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2021 Scout 277 LXF

The 277 LXF is an agile craft that meets the needs of hard-nosed anglers and boating families.

August 27, 2021
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Scout 277 LXF running inshore
The 277 LXF mixes agile handling with a smooth ride. Courtesy Scout Boats

Overview

Within the 277 LXF, Scout engineers have balanced the needs of hard-driving offshore anglers with those more inclined to recline and enjoy a day cruise.

Interior and Accessories

On the fishy side, a livewell resides in the port quarter. Gunwale rod holders adorn the sides and transom, with another four in the deluxe leaning-post backrest, as well as five on the hardtop. A pair of insulated, in-sole fish boxes flank the aft cockpit. An inward-opening portside door lets you pull aboard big fish, and it will also find use as a boarding door.

Scout 277 LXF out fishing
The 277 LXF balances the needs of hard-driving offshore ­anglers with those who also enjoy a day cruise. Courtesy Scout Boats

A three-sided windshield surrounds the helm, and a pair of helm seats feature flip-up bolsters and armrests. Power steering and trim tabs are standard, as is a 9-inch Garmin 943xsv display, but you can upgrade to one 10-inch Garmin 8610xsv ($2,703), a 12-inch Garmin 8612xsv ($4,846) or two 10-inch Garmin 8610xsv displays ($8,206). A Yeti 65 cooler nestles under the workstation, and a 100-quart cooler is under the forward console seating.

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Forward seating with removable backrests and storage underneath holds strong appeal to nonanglers. They’ll also like the retractable swim ladder on a full-width swim platform, the fold-down stern seating, and the convenience afforded by the self-contained porcelain head in the center console.

Scout 277 LXF idling
On the 277 LXF there’s a choice of three ­upgraded leaning-post ­modules. Courtesy Scout Boats

Notable options include upgraded upholstery-color packages, underwater lights, outriggers, and a removable teak bow table, as well as additional Garmin electronics, a high-zoot audio system, and a choice of three upgraded leaning-post modules.

Engines

Powered by twin Mercury 225 hp V-6 outboards, the 277 LXF proves fun to pilot. Our test boat popped on plane, and accelerated from zero to 30 mph in about 8 seconds. It achieved an exhilarating top speed of more than 58 mph.

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Power steering offers agile handling, and Scout’s NuV3 variable-deadrise hull and 100 percent hand-laid construction result in one of the smoothest rides of any boat in this size category. The flaring bow garners admiring looks but, more importantly, it tosses seas aside to keep the interior dry.

Scout 277 LXF at the dock
Outriggers are just one of many options on the 277 LXF. Courtesy Scout Boats

How We Tested

  • Engine: Twin Mercury 225 hp V-6 FourStrokes
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 13.6″ x 21″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.85:1 Fuel Load: 82 gal. Crew Weight: 380 lb.

High Points

  • Classic styling instills a deep pride of ownership.
  • Immaculate fit-and-finish and rigging throughout.
  • Cockpit offers plenty of room; transom door offers access to the swim platform.

Low Points

  • We’d like see a boarding-ladder option for the portside door.
  • Recessing or rounding off the bow rails would help prevent snagged fishing lines and cast nets.

Toughest Competitor

The Everglades 295cc ($335,388 base with twin Yamaha F300s) is about a foot longer and 9 inches wider, but its styling takes a harder edge, and the bow has far less flare. It too offers transom and side doors.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $217,320 (as tested with twin white Mercury 225 hp V-6 FourStroke outboards)
LOA: 27’9″
Beam: 9’0″
Draft: 1’7″
Displacement: 5,642 lb. (without power)
Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees
Max Headroom: 5’8″
Bridge Clearance: 8’4″
Fuel Capacity: 164 gal.
Max Horsepower: 450
Available Power: Twin Mercury or Yamaha outboards to 450 and 400 hp total, respectively

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Scout 277 LXF performance data chart
Scout 277 LXF Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Scout Boats – Summerville, South Carolina; 843-821-0068; scoutboats.com

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