Author: Alan Jones
In the last couple of years, fewer boat companies have been coming out with new models, but Scout has bucked that trend by unveiling 16 new models. The new 225 XSF replaces the popular 222 and gives anglers an easy-to-trailer center console with plenty of fishing and cruising capability. One of the clever innovations is the Wave Gate fold-down transom that makes it easy to depart via the large swim platform or slide a giant fish aboard. The flip-up stern bench seat is removable for those hard-core fishing days, and it stores in the large center console, which has plenty of room for an optional porcelain head with pump out.
Although all 225 XSF models come with a leaning post at the helm, our test boat has the optional Tournament model, featuring a tackle station, a backrest and a recirculating livewell that has a bifold access door so you can drop the contents of a cast net right in. Some T-tops look like a plumbing experiment gone wrong with round pipes everywhere, including in your forward view. Our boat has the optional powder-coated T-top with D-tubing and a tempered glass enclosure that Scout pioneered in the mid-2000s, which gives it an ultra-clean look and superior function.
Scout uses Yamaha power exclusively, and our test boat is powered by the F225 four-stroke, which is 25 hp less than the maximum. We got on plane quickly in 2.8 seconds and reached 30 mph in 7 seconds, with a top speed of 50.1 mph. The convex NuV3 hull has three distinct running surfaces for good performance at all speeds. When it got rougher as we headed toward Ft. Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor, we dropped down to 30 mph and used the sharper deadrise of the hull for better slicing. At slower speeds, the wetted surface is maximized for more stability.Scout gives you a well-equipped off-the-rack package that includes trim tabs, a JBL stereo with an iPod jack and a full set of cushions. Up front, you have removable bowrider backrests — something you don’t often see on a center console. Big-boat features include 6-inch pull-up spring cleats along with a 165-quart console cooler, and port and starboard 76-quart fishboxes.