Scout Boats

When Scout Boats President and CEO Steve Potts set out to design his luxury sport fishing boats, he already had a firm knowledge base from which to draw upon.

An entrepreneur, Potts started his journey in the boat manufacturing business long before founding Scout in 1990 with his wife, Diane, in Summerville, S.C.

His interest in boating started while working weekends and summers at a small outboard motor dealer called The Outboard Shop in Charleston, S.C. The shop designed a small 14-foot fiberglass boat called a Scout. In 1971, Potts joined American Fiberglass, repairing fiberglass imperfections, and quickly became manager of the fishing department. After working at other boat manufacturing companies, the opportunity presented itself and Potts, with $50,000 in savings in his pocket and rights to the Scout name, began constructing a newly redesigned Scout 14-foot and 15-foot bouat out of a rented brick barn in Charleston.

It was while displaying his 14-, 15- and 17-foot boats at a 1990 dealer show in Atlanta that Potts secured a list of 31 prospective dealers from all across the East Coast. Since then, the business grew, and his experiences have taught him what works well when it comes to designing a boat.

“From those humble beginnings, Steve has guided Scout Boats to one of the largest and most respected independent marine manufacturers in the industry today,” the company maintains. “And while Steve could easily be satisfied with what he’s accomplished, the words ‘slow down’ simply aren’t in his vocabulary. Steve is out on the shop floor daily, continually pushing the envelope with new, cutting-edge designs.”

Designed for Performance

Scout’s reputation for being on the cutting edge of design and quality starts with the in-house design team led by Potts. Today, Scout manufactures five categories and more than 30 models of high-end fiberglass fishing boats. Its boats are sold globally through a network of dealers.

“Thanks to [the] Scout family of employees, Scout Boats builds the toughest, most innovative boats on the water today and continues to grow its solid reputation for toughness and durability,” it says.

The list of proprietary features developed by Scout Boats is long. One of the first changes Potts made improved the way the deck was bonded to the hull. Although most manufacturers lay the deck over the hull and screw the two parts together, the company explains, the flaw is that in rough conditions, water can pass between the hull/deck joint and get into the boat. Potts pioneered the industry’s first reverse-shoebox hull/deck design, therefore increasing overall strength of the hulls and improving safety.

Additionally, Scout eliminated the use of wood in boat construction. “Wood rots – it’s just that simple,” Scout notes. “No matter where wood is placed during the construction of a boat, eventually it will rot and the resulting damage can be beyond repair.” Instead, it produces a boat from rot-free composite stringers and transoms.

Another innovation unique to Scout is the air-assist hull. This feature combats the problem of static stability, which is common on small boats. “With additional longitudinal buoyancy, the air-assist hull increases static floatation and decreases time-to-plane and also vastly improves overall handling characteristics, [and] has increased fuel economy,” the company explains.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Production takes place at Scout’s state-of-the-art 184,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The climate-controlled building houses two, 6,000-square-foot bridge cranes; a sophisticated 32-foot by 12-foot test tank for water testing; a high-tech vacuum system; a quality control laboratory; and an employee fitness center. In 2005, the company added an additional 50,000 square feet to the facility. On average, Scout produces 1,500 boats per year.

Each boat is certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, proving that it has met strict quality and safety standards established by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Boat & Yacht Council.

Corporate Head Office

Transportation and Logistics International

Cringleford Business Centre
Intwood Road
Cringleford, Norwich, UK

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North American Office

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Finelight Media
207 E. Ohio Street Suite 351
Chicago, IL 60611

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