US builder leveraging innovation made possible by investments in vertical integration
Fibreglass boat builder Scout Boats will unveil a number of new outboard-powered day boat models at the Miami Boat Show this week which reflect unique design elements achieved through its vertical integration strategy.
The new 330 LXF and 277 LXF luxury centre consoles replace the previous 320 LXF and 275 LXF models respectively, each adding enough in the way of upgrades and refinements to warrant new model designations according to Scout Boats founder and CEO, Steve Potts. “The 320 has been a popular model for us over the years, but we wanted to infuse more technological and hull production advancements into a comparably-sized model,” he said. ”The 277 LXF has numerous standard features including a port side swing-in door, a port aft recirculating baitwell, stainless steel flush mount rod holders, large cockpit fishing area, an integrated stern seat and a powder coated T-top hardtop with an integrated frameless windshield and rocket launchers.”
Also new for 2020 and making its debut at the Miami show is the company’s 305 LXF, the fourth model in its LXF line. Built on Scout’s NuV3 hull design, it features a unique electronic hub wiring system that enables owners to control the electronics from a remote key fob. Also debuting at the show is a new 215 Dorado dual console model with a unique and elegant wrap-around frameless windshield that gives the boat a truly distinctive look.
Potts says the new models reflect the benefits of the company’s decision to shift to a more vertically-integrated production process a decade ago, boasting unique design elements that can’t be easily replicated by competitors sourcing components from third-party suppliers. “We invested in a five-axis router, 3D printers, digitizers, and accredited, intellectual resources with an appetite for finding ways of doing things better and doing things in a way no one has done before,” he says. “As we continue to bring new, exciting models and innovations to the forefront, like our composite superstructure flybridge on our flagship 530 LXF that will also debut at Miami, we continually raise the bar not only for our brand, but the industry overall. What was done five decades ago is not our style. Looking to the future is.”
Based in Summerville, South Carolina, Scout builds luxury sportfishing center console, dual console and inshore/bay boat models ranging from 17ft-53ft which are sold in 27 countries.