2023 Scout 400 LXF

Boat Reviews

Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Scout’s new 400 LXF Luxury Center Console fits neatly between the 377 and 425 in its nine model LXF lineup from 25 to 53 feet. For 2023, Scout Boats of Summerville, South Carolina offers a total of 25 models in five series from 17 to 53 feet. Scout calls its new 400 LXF “an innovation masterpiece.” I think you will agree.

Utilizing arguably the latest state-of-the-art advancements in fiberglass construction Scout calls Carbon Epoxy Construction, it combines carbon fiber and E-Glass (an advanced multi-directional weave of fiberglass cloth) in an epoxy infusion (vacuum bagging) process. This process, which is widely used in the aerospace industry and, when fully cured in the mold utilizing thermo-couplers before the boat is released from the mold, results in 58% lighter weight with 5x stiffer results. That is all most impressive, as is the deep-vee 22-degree deadrise hull.

Actually, everything about this boat is impressive including many standard equipment items rarely found standard on other boats in its class. Three independent helm chairs with forward flip-up bolsters and flip-down armrests are common but these chairs are also heated as standard equipment. A standard under-bow camera allows remote monitoring of the anchoring process.

An 8 kW diesel generator is standard, as is a Seakeeper 3 Gyro Stabilizing System and Zipwakes Dynamic Trim Control System. Fresh and raw water faucets and/or hoses in the cockpit are common, but standard on the 400 LXF is fresh and raw water hoses that retract into the hardtop. Since hot water is also standard, you can use the overhead retractable freshwater hose to wash down with warm/hot water on the swim or beach platform. That is most functional.

A very roomy U-shaped bow seating area features fixed molded-in backrests on each side to provide forward-facing lounging with storage beneath all seating. There are even in-gunnel storage compartments aft of each of those backrests. Storage simply abounds on the 400 LXF. On the forward side of the console is a double-wide contoured lounging sun deck with flip down armrests and more storage beneath part of it.

The sheer amount of storage on the 400 LXF is most unusual, but very commendable. All storage compartments are finished, LED lit, and with gusseted, gasketed, and gas shock assisted covers and mostly all self-draining and insulated. And get this -- there are five choices of standard upholstery colours and patterns!

Moving aft, there are large in-floor storage compartments on each side of the console. On both sides of the cockpit are 92-gallon in-floor fish boxes with overboard diaphragm discharge. Immediately aft of the standard aft-facing lounge seat is a midship in-floor mechanical room and centred aft in the cockpit is a large finished bilge storage room.

A molded-in two-person stern bench seat is flanked on each side with a 33-gallon molded-in aerated baitwell with classy blue-tinted see-into acrylic body. Another large storage compartment is under the stern bench seat cushion. To each side of the bait wells are acrylic transom-access doors. Standard synthetic teak covers the full walk-across transom platform complete with Armstrong dive ladder. Five flush mount rod holders are on the aft side of the transom. There are another ten flush-mount gunnel rod holders.

The aft port side of the cockpit hinges down electro-hydraulically to the water level creating an unusually large “Beach Platform” to provide ready access for landing the big ones or for watersports. A removable deep multi-step ladder with waist-high handholds serves this platform.

Scout’s patented powder coated hardtop with Curved Glass Enclosure® features a single high forward full-width curved windshield with articulated wiper and freshwater washdown. Large sideglass adds surrounding protection for the helm. The centre of the three helm chairs faces the professional and almost aeronautical-looking dash with the standard pair of Garmin MFD 8616 screens with WIFI capability. These may be upgraded to three MFD 8616’s or to a centre 8622 along with a pair of 8616’s.

CZone Digital Switching is standard with most DC switches on an overhead panel above the windshield. Also standard on the dash is the head unit for the Fusion AM/FM Bluetooth compatible stereo with a pair of JL amplifiers with multi JL speakers and subwoofers. To the left of the steering wheel is a large top-loading glovebox with USB charging ports inside. To the right is the Mercury binnacle DTS and Joystick controls.

A door on the port side of the console leads three molded steps down to the cabin below with its minimum 6’3” headroom. The convertible V-berth/dinette forward converts with its Corian table and filler cushion to a queen-size berth with natural lighting and ventilation. A galley nook has lots of countertop space, storage cupboards along with a stainless sink, single burner glass top stove, microwave oven, and drawer refrigerator.

The head compartment again has lots of storage including an unusually large vanity cabinet, a vessel sink, wet shower, and toilet. In the cabin are also another Fusion stereo control, a 32-inch LED television, 12,000 BTU air conditioning, and a vertical rod storage unit which may be optionally replaced with a cedar hanging locker and shoe drawer.

Additional standard equipment on Scout’s 400 LXF includes a sliding sunroof hatch in the hardtop, Lewmar windlass with polished anchor, chain, rode, bow wash down hose, and remote control, LED dimmable courtesy lighting throughout, 50-Amp shorepower with cord, fore and aft spreader lights on hardtop, two 50-Amp battery chargers, and four Phender Pro’s receivers and clips. Within the port and starboard sides of the leaning post, you may choose two of the following: a clear ice maker, drawer refrigerator, or tackle drawers.

Notable available optional equipment includes various Garmin transducers, radar, and VHF radios, various FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) thermal imaging cameras, XM satellite stereo/weather, portable bow shade, integrated Sure Shade power retractable cockpit awning, a fish ice maker, a freezer plate for the port side fish box, and a cold plate for the stern seat storage compartment. The Seakeeper may be upgraded to a 5 or 6 and the generator down to a 5kW or up to a 12kW.

You may also want to choose from eight Lumishore LED underwater lighting packages, an Edson carbon fiber steering wheel, and a bow table that electrically elevates out of the deck sole that with the filler cushion also makes into a bow sun lounge. A cabin mount and/or thru-hull camera are available as is a remote spotlight and Taco outriggers with 20-foot carbon fiber poles. Release helm chairs are available as is a Release Marine battle saddle, a selection of Lumitec light bars, Glendenning powered shore cord reel, proportional bow thruster, security system, engine flush kits, and hardtop mounted solar panels.

A couple of neat options I’ve kept to the end. The aforementioned aft-facing bench seat on the back of the leaning post may be optioned into a convertible patent-pending “Electronically-actuated hideaway entertainment station/mezzanine seat.” The bench seat bottom flips up and tucks in behind while the footrest folds up to a vertical position while revealing a uniquely designed space-saving mini cockpit galley/bait station with sink, cutting board, Kenyon grill, tackle drawer, and storage.

The other neat option is the selection of four or six powder coated rocket launchers for the aft edge of the hardtop. No big deal you say? Except these rocket launchers may be electrically tilted down to horizontal to allow for easier insertion or removal of rods and, in addition, will automatically tilt down to horizontal when the Sure Shade awning is extended! That is impressive engineering. In addition to all of this, you may choose several optional hull colours, painted stripes, engine paint, and hardtop accessory colours. A Midnight Edition with black powder coating is available, as is a flybridge with an upper helm station.

Scout’s 400 LXF Luxury Center Console is rated for 1600 horsepower. That could mean quad 400 horsepower outboards. Specs and factory performance data to date has focused on a pair of Mercury’s revolutionary 7.6 Liter, V-12, 600-horsepower outboards with Joystick control. The results are impressive with a top speed with six persons on board of over 62 mph at 6400 RPM. Optimum cruising speed was found to be over 32 mph at 4000 RPM while consuming just over 36 GPH total.

I cannot dispute that Scout has indeed created an “innovation masterpiece” in its 400 LXF.

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Length: 39'7" 12'12" m
Beam: 12'1" 3.7 m
Dry weight: 17,460 lbs 7,920 kg
Draft: 2'3" 70 cm
Fuel Capacity: 430 US gal 1628 L
Base Engine / Drive: T-Mercury V-12 600 Outboards
Engine HP: Max 1600
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 22
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