Time Capsule Larson Shark Tri Hull – 50 Hours Of Use! How The Heck Does This Happen?

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Oh! I like me that!

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?


Oh! look at the Brochure! Thanks Dane Anderson for that BTW

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.

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Looks like the day Bob brought it home!

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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I see myself in that cockpit..Alone!

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PERFECT Darla never sat in these seats!

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Cool rubrail

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Still has the original dealer sticker. I bet Darla’s Mink doesn’t still have the label on it though!

And thanks again to Dane, for some more brochure Sharks!


It’s like you get to buy this boat new again.


Cool seats


Larson Industries.

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.


Standard features! For 1970, not for 2016. Everything is special when its a time capsule


Color Combinations or engines.

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This could all be yours! Got an empty shed?

26 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    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.

    • RRGadow
      RRGadow says:

      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! 🙂

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      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.

  2. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    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.

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    After 50 hours of hitting waves in a tri-hull, you would want to stick it in a barn as well.

  4. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    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.

  5. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    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.

    • Bilge Rat
      Bilge Rat says:

      Another passenger of that tri-hull named it “stop and pee” for the effect it had on her.

  6. Ed S.
    Ed S. says:

    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.

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  7. Ed S.
    Ed S. says:

    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!)

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:

      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.

  8. JFKarlson
    JFKarlson says:

    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.

  9. Fred B
    Fred B says:

    When a woman EVER resorts to using the word “fine”, no matter her tone or mood, rest assured it is anything but.

  10. John Baas
    John Baas says:

    I hate to be a hater, but I hate that boat. Matt, did you fall on your head? Again?

    • Frank
      Frank says:

      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…

  11. Matt
    Matt says:

    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.

    • Dave Nau
      Dave Nau says:

      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.

  12. Chug-A-Lug
    Chug-A-Lug says:

    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.

  13. Dan T
    Dan T says:

    Have to give em a little credit for the innovative design. Tri hulls work. Boston Whaler Anyone?

  14. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    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!

    huff said.

    John in Va.

  15. Brian Flaherty
    Brian Flaherty says:

    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…

  16. tex
    tex says:

    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??

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