Scout Boats in February will become the third boatbuilder in six months to launch a 40-plus-foot center console with four outboards. The 420 LXF will be unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show.
“We went into this with a no-holds-barred attitude to create the best 42-foot center console out there,” says company founder and president Steve Potts.
“The boat has been under development for a full two years.” The 420 LXF was the most extensively tested Scout to date, he says. “We tested the running surface for nine months.”
The new boat rides a deep-vee, double-stepped hull. With her pronounced bow flare, broken sheer and reverse transom, she should garner plenty of attention at the show (Feb. 12-16) and out on the water. “We set out to design all of our boats with a timeless style,” says Potts.
The 420 LXF can run with quad 300s or 350s, says Potts. With the 300s, she’ll top out in the mid to upper 60-mph range and cruise around 38 mph, getting 1.1 mpg for a range of just under 500 miles, says Potts.
Scout is known for its innovative on-deck features. On the 420 LXF, Potts singled out the new hydraulic hull-side beach platform. “People want to swim, dive and go beach-hopping, and this makes it super-easy and convenient,” he says. The 72-by-30-inch teak-covered platform folds into the hull side when closed. “You wouldn’t even know it’s there,” Potts says.
The largest Scout ever built, the 420 LXF is also the company’s first with four outboards and the first built entirely using epoxy-infused cored fiberglass construction. “We wanted this boat, given its speed, to be bulletproof,” says Potts.
There’s a seating area in the bow with a teak dinette table that rises from the deck under power. A lounge is attached to the forward side of the console. The three-seat helm station has a console that’s large enough for three 19-inch displays. Aft-facing seating for three occupies the mezzanine. The cabin houses a twin berth with a large drop-down table, a galley and an enclosed head with a separate shower.
Standard equipment includes trim tabs, C-Zone digital switching, three Garmin MFDs, a windlass, generator, and heat and air conditioning, as well as fishboxes, rod holders, storage compartments and an Eco-Teak swim platform. A tower with a second helm station is a $42,000 option. Other noteworthy options are Seakeeper gyro stabilization, a bow thruster, underwater cameras, a SureShade retractable awning and a cockpit table or fighting chair.
LOA: 42 feet, 2 inches
BEAM: 13 feet, 1 inch
DISPLACEMENT: 23,700 pounds (full load)
HULL TYPE: double-stepped deep-vee
DRAFT: 26.5 inches
POWER: quad Yamaha F350s or F300s
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 22 degrees
SPEED: 71 mph top, 42 mph cruise (F350s)
TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 70 gallons water, 18 gallons waste
PRICE: $650,000 (F350s)
CONTACT: Scout Boats, Charleston, South Carolina,
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February 2015 issue