Scout 530 LXF

Scout Boats is reimag­in­ing the 50-foot cen­ter con­sole class with the com­pany’s largest boat to date.

Power & Motor Yacht - - DRAWING BOARD - —Carly Sis­son

Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts started the com­pany out of his garage in 1989. It has since grown to be­come a world-class pro­ducer of lux­ury models be­tween 17 and 53 feet. Scout is adding a 120,000-square-foot plant to its three-fac­tory cam­pus in Sum­mervile, South Carolina, to build its largest boat yet, the 530 LXF. But a larger pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean its yachts are go­ing to con­tinue to get big­ger. “We’re still spe­cial­iz­ing in small boats, but we saw a mar­ket for a larger model,” says Alan Lang, director of sales and mar­ket­ing at Scout Boats. The next model will likely be a 47 footer, which will also be built in the new fa­cil­ity.

With all de­signs com­pleted in-house, Scout Boats has the op­por­tu­nity to fully con­trol the qual­ity and de­tail of each of its yachts. The com­pany has spent two years de­vel­op­ing the 530, and with a num­ber of unique fea­tures worked into the de­sign, they ex­pect it to be a bar-set­ting model for 50-foot cen­ter con­soles. The yacht was un­doubt­edly built to per­form: power will be four to six out­boards and a Sea­keeper will be stan­dard. Power was not the only con­sid­er­a­tion; the 530 in­cludes lux­ury fea­tures un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of other cen­ter con­soles this size. Both sides of the cock­pit have fold-down gun­wales that cre­ate a 19-foot-wide en­ter­tain­ment plat­form. The 530 will fea­ture an epoxy-in­fused, car­bon-fiber hull.

The 530 can ac­com­mo­date a young fam­ily on a week­end trip, with a pair of guests in a pinch. The model will have three berths: a queen-size mas­ter for­ward and an­other one aft, while the din­ing ta­ble eas­ily con­verts to a dou­ble berth. It will fea­ture a mod­ern in­te­rior de­signed by a com­pany that cre­ates in­te­ri­ors for pri­vate jets. “It cer­tainly won’t be like any­thing you can buy off the shelf,” Lang says. “It’s all cus­tom done.”

The 530 is al­ready ap­peal­ing to a va­ri­ety of buyers. Lang says some buyers are mov­ing up from the 42-foot Scout, and oth­ers are mov­ing down from larger sport­fish­ing boats, fa­vor­ing the ef­fi­ciency, speed and ver­sa­til­ity of cen­ter con­soles. “We have some guys that are fish­ing off them, but we also see en­ter­tain­ment as a very large fac­tor,” Lang says. “It’s def­i­nitely a fam­ily boat.” Hull No. 1 has al­ready been sold to Yamaha Cor­po­rate for test­ing, where it will be pow­ered with five of the new 425-hp out­boards. (At the time of this writ­ing, the 530 has al­ready sold through Hull No. 7.)

The Scout 530 LXF will make its of­fi­cial de­but at the Ft. Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show this fall, and it is sure to turn heads with all that it has packed into a cen­ter con­sole.

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