West Shore Marine — Larson Boats & Sea-Doos: The Larson Story

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Larson 248 LXI boat

The Fiberglass Revolution


In the early 1950s, the introduction of a new material called fiberglass changed boat building dramatically. Paul Larson, a skilled craftsman who had been a pioneer in the era of wood boats, recognized the advantages of the new material and quickly became a leader in fiberglass pleasure boats.

In 1954, the Larson line included a full selection of wooden outboard boats, including 18- and 20-foot cabin models for overnight cruising. Four boats in the 12- and 14-foot range came with Larson’s new Armorglas covering. One other model, the 14-foot Falls Flyer runabout, was Larson’s first molded fiberglass boat, with a wood-reinforced hull. It was created with Little Falls native (and Paul Larson acquaintance), Charles Lindbergh, in mind.

In 1955, the molded fiberlass line — with a new name, the Larson Laker — grew to 12 models, from 12- to 17-feet. It was at this time that recreational runabout boating really took off throughout the country. In 1956, Larson introduced a new model, the 16-foot All-American, which was carried through into the early 1980s, and is arguably one of the largest-selling runabout models ever produced in the world. The All-American became synonymous with the recreational boating boom in America.

One of the reasons Larson became a leading national brand in fiberglass boats was the company’s ability to produce quality boats in large numbers. Larson was the first major boat company to sign an agreement with the Rand Corporation to use their patented fiberglass cutting and application spray guns in the production of hulls and decks. And Larson became active in organizations promoting size and materials standards, certifications, and boat shows.

The Current Era

Larson Flyer 176 boat

After a brief period in the early 1960s, when Larson was owned by the Brunswick Corporation, sales and manufacturing capabilities expanded. New manufacturing methods were developed, including more rugged stringer systems, and an internal fiberglass/foam combination, giving the hull the built-in safety of foam flotation, while dampening noise and vibration.

In the 1970s, Larson maintained its leadership position in the marine field, and continued to develop new runabouts and cuddy cruisers. By the late 1970s, the company began concentrating on trailerable cruisers, in addition to runabouts. In 1980, Larson obtained the rights to use the new Delta Conic hull, a patented design developed by noted marine architect, Harry Schoell, of Schoell Marine. Later, Larson would also obtain the rights to Schoell’s patented Duo-Delta Conic hull design.

Today, Larson Boats is one of the widely recognized brand names manufactured by Genmar. This gives Larson substantial resources for planning, research and development, and purchasing power. Larson continues to employ the latest design and manufacturing processes: from computerized modeling techniques, to its Americore® II construction process, to the fine details and finishing touches that are so important in making your boating experience the most enjoyable it can be. And, in addition to developing new and better ways to build boats, Larson Boats is also expanding its dealership network to provide the highest levels of service to its customers.

A lot has changed since Paul Larson first started building wooden fishing boats back in1913. But he’d be pleased to know that we still build boats the way he did — with a dedication to quality, craftsmanship, and honest value. From the sleek performance of our runabouts, to the elegance of our cruisers, the Larson legend continues.

Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat
Larson Flyer 176 boat

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