Fishing, family, fuel-efficiency. The parameters are laid out for you, and they all begin with the letter “F.” Each of these attributes is on display in Scout’s 210 XSF, a center console designed to cater to family time and not just your fishing addiction.
At $43,756 with test power, the 210 XSF is on the pricier side of 21-foot center consoles. But it is also lighter and takes less power to make speed, so some of that money can be made up over time. The 210 rides on what Scout calls its “NuV3” hull, a variable deadrise design also found in its larger XSF, Abaco, and Dorado models. In this design, the deadrise is steeper between the outer strakes and the chine than between the inner strake and the keel. On this model the deadrise tapers to 19 degrees to the keel at the transom. Scout claims this improves both efficiency and handling.
Some of the changes to the design for 2010 include incorporating a slightly reversed transom, extended planing surfaces underneath, and integrated swim platforms to port and starboard.
My test boat, armed with a 150-hp Yamaha F4 and a 3/4 tank of fuel, planed in three seconds. It hit 30-mph in 7.6 seconds and topped out 44.7 mph on the GPS. Other manufacturer’s models we’ve tested run 200-hp or 225-hp engines to match or better those numbers. The Yamaha F150 burns 5.2 mpg at 3800 rpm and 30 mph, which I recorded as the optimal cruising speed on test day. With the 65-gallon fuel tank and a light load, the boat’s range should exceed 250 miles.
Running outside the inlet, I felt totally comfortable operating the boat in a small swell. I ran circles trying to kick up enough wake to run over and rattle the boat, but I took spray onto the windshield only once. If water does get on deck, all scuppers drain outboard so nothing runs into the bilge. The fiberglass stringer grid bonded to the hull and deck gave the 210 XSF a solid feel that should assure all family members ride in comfort.
The most obvious is the large cushioned seating pad that juts out from the center console into the bow area. Most small center consoles stick a small clip-in cooler with a padded top there, or mold in a small cooler and put a seat on top. Scout extended the space to provide a sun lounge. It’s not quite long enough to fully recline, but it is a comfortable spot to kick up your feet. The cushioned seating snaps to a molded hatch that lifts on gas-assist struts. Underneath is stowage. The starboard side is an insulated fishbox or cooler; the port a dry stowage area. The setup eats up space in the bow, but there’s still plenty of walk-around room for fishing. Rather than messing with a pedestal table, Scout built a fold-down table into the small bow platform. The table flips out on gas struts and rests just above the end of the sun pad. Deployed, four people can sit around it.
More family seating exists in the cockpit, where a cushioned bench with backrest runs along the entire transom. It can seat four comfortably and squeeze in up to six. Hardcore anglers might not love the arrangement, but the family will, and the center component of the bench snaps out and can be stowed away when fishing. One crucial family feature, the Porta Potty, is an option.
Does all the family stuff overwhelm the fishing? Nope. This is a center console, after all, not a deckboat. The fishing amenities are front and center. Note the four standard rodholders along the transom and the additional two just forward on the gunwale topsides. The standard leaning post has four rodholders built into the piping, and three more rods fit into the inwale rack to starboard. There’s the aforementioned forward fishbox with a diaphragm pump, and a baitwell under the transom bench to port. A raw-water washdown comes standard. The T-top, with spreader lights and additional rodholders, is a must-have option to keep the crew shaded. Whether it’s your family or your fishing buddies, that–and the entire XSF package–will be much appreciated.
For more information, visit the Scout Boats website.
Pete McDonald is a contributing editor to Power & Motoryacht. Previously, he spent 11 years on the editorial staff of Boating. He has won multiple writing awards and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.