What does a mid-September morning dream in Key Largo look like to a yachting enthusiast? It looks like an exclusive opportunity to experience two new boats from Scout. The 235 Dorado ($119,043 MSRP) and the 277 LXF ($168,295 MSRP.) The former is a dual console that sizes up at 23’8” and the latter a center console that measures in a 27’6”. With these new models, Scout has presented us with two agile boats that are sportfishing ready, family-friendly and guaranteed to make passersby more than a little jealous.
235 Dorado (L) and 277 LXF (R). Commissioned Photo: Nate Cantalupo.
What does this mean for potential buyers? It means that Scout is making smart moves with these boats and interested buyers will be quite intrigued when they step aboard. The proof is in the details. Let’s start our detailed review with the more compact of the two boats, the 235 Dorado.
Scout 235 Dorado Sea Trial
The 235 Dorado we took out was powered by a 250HP Yamaha outboard. We had no problem getting up on plane quickly and gliding smoothly through Southern Florida’s crystal clear, turquoise water. What observers will see when you pass by in this beauty is a sleek profile that looks both regally conservative yet simultaneously fast and fashionable. Whether in Midnight Blue (which we test rode), Shark Gray or any of the other great color options, this is one sharp looking boat.
Scout 235 Dorado. Commissioned Photo: Nate Cantalupo.
The 21” draft, along with 20 degree deadrise, allows the boat to plane out nicely, even in moderate chop and is an absolute blast in motion. The hull – measuring in with an 8’6” beam – means the deck layout features a decent amount of room for guests to move about.
At the helm we enjoyed the natural ergonomics of the layout, especially the innovative touch screen Garmin 942XS Display controls which operate everything from lights and pumps to navigation. The sturdy throttle features integrated switches and feels comfortable in one’s hand for all day operation while the Sea Star Hydraulic Steering with tilt keeps you going exactly where you want to go, and with a 100 gal fuel capacity you can do a decent amount of exploring before having to return to shore.
Enjoying the bow area, your guests will be comforted by luxurious two-tone cushions, high fidelity speakers, and wont have trouble finding space to stow extra gear with 13.5 gallon storage boxes on both the port and starboard sides under the seats.
Walking from the bow to the stern one passes through the fully-integrated, fiberglass frame, split window and will find generous seating for all the essential activities that bring us out on the water. There is a 15gal Baitwell and a small galley counter with sink for washing and preparing meals out on the open water.
One especially cool new feature of the 235 Dorado is the port side bench seat which has an articulating backrest that can be flipped forward so that passengers can sit facing the stern. Under the seat they’ve cleverly integrated another large storage box. Venturing further back, the 235 Dorado features a sleek swim platform that is quite nice whether hopping off for a dive, or hanging out fishing with family and friends.
The little details make this boat truly stand out. From the upholstery that says luxury, to the thoughtful engineering of the multi-functional seating and amenities. There is also a fully enclosed head with hand-wash sink.
Scout 277 LXF Sea Trial
Moving on to the bigger brother of the day, the 277 LXF gave us a truly pleasurable ride and felt like a speedy sport fisherman’s dream boat. With roughly four feet more of length, this center console provided quite a bit more space and capability than the 235 Dorado. The true glory of the 277 LXF stood out like a shining stallion on derby day when we opened up the throttle of the twin 350HP Mercury outboards – giving us a run for our money, and satisfying our desire for speed on this sunny morning.
Scout 277 LXF. Commissioned Photo: Nate Cantalupo.
More than fast, this boat feels like a sports car on the water. Turning with ease and making us hold on tight as we accelerated through the light chop. At one point I was holding a camera when the throttle was engaged and had to suddenly grab on to the newly designed “Deluxe Fiberglass Leaning Post”, which was a welcome feature!
The folding helm chairs are elegant and upholstered with thick materials designed to last, while maintaining a stylish appearance. On the backside of the helm chairs, the leaning post features a bait prep station, sink, and S.S. tackle drawers. The so called “optional” grill is a must for any potential buyers who are keen on enjoying a fresh fish fillet before heading back to land.
There is plenty of space to walk around the deck onboard the 277 LXF. In the bow seating area there are comfortable wrap around seats with three storage boxes under the cushions and cup holders for everybody. Exploring the boat I was imagining myself on a full day fishing adventure with family and friends and could easily see hanging out with eight or more people onboard without feeling crowded. One way that Scout makes this possible is by having an abundance of rod holders and storage boxes. There is not an inch of usable space wasted on this boat and yet it maintains a clean look that speaks to a mature sense of style.
While being efficient with space there are also two very comfortable lounge style seats integrated into the port and starboard sides of the bow area. Guests on board can sit in these seats and lean back and put their feet up and truly relax in style.
At the helm for the day as skipper you’ll find yourself in front of a set of state-of-the-art controls featuring the Garmin 942XS Display. The dual engine throttle is immediately responsive and is shaped perfectly to fit your hand.
The stern of the boat features a swing in walkthrough transom door that leads to the “Fully Walk-able Transom Swim Platform w/Esthec” decking. The swim platform features a swim ladder and plenty of space to enter and exit the water. An additional feature that really stands out is the port side swing in door.
Scout has once again shown us what quality design looks and feels like with these two new vessels sporting classy style, efficient design, and sufficient power to provide owners with years and years of fantastic adventures.
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