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2021 Scout 330 LXF

A luxury deluxe center console.

January 15, 2021
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Scout 330 LXF running offshore
The 330 LXF handles with precision. Courtesy Scout Boats

Overview

The Scout 330 LXF proved more luxurious than other center-consoles. Amenities like twin high-back helm seats, posh forward loungers, a retractable bow dining table and a lounger on the forward console can spoil the saltiest of mariners.

Engine

There’s also Scout’s reputation for style reflected in a sweeping sheer line, Carolina-style bow flare and tumblehome of the stern quarters. Twin Yamaha 425 XTO outboards vault the 330 LXF to plane in 5 seconds and from zero to 30 mph in 8.2 seconds. Top speed? Over 66 mph.

The 330 LXF handles with precision, and the hull rides silky smooth through wind-swept seas. The double-stepped hull lifts with little bow rise during hole shot. It maintained a near-level trim angle while underway. Advanced epoxy-infusion construction results in optimized weight and strength, and delivers a solid feel.

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Scout 330 LXF forward-console seating
Comfortable loungers are found at the front of the console. Courtesy Scout Boats

Interior and Accessories

A hardtop integrates with the full-height tempered glass windshield, side windows and the center console itself. An optional Retractable Rocket Launcher holds five rods on the aft edge of the hardtop and tilts down electrically to allow deployment of a motorized sun shade over the aft cockpit.

A Yamaha CL7 display monitors the outboards and interfaces with the boat’s Yamaha Helm Master system that includes a joystick among other features. A workstation abaft the helm seating can be equipped with either a grill or a mini-fridge. It includes raw- and freshwater washdown spigots, as well as three tackle drawers A Yeti Tundra 65 slides out from underneath

Scout 330 LXF grill
The workstation can be equipped with either a grill or a mini fridge. Courtesy Scout Boats

The transom bulkhead includes six rod holders, a 21-gallon covered livewell in the port quarter, and a flip-out transom bench. Twin insulated 132-quart insole fish lockers bracket the aft deck. A transom gate in the starboard quarter offers access to the swim platform, and a beefy inward-opening door is built into the port side of the cockpit.

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The step-down center-console interior offers 6 feet, 3 inches of headroom, an electric flush marine toilet, and a 6-foot-ling berth that will accommodate two adults for the occasional overnight trip.

Scout 330 LXF transom
The transom bulkhead features a flip-out transom bench. Courtesy Scout Boats

How We Tested

  • Engines: Twin 425 hp Yamaha 425 XTO outboards
  • Drive/Props: Outboard/Yamaha XTO Offshore 16 1/8″ x 23″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.79:1 Fuel Load: 130 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.

High Points

  • The 330 LXF receives high marks for styling.
  • A double berth makes this center-console suitable for overnighting.
  • The transom platform is easy to traverse from side to side.

Low Points

  • Serious anglers will want a larger livewell.
  • Hinges for side boarding door protruded inward a bit far; Scout vowed to remedy this.
  • No sink or faucet in the head compartment; you’ll need wash up topside.

Toughest Competitor

EdgeWater’s 340 CC ($371,286 with twin Yamaha 425 XTOs and Helm Master) offers similar comfort features, but features an unbroken sheer line and a conventional V-hull (no steps). It also comes with a larger (32-gallon) transom livewell.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $414,602 (with twin Yamaha 425 XTOs and Helm Master)
LOA: 32′9″
Beam: 10′4″
Draft: 2′3″
Displacement: 9,545 lb. (without power)
Transom Deadrise: 24 degrees
Fuel Capacity: 265 gal.
Max Horsepower: 900
Available Power: Twin Yamaha or Mercury outboards up to 900 hp total

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Scout Boats 330 LXF performance data chart
Scout Boats 330 LXF Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

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

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