Scout Signals — Dorchester County boat maker launches new models designed to fit size niches, tout innovations

Today’s recreational marine business is steering toward high-tech, energy-efficient vessels offering models for all ranges of boaters. At least that’s the tone of Scout Boats’ annual media day and dealer meeting this week, in which the company unveiled new vessels and showcased one-of-a-kind equipment.

Headquartered in Summerville, Scout Boats introduced its new 355 LXF, 235 XSF and 251 XSS models, which are roughly 35- 23- and 25-footers respectively. The company, which builds its boats at a plant in Dorchester County, disclosed “new innovations” including bow-mounted cameras, heated helm seats and hardtop-mounted solar panel battery chargers as available options on its LXF fleet. The boat maker also showcases a two-toned Cayenne interior upholstery package, which it noted is available on select models.

Scout chief executive and founder Steve Potts credited the manufacturer’s research and development department with a tireless effort to bring “exciting” new equipment to its model lines. “Our LXF series is the example of luxury married with performance,” he said. “We feel it’s incredibly important to provide the types of innovations that ‘wow’ our customers and exceed their expectations.”

Potts continued, “Couple these with our new model debuts of the 380 LXF earlier this year and the work we’re doing on our new 530 LXF flagship that will debut spring 2018, we continue to move the industry forward with state-of-the-art innovations for the discerning boat buyer who wants only the best.”

On Sept. 24 at Charleston Harbor Marina, the chief executive met with marine and boating writers while displaying the three new models.

“We’re very diverse,” he said. The 355 LXF comes restyled with a “seakeeper,” — a vessel stabilizer — and includes a revised 4cabin seating design. Scout rolled out the 235 XSF as a strategic move to fit a size between the existing 21 and 25 foot editions. The bow, or front, eye camera helps the captain to see the anchor raised and lowered. Solar panel chargers assist in cloudier and colder weather climates when owners may not be able to get the boat on the water for months. The charger “keeps the batteries fresh,” Potts said.

The 355 LXF is set up with a power system for boaters who don’t have generators. “People can still add all the electronics,” from LED lights to directional equipment, even drink-mixing blenders, he said.

Scout Boats held its annual dealer meeting Sept. 25-26 in the Charleston area.

The manufacturers honored a dozen operators from Bermuda to Michigan including MarineMax Hall Marine of Charleston-Mount Pleasant as a top dealer. Viage Group Sarasota won as dealer of the year and its TeamViage Group was awarded salesman of the year. Other top dealers included in Florida, Seven Seas Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, Walkers Marine in Fort Myers, MarineMax Miami, Legendary Marine Destin and Viage Group St. Petersburg; Maryland, MarineMax Baltimore; North Carolina, Boats Unlimited Wilimington; and Michigan, SkipperBud’s Grand Haven. Marine Locker Bermuda in Hamilton, Bermuda won as top international dealer.

“We had our most successful dealer meeting to date,” said Alan Lang, sales and marketing director. “Our new model unveilings were well received by the media, our dealers and our customers who attended our boat sale expo, and we’re very proud of the dealer network we’ve built and how hard they work on our behalf,” he says.

Scout describes itself as a builder of luxury sportfishing center console, dual console and inshore/bay boat models 17-53 feet. “Since its founding nearly three decades ago, the company’s goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches,” the company said.


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