Scout 530 LXF

The builder's new flagship is feature-packed, cruise- and fish-ready, and has horsepower aplenty.

Big center console boats are definitely a thing. Builders have taken them past 40 feet, past 50 feet and in one case, past 65 feet. Center console yacht is more apt as a descriptor in some cases. The latest builder to enter the latter category is Scout Boats with its Scout 530 LXF, a 53-footer outfitted for battle, cruising and entertaining.

As nice as the boat looks — it is long, sleek, and bristling with outriggers and rods — most folks won’t get to the boat’s looks and amenities until after they’ve processed what’s at the rear of the boat. There is a gaggle of outboards. At the Miami Boat Show, Scout exhibited one 530 LXF with six Mercury Verado 400s and another with five Yamaha XTO 425s. Buyers can also opt for four of either brand. Expect 68 mph with the sextet of Mercs.

Past the outboards and the transom is a sizable cockpit that gets even bigger at anchor thanks to electronically actuated platforms that fold out of the hull sides to widen the boat to 17 feet. Featured in the cockpit are twin livewells and a foldout seat in the transom, an island console with a sink, a cooler, a grill, a drawer refrigerator, storage and two stools that swing out, and a rack of articulating rod holders overhead. Forward of the console is a bench seat and twin aft-facing seats. Bow seating includes a three-person sun lounge and a U-shaped settee with twin tables that lower and turn the area into another multiperson lounge. Behind glass that wraps around three sides is a helm that features a captain’s chair to starboard, a twin companion seat to port, a 24-inch Garmin MFD in both halves of the split dash — the entrance to the belowdecks master cabin, galley, dining area and head separates the halves — two 12-inch MFDs in the overhead helm and all the controls a captain needs.

The LXF stands for luxury sportfish, and the Scout 530 LXF delivers.

Scout Boats, scoutboats.com

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