The Scout 195 Sportfish has much more beam than most boats under 20 feet, with a width of 8’6”. Add in the deep cockpit and beefy construction, and it actually feels larger than some competitors with a foot or two more LOA.
Critical Fishing Features
- Four flush gunwale rod holders
- Under-gunwale rodracks
- Leaning post w/livewell and two rocket launchers
- Integrated, insulated bow fishbox
- Coaming bolsters
- 19 degrees of transom deadrise and a deep cockpit make this boat appropriate for larger seas than many 19-footers, but unlike many in this class, it also has a bowdeck with lots of elevation for casting in calm conditions.
- If you want to be first to the fishing spots, this is one of the fastest boats in its class. Rigged with an F150 it comes darn close to the 50-mph mark (top end: 49.1 mph) and it cruises in the mid-30s.
- Thanks to the uber-wide beam, adding a T-top to the boat doesn’t cramp things as much as it does on many competitors in this size range. That will make it a lot easier to work a fish 360-degrees around the boat.
One thing that doesn’t come through in a discussion that’s purely about fishing: like most Scouts the 195 is also a serious looker. We don’t want to base any fishing decisions on that factor, but if you like boats that are also eye candy, this one will likely stop you in your tracks.