Scout Boats has announced that a 53 foot Scout 530 LXF center console yacht powered by five Yamaha F425 XTO Outboards will be on display to the public for the first time in February, and the Miami International Boat Show. To this news, we can only think of one thing to say: OH HECK YEAH! Here’s a sneak peek at what this new mega-sized center console looks like.
Our advice? Buy your tickets to Miami and make your hotel reservations right now, before they run out of rooms. With hot new introductions like this to stack up against the other center console yacht fantasy fishing machines, like the HCB Suenos and the even bigger HCB Estrella, boaters will be flocking to the show.
So, what do we know about the 530 LXF at this point? Like many yachts of this genre the center console is massive, and houses a cabin with a forward stateroom, a full galley and dinette, and a stand-up head with a separate shower. The coolest tidbit we can glean from the pictures Scout has released at this point is that the tilt-up queen berth houses a rod locker underneath, with room for six big rigs.
On top of the console there’s a massive bow lounger, and the bow cockpit, which is wrapped with C-shaped seating, is so large that it requires not one but two dinette tables. Naturally, these can be lowered at the press of a button to form more lounging territory.
It’s in the aft cockpit, however, that the Scout 530 LXF sets itself apart from other center console yachts. Yes, of course it has a gigantic tackle center and twin 30-gallon livewells. Sure, there are integrated fishboxes in the deck which are large enough to nap in. You expect all that stuff. What you probably aren’t expecting, however, is that gunwales fold flat. On both port and starboard sides the entire gunwale hydraulically swings down to vastly expand the useable area and at the same time, provide easy access to the water – essentially turning the cockpit of the boat into one gigantic “beach platform.”
So, just how fast will this monstrous machine run? Scout has posted a performance report for the 530LXF claiming the boat was run with quad 425s (though the photo embedded in the report clearly shows a boat with five outboards on it) and shows a 39.6 mph cruise at 4500 rpm, with a top-end of 57 mph at wide-open throttle. They list the boat as available with either quads or quintuples, on their web site. We’ll have to wait for a test ride before we can stake our reputation on any exact numbers.
A few other items of note: The Scout 530 LXF is constructed with an epoxy-infused hull and is laid up with carbon and E-glass. Digital switching is of course in the mix, as is a standard Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilization system. We’ll bring you an update after we’ve had the chance to poke and prod the 530 LXF at the Miami show, but in the meantime: OH HECK YEAH!!
Scout 530 LXF Specifications:
Length Overall: 53’0”
Displacement: 26,500 lbs.
Transom deadrise: 18 degrees
Fuel capacity: 805 gal.
Freshwater capacity: 100 gal.