Scout’s unique shape is familiar throughout the line. It’s a reflection of the seagoing strength and serious fishability of the brand’s strong Carolina genes. Certainly owners respond to these cues, as our survey reflects. Scouts feature a Strata-Mount transom system incorporating an integrated transom bracket designed so that hull stringers pass through it to the engine mounts. The result is a rigid relationship between hull and power that fosters stability and speed. For a softer ride, Scout uses a NuV3 hull design that involves increasing deadrise to enhance stability and speed. Air-assist hulls are stepped for an efficiency boost; Scout attributes the -design for a 10 percent increase in speed over a similar V-bottom hull.
The style also conveys a sense of tradition in boating with a look that seems classically familiar but uniquely Scout. The look is complemented by a tumblehome at the transom and “speed” fins at the waterline that wrap around the transom platform. Add to that Scout’s patented windshield integrated structurally in the hardtop supports and you have a formula that makes Scout owners loyal to the brand.
The 255 LXF takes the luxury approach to fishing by packaging a high-volume livewell, premium quality rod holders and outriggers, if requested, between luxury seating and opulent style, all traveling on a wave-slicing platform with Carolina flare and a safe, comfortable ride.
The livewell is deep and easy to access next to the foldaway transom seat. Also braced by luxury is the tackle center composed of dual secretary desk-style rigging stations that fold out of the leaning post, revealing a wide work area with ample tackle and tool storage inside. Rocket launchers bejewel the top of the leaning post, and a large cooler slides from beneath it.
Skipper and mate are cradled in dual bucket seats if the bolsters are down but can be ready for rugged stand-up control when bolsters are flipped up. The helm station itself is all fish, with space for two large displays, VHF radio and stereo control, if chosen. On the foredeck, you can stow the luxury cushions to clear a path for sight-fishing cobia or chasing stubborn pelagics on the hook.
Surely it’s the luxury that stands out on the 255 LXF, as it does on all Scouts. But, as survey responses reflect, it’s seriously important luxury trappings for the discriminating angler.
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