By Brett Becker
Larson LSR 2000, LSR 2100, and LSR 2300: A New Family of Family Runabouts
The Larson LSR series blends VEC technology with watersports capabilities.
Larson celebrated its centennial last year by introducing the retro-styled All American 2300, their largest boat yet built with the VEC process, and now for 2013 there’s a new handsome and sporty family runabout series focused on watersports. But, what is VEC and how does it work, you ask?
Larson LSR 2100 Specifications
|Fuel capacity||19 gal.|
In the VEC process, which stands for “virtual engineered composites,” workers spray the female portion of the molds with gelcoat in the conventional way. After that, they lay out precut pieces of fiberglass matting, and position steel backing plates and hardware inside the female mold. Then, the automation begins when the male portion of the mold lowers hydraulically and locks onto the lower half with an air-tight seal. A resin and catalyst mixture is injected to form a one-piece hull and stringer assembly. Larson has a nifty video of the VEC process on its site. If you haven’t seen how boats are built using the conventional open-mold process, there is an informative “How it’s Made” video on YouTube. The differences between the two construction methods are stark.
The end result is an affordable little runabout that’s built to last. On a more subjective note, it’s also one of the better-looking models on the market in its size range. There are no hull color or graphics options, so the black schematic you see in the photos is what you get, but when a boat looks this good, color options are almost superfluous.
Larson 2300 Specifications
|Fuel capacity||36 gal.|
The LSR 2000, which has larger stable mates in the form of the LSR 2100 and 2300, comes with a smoked low-profile windshield and side glass, and an extended swim platform with a three-step telescoping swim ladder. The platform features SeaDek mat, which is something you have to feel on your bare feet to appreciate.
In the cockpit, you get a litany of cupholders and front buckets that swivel and slide fore and aft. The driver sits at an instrument panel that looks like it belongs on a more expensive boat. The dash is topped with a padded vinyl eyebrow with French stitching in a contrasting color, and engine-turned appliques surrounding the instruments and switch gear. We can’t remember seeing a dashboard like this on a boat before, but it really works.
Of course, we’re usually fans of boats that don’t make you tick a number of options boxes, but the LSR 2000 really works better with a couple of them, namely the optional engine and a wakeboard tower with board racks. Adding the optional 4.3-liter V6 engine along with the tower and racks bumps the price up by over 20-percent and puts this boat in the realm of not cheap, but when compared the price of an inboard tow boat, it’s downright reasonable. We’d probably add the canvas Bimini, as well.
Larson LSR 2100 Specifications
|Fuel capacity||30 gal.|
That 4.3-liter V6 is more than enough to power this boat amply because it weighs less than 2,500 pounds. That also makes it easy to tow and its 20-foot length and standard trailer with a swing tongue means you might be able to stash it in your garage, rather than having to keep it outside or at a storage facility. In that case you could forgo the canvas covers, which also are optional.
If 20 feet isn’t enough boat for your family, you can opt for its larger brethren. They offer more room inside, but like the LSR 2000, you can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.
For more information, visit Larson Boats.
- Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.