2018 Scout 355 LXF Review
2018 Scout 355 LXF Review It is fair to say that in its introduction in 2014, The Scout Report 350 LXF the ship, however, only a few years later but was 355 LXF. What was so new in 2014 — the use of digital switching electronics and rudder integrated with a CZone NMEA0183 network system — remains avant-garde today, and is also part of the DNA of the 355 LXF. But there’s more to this story. Join us for a quick first look video to take a look at some of the ways this central console fishing boat differs from its predecessors.
The decision to design in the Seakeeper is, in our opinion, an extremely good idea. The difference these units make is huge, and we think anyone would be crazy to ask for the boat without one. But let’s not take the floor. You can get a look at it by yourself in the How it works Seakeeper: gyroscopic stabilization for video boats we filmed last year. This is less center console, but we also experienced the Seakeeper effect on 35 and 65. In all cases, the effect was a dramatic.
Apart from improved stability, there is much on the 355 LXF to like. The two-stepped hull, for example, is fast and efficient. This boat can carry up to 1,050 horses on the transom (in the form of three Yamaha 5.3 liter, 763 lb F350C outboards), but coincides with the triple Yamaha 4.2 liter, 562 lb F300 outboard.
Obviously going with the 300 ‘s saves a lot of weight, but it also provides more than enough energy. The speed of the cruise on the 4500 rpm, 47.9, mph and stylish hits 62.6 Mph. As for the efficiency we mentioned earlier, despite whipping 900 horses in a frenzy of 4500 rpm, at cruising speeds this boat still heads a mile to the gallon. Pull the accelerators back a little more and adjust rpm to 3500, and you will do 36 mph while getting little more than 1.3 miles to the gallon. Although that cannot sound exactly thrifty, it is significantly better than much of the competition in this size range.
Another thing we think you like is the Uber-complete list of standard boat equipment. Scout tends to load their boats for comfort and fishing, and in this sense, the 355 LXF is a shining example of how to equip a boat from the beginning. We are talking big texts here: Optimus Electro-can steering committee, digital switching system, Stereo Bluetooth connection system with eight speakers, Garmin 7612 at the helm of the, air-conditioned rudder seats and keep Lewmar windlass with rudder and bow on foot. There is even a standard arch-mounted fish-eye camera that projects its image to the MFD at the helm. In fact, there are not many options you will need to consider beyond that Seakeeper-the only optional element we are going to say is a must-have, even if you add $54,000 to the $357,540 of the boat (at the time of this writing) sticker price.
As for the construction, the 355 LXF does not deviate from the Scout playbook. The adjustment and finish is excellent, whether you are looking at the bottom of a hatch or the inside of a stowage compartment. Even the bilge is finished, since the scanner molds a full-gelcoated stringer system that gets pumped full of foam, bonded to the vacuum-infused hull with methyl-methacrylate, and acts as a under-liner of kinds. All of the larger hatches support gas help shows, hard top and support to integrate with tore and marine vinyls are soft and anti-microbial treated reduce the possibility of growth of the nature and mildew. A glimpse of the monstrous hinges at the dive door on the waterfront side of the port will give you an idea of how over-built many of the pieces of the boat are.
What about fishing? Like most central consoles of this size, the boat is full of seats and bed guards, potentially to the point of being detrimental to fishing. The cockpit is kept open, thanks to a aft folding seat. It is also ringed by reinforcing arms, as well as the entire ship. In front of the console there is a giant sunpad, with bulk stowage underneath. And in the arch, flanking and forward the seats surround a dining table that goes down to a step of the deck. Overall this means that there is room for a dozen or so lounge people about on this boat, but when it’s time to fish you will probably want to throw a bunch of those cushions and get that dinette out of the way.
Back in the cockpit, take a stern LiveWell and 60 gallons of fishbox, fresh water and raw washdowns, 10 rodholders of the gunwale, and molded spreader lights. You will need to add a set of stabilizers ($5,571 for the prettiest, a pair of 20 feet of carbon fiber taco 380XLs), and if you plan to do any night in the canyon, we also suggest opting for the underwater LEDs Lumishore ($2,571). Be sure to specify green, because many builders put in blue lights by default, even though Green attracts more marine life at night.
2018 Scout 355 LXF Review
Speaking of spending the night: Like many of the mega Center consoles We see these days, the 355 LXF has a pretty significant cabin located on the dashboard. It is on par with a small cruise, with a dinette that turns into a double berth, stowage cabinets, a refrigerator, and a head. We wish that the refrigerator was not located right next to the toilet, but on the same breath, point out that this is a boat from the central fishing console and the existence of a cabin is a pretty big benefit in the first place. When fishing is slow at 3:00 a.m. And you and the crew decides to turn the nap between bites, the ability to and belowdecks stretch will be of special importance.
Considering all these advances, is the 355 LXF as innovative as the 350 LXF was about its introduction? Innovative may not be the most accurate term in this case-the jump to digital switching is quite difficult to cover. The 355 LXF, however, represents a major step forward. It shows a significant evolution and improvement over older models. And in many ways, he is one of the most advanced scouts to reach the water to date.
- Length 34’11”
- Beam 10’9″
- Draft 2’0″
- Deadrise 22 degrees
- Displacement 9,800 lbs
- Fuel capacity 310 gal.
- Water capacity 23 gal.