REVIEW: Scout365 Inflatable Boat

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So, Scout Inflatables sent us an inflatable boat to review: the Scout365.

Boats and RVs go together like peas and carrots… peanut butter and jelly… political campaigns and allegations of sexual impropriety. (Err, you get the idea.) Go to any RV campground and you’ll find a vast array of portable boats.

For many years, my wife has been wanting a boat. Carrying a boat along to national parks and other scenic locales is a wonderful concept – in theory. With a boat you can see these areas from a completely different perspective. It’s an alternative to hiking, with the added bonus that few bear attacks have ever happened in deep water.

But the reality of Airstream and RV ownership is one of limited storage space. Heck, I don’t buy a pair of socks without carefully considering the storage issues. So I always wondered where exactly we’d store a boat if we got one. The usual solution, of course, is the roof of the tow vehicle. While there’s nothing wrong with rooftop storage, it certainly seems like a bit of a hassle. We often unhitch our truck and jaunt about town. Forgive me for saying so, but I’d rather not haul a couple of huge kayaks through the typical drive-thru.

And frankly, aesthetically it’s not the greatest look. I like our Airstream and truck to have a somewhat consistent and clean visual appearance in our YouTube videos. Strapping boats to the roof would just throw everything off visually.

Enter the Scout365. The natural tagline for this thing is “boat in a bag!” Yes, the Scout365 is an inflatable boat that rolls up and squeezes into a canvas storage bag. You can fit the entire kit-and-kaboodle in the bag – or at least the boat, its floor, the aluminum seats, the soft seat cover, and even the oars! Said bag easily fits in the bed of our pickup truck SEEMORE. This is a neat trick. At last we have a boat that I don’t mind hauling around.