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Scout Boats designs and builds six series of world-class luxury sportfishing center console, dual console, crossover, and inshore/bay boat models ranging from 17’ to 53’ with a new 67’ LX Series model to be launched in 2024.

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Scout is known for its industry-impacting innovations, technology, trendsetting features, and high-quality construction that are the DNA of each model, from shallow draft Bay Boats, family recreation dual console Dorados to the various configurations of Center Console sportfish models. All feature the graceful lines and high flared bow of the high performance, ultra-seaworthy 100% hand-laid fiberglass composite hulls developed by the Scout Boats design and engineering teams.

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Scout Boats, located in Summerville, SC, was founded in 1989 by Steve Potts who revolutionized the coastal fishing boats and helped propel the industry forward with over three decades designing and manufacturing boats with universal appeal to all levels of the boating population, from the first flats boats (a 14-footer) to boats appealing to offshore fishermen and families wanting a great time on the water. Scout Boats was able to transition over the years to sophisticated high-performance center console fishing boats and to ever more elegant multi-purpose center console boats, at the forefront of market trends. Award-winning Scout Boats not only produces beautifully styled boats but is distinguished by its culture of excellence and innovation in design features and manufacturing techniques.

Early on, in 1990, Steve Potts developed a counter-intuitive design that bound the hull to the deck through a reverse shoebox hull/deck design where the hull lip wraps over the deck rather than under, and no mechanical fasteners are used. This method prevents water getting between the joint, increasing the strength and integrity of the hull. He also determined to use 100% hand-laid fiberglass composites instead of the quick spray chopper guns, and composite stringers and transom, eliminating the use of wood that can rot, for uncompromising higher quality in the boat construction, and completely finished fiberglass door, hatches, and lids. His son, Stevie, joined the company full time in 1995 and serves as Vice President of Product Development & Engineering of Scout Boats. Steve Potts Sr. took on the role of full-time CEO in 2022.

Scout Boats developed innovative, original hull designs that are used across its line-up: NuV3, Air-Assist, and Scout Stepped Hull Technology depending on the Series and model. The Air-Assist stepped hull was designed in 2006 with renowned naval architect, Michael Peters, when Steve and his son wanted to “develop a smaller boat with the features and feel of the sportfishing yacht” to appeal to a downsizing market. The primary advantages of the stepped hull are that it creates static stability by adding longitudinal buoyancy, it decreases the time to plane, improves overall handling, and even increases fuel economy. It was used in 2008 on the first Scout Abaco 350. The NuV3 hull, developed in 2002, is a ‘Convex’ design comprised of variable degree angles in the hull providing the softest, driest ride in its class along with tremendous fuel efficiency and optimized performance. The Scout Stepped Hull Technology was developed as a team with several industry consultants, including Michael Peters and rigorously tested to perfect for optimal performance. The Scout Stepped Hull “reduces the hull’s wetted surface, creating a faster, dryer and better performing boat requiring less horsepower and increased fuel savings.”

Other significant innovations include the Scout Strata Mount engine mounting system developed in 2000, that consists of a special factory-molded bracket that allows the two main longitudinal grid stringers to pass through the transom and be directly integrated into the engine mount. This permits the natural stresses of the engine to be distributed over the entire hull, increasing durability and performance. Another major style innovation was the signature Scout curved T-top with patented glass enclosure developed in 2007. Some luxury models include sunroof panes in the T-tops. In 2012-2013, Scout introduced the Digital Helm transitioning from analog switching to digital, collaborating with Garmin and other vendors for flush glass helms with Garmin Touch Screens, inspired by airplane glass cockpits. The hullside Hydraulic Beach Platform that expanded the cockpit side deck in the 420 LXF Center Console in 2015, was a well-received design innovation by Stevie Potts.

The Articulating Rocket Launcher was patented in 2016. This ingenious feature allows a T-top rocket launcher rod holder array to articulate from an upright angle to horizontal for easy access to rods and for deployment of the electronic cockpit sunshade in certain models. 2017 saw the development of the electronically actuated Convertible Hideaway Entertainment Station/Mezzanine Seat on the 380 LXF (current 400 LXF) leaning port back; the aft facing seat lifts up to reveal a counter with sink, electric Kenyon grill, and cutting board. Fold down the transom seat for cockpit entertaining. A bow camera was a new patented feature in 2018, allowing the helmsman to view the anchor deployment and retrieval. These are just highlights of the many “WOW factor” design features that distinguish Scout Boats from all others in its class and is inherently the founder’s passion that has never dimmed, shared across the entire Scout family—a belief that there has to be a better way.

From Scout’s inception, the decision was made to hand-lay everything, rather than spray, for greater quality control over the consistency part after part and a much cleaner environment. Over the years Scout added the resin-infusion process for a precise ratio of resin to glass where less weight with greater strength was critical for performance. As the luxury center console and crossover model (LXF and LXZ models 33ft and above) designs became larger, Scout made a vital decision to invest in cutting-edge Epoxy Infusion and Carbon Epoxy Construction techniques into their highest-performing Scout Stepped Hull models, including thermal curing. These models were finished with the finest sophisticated blend of appointments and technologies. This led to the establishment of Scout’s S-Class Series, signifying the highest level of luxury in the line-up, comparable to a high-end luxury vehicle. The S-Class models offer the greatest number of options for owner personalization, though Scout offers options and upgrades for every model, allowing owners to specify their preferences.

All Scout Boats manufactured today are built to ensure NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification, a standard beyond US Coast Guard compliance, that adheres to applicable standards set by the American Boats & Yacht Council (ABYC) of build quality and safety. Scout Boats are built to endure and provide a great experience on the water, with innovative versatility to maximize recreational activities.

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