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Available for SaleSCOUT73' 1930 Defoe Shipbuilding 

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Worth Avenue Yachts. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 73' (23 m)
Beam: 14' (5 m)
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Capacity: 250 gal (947 L)
Fresh Water Capacity: 250 gal (947 L)
Holding Tank: 25 gal (95 L)
Location: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Build Year: 1930
Refit: 2018
Builder: Defoe Shipbuilding
Model: Commuter
Type: Motor Yachts
Cruising Speed: 16 Knots
Max Speed: 19 Knots
Engine Information:
  • Engine Make: Caterpillar
  • Engine Model: C7.1 Acert
  • Engine Year:
  • Engine Type:
  • Power (HP): 507.00
  • Power (KW): 378.07
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Hours:
  • Engine Location:



SCOUT, Defoe Contract #140, was designed by Walter McInnis of the firm Eldridge McInnis and built by the Defoe Boat & Motor Works in Bay City Michigan. The yacht was commissioned by RE Klages and was originally named CORMAR. Later names include HI-BALL III (1933), OLYMPIC SCOUT (1955), and finally SCOUT (2000).

She has had a fortunate past with excellent owners/custodians who have kept her in top form, most recently she has benefitted from a significant refit / rebuild by the experts at McMillen Yachts between 2000 and 2001 which saw the majority of the bottom re-planked and about 70% of the hull replaced. Then again in 2018 and 2019, another significant refit more focused on mechanicals was undertaken by Lyman Morse in Camden, Maine which saw the installation of a totally new engine room, new electronics, and the refastening of the hull.

In short, SCOUT needs nothing except for normal yearly maintenance and those inspecting her will find her in excellent mechanical, structural, and cosmetic condition with fully updated systems and ready to go.

These photos while representative, are approximately 5 years old. Profile photo courtesy of Onne van der Wal. A new photoshoot is scheduled for 2023.


SCOUT is classic 1930’s through and through on the interior with modern touches hidden and out of view as much as possible. Brightwork contrasted with white paneling throughout as is light-colored carpet on the sole. The heads feature classic cork flooring, as does the galley and crew quarters.


While a Commuter Yacht was generally considered a day boat, SCOUT does possess comfort to allow for cruising. She will sleep 4 to 5 guests in her two guest staterooms, and another 2 in her Saloon on the convertible settee if desired. Crew accommodations are separate up in the bow and allow for 2 to sleep comfortably.


Located forward with port and starboard side deck access doors. Very bright and airy with roll-down windows.

•t(6) Wall sconces

•t(6) Roll down windows

•tLouvered blinds

•tCarpeted sole

•tGenerously sized storage banquet forward

•tSettee aft which can pull out to for another berth if needed

•tNumerous storage lockers

•tShips clock and barometer

•tPort and Starboard sliding side deck doors


Located forward of the saloon and accessed via a curved stairway with a separation door. It is well-ventilated, has good natural light, and has been updated with modern appliances however is still in keeping with the rest of the vessel.

•tStainless Fisher Paykel Stove/Oven with vented hood

•tBosh dishwasher

•tCold plate ice box/freezer

•tU-line drawer refrigerators


•tCoffee maker

•tWood and Stainless countertops

•tCork sole

•tGenerous storage for foodstuffs

•tU-line icemaker (on deck)

•tSea Frost cold plate drink refrigerator (on deck)

Pilothouse, Electronics and Navigation

A three-quarter wrap-around pilothouse is perched above the saloon and provides excellent visibility in all directions. Controls and electronics are installed to try and blend in with the classic look of the vessel and not draw a guest’s attention to it. Immediately aft of the standing helm is an athwartships bench seat with all-weather upholstery, an ideal place for guests to converse with the Captain while underway. Further aft, are two fore and aft running settees accompanied close by a hidden cold plate drink cooler and ice maker. The entire area is covered by a bronze and wood frame canvas top providing shelter from the sun and the occasional sprinkle.

•tRaymarine Hybrid Touch radar/chart plotter

•tSimrad AP24 Autopilot

•tIcom M-506 VHF with RAM Mic

•t(2) Kolbelt throttle controls

•tSidepower bow thruster control

•t(3) Electric windshield wipers

•tOverhead roof-mounted manual spotlight

•t8-Spoke ships wheel

•tDual trumpet air horns

•tShips bell

•tKevin White compass

Owner Stateroom

Located midships with direct access to the saloon forward, or the guest cabin aft.

•tTwin-size berth to port

•tSlightly smaller than twin-size berth to Starboard

•t(2) Built-in chests of drawers which also serve as bedside tables

•tFull-length mirror on head door

•tLouvered blinds

•tWall sconce on the forward bulkhead

•t12v overhead lighting

•tCarpeted sole

En-Suite Owner Head

•tRaritan freshwater flush head

•tFull bathtub with shower

•tPorcelain sink

•tMirrored vanity

•tCork sole

•tLouvered blinds

Guest Stateroom

Located aft with direct access to the stern cockpit via a private companionway.

•tTwin-size berth to port

•tFull-size berth to starboard

•tCompanionway to stern cockpit

•tScreens for companionway doors

•tHanging locker and chest of drawers

•tGenerous under berth drawer storage

•tLouvered blinds

•t(2) Wall sconces on aft bulkhead

•t12v overhead lighting

•tCarpeted sole

En-Suite Guest Head

•tRaritan freshwater flush head

•tStall shower

•tPorcelain sink

•tMirrored vanity

•tCork sole

•tLouvered blinds

Crew Quarters

Located in the bow with access deck access forward of the saloon or through the Galley

•tOver under twin bunks to port

•tSettee to starboard

•t(3) Reading lamps

•t12v and 110v overhead lighting

•tCork cabin sole

•t2 x Hanging lockers

•tGenerous under-bunk storage

En-Suite Crew Head

•tRaratan freshwater flush head


•tSmall sink and vanity

•t2 x opening ports

•t12v overhead lighting

Hull and Deck

On the foredeck, one finds a recessed bow cockpit or “rumble seat” which provides one of the most unique underway experiences on the water and a hallmark of many early-period Commuter Yachts. A large expansive deck follows with port and starboard deck boxes complete with upholstered cushions. Another bench seat is just forward of the saloon. Access aft is by either the port or starboard full walkaround side decks leading all the way aft past dual Saloon entrances and doors to the pilothouse to the fully enclosed (with drop-down curtains) cockpit with built-in settee.

•tDouble planked hull, mahogany over cedar

•tOak stem and frames

•tHull refastened (2018)

•tPurple Heart engine beds (2018)

•tTransom double-planked mahogany

•tCaulked and laid teak deck

•tCast bronze deck hardware

•tHydraulic Anchor windlass with Danforth style anchor, chain and 3-strand rode

•tAnchor washdown spigot in the forepeak

•tSpare Fortress storm anchor with rode

•t(3) Life rings

•tSide boarding stairs

•tSwim ladder

•tHinged spruce mast

Machinery and Electrical

•t2 x Caterpillar C7.1 500hp Diesel engines, 2018 (345hrs as of 11/2022)

•t2 x ZF 2:1 transmissions/reduction gears, 2018

•tSoundown exhaust system (2018)

•tKohler 17kw Generator (2002) (4928hrs 11/2022)

•tNaiad Hydraulic Stabilizers were completely rebuilt and renewed (2018)

•tCruisair Air Conditioning throughout with reverse cycle heat

•t2 x Seward stainless 20gal hot water heaters

•t2 x 50Amp shore power inlets

•t12v intake and exhaust engine room ventilation fans (2018)

•tDual Racor fuel filters for both mains and generator (2018)

•tSidepower bow thruster

•tXantrex Freedom 3000W Inverter/Charger (2010)

•tCharles Marine C-charger 20 AMP

•tAutomatic haylon fire extinguishing system

•tNumerous individual handheld fire extinguishers throughout the yacht

•tChain and cable steering system connected to centerline single rudder

Broker Remarks

This Defoe-built, McInnis-designed, Pre-War classic has the unmistakable proportions, features, and desired pedigree of the great American Commuter yachts. An exceptional offering, SCOUT has always had the best of care from her relatively few fortunate owners. After 18 years, under current ownership, her next custodian will inherit a vessel in truly beautiful shape. SCOUT is incredibly rare and very well recommended by her broker.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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