Scout Boats is known for combining innovative design with super functionality and plenty of style. The company has enhanced that reputation with the 300 LXF, a sharp and aggressive, forward-seating, luxury, sport-fisherman center-console that handles cruising daytime to overnight, along with hard-core piscatorial pursuit.
Attention to detail shines bright at the helm. This double-wide station is within easy reach of all dashboard components, and the large Garmin displays are perfectly angled for viewing at speed. A convenient digital switching system allows programming of a remote fob key to power on or off selected components, and it’s easy to service. The patented T-top/hardtop enclosure is rock-solid, and choosing tempered glass over Plexiglas windows was a smart move.
Up front, the Italia lounge hints at luxury while housing a spacious, nonskid, self-draining stowage compartment. The entire bow area is designed for creature comfort, but the wraparound cushions are easily removed to reveal a serious casting platform with plenty of dry/fish stowage to complement the boxes in the sole. A padded bolster runs the length of the vessel and is positioned perfectly for bracing against while putting the screws to a trophy. An electric windlass in the bow and a starboard “broom closet” for stowables such as brushes, gaffs and lines are nice touches.
Belowdecks, a fully cushioned berth folds up for additional space. There’s a stainless-steel sink with a Corian vanity and mirror, while the head has a china vacuum-flush toilet. Circuit breakers are accessed from the cabin panel.
Aft, a solid leaning post hosts a large livewell with a see-through top so you can tell if your baits are still swimming. Bait stations and tackle storage are set to each side of the livewell, and a Yeti cooler on a sliding tray resides in the base. Rod holders are integrated into the gunwale and seat back, and rocket launchers align the T-top. Need a break? Flip out the transom chair and relax in comfort until the bite begins to simmer.
*Great mix of fishing and luxury; the proprietary top is of special note.
*Efficient NuV3 hull design.
*Programmable key fob controls power to selected electronics.
*Digital-switching electronics system is convenient and easy to service.
*High freeboard with bolstered padding provides comfort at sea.
*There’s gaff, mop and brush storage.
*Fully cushioned berth folds up smartly for additional space.
*Brisa upholstery wipes clean.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin 300 hp Yamaha F300
Drive/Prop: Outboard/SWS II SDS 15″ x 20″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 100 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$235,868 (as tested)
Scout Boats Summerville, South Carolina; 843-821-0068; scoutboats.com