstfully integrated, retractable bow-casting platform that sits 11inches over the deck when deployed and measures a full 31 incheswide and 27 inches long. In its upright position, it allows accessto a large storage area. This new design gives anglers a sturdy,reliable, quickly deployable platform for elevating them to theoptimum casting angle.
The 170 Costa sports a convenient cooler positioned under themolded forward center console seat and offers enough undergunwalerod storage for as many as 12 rods. Other features include aself-bailing deck, aft deck bench cushion, and carpeted gunwalewalls to protect rods and reels and to reduce noise when removingand storing them. Storage is abundant on the 170, with a massiveaft deck dry storage box, generous dry bow storage underneath thecasting platform, and a standard aerated baitwell on the stem portside large enough to be used as a release well. There is also spacefor an optional baitwell on the starboard side.
A unique Stu Apte Signature Edition is currently in developmentand will include a special option package, custom graphics and aKevlar hull to further reduce weight.
WEIGHT: 975 pounds
FUEL: 30 gallons
POWER: 90-hp Yamaha
BASE PRICE: $20,028 (w/engine)
Scout Boats, Inc.