Sell your stock in Exxon Mobil and use the proceeds to buy a Scout 225 XSF — when the stockbrokers find out about this boat’s shocking fuel economy, commodities might take a tumble. In fact, if you’re looking for the most fuel-efficient way to get offshore, this boat could be just the ticket.
No, 22 feet is not a lot of overall length to take offshore in the first place. But the 225 XSF is more than competent, thanks to a foam-filled hull and a molded stringer grid that are chemically bonded to form a single structure. Rip through the inlet at speeds greater than 50 mph and hunt down some big boat wakes to launch off of, and the 225 XSF feels almost like granite underfoot. Now grab the T-top’s powder-coated pipework, give it a shake, and note the absence of movement. Jump into the leaning post’s bolsters, brace your feet against the console, and push back as hard as you can to prove that those aluminum-supported backrests are truly as tough as they look.