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Scout 275 XSF
Draft (max): 2'1"
Displacement (lb., approx.): 5,100
Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 9'0"
Max Cabin Headroom: 5'8"
Fuel Capacity: 175 gal.
Max Horsepower: 500
Available Power: Twin outboards up to 500 hp total
Is your idea of “fresh” fish a fillet that hits the grill within minutes of being gaffed? Then check out the 275 XSF. This center-console is designed to take your quarry directly from the ocean to your dinner plate before you ever hit the dock, with an option package ($5,286) that includes a Kenyon electric grill in the leaning post, an inverter and shore power.
Don’t worry about tapping out your batteries while you cook, because the inverter will automatically shut down the grill before you drain out too much juice to start an outboard. And as you nibble on Nemo, you’ll have a wide range of seats to choose from. The true hedonist in you, however, will be drawn to the bow. Here, seats on either side have backrests that pop up on stainless-steel posts, allowing you to kick back and enjoy your meal in complete comfort. Naturally these seats have lined stowage below, and the pressure-molded hatches raise with little effort on your part, thanks to gas-assist struts.
Of course, you have to catch the fish before you can grill them. And on the Scout you’ll find this easier than the norm. One major-league difference between this boat and nearly every competitor’s is the ability to work a fish around the outboards with stand-up gear. Instead of using the usual bloated transom designs that incorporate fish boxes and livewells, Scout separates the cockpit from the eggbeaters with a narrow transom gate. It can be collapsed, allowing an angler to step out onto the port or starboard Flexiteek-lined swim platforms. But why bother? That gate is so narrow that you can move aft more than a foot farther than on other boats, and you can reach the back of the outboards with your hand, not to mention the tip of a six-foot stand-up rod. Will water flow around the gate’s seams and into the cockpit when you reverse into the waves? Since it was calm during our test run, I made a point of revving the engines in reverse against a series of two-foot boat wakes, and no moisture made it into the cockpit. When water does hit the deck, it’ll evacuate quickly, thanks to huge aft scuppers that are covered with Polyboard grates.