LITTLE FALLS, Minn (May 21, 2015) – With more than 100-years of boating history, creative ingenuity and inventiveness, Larson introduces the new 190 LXH OB. “The new 190 LXH has the heart and fire of a sport boat, but the space and comforts of a deck boat,” says Gary Zimmer, VP Product Development and Engineering, Larson Boat Group.
“When we did our customer research, space and storage were our top two priorities when we first set out on the design of our new LXH series, beginning with the 190 LXH OB,” said Rob Parmentier, Larson Boat Group President and CEO.
As one approaches the boat, very likely the first item one will see when looking at the 190 LXH is the shape of the bow. Using the “pickle fork” design the 190 is able to create a wider bow than even Larson’s 195 LX or for that matter even the 205 LX. Furthermore, in the design and engineering of the 190, the floor has been dropped 2” allowed by our patented VEC manufacturing process to not only create more space, but provide the riders in the bow an added level of safety and security created from the added freeboard. This new space, then too provided deeper bow storage found under each of the cushions. Finally, taking a quo for tow boats, the bow port and starboard back rests are easily lifted with a gas-assisted hinge to reveal more storage, creating space and then more space. With the optional bow 4-step access ladder, water fun is within easy reach – fore or aft. And this is just in the bow.
The decision to use the pickle fork bow design, allowed use in essence to create a tri-hull like running surface. This hull design gives the 190 LXH great on water performance, greater lift and a quicker time to plane, as well as stability. “Our preliminary performance and test numbers show the 190 bottom and hull design are certain to make sure the owners are able to easily pull a skier, tuber or wake boarder or even beat some other similar sized boats to the dock,” stated Zimmer. Following the principles with all other Larson Boat Group outboard powered brands, the customers can choose their power plant of Mercury, BRP/Evinrude, Yamaha, Honda or Suzuki with a power range of XX to YY horsepower.
Decisions, decisions? Do we go for a nice light cruise, do we anchor off in a cove, tie up with friends, put the throttle down and try to throw the kids (or adults too) off the tube. Regardless of what decision is made, the helm is ergonomically laid out to listen to the captains demands. Seated from a standard, high-backed flip-up bolstered and slider with armrests helm seat the captain can not only be comfortable but easily set the boats course for the day. The helm with a car-like inspired design, includes all of the key accessory and rocker switches in easy line of sight to the right and left of the wheel. The ignition, driver’s cup holder, optional stereo remote and 12v adapter are located in a compact console to the right of the driver’s helm seat.
Continuing with the space and storage theme, the cockpit is full of both. Like the bow, with almost 3-feet of freeboard inside the cockpit ensures an added sense of safety and security. The passengers are keep comfortable in either a high back, flip up bolster with arm rest seat just like the captain’s helm seat or on a bench seat with backrest along the transom wall. A lockable glove box is located in the passenger console. In the glove box the optional Polk stereo unit is housed with the standard USB rechargeable plug that can double as your stereo control. Standard stereo is a Boss Bluetooth enabled head unit. Under the bench seat, more storage is accessed for life jackets, water toys, dock lines and whatever one can through in it. And more storage is found in the transom walk-thru step and on the “sun pad” perfect for fenders, lines or just used as a cooler.
“The 190 LXH OB will be a hit for us and our dealers,” says Parmentier. “In the coming months a stern drive version of the 190 LXH will be introduced offering our dealers and customers the best of both worlds – a Larson 190 LXH in an outboard or stern drive configuration having a winning boat in layout and performance for either type of boater,” said Parmentier.