John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Scout 251 XS review
JUNE 2011
Length overall  24' 10"
Beam  8' 6"
Deadrise 18 degrees
Draft  13" (engine up)
Weight (w/o engine) 2,300 lb
Fuel 80 gal
Base Price $65,444

Steve Potts and his creative design team at Scout Boats are on a roll, developing multi-function boats that really do serve several needs well. Their newest design is the 251 XS, a big center-console skiff with draft that is shallow enough to fish inshore (13 inches), a proud bow and 18-degree deadrise to run offshore, and the amenities to keep a family happy for a day. Though rated for up to 300 hp, the 251 XS is light enough (2,300 pounds) to run very well with 250 hp.

The boat also comes standard with abundant rod storage (including lockable boxes in the bow seats), a comfortable forward console seat for two, a stereo with iPod jack, a livewell and a release well, an integrated transom swim ladder, and trim tabs. The lead option is Scout's patented glassed-in T-top, which integrates automotive safety glass into the gracefully curved T-top supports, keeping both skipper and companion out of the worst of the wind and spray. Optional family features include custom cushions for the bow (with bolsters) and stern jump seats, Sirius satellite radio and a portable toilet. Fishing options include a Power-Pole stern anchor, wiring and battery charger for a 24-volt bow-mount electric motor, an anchor windlass, and a second livewell. Suggested retail price for a 251 XS with a Yamaha VF250LA is $65,444. For more information, contact Scout Boats, Summerville, S.C., 843-821-0068;