Scout Boats’ new Vintage 280 diesel is based on the express walkaround platform of its 280 Abaco, but customized for diesel power. Scout president Steve Potts, who spearheaded the concept and built the new tooling, worked on the project as a joint venture with the Cummins MerCruiser engineering team.
“Almost from the very day we launched the Abaco 280, we’ve had a clamoring among customers for a diesel version of this model,” said Potts in a news release.
The first prototype Vintage 280, powered by the Cummins MerCruiser 4.2 ES (electronic sterndrive) 300, hit a top speed of 43 mph and cruised 29 to 30 mph. Scout reports that the range is more than 500 miles on 140 gallons of fuel.
“Even the 4-strokes can’t come close to that,” says Capt. Jeff Hustead, a consultant with Cummins MerCruiser and owner of Carolina Captains, an on-water training school. The diesel’s longevity, improved acceleration and reduced engine smoke also are major selling points, Hustead says.
The Vintage 280 will come standard with the 4.2 ES 300, and consists of the 280 Abaco package with such additions such as a full-stern Flexiteek swim platform (the result of extending the transom to accommodate the outdrive), twin port and starboard portholes, a bow thruster, and a stern seat/engine box. Suggested retail price of the Vintage 280 diesel starts at $113,500.
In other Scout news, the company introduced its new 222 Abaco at the New England Boat Show in Boston in February. The 22-foot, 2-inch walkaround has an 8-foot, 6-inch beam; 6-foot, 2-inch V-berth; a cockpit rigged for sportfishing; and a 90-gallon fuel capacity. Suggested retail price of the 222 Abaco with a Yamaha F200 4-stroke outboard is $53,177. Contact Scout Boats, Summerville, S.C. Phone: (843) 821-0068. www.scoutboats.com
— Michael Hauenstein