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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 21:27 #1

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As we all know, Larson is one of the Genmar brands undergoing Chapter 11. Since they seem to be in the process of being sold off, I had assumed (perhaps naievely) that since the tunnel has light in it, I could go back and consider one again as a new boat. I am really fond of the Senza series, specifically the 206:

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Well, I found out there is no longer any way to contact Larson off their webpage. No "Contact Us". Hmmm....okay. Off to the dealer site. The local dealer here is Duchows Boat Center. Called their Fox Lake location, they have discontinued new boat sales. They are service-only at this point.

Interesting. So I called their Pewaukee WI location. They sell Glastron, but as of the new year they have DROPPED Larson from the lineup. Would I like a Glastron instead? (No)

In other words, there are now no longer any Larson dealers in the northern IL/southern WI region, and I have no way of contacting them to get information on 2010s. I am sure I could do a Boattrader search and find a dealer, but with no way of getting it serviced and no real guarantee of their future at this point...yeah right.

Such a shame.

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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 21:47 #2

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Download_Complete;413254 wrote: As we all know, Larson is one of the Genmar brands undergoing Chapter 11. Since they seem to be in the process of being sold off, I had assumed (perhaps naievely) that since the tunnel has light in it, I could go back and consider one again as a new boat. I am really fond of the Senza series, specifically the 206:

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Well, I found out there is no longer any way to contact Larson off their webpage. No "Contact Us". Hmmm....okay. Off to the dealer site. The local dealer here is Duchows Boat Center. Called their Fox Lake location, they have discontinued new boat sales. They are service-only at this point.

Interesting. So I called their Pewaukee WI location. They sell Glastron, but as of the new year they have DROPPED Larson from the lineup. Would I like a Glastron instead? (No)

In other words, there are now no longer any Larson dealers in the northern IL/southern WI region, and I have no way of contacting them to get information on 2010s. I am sure I could do a Boattrader search and find a dealer, but with no way of getting it serviced and no real guarantee of their future at this point...yeah right.

Such a shame.


It'd be easier to find a boat if you had any clue what you wanted... between 17' runabouts and 32' cruisers, 1980 to 2010... geez :D

I just saw a 209 up here that's a dealer repo , listed at $29,900. Dunno if thats a deal or not, all the newer runabouts seem like ripoffs to me. Not as attractive in blue as your red one.

It's only a 305, I know you wanted one new for $10,000 with a 496 and a duo-prop... don't know why I even posted this :)

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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 22:04 #3

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ishiboo;413260 wrote: It'd be easier to find a boat if you had any clue what you wanted... between 17' runabouts and 32' cruisers, 1980 to 2010... geez :D

I just saw a 209 up here that's a dealer repo , listed at $29,900. Dunno if thats a deal or not, all the newer runabouts seem like ripoffs to me. Not as attractive in blue as your red one.

It's only a 305, I know you wanted one new for $10,000 with a 496 and a duo-prop... don't know why I even posted this :)


I saw that one. Most of them are 5.0s. I see an errant 5.7 or two over in the PNW area, I guess due to higher altitudes. :)

What I am looking for is simple (to me anyway): 18 or 20 foot BR, OR a very specific 2850 Contessa. Whichever wins will be the one I am most enamored with at the time I get a loan check.

As for a BR, I'll go 18 BR if (and its a REALLY big IF) it will fit in my garage without obliterating the other parking space for a Ford Focus wagon. The garage is 19.1 L x 21.1 W, but the garage door shortens it by about a foot. If an 18BR won't fit, then it means storage, which means I may as well get a bigger and more comfortable boat - hence, a 20 BR. In each case, I am only interested in the largest engine option available, even if it means I have to order it. Ideally I could find one used, but that seems to be impossible based on all the stock boats that were sold (and are now hitting the used market).

If that 2850 comes up, then all is null and void.

Make sense? :)

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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 22:09 #4

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Can you tell my specialities are software test cases at work? Thats pretty much how my brain works. :P

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Download_Complete;413265 wrote: I saw that one. Most of them are 5.0s. I see an errant 5.7 or two over in the PNW area, I guess due to higher altitudes. :)

What I am looking for is simple (to me anyway): 18 or 20 foot BR, OR a very specific 2850 Contessa. Whichever wins will be the one I am most enamored with at the time I get a loan check.

As for a BR, I'll go 18 BR if (and its a REALLY big IF) it will fit in my garage without obliterating the other parking space for a Ford Focus wagon. The garage is 19.1 L x 21.1 W, but the garage door shortens it by about a foot. If an 18BR won't fit, then it means storage, which means I may as well get a bigger and more comfortable boat - hence, a 20 BR. In each case, I am only interested in the largest engine option available, even if it means I have to order it. Ideally I could find one used, but that seems to be impossible based on all the stock boats that were sold (and are now hitting the used market).

If that 2850 comes up, then all is null and void.

Make sense? :)


Is Robyn's playing hard-to-get for you too? :) No 2955 considerations? As you told me, it's basically the same boat... slightly better layout though and definitely more modern.

I'm shopping too, thinking about getting a small center console, or maybe a bow rider if I find a deal. Seems once you move the console to the center of a boat it doubles the price. There's a nice little Dauntless 150 here but I think 15' will be way too small to take the places I want to take it.

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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 22:29 #6

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Download_Complete;413268 wrote: Can you tell my specialities are software test cases at work? Thats pretty much how my brain works. :P


AND, a guy who knows exactly what he wants and why he wants it..........good luck, I am sure you will find it soon!

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Some interesting Larson findings... 01 Feb 2010 22:53 #7

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Glad I dont deal with our software issues here. Stairing at code for 8 hours makes me think of shooting myself. :prod

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It looks like a California Company bought most of Genmar. But the old Genmar CEO would like to buy Larson back from them. See link below.

http://www.startribune.com/business/81038282.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUI

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Larson has had a rough history. At one time Brunswick owned it. It was not a good period in its history.
From an article I read: After the sale to Brunswick, production problems developed and quality suffered. Loyal dealers were abandoning ship. Large corporate culture was foreign to the close knit, family environment at Larson. What occurred over the next three years dismantled the core of the former Larson Boat Works. The 1961 Larson models were being produced at the two plants in Minnesota and Georgia. Cutter’s Tell City plant was shut down after that season (Lee Wangstad). Brunswick moved the molding of hulls and component manufacturing of both Larson and Cutter to a newly constructed plant near Warsaw, Indiana closing the recently opened plant at Alliance, Ohio. Completed parts were then shipped to Little Falls for final assembly and finishing. Decision making was also transferred from Little Falls to Warsaw. The closure of facilities and the move of management made for numerous quality problems and brought morale to an all time low.

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Download_Complete;413265 wrote: I saw that one. Most of them are 5.0s. I see an errant 5.7 or two over in the PNW area, I guess due to higher altitudes. :)

What I am looking for is simple (to me anyway): 18 or 20 foot BR, OR a very specific 2850 Contessa. Whichever wins will be the one I am most enamored with at the time I get a loan check.

As for a BR, I'll go 18 BR if (and its a REALLY big IF) it will fit in my garage without obliterating the other parking space for a Ford Focus wagon. The garage is 19.1 L x 21.1 W, but the garage door shortens it by about a foot. If an 18BR won't fit, then it means storage, which means I may as well get a bigger and more comfortable boat - hence, a 20 BR. In each case, I am only interested in the largest engine option available, even if it means I have to order it. Ideally I could find one used, but that seems to be impossible based on all the stock boats that were sold (and are now hitting the used market).

If that 2850 comes up, then all is null and void.

Make sense? :)


Matt, I have to chuckle here. Buying a boat for most is almost like getting married.
I am reminded of a friend who would go to a bar on a Sat. night and take home anyone who would go with him. :D :kidding
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