Originally Posted by Randaddy
I wouldn't use the word rare, but I might in a year or two. I've seen Scouts sell on the 'buzz for many hundreds to many thousands. Using a "search all of Craigslist" regularly is probably a good way to track one down.
That said, I don't think they're worth what people tend to ask for them. A brand new Hyside is only a few hundred more typically and will surely outlive a 20+ year old boat.
For what it's worth, I don't like the MilPro boats. I saw some fabric problems on one after a dozen uses or so. I'd buy Hyside or NRS before I get one of those.
I agree about the MilPro. I've never seen one in person, but they don't look like the same legendary quality of the true Avon boats.
At this time, Its not in my budget to buy a new boat and build it all from scratch with maybe the exception of a Rocky Mountain 12 or 13 footer.
I use Searchtempest.com to do nationwide searches for stuff and it doesn't show a single Scout for sale anywhere.
I've seen a few old listings for Scout bucket boats, but not much in the way of self bailers. Honestly, I'd consider a Scout bucket boat and just get a good bilge pump but would still heavily prefer a self bailer.
If I could afford it, an Aire 130D would be sweet, or maybe a Maravia Zephyr series. I like the Diminishing tube style...but they aren't on the used market that much and a new one is spendy.