Brooke doesn’t fish, but she enjoys the ocean breeze and isolated beaches accessible to those select few who own a boat. Fishing features on the Scout 245 XSF, such as the aerated livewell, oversize fish box and center console with plenty of space for a chart plotter, hold no interest for the girl who is all about express cruising and beach time. Still, she loves the 245 XSF.
“I wanted a bowrider until I stretched out on the sun pads at the bow,” she says. “And when the captain flipped out the boarding ladder on the swim platform, I realized there was more to fish boats than fishing.”
Rocket launchers and rod holders abound on the 245, but the hardware Brooke favors is the artfully recessed rails tucked into the coaming, offering a secure handhold. For topside entertainment, there’s a built-in cooler, and the bow offers a swing-away cocktail table that snaps into place. Deploy it and, as Brooke notes, “you’ve got a great place to hang out and picnic.”
Add the optional ski tow and it’s ready for water sports; the 250 hp Yamaha will have no trouble towing, and the engine pushes the boat to 52 mph at top end. Taking a turn behind the helm, Brooke was impressed by the 245’s smooth ride and handling, appreciating the view from the high leaning post. No fishing? No problem. The Scout 245 FSX has something for everybody.
“I loved my bathing suit because of the bright color,” says Brooke about her yellow Becca by Rebecca Virtue bikini. Between takes, it was easy for this Southern belle to take in the Pink Shell’s main attraction. “No matter where you were in the resort — the lobby, the rooms, the restaurant — you always had a wonderful view of the water.”
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