I bought a new 1998 Scout Sportfish 172 in April 1999. During June of that year I rode from the South River to Taylors Island on a calm day, then spent the night. On the following day, I returned 30-35 miles directly into a 3-ft chop. I had to slow down to 11 mph. When I eventually got back, I saw that about half of the screws holding the console to the floor had stripped out. This was a two-month old boat!I got a 17 Scout and the thing is muscle. Grady is...well a Grady. I dont know about the bigger Scouts but the smaller ones are built like a brickhouse.
Would'nt be Ferd's Place,Would it? [Mike]Not to bag on grady for the money its a nice boat, but for years I have been hanging around a friends fiberglass shop in pasadena and I can't tell you how many
gradys I have seen in there getting floors replaced, stringers with nothing but rotten wood, and a few transom's. At least 20, at least 5-6 a year.
Now I understand all boats have issues and a lot has to do with care by the owner, but man It has realy opened up my eye's, I don't care what the name
they are just boats with life spans, some are built to last longer then others.
Point being have a person knowledgable on boat surveying take a look at any boat you purchase, most issues are found after a excited owner starts looking around a
few months after a purchase, by then its to late.
Oh yeah I see robalos flotation water logged a lot, I owned a 1996 that had that was a mess.