Within the 277 LXF, Scout engineers have balanced the needs of hard-driving offshore anglers with those more inclined to recline and enjoy a day cruise.
On the fishy side, a livewell resides in the port quarter. Gunwale rod holders adorn the sides and transom, with another four in the deluxe leaning-post backrest, as well as five on the hardtop. A pair of insulated, in-sole fish boxes flank the aft cockpit. An inward-opening portside door lets you pull aboard big fish, and it will also find use as a boarding door.
A three-sided windshield surrounds the helm, and a pair of helm seats feature flip-up bolsters and armrests. Power steering and trim tabs are standard, as is a 9-inch Garmin 943xsv display, but you can upgrade to one 10-inch Garmin 8610xsv ($2,703), a 12-inch Garmin 8612xsv ($4,846) or two 10-inch Garmin 8610xsv displays ($8,206). A Yeti 65 cooler nestles under the workstation, and a 100-quart cooler is under the forward console seating.
Forward seating with removable backrests and storage underneath holds strong appeal to nonanglers. They’ll also like the retractable swim ladder on a full-width swim platform, the fold-down stern seating, and the convenience afforded by the self-contained porcelain head in the centre console.
Notable options include upgraded upholstery-colour packages, underwater lights, outriggers, and a removable teak bow table, as well as additional Garmin electronics, a high-zoot audio system, and a choice of three upgraded leaning-post modules.
Powered by twin Mercury 225 hp V-6 outboards, the 277 LXF proves fun to pilot. Our test boat popped on plane, and accelerated from zero to 30 mph in about 8 seconds. It achieved an exhilarating top speed of more than 58 mph.
Power steering offers agile handling, and Scout’s NuV3 variable-deadrise hull and 100 percent hand-laid construction result in one of the smoothest rides of any boat in this size category. The flaring bow garners admiring looks but, more importantly, it tosses seas aside to keep the interior dry.