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2020 Scout Boats 530 LXF

Two years ago, Potts challenged his son, Stevie, vice president of development, to “create the best recreational vessel on the water.” What came out of that pursuit is the 530 LXF, rated to handle 2,700 horses, with a projected top speed of over 65 knots. Scout added a $13 million expansion to their yard outside of Charleston to accommodate the popular new model’s twin-stepped, carbon-epoxy hull design, with plans to build one 530 a month once production is in full swing.

As for amenities—where to begin? The cockpit features a clean, ergonomic tackle storage/cooking center abaft of the console. Back here, you can rig baits or grill your catch on the onyx-marble-topped cooking area, all easily within reach of two movable “floating” bar stools that can be lifted out and stowed while underway. Hydraulic side gunwales transform the already massive beam to 17 feet, 6 inches of deck space for entertaining, swimming or diving. Ready to get your fish on? With the touch of a button, you can electronically raise or lower the hardtop-mounted rocket launchers for ease of access or to deploy the SureShade.

Below deck, you’ll find over 6 feet, 5 inches of head room, a large galley/lounge area (with a wine chiller), a spacious head, separate shower and a well-appointed master stateroom. And while the 530 LXF is heavy on luxury, this boat can also fish, with two massive livewells, plenty of rod storage and outriggers.

“I would ask for a moment of silence for our competitors,” said Potts. It was a bold statement, but not without merit. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest Scout has already received in the 530, they are anticipating being sold out for at least the first year. But the silence only lasted so long. Another buildup of show-goers had congregated around the engines. —Simon Murray

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