By: Scott Way
Scout Boats has launched the all-new 2021 425 S-Class LXF luxury center console with a new advanced manufacturing technology. The 425 LXF will be part of the premium luxury S-Class category of Scout boats and will be built using a new epoxy infusion technique.
Epoxy infusion technology is commonly used in the aeronautical industry and with high-end automobile manufacturers, but has not yet transferred significantly to the marine sector. Epoxy creates a stronger, lighter, and cleaner finish compared to standardized resin infusion or vacuum bagging technology. The process uses high pressure saturation of material layers, which are then 'baked' for several hours to create a hull with greater impact resistance and a better strength to weight ratio. For Scout boats, all models using the epoxy infusion process will employ a carbon fiber/e-glass blend.
The LXF Collection in general, and the 425 LXF specifically, is full of luxury sportfishing features bearing Scout's unique blend of high-performance function with luxury amenities. The hybrid LXF series give boaters a specialized mid-size platform with features usually found on larger luxury sportfishing boats. The 425 LXF will be the seventh model in the series, which ranges from the 255 to the 530 LXF models.
In the company press release, Scout CEO and founder Steve Potts stated “We looked at the popularity and innovation of both our former 420 LXF as well as our current 530 LXF flagship and set a course to develop the new 425 with even more yachtlike characteristics and appointments than its predecessor. Our 425 rivals even some of the larger luxury sportfishing machines with its appointments, technology and attention to detail. We wanted the customer to feel that ‘wow factor’ when they look at the model, when they touch something on the model, when they captain the model, and everything in between."
The 425 LXF is definitely Scout in style and layout, but its true strength lies in the details. Not only does the epoxy infusion technology create a high-performance hull with longevity and lighter weight (not to mention the possibility of becoming an industry mainstay), the boat's well-designed features make for a versatile all-around platform with no obvious faults above or below decks.
Some notable features include a standard hydraulic port side beach platform with stowable pocket ladder, triple Garmin 8616 touch screens at the helm, a standard Seakeeper 5 gyro stabilizer (with an optional upgrade to Seakeeper 6), twin 40-gallon transom livewells, full transom walkthrough, dual transom walkthrough doors, retractable freshwater and raw water hoses in the hardtop aft, heated helm seats (including second row), a Wi-Fi router, and Zipwake trim control.
Other smaller but underrated comforts include a Fusion stereo with ten 7” and two 8” speakers, a 10” subwoofer, forward deck remote control, and anchor windlass wash down hose. Below decks passengers enjoy the comforts provided by a water heater, generator, 12,000 BTU air conditioning, AGM batteries for house and engines, and a full kitchen with grill, sink, cutting board, glass-stove cooktop, microwave, drawer refrigerator, ice maker, and swivel barstools. There is also a full enclosed shower and head, as well as a spacious lounge convertible to a berth.
Power options for the 425 LXF are not in short supply. Choices include quad Yamaha 300s, triple Yamaha 425s, or quad Mercury 300, 350 or 400M Verados, as well as Mercury's new V12 600 Verados available in double or triple configurations.
You can get a full walkthrough of the 425 LXF below:
Here are the full specs for the 425 LXF:
LOA: 42 ft. 2 in.
Beam: 13 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 16,800 lb. (w/o engines)
Draft: 2 ft. 4 in. (w/o engines)
Transom Deadrise: 22 deg.
Fuel Capacity: 500 gal.
Max HP: 1,600 hp
Fuel Capacity: 500 gal
Fresh Water Capacity: 69 gal
Holding Tank Capacity: 18 gal
Diesel Tank Capacity: 18 gal
Cockpit Bait Well: 80 gal