Scout Boats http://www.scoutboats.com Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Creating Excellence in a World Class Facilityhttp://www.scoutboats.com/creating-excellence-world-class-facility/ http://www.scoutboats.com/creating-excellence-world-class-facility/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:02:05 +0000 http://www.scoutboats.com/?p=5329 Scout Boats is proud to be a leader in the fishing boat industry. We create some of the finest vessels on the water, delivering comfort, performance, and luxury to docks all over America. Each and every Scout comes through our … Continue reading

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Scout Boats is proud to be a leader in the fishing boat industry. We create some of the finest vessels on the water, delivering comfort, performance, and luxury to docks all over America.

Each and every Scout comes through our state-of-the-art facility, where our culture of excellence is put into action. There are many departments that make up our manufacturing facility, and we’d like to share a few examples to show you how Scout Boats is always creating excellence.

Meticulously Clean Facility

scoutboat meticulously cleanBefore we can even mention individual departments and areas, we need to talk about the cleanliness of our facilities. It doesn’t matter how advanced your technology is, if we have a plant that is cluttered and dirty, we can’t build a great product. Messes not only lead to lower quality, they also create safety hazards, and therefore keeping a clean facility is part of our safe working environment.

At Scout, we believe that the environment where people work will effect the final results, so each department thoroughly cleans their surroundings. Anyone familiar with the boat-building industry will know that this is an uncommon trait. Many plants have messy work stations and cluttered facilities, but we take pride in being exceptional, and this includes the cleanliness and organization of our facility.

The Test Tank

ConstructionTourBtnHand-picked boats from Plant A, which creates our smaller boats, and all boats from Plant B, which builds boats larger than 24 feet, get taken to our test tank, an advanced piece of equipment that tests them in moving water. The test tank also showers rain on the boat, which allows us to test the joints, hatches, and other connecting points for leaks. This is part of our thorough Quality Control process, and it has become a vital component in our facility.

 

 

 

Small Parts Department

scout boats quality boatsAll the components that are attached to a Scout are created by our team in the small parts department, including the consoles, boxes, stringer systems, and more. We achieve near perfection in our parts thanks to an advanced cold-press operation, which we developed in-house. The molds go through a gel-coating booth before rolling to a pneumatic press, which applies a tremendous amount of pressure until the part cures. With this system, we achieve a world-class finish that has become standard for all Scout Boats.

Light Tunnel

scout boats light tunnelIn normal factory lighting, it can be hard to spot minor blemishes and scratches. When you get out on the water, however, the bright sunlight will illuminate any imperfections in the finish. For this reason, we invested in an advanced light tunnel, which replicates bright sunlight and helps us spot areas that need more attention. We wheel each boat into the light tunnel, ensuring the perfect finish when it’s delivered to you.

These are just a few examples of what makes up our state-of-the-art facility, located in the beautiful city of Summerville, South Carolina. While our facility is a source of pride, it’s our tremendous people that bring out the excellence in Scout Boats.

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Scout: A History of Uncompromising Qualityhttp://www.scoutboats.com/scout-history-uncompromising-quality/ http://www.scoutboats.com/scout-history-uncompromising-quality/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:57:35 +0000 http://www.scoutboats.com/?p=5323 Scout Boats is one of the most successful boating companies in the world. This statement doesn’t come from sales numbers or profit margins; it comes from quality products, outstanding service, and an uncompromising culture of excellence. Through its history, Scout … Continue reading

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Scout Boats is one of the most successful boating companies in the world. This statement doesn’t come from sales numbers or profit margins; it comes from quality products, outstanding service, and an uncompromising culture of excellence.

Through its history, Scout has maintained a commitment to doing things right and building a strong, high-integrity company.

A World-Class Organization from Humble Beginnings

Scout’s owner, founder and president Steve Potts, has been working in the boat-building industry since he was 14. Working in various jobs, from a ground-level employee as a teenager to a plant manager for American Sail, he always knew that one day he would go off and do his own thing. But Steve also understood the risks involved with any entrepreneurial leap, so he worked hard, gained more knowledge, and saved $50,000, which he used to launch Scout Boats.

When Steve started his boat-building company, it was just himself, his wife Dianne, and a helper or two. He was working from a garage or a barn; wherever he could set up shop and get to work.

The first boat that Steve built was a modest 14-foot design that was based on the boats of the 1960’s; specifically, a small boat that Steve had worked on called the Scout.

During the 1970’s, the simple Scout design and name disappeared, but Steve had such fond memories of that simple, effective fishing boat that he wanted to continue the name.

The first design was a high-end, finely finished fishing boat. It was simple, but it was definitely a saltwater fishing boat. By early 1989, Steve was working with about seven dealers in the Carolinas. He would build boats during the week and deliver them on the weekend; during his few moments of spare time, he would develop newer, larger models. He was making ends meet and building his business, but most importantly, he was living his dreams.

Hurricane Hugo

The true test of a company is it’s ability to thrive during difficult setbacks. The first major setback for Scout Boats came in September of 1989, a month that few people in the southern Atlantic region will forget. Hurricane Hugo leveled the brick barn Steve was operating in, forcing Steve, his wife, and his two children to sift through the rubble, salvage whatever they could, and attempt to rebuild. Eventually, the building was rebuilt, and Steve and his family got back on their feet.

Thanks to meticulous engineering, advanced designs, and a culture of accountability, Scout Boats began to thrive. There was almost no real competition because Scout was building something that people had never seen before. The level of detail was phenomenal. Everything was polished and given dedicated attention, even things that usually go overlooked, like the bottom of the fiberglass lids.

Eventually, Steve brought his boats to a major boating show. When the people in attendance saw his creation, they new it was something special. Steve would walk away from that show with a list of 31 dealers who wanted his boats in their showrooms. According to Steve, it was like going from feast to famine.

The challenge for Steve now became managing the growth of Scout Boats. Steve had to be more than an innovative boat builder, he has to be involved with management, marketing, accounting, and more. Most of all, he has to be a leader for an expanding business.

Steve’s leadership was once again tested during the economic recession of 2008. While other boat companies were folding or being consumed by mergers and acquisitions, Scout Boats continued its upward climb. From 2008 to 2010, Scout actually launched 18 new models, all but reinventing the company with bigger boats, unique styles, and enhanced performance. Since 2009, Scout has seen about 25% annual growth.

The future is bright for Scout Boats, but it will always look to its history of innovation and dedication to excellence.

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Great Fishing Boats for High Standards

If you have a passion for greatness, you can get a boat that meets your higher standards. Visit our website and take a look at our large selection of world-class fishing boats and yacht tenders.

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Scout Strata-Mounts: Extra Strength for More Powerhttp://www.scoutboats.com/scout-strata-mounts-extra-strength-power/ http://www.scoutboats.com/scout-strata-mounts-extra-strength-power/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:14:23 +0000 http://www.scoutboats.com/?p=5275   An outboard boat motor can be large, heavy, and powerful. Not only will it put a lot of weight on the back or the boat, it will push a massive amount of force into the structure of the hull. For … Continue reading

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An outboard boat motor can be large, heavy, and powerful. Not only will it put a lot of weight on the back or the boat, it will push a massive amount of force into the structure of the hull. For this reason, strong, reliable construction is essential, especially for larger boats that may be carrying three or four outboard motors for excessive amounts of power.

Scout is dedicated to building the finest boats on the water, and one of the ways we have achieved this is through our innovative Strata-Mount design.

Designed for Strength

When multiple engines are mounted to a boat, it creates strain that can slowly wear away the integrity of the hull. We recognized this issue and set out to create a design that would enhance the strength and integrity of a vessel. With the development of our Strata-Mount, we have accomplished our goal of strength and reliability. With a more strategic design, our boats can hold up while using bigger, heavier motors that may damage other boats. Thanks to intelligent engineering, you can rest assured that a Scout is built to last.

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We developed the Strata-Mount system to withstand the weight and force of multiple heavy and powerful engines by using two main longitudinal grid stringers that pass through the transom, which is essentially the back wall of the boat. These stringers are integrated into the engine mount, which allows the weight and force of the engines to be spread out over a larger area, reducing the stress on any single point. Not only will this increase the strength and durability of your boat, it will also enhance your performance on the water.

Stringer Grid System

With a Strata-Mount system, we have not only enhanced the strength of the engine mounting, we have also enhanced the strength of the swim platforms. We also use state-of-the-art components, including materials that are used in composite aircraft.

Our stringer grid system is designed to function like a backbone for your boat. Without a strong backbone, your body wouldn’t have the strength to stand and hold up your head. The same basic principle is in effect for boats, so we made sure that the Strata-Mount design gives your boat plenty of strength from front to back.

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Our Strata-Mount system is designed specifically for larger boats like the 225 XSF Sportfish. It is made entirely from a factory-molded bracket that allows the stringers to pass through the transom. Thanks to innovative engineering, the system works with the engine mounts as if they were a single piece.

Excellent Fishing Boats with Durable Construction

Visit our website today to learn more about our innovative design and engineering, including the game-changing Strata-Mount system. No matter how you plan on using your boat, you can get the right features and the best design to make sure you are happy and safe on the water. You deserve a boat that is reliable, efficient, and comfortable, so stop by today and let us help you find the right boat for your summer.

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8 Tips for Boating with Kidshttp://www.scoutboats.com/8-tips-boating-kids/ http://www.scoutboats.com/8-tips-boating-kids/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:04:01 +0000 http://www.scoutboats.com/?p=5254 Boating is one of the great enjoyments in life, but if you plan on hitting the water with kids, you need to take some extra steps. Children have specific needs, so keep these eight tips in mind to keep your … Continue reading

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Boating is one of the great enjoyments in life, but if you plan on hitting the water with kids, you need to take some extra steps. Children have specific needs, so keep these eight tips in mind to keep your kids safe and happy on the water.

1. Comfortable Lifejackets

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When taking kids on the boat, you need to have lifejackets that fit right and are made to support their weight. An uncomfortable lifejacket will quickly make a child want to head for the dock. Since they need to wear the jacket the entire time, make sure it fits comfortably.

2. Remind Them of the Rules

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Before you start the engine, remind them of the rules, including no leaning over the rail, staying seated while the boat is moving, and keeping their lifejackets on throughout the trip. Even if they have boated with you before, a quick review of the safety rules is essential.

3. Warn Them About Hatch Covers

While you’re reviewing the rules, remind kids to watch out for pinch point like doors and hatch covers. Many kids are injured inside the boat due to these hazards, so remind them of the dangers and always keep an eye out for their safety.

4. Teach Them About the Radio

ZD6_4850 (1024x499)You simply never know what might happen, so make sure everyone on your boat can call for help, even the children. Show them how to operate the radio system and tell them the proper techniques to calling for help in case of an emergency.

5. Pack Plenty of Sunscreen

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Sunburns are no fun at all, especially for young kids. Make sure you pack water-resistant, multi-spectrum sunblock that is rated at least SPF 30. You should reapply this sunscreen at least every two hours, helping ensure your kids don’t come home with a painful burn.

6. Watch Out for Seasickness

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Kids are often more susceptible to motion sickness than adults, so be prepared to deal with a nauseous child. There is a Dramamine product approved for children ages 2 to 12, so pack some of this in your bag. You can also include ginger ale, 7-Up, pretzels and crackers to settle their stomachs in case they get a little queasy.

7. Wet Kids = Cold Kids

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When a kid gets wet, they get cold much faster than adults, so pack extra clothes and a nice big towel to help them stay warm. Even on warmer days, the wind from a moving boat can chill kids quickly, so be prepared to keep them warm all day.

8. Fishing Break

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Okay, maybe this one isn’t just for kids. Make a few stops at your favorite fishing spot and let the kids try to reel in some fish. Children can get bored fast, so a nice fishing break is perfect to add variety and excitement to your boating experience.

Excellent Fishing Boats for Any Family

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No matter how many people you have in your group, you can find a boat that will keep everyone in your family happy. Visit our website and to learn why so many families across the country put their trust in Scout boats.

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Scout Boats: A Culture of Excellencehttp://www.scoutboats.com/scout-boats-culture-excellence/ http://www.scoutboats.com/scout-boats-culture-excellence/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:42:00 +0000 http://www.scoutboats.com/?p=5233   Scout is world-renowned for creating top-quality boats that are comfortable, convenient, and innovative. It takes a special kind of business culture to reach such a reputation, so at Scout we have committed ourselves to creating a culture of excellence. Everything … Continue reading

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Scout is world-renowned for creating top-quality boats that are comfortable, convenient, and innovative. It takes a special kind of business culture to reach such a reputation, so at Scout we have committed ourselves to creating a culture of excellence. Everything we do, from hiring employees, to manufacturing our boats, to working with our dealers, is done with the utmost dedication and pride.

Our culture of excellence is used in even the smallest tasks and we are determined to exceed all customer expectations by providing a pleasant experience long after you hit the water.

Accountability

At Scout, being accountable is everything. Accountability ensures that we reach the highest standards that we have set for ourselves and help us achieve excellent results that we strive for.

One of the systems we use to ensure accountability is our Birth Certificate tag that marks every boat we make. The certificate is filled with information from the boats manufacturing, including who did what and when. It will have the data related to the boat’s gel coating and resins, such as temperatures, gel times, and more. With these birth certificates, we are able to check and double-check all the work that has been done, keeping everyone from leaders to team members fully accountable.

Customer Service

While creating a quality product is crucial to our success, we never neglect customer service. We’ve worked so hard at perfecting our customer service that the National Marine Manufacturers Association has ranked our company at the top for customer satisfaction. This is due in large part to our excellent staff and support team. We are always ready to help with any of your needs or questions, and we would be happy to help you get the most enjoyment from your purchase.

 Strong Dealer Network

We are very proud of the strong dealer network that we have established, which helps you select the right boat while working with a fair and honest sales team. As a manufacturer, it is crucial that the people who sell our products are service-oriented professionals who put the needs of the customer first. Not only do we want to make our customers happy, but we also strive for the feelings of satisfaction and excitement after making a great purchase.

Several of our dealers have ended up in the boat industry’s top 100-dealer list, and we are continuously grading them on service and customer support. Our dealer network is the best in the industry, and it’s critical piece of Scout’s culture of excellence.

Employee Retention

Successful companies are the ones who keep and take care of its good team members. At Scout, we have one of the best manufacturing team in the country, with a wide range of skills and talents. Within our employee base, about 80% of the staff have been with us for ten years of longer. Without the hard work and commitment from these people, we would not be able to create the amazing boats you can find all over the world. These are world-class builders working on top-notch boats.

High-Quality Fishing Boats from Scout

When you are looking for a great boat, look no further than Scout. Visit our website and you can find top-quality boats that will meet your specific needs. Whether you are going deep-sea fishing or just cruising around the water, you’ll get a great boat and excellent service when you purchase a Scout.

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