Top Shallow Draft Boats From Scout

When looking at boats, you’ll find a lot of different numbers and statistics. Beam, deadrise, and transom height are all stats that boating-industry experts use to describe different vessels. Another term commonly used is “draft,” and it might be one of the most important numbers for your boat, especially if you fish in shallow areas. Learn what makes your boat’s draft so important, and discover top shallow draft boats from Scout.

What is a “Draft” and Why is it Important?

In simplified terms, draft is the measurement between the waterline and the bottom of the boat. Draft is essential for many reasons. It affects the stability, performance, and handling of a boat, and it also impacts where the boat can travel.

While deeper hulls, in general, can provide better stability, a shallow draft is important if you want to fish and boat in shallower areas. With a shallow draft, you can target shallow intertidal areas and flats that are not accessible to larger, deeper craft. A shallow draft gives you better access to species like bonefish, barracuda, and permit, among many other species.

Top Boats From Scout

At Scout Boats, we are dedicated to using the most advanced engineering principles to create vessels that have shallow drafts with greater stability and control. With these boats, you’ll be able to fish in some of the most remote, untouched areas while catching fish that rarely see a lure.

251 XSS

251 XSS

251 XSS

Draft: 13 inches

This is the industry’s first true inshore/offshore fishing boat, and while it has the stability to handle rough waters, it can travel through shallow intertidal areas thanks to the low draft. As a true hybrid, this is a boat that brings luxury and fishing excellence.

231 XSS

231 xs

231 XS

Draft: 12 inches

This is a dedicated fishing machine with a shallow draft that can help you excel on the water. At 12 inches, the draft allows you to fish intertidal spots while enjoying optional features like a forward bait well, JL speakers, and a Garmin display screen.

175 Sport Dorado

175 Sport Dorado

175 Sport Dorado

Draft: 10 inches

As one of the most versatile boats on the water, the dual-console 175 Sport Dorado can be used for skiing, pleasure cruising, and shallow-water fishing. From the aerated live well to the ample rod holders, this boat has everything you need for ideal fishing performance.

175 Sportfish

175 Sportfish

175 Sportfish

Draft: 10 inches

It may only be slightly over 17 feet in length, but this center-console boat gives you plenty of fishing features over a ten-inch draft. With a spacious casting deck and comfortable chair, this agile boat will enhance your enjoyment on the water.

177 Sport

177 Sport

Draft: 10 inches

If you want a nimble craft that can access virtually any fishing spot, the 177 Sport is right for you. Like the 175 models, it also has a ten-inch draft, allowing you to target many different locations without scraping the hull. 

A World-Class Boat is Waiting for You

Make sure you have the right boat for your fishing adventures. With a Scout, you’ll be able to target intertidal areas that are teeming with hungry fish. Contact us today for more information on our full lineup of world-class boats.