Time Capsule Larson Shark Tri Hull – 50 Hours Of Use! How The Heck Does This Happen?
This magic 1970, 1700′ Larson Tri Hull time capsule is in from our pals at Freedom Boat Service and man oh man, ya gotta love a time capsule. Like a 50 hr boat. Who buys a boat and puts on 50 hrs on it and owns it this long? How does that even happen?
Bob – Honey I am going to buy a boat just like the one in the Larson Brochure.
Darla – WHAT? We don’t need another Boat, dammit Bob!
Bob – But Honey I want to go fishing, and you can sit up front!
Darla – FINE, go, go get that boat, BTW its strange looking! And I don’t look like that model on the bow.
Two hrs later.
Bob – Honey I’m home! I got the boat!
Darla – FINE…………………..Pin drop sound…….
Bob -You want to go out?
Darla – ……………NO!
Bob – Come on!
Darla– NO! NO! I told you not to get that dam thing.
Bob – But, you said fine!
Darla – Fine!, I am going shopping for stuff. Lots of stuff.
One Week later, Darla has stuff, lots of stuff as promised. The boat is in the back shed and never to be seen again. The marriage is good now and the “Boat” has just been stored in a dark place where many other things are hidden, Darla’s drinking problem, Bob’s weekend in Vegas, the time Darla told Bobs Mother she was a Butinsky. And that time Bob, drank to much and looked at Lois down in the street a little to long. All that is in that shed, and now you have the chance to benefit from all of Bob & Darla’s buried issues. Woohooo!
Matt – Suzy, I am going to buy a boat.
Suzy – Fine!
And so the circle of life continues.
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And thanks again to Dane, for some more brochure Sharks!
And if that’s not enough, thanks to Dane and the Lee Wangstad collection you can even see how the Shark was previewed in 1969. Wow, I love our team.
You do have a vivid imagination Matt!
This boat reminds me of the Duo Gypsy that I grew up with. I bet that thing got more than 50 hrs per season. Lots of good memories.
Nope. Not even if it was free.
I have to agree…not even for free. Theres a reason that thing only has a few hours, who would want to be seen in it! 🙂
The boat would of been a babe magnet in 1971.
Yes they were!
I remember being asked by an guy about 10 years my sr how I was able to cruise around the lake with a boat load of girls all the time. Darn those were good days.
There is a Thunderbird that looks much like it in front of a boat repair place in Carrabelle…Stuff out there is usually for sale….It’s been there a couple of weeks…Bet it will be there for a couple more months…..But I remember a friend had one in 1975….It wasn’t a bad boat then.
After 50 hours of hitting waves in a tri-hull, you would want to stick it in a barn as well.
Time warp is right. Remember those days of shag carpets and kitchen appliances that came in harvest gold, avocado, or some god awful orange color? this boat is right there. Of course, matt, you were no doubt just a child then.
Had one a few years newer in gold . spent many a summer enjoying
m-fine is on to something. Someone buys the “dream boat” only realize it is not what they (or the wife) thought it would be. All it takes is one scary ride and it gets sold or put away never to be used again (possibly an embarrassment issue). I know someone who purchased a very nice sailboat only to have the wife scream “take me back” the first time she was on it and it healed over as a sailboat is supposed to. The lee rail wasn’t even buried. I have piloted a tri-hull we nick-named the pounder for obvious behavior reasons.
Another passenger of that tri-hull named it “stop and pee” for the effect it had on her.
But it has one of those early $^&_)++^@ ! OMC outdrives! Between problems with ball coupler joints, intermediate shaft spline wear, temperamental (and impossible to access) tilt motors, electric shifts that would short circuit catastrophically and a huge aft weight bias its not too surprising that so many of these wound up as geranium planters.
Gimme a straight inboard or simple outboard any time.
I HAD AN OMC ON A 17 FT LANCER NO PROBLEMS
EASY TO DO WORK ON I HAD MERC AND VOVLOS
ALWAYS SOMETHING WITH THEM GOING UP
BUT YES MY FAVORITE IS A 2 STROKE EVINRUDE
Oh, And don’t forget the propensity for muskrats to chew on the runner transom seal, thus causing the boat to sink at the dock. (Mercruisers had the same vulnerability on the CV joint seal if you left the outdrive tilted up.)
(And then NJ Fish and Wildlife forbade trapping the critters! Grrr!)
If this is considered a “classic boat” I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
I say this as a 36 year old, having had one when we were kids.
Hey Tri-Hulls were the way to go in the 70’s! Here’s me at the helm of our Glastron back in the day on Lake Okoboji. Note the nice orange life jackets.
When a woman EVER resorts to using the word “fine”, no matter her tone or mood, rest assured it is anything but.
I hate to be a hater, but I hate that boat. Matt, did you fall on your head? Again?
Its “Original Cool” Kinda like an AMC Pacer….Find me one of those in this condition and Im all over it.. OK so this IS “WoodyBoater”… but it doesnt need to be wood to be cool. Im with Matt on this one… and the side story was PERFECT…..Ive been there, and will go there again! ..and who hates any boat .. 🙂 especially in this nice condition…
I fall for anything old that is put together well. Maybe we call these Cougar Boats! HA. All kidding aside, its a memory thing. Tri hulls were iconic and the second I saw it I had flash backs. This wouldnt be a boat to use every day, but more of a collectors dream to tow to shows and use a little.
My first powerboat was a ’79 15 foot Rinker tri-hull with a 55 2-cylinder Evinrude.. Yeah, the boats pound, but very practical in calmer waters and they look better than a pontoon boat. We had a lot of fun with that Rinker.
Was good until the Evinrude looper threw a rod. A Marine I knew who fixed them while in the service told me they used to call them “grenades”, since they blew up regularly and needed rebuilding. The 3-cylinder models are much better.
I like the old OMC cross-flow two-cylinder models (28, 33 or 40 hp), or a nice 35hp Mercury twin. Have one of each on my two 14 foot boats.
Looks like a good “donor “boat for my next Glen-L project.Alot of those fittings and things can get really spendy if bought new.
Have to give em a little credit for the innovative design. Tri hulls work. Boston Whaler Anyone?
God knows that thing is ugly…but look at the number of responses it got???? pretty cool.
If I had to go in that rig….I would not GO BOATING!
John in Va.
I actually like this boat the more I look passed the hideous “Country Creme” color *shudder* if you can imagine it with bright white hull sides, fire red deck, a little teak trim… Then it would look decent enough to take the kids and their 12 friends out for a cruise!
I wonder how fast I would be disowned, tarred and feathered, and run out of town if I tried to bring this to an ACBS show?? Although it really would stand a great chance at winning gold in the preserved, classic Utility, class…
Fwiw, I just found a 1971 (at least it’s titled as a 1971, anyway.) Larson Shark 1750 with Chrysler OD behind a Volvo-Penta B20, on a FINE-quality trailer.
It’s blue over white.
Does anyone know anything about the Shark 1750, as I’ve never even seen one??