Scout Boats continues to up the ante.
The longstanding Summerville, SC boatbuilder has been an industry staple since their arrival in 1988, and in recent years have been systematically increasing in size -- both in terms of boat lengths and their production capability -- particularly within their luxury yacht offering.
In 2021, the company began exploring beyond their typical range with the launch of the 425 LXF. The strong response to the luxury centre console was quickly followed by two other large variations in 2022 -- the 377 LXF and the 400 LXF. Their current flagship is the 530 LXF which boasts an LOA of 53'5" with a 14'8" beam.
Now they're taking another leap forward with the announcement of a mammoth luxury yacht- the LX 67 Series.
According to a company Facebook post, the new 67' LX series will comprise three models -- the 670 LXF (Luxury Fish Model), the 670 LXS (Luxury Sport Model), and the 670 LXC (Luxury Cruiser Model).
All three versions will be powered with five Mercury V12 600 hp Verado outboards producing 3000 hp. The boats 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). The new 670 series was done in collaboration with designer Harrison Eidsgaard, who has an extensive portfolio with prominent superyacht manufacturers including Lürssen, Feadship, and Heesen.
Full details on the new 67' LX Series will be announced at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show running Feb 15th-19th, 2023.
In an article with South Carolina's Post & Courier, Scout Boats Founder and CEO Steve Potts stated, “We want to continue to raise the industry bar for class, comfort and style. Our dedicated team of designers and engineers, coupled with our partnership on this project with world-renown UK-based super yacht design studio Harrison Eidsgaard will no doubt prove this 67’ project to be one for the ages."
“Our manufacturing processes are part of our innovative edge in the industry,” he added. “Our epoxy infusion, carbon fiber/e-glass, Light RTM, 5-axis routers, CAD programs, 3-D printers, and all the other state-of-the-art processes, tools, equipment and training we have invested in making Scout the absolute best boat in its class with a Class A finish and the best strength-to-weight ratio. We’ve even developed our own in-house boiler system to post cure (heat) all our epoxy composite parts prior to de-molding, ensuring a consistent and thorough cure.”
Scout's increased size in models has also translated to an increase in manufacturing capability. Their endeavors into larger boats will require hiring an additional 200 skilled labourers at their Summerville headquarters. The company currently has a workforce of over 425 employees. To accommodate their increased production demands, the company also announced a $4.5 million expansion add an additional 35,000 square feet in production space beginning in summer 2024.