You think you’ve seen it all when it comes to monster center console yachts and outrageous outboard power? With their new 530 LXF Scout Boats may not have surpassed the size of the HCB Custom Yachts 65 Estrella, but they have managed to top the largest center console in the world when it comes to a powerhead count. The Estrella sports five Seven Marine 627 outboards on the transom, and you can get a 530 LXF with the same number of Yamaha F425 XTO outboards, but it can also be rigged with six – count ‘em six – Mercury 400s. That may be 735 fewer horses overall than the Estrella, but it’s a new record for the number of blocks and drives hanging from a transom. Naturally, that may also set a world record for outboard maintenance – but if you have the $2.3 mil it takes to get into this boat in the first place, do you really care? We didn’t think so. Let's take a quick look at this monster center console yacht on video:
As one might expect, the rest of this boat is just as over-the-top impressive as its power system. The center console houses a full-blown cabin including a forward stateroom with a queen berth, a galley, a settee, a head with a separate stall shower, and a private mid-cabin with a twin berth. And yes, there’s a wine chiller in there, too. Our favorite feature in the cabin, however, is the rod stowage rack for six big rigs under the stateroom berth.
The bow cockpit is set up more for comfort than fishing, with a massive (uber-luxurious) lounge on the front of the console and U-shaped seating forward with two dinette tables. Still, there’s plenty of space for anglers to line the gunwales and rodholders ring the entire space right up to the peak of the bow. The aft cockpit is much fishier, and includes perks like a pair of 30-gallon livewells, fishboxes in the deck, flush gunwale rodholders plus seven transom rodholders, electric reel plugs, and articulating rocket launchers on the hard top. The most impressive feature back there, however, is the dual hydraulic beach platform. Press a button, and the sides of the boat swing out and down to become monstrous swim platforms expanding the beam from 14’8” to 17’10 and creating an extra 45 square feet of entertaining area.
You’re still not impressed? Okay, fine – now consider the fact that this model incorporates the height of boat construction technology, including an epoxy-infused hull with carbon fiber and E-glass. Massive Garmin displays hold the key to a fully integrated digital switching and control system, and Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilization comes standard. Put all of this together, and there’s only one thing left to say: WOW!
LOA – 53’0”
Beam – 14’8”
Displacement – 26,500 lbs.
Draft (hull) – 2’7”
Transom Deadrise – 18 degrees
Fuel Capacity – 805 gal
Max HP – 2700
Area Dealers – Anchor Boats, North east, MD, (410) 287-8280.