If you like to fish for a variety of species, you might want to check out Scout Boats’ new center-console fishing platform — the 251 XS.
“This boat probably can effectively fish more species than any other boat,” company president Steve Potts says. “I say that because it is a hybrid between a bay boat and an offshore boat.”
Its proud bow and significant freeboard allow the boat to take on offshore water, Potts says. Yet the vessel draws just 13 inches, so it can be used to explore the flats or other shallows, he says.
Potts is proud of the boat’s patented T-top windshield design, built with a three-sided tempered glass structure and hardtop.
The boat also was designed to do its share of day boating. In addition to the two-person helm seat, there are two transom seats and a wraparound bow seat. Yet there’s a reasonable amount of space to fish, both in the cockpit and forward, Potts says.
Access to the console interior is through a door that swings up on beefy stainless-steel hinges with the help of two oversize stainless-steel gas lifts. The door design is an example of Scout’s workmanship and fit and finish.
With a Gen II Yamaha F300 4-stroke, the 251 XS tops out at about 60 mph and has a cruise speed of 32 mph. Mileage at cruise is 4 mpg — an impressive number. “We work hard at designing planing surfaces that run efficiently,” Potts says.
Suggested retail price is $68,831. Contact: Scout Boats, (843) 821-0068. www.scoutboats.com
This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue.