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Old 09-13-2007, 06:39 PM
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Default Larson Trihull???

Anybody know anything about these boats? The one I'm looking at is a '77. It is a wierd looking rig, but something about it seems cool. I'm thinking about restoring her, repowering and using for some river fishing. The console is way up front, but that leaves some great space in the back. I usually fish at anchor with a decent spread out, so this would be ideal. How does it affect the ride though?

What should I look for in something 30 years old?? Transom, deck, hull integrity....what else??


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Old 09-13-2007, 09:05 PM
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Correction...it's a 36 year old boat...its a 1971. So no one has any advice. Even if not familiar with the model, when I go look at it what specifically am I looking for other than the above stated obvious?
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We have a lot of old trihulls still around down here in the south. Sounds like you got it covered. Best thing about older boats is they don't have as much stuff to deal with like some of the newer boats. Find a good hull give it some fresh power and go for a ride.
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Most trailered boats rot from the inside out. That is, rain water and snow melt rot the floors, stringers and transom. All of these can be fixed it just takes time and money, and more time and money, and more time and money, ...
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Default Re: Larson Trihull???

my grandfather had almost that exact boat with n 85 johnson. fun boat until one day we looked and thought...the engine is wobbling. Then we looked again and the transom had cracked.

Oh well, 10-15 years of use and it was finally done. for cheap use it and have fun.
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We had a Larson from that era ,it was not the tri hull but it was a piece of junk.
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As I recall...

The model that I think you are referring to is the 1800 Shark. It has a large cockpit, with the helm forward just behind a very small bow section. If I am correct, the specs are: length 18' 1", beam 81-1/4", cockpit depth 2'-41/2", weight O/B model 1402, load cap O/B 2390 lbs. Came std with bucket recliner swivel seats or reclining sunbather seats, mechanical steering and complete top set.

Or not...
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Aboater...that description fits the bill. Anybody know how this configuration handles on the water?
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I had a tri hull, very fast on flat water, will beat you to death in a chop. Pretty stable on a drift or anchored. If you are using it on a river you should be fine.
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Yeah, tri-hulls do vary their rides quite a bit.

I've owned a few over the years.

Probably the best riding tri-hull boat that I have been on was a late 70's 18' Seaswirl. That one gave a great ride.

A 1973 Fiberform tri-hull 18'er rode bow high all of the time.

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Old 09-14-2007, 10:18 PM
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I was more concerned about the helm being so far up at the bow of the boat. I would think this would be good for getting on plane, maybe worse for turning... Hope it doesn't draft much, since my marina hasn't been dredged for 12 years and my 18' Wellcraft barely makes it in/out at low tide. We'll see. Thanks for all the input guys!
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