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. Laternames include HI-BALL III (1933), OLYMPIC SCOUT (1955), and finally SCOUT (2000). She has had a fortunate past withexcellent owners/custodians who have kept her in top form, most recently she has benefitted from a significant refit /rebuilt 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 framing replaced or sistered. 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.Eldredge-McInnis commuter yacht Scout was designed in 1930 by the famous Eldredge-McInnis office originally as Cormar. This stunning vessel is now ready to extend her lineage after a refit by the Lyman-Morse service team. The 73′ Eldredge-McInnis commuter yacht Scout was repowered with new Caterpillar C7.1 engines in 2018. Lyman-Morse also did a lot of structural work, including in the engine room. But it wasn’t all systems and structural work done during the refit — Scout also got a beautiful new shiny paint job and brightwork.

 A rare oportunity to own a piece of maritime history.



  • loa 73'
  • beam 14'
  • draft 6'
  • fuel capacity 500 gallons
  • water capacity 500 gallons
  • type Commuter Boat
  • designed by Eldredge-McInnis
  • builder Defoe Shipbuilding Company
  • year 1930
  • hull material Wood
  • location Newport, RI
  • boat engine Caterpillar C.71 (2018) twin
  • horsepower 1000Hp
  • cruising speed 16knots
  • top speed 19 knots
Eldredge-McInnis commuter yacht Scout arrangement

Walk Through Tour

Scout is a stunning sight as you step aboard. She feels all of the 73 feet with her long waterline and sleek look. Teak deck wraps the deck and is beautifully paired with high-gloss, rich red, mahogany cabinsides and patina bronze hardware.

Up on the bow you likely have the best of any yacht. A sunken leather bench seat forward of the windlass allowing all the working of the vessel to be behind you so you can enjoy the pure sights of the ocean. Still up on the foredeck there are port and starboard bench seats and a built in centerline settee on the forward end cabin house. All the seats carry the same dark blue leather cushions atop the gleaming mahogany furniture.

If you want to head back to see where the vessel is being operated, you can step up into the pilot house on port or starboard from the side decks. Now about three feet higher, the views are still astounding. Now you have the scene of the classic helm and binnacle accompanied by some modern navigational and communication systems. You never forget you are in a classic yacht sitting in a raised settee with varnish and teak as your foreground.

Aft of the pilot house and still up on the house, Scout has the perfect tea time or cocktail hour lounge I can imagine. There is an elegant semi-permanent bimini and canvas sides below the hand rail to protect for the sun and wind, while still enjoying the ocean air and having a drink in the comfortable wicker chairs.

We still have one more lounge area available. Maybe it is a little chilly or you just came up for your morning coffee back aft. Scout has a full enclosed aft deck with built-in settee. I always loved being in the stern of the boat. This is comfortable, private and elegant. What could be better.


  • Autopilot: SIMRAD
  • Radios: ICOM IC-502 VHF
  • Radar: RAYMARINE
  • Chartplotter: RAYMARINE
  • Depth Finder: PART OF RAYMARINE
  • Clock: BRASS
  • Barometer: BRASS
  • Bell: BRASS


During the winter of 2017-2018, Lyman-Morse took on an exciting and extensive refit of Scout. The vessel was stored completely in a plastic tent to maintain moisture throughout the winter. Extensive photos and records were taken to track process and document the procedures taken.

  • Two new Caterpillar C7.1 ACERT
  • Faired and Awlgrip topsides

See page 48-52 of this article for more information and photos

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. 
  • Raymarine Hybrid Touch radar/chart plotter
  • Simrad AP24 Autopilot
  • Icom M-506 VHF with RAM Mic
  • (2) Kolbelt throttle controls
  • Sidepower bow thruster control
  • (3) Electric windshield wipers
  • Overhead roof-mounted manual spotlight
  • 8- spoke Ships Bell
  • Dual Trumpet Ships Horn
  • Ships Bell


Machinery & Electrical

• 2 x Caterpillar C7.1 500hp Diesel engines, 2018 (345hrs as of 11/2022)
• 2 x ZF 2:1 transmissions/reduction gears, 2018
• Soundown exhaust system (2018)
• Kohler 17kw Generator (2002) (4928hrs 11/2022)
• Naiad Hydraulic Stabilizers were completely rebuilt and renewed (2018)
• Cruisair Air Conditioning throughout with reverse cycle heat
• 2 x Seward stainless 20gal hot water heaters
• 2 x 50Amp shore power inlets
• 12v intake and exhaust engine room ventilation fans (2018)
• Dual Racor fuel filters for both mains and generator (2018)
• Sidepower bow thruster
• Xantrex Freedom 3000W Inverter/Charger (2010)• Automatic haylon fire extinguishing system
• Numerous individual handheld fire extinguishers throughout the yacht
• Chain and cable steering system connected to centerline single rudder  

  • Charles Marine C-charger 20 AMP


En-Suite Guest Head
• Raritan freshwater flush head
• Stall shower
• Porcelain sink
• Mirrored vanity
• Cork sole
• Louvered blinds
Crew Quarters
Located in the bow with access deck access forward of the saloon or through the Galley
• Over under twin bunks to port
• Settee to starboard
• (3) Reading lamps
• 12v and 110v overhead lighting
• Cork cabin sole
• 2 x Hanging lockers
• Generous under-bunk storage

En-Suite Crew Head
• Raratan freshwater flush head
• Shower
• Small sink and vanity
• 2 x opening ports
• 12v overhead lighting

Owner Stateroom
Located midships with direct access to the saloon forward, or the guest cabin aft.
• Twin-size berth to port
• Slightly smaller than twin-size berth to Starboard
• (2) Built-in chests of drawers which also serve as bedside tables
• Full-length mirror on head door
• Louvered blinds
• Wall sconce on the forward bulkhead
• 12v overhead lighting
• Carpeted sole
En-Suite Owner Head
• Raritan freshwater flush head
• Full bathtub with shower
• Porcelain sink
• Mirrored vanity
• Cork sole
• Louvered blinds

Guest Stateroom
Located aft with direct access to the stern cockpit via a private companionway.
• Twin-size berth to port
• Full-size berth to starboard
• Companionway to stern cockpit
• Screens for companionway doors
• Hanging locker and chest of drawers
• Generous under berth drawer storage
• Louvered blinds
• (2) Wall sconces on aft bulkhead
• 12v overhead lighting
• Carpeted sole


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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Scott Layton