Monday, December 15, 2014

Scout Boats Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Charleston Harbor

Scout signage at the Chas. Harbor Marina

Scout Boats based in Summerville, South Carolina weathered the economic recession that blew winds of change into the boat manufacturing business. Scout is gathering a head of steam in 2014, celebrating 25 years of excellence by announcing a facility expansion and adding 300 new jobs. On September 24 three new boat models were available for inspection on nearby Charleston Harbor.
Optional Fishing Console is the Bomb!
With the air temperature hanging in the low 60’s and a northerly wind of 20-knots, the conditions on the water were sporty. The three Scout boats we rode in were the 255 LXF, the 275 Dorado and the 300 LXF and they each provided a dry ride. The larger the boat the more stable the ride in choppy seas but the 27-footer had noticeably more bounce than the other two models.
Dotson Guice with Scout told me that the 255 LXF is a luxury fishing boat that replaced a similar 24-foot model. I saw that it had two bench seats in the bow equipped with forward-facing backrests that are removable. Amenity choices include a T-top with tempered glass enclosure, fusion stereo with ipod and USB jacks, in-floor fish box and fiberglass leaning post. A special silver boat hull color is available for the 255LXG in honor of the company’s anniversary.
Neat fold out table stows snug against the bow
The 275 Dorado is a family friendly boat that can be used for fishing too. The bow offers two comfortable bench seats and a unique entertaining table that folds down out of the way. A couple of stereo speakers and an anchor box finish making the Dorado bow a very usable space. Aft has a fold down bench seat with twin 25-gallon storage wells in the back corners. The in-floor fish box and flush-mounted rod holders complete the transom. Scout’s George Douglas sat behind the dual console of the 275 Dorado and shared that the twin Yamaha 200’s can simply cruise along when fishing is not part of the plan. 
How about a cool wrap on a new Scout boat!
The 300 LXF is a deep-V sportfishing model that debuted at the Miami Boat Show in February. Scout’s Josh Slayton pushed the twin Yamaha 300’s forward until we were screaming across the frothy water at 57 miles per hour. Scout’s Nu-V3 high performance hull design performed remarkably well here, and we were quickly comparing notes about how this boat could deliver you to the fishing grounds on demand.

To read this magazine feature article in its entirety click on All At Sea.
To view past blog entries involving Scout click 2010 ReelN4Kids - 2010 Red Trout Celebrity Tourney - 2013 CCA State Convention - 2013 Lowcountry Tarpon Tourney.

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