Captain's ReportLarson Cabrio 350By Capt. Bob SmithLarson continues to build on its success enhancing its current line of successful models and expanding its reach like it is doing with this brand new model. The Larson Cabrio 350 brings the avid boater that is looking for comfort underway and value while they boat, something that will please everyone involved whether you are just a friend along for an evening sunset cruise or the family for a great weekend aboard.This new model continues to use the proven Duo Delta Conic hull design which delivers increased performance and exceptional fuel economy which becomes more important with every increase in the oil futures. Larson breaks new ground with this cruiser offering the hard top as a standard on this model making it a comfortable ride in just about any cruising condition so you can eliminate those excuses so often ruining a wonderful weekend aboard!Bow FeaturesThe expansive bow offers a wonderful place to soak up the rays when the sun pad is in place. When the kids are up front, you can rest a bit easier knowing there are stainless steel safety rails providing a measure of safety. In the bow you have an anchor pulpit, rope locker large enough for most anchoring conditions and a handy anchor windlass making the anchoring evolution a much less stressful maneuver. At the HelmBack under the cover of the hardtop is an ultra modern helm station that will make the most avid boater feel comfortable and the new cruising boater feel safe. The multi-faceted automotive style helm will feel familiar to just about everyone driving. Larson uses a combination of analog and digital equipment and leaves room for you to customize the dash to your needs. Our test boat had a Raymarine 48 VHF radio installed as well as a C80 color display making navigation simple. The steering was by a solid wood tilt steering wheel with simulated burlwood accents around the helm. As the sun crosses the helm, the colors really pop out at you! For the drivers that enjoy standing while driving, or at least like the option in heavy seas, a flip-up bolster makes for great room between the wheel and the seat. You don’t even have the cushion bouncing off the backs of your legs in the chop! Like to having company while you are underway? A curved chaise lounge offers an inviting area to relax and chat while heading to your favorite hangout. Below the seats is ample room to store away gear and goodies for the trip.Room and ComfortMoving back to the cockpit, you have a wide bench seat at the stern for many more friends to relax underway. This unique seat can be used as storage below the cushions or can be left at the dock completely when you decide this trip is just for catching some dinner off-shore. Entertaining is even easy with the wet bar positioned in the cockpit on the port side. This unit has a refrigerator, small sink and a handy countertop for preparing some quick snacks for everyone. Whether you relax in the sun or chose to gather under the standard hardtop, the cockpit is a wonderful place to enjoy the pleasure of cruising in the Larson style.Heading further aft, the stern is another example of Larson doing things right. The wide transom walkthrough makes it easy to head back for a dip, even when hauling your favorite water toy from the lockers. The gate helps keep the wee ones in the cockpit and provides one more level of trickery for them to magically appear on the swim platform. This platform is “biggee sized” like your burgers at your favorite drive through. There is plenty of room to play or get your favorite water toy ready to deploy. This one sports a handy flush mounted swim ladder and a transom locker for fenders with a swim shower tucked inside. They even have a wet locker in the sole of the platform.Below DeckOf course to qualify as a cruiser, you need a cabin. Larson does far more than qualify, they surprise you with the space provided below using the 12-foot beam. Since most guys push six feet, or at least want to, they have pushed the cabin overhead to six feet eight inches so even your basketball buddies will feel comfortable below. Pretty amazing for an express cruiser, right?! The galley features laminated cabinets with rich granite looking countertops that are easy to maintain and spacious enough to prepare a great meal underway. For cooking, you have a double burner cooktop, microwave oven, and a small refrigerator. For entertainment, Larson outfitted our boat with a 15-inch flat screen TV complete with DVD player. This one is visible from the front berth and the salon cabin. The salon has an S-shaped sofa for relaxing below as well as an upscale dining area. When you need additional space for sleeping, it converts to a berth for two.The forward berth is a raised double berth surrounded by handy cabinets for personal items you want to leave aboard. Good storage is also below the berth and a cedar lined cabinet keeps your clothes fresh and ready. Convenient reading lights allow you to read yourself into a wonderful night’s sleep aboard. For privacy, a curtain may be drawn across to separate you, from the salon. Now for more room, Larson has developed one of the largest mid-cabins I have seen for a boat this size. During the day it is a large conversation pit and at night add, filler cushions to make a comfortable berth for adults. The fiberglass head has a circular shower door like you find on many much large yachts.SpecificsLarson’s brand-new Cabrio 350 measures 36’4” bow to stern and has a beamy width of 12 feet even. Dry weight for the 350 is 14,000 lbs and she draws 37 inches of water. With the hard top, she requires a bridge clearance of 10’6”. PerformanceOn test day our Cabrio 350 was equipped with twin 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 liter engines installed and we found our best cruise around 3500 rpm doing 24mph. At cruise, you can expect to get about 208 miles on a tank of fuel. We were not able to reach Larson’s claimed 46.4mph top end, but we feel good about you being able to get pretty darn close in good conditions.The Larson Cabrio 350 offers the experienced boater a great choice to move up to from a smaller cruiser and plenty of room for six to enjoy a weekend aboard. What you will be impressed with is the attention to detail, the comfort underway, and most especially, the price you are able to get into the cruising comfort!
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Larson Cabrio 350 (2006-) is 46.4 mph (74.7 kph), burning 48.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 182.44 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Larson Cabrio 350 (2006-) is 24.3 mph (39.1 kph), and the boat gets 1.00 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.43 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 208 miles (334.74 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Lifetime Limited Yes http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp|
||5-Years (outboard and diesel not included) http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp|
|5-Year Yes http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp|
|ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes Yes Yacht Certification, CE Certified|