Scout Boats has allocated $10 million USD to expand its Summerville, S.C facility in preparation of its incoming 670 LX sportfishing yacht.
The 670 LX was announced in January and marks a significant size increase for the iconic brand. The longstanding manufacturer has been undergoing a systematic increase in sizing -- first starting with the launch of the 425 LXF in 2021.
The positive response was quickly followed by two other large variations in 2022 -- the 377 LXF and the 400 LXF. The current flagship of the Scout line is the 530 LXF, which boasts an LOA of 53'5" with a 14'8" beam, although the 670 LX will soon take the title.
In a company statement, South Carolina governor Henry McMaster raved about the success of Scout and its commitment to the local economy, stating: “This announcement by Scout Boats is another win for Dorchester County. South Carolina’s boat manufacturing industry continues to thrive because of our world-class workforce. Congratulations to Scout Boats on its $10 million investment that will provide our people even more opportunities in Dorchester County.”
Scout Boats Chief Executive Officer Steve Potts added: “We meet with the craftsmen and women in each of our four plants every month for award ceremonies, and I often remind them that we ship our boats all over the world to some very affluent customers who choose our brand because of the pride they put into each and every build. Congratulations.”
Scout Boats plans to enlarge its existing 36-acre campus by expanding and renovating its existing headquarters on the property. The company will build also add a new 35,000-square-foot facility to support the building and housing of components for its yacht division and the new product line required for the 67 LX series.
Renovations and operations are expected to be online by summer 2024.
As for the new boat model, the 67 LX series will feature three versions-- the 670 LXF (Luxury Fish Model), the 670 LXS (Luxury Sport Model), and the 670 LXC (Luxury Cruiser Model).
All three will be powered with five Mercury V12 600 hp Verado outboards producing 3000 hp. Each will have a projected top speed of 60 mph (96 km/h), a 'fast cruise' of 40 mph (64 km/h), and a range of approximately 500 miles (800 km).