Scout luxury sport-fishing boats span styles from center-console, dual-console and inshore/bay-boat models, and range from 17 feet to 53 feet—the latter an exciting full 11 feet longer than was true last year!
Proud of its superior fit-and-finish; best-in-class strength-to-weight ratio; fully finished compartments, lids and doors; and more than 30 years of family ownership and operation, Scout has also built a reputation for being first to market with innovations. Those include the company’s patented bow camera, and an optional articulating rocket launcher that works in unison with a SureShade retractable aft awning, both electronically actuated.
Epoxy infusion utilizing carbon fiber/E-glass, used in Scout’s 530, 420 and 380 LXF model (38- to 53-foot) hulls, is a process borrowed from the aerospace industry. It provides a rigid hull with more strength and stability at a lower overall weight. Models from 33 to 35 feet are also created using epoxy-infused E-glass.
Scout 530 LXF
Scout calls its new 530 LXF a “mega center-console.” Two years in development, it’s a jaw-dropping 53 feet, 5 inches long, and ready to carry four or five powerful Yamaha or Mercury outboards.
Beam is 14 feet, 8 inches, stretching to 17 feet, 6 inches when electronically actuated dual beach platforms are extended port and starboard for entertainment space or swimming access.
Standard are a Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer, glass helm enclosure, cockpit island, generator, air conditioning, heat, electric sliding sunroof, and heated helm seats. At the helm is a Garmin 24-inch MFD touchscreen, with a 12-incher in the overhead helm.
The boat can be configured into 21 comfortable seating areas throughout the boat, several with tables. The helm area seats seven. (Only 16 percent of boats in our survey seat eight or more.)
Below deck is a master stateroom with a large berth, enclosed head, shower room, galley, a convertible single and fixed aft double berth, hanging closet, and central vacuum system.
For anglers, seven shotgun rod holders across the transom stand ready, plus more mounted in cockpit gunwales. Rods stow beneath the cabin’s master-stateroom berth as well as in-deck. Two 30-gallon livewells will meet the stated needs of 96 percent of center-console survey respondents, while a pair of aft fish boxes awaits catches.
Survey Says: On Target
- Medley of rodholders, livewells and tackle storage makes it tournament ready
- Flexible power options
- Style, great riding, fun to fish on
- Very comfortable offshore
- Yachtlike center-console masterpiece on so many levels
- An on-the-water entertainment platform
- “Great layout”
Fuel Capacity: 875 gal.
Dry Weight: 26,500 lb. plus power
Max HP: 2,250