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Brief Summary

Too many bowriders suffer from ho-hum styling, so it’s nice to see Larson making an effort to lift their LXi 238 above the fleet. By incorporating accent stripes to highlight the sinuous deck line, plush upholstery on virtually every horizontal surface, a cool optional arch that seems to defy gravity and lots of innovative detailing, the company has created a boat that should appeal to folks who think out of the box – but not too far out: Basically, the LXi 238 is a conventional bowrider built to Larson’s usual standards. And that’s good.

Key Features

  • SofRide hull
  • Anchor storage
  • Boarding ladder 4-step bow & stern
  • Walk-Thru windshield with SS supports
  • Ski tow ring
  • Integrated fiberglass floor
  • Integrated swim platform
  • Sunlounge storage with gas shock assisted lid
  • SS drink cup holder (10)
  • SS grab handles
  • SS gunnel
  • SS pop-up cleats (8)
  • Walk-thru transom-port & starboard
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 6''
    7.16 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4,440 lbs.
    2,010 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 35''
    88.9 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 56 gal.
    212 L
    Water Capacity 12 gal.
    45.4 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.0 sec.
    0 to 30 7.0 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 26p
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, minimum gear
    Climate 55 deg., 56% humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: min chop

    Larson LXi 238 (2011-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Larson LXi 238
    Without the tower, the Larson LXi 238 looks more conventional, which might suit some people just fine. The hullside port ventilates a “changing room” that can become an enclosed head by adding a Porta-Potti.

    Ready Out of the Box

    Larson equips the LXi 238 with plenty of standard equipment for the boat’s base price of $50,070; that’s with a 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI and Bravo III drive. The same package with a catalytic converter to meet emissions regulations where necessary is $52,934. Bigger MerCruisers, to 320-hp, and Volvo Pentas, also to 320-hp, are available; most expensive ($58,238) is the catalyst-compliant 320-hp MerCruiser 377 Mag MPI EC, also with a Bravo III. In 2009 we tested the LXi 238 with the 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi: Top speed was 44.2 knots (81.9 KPH), cruise around 23.2 knots (43 KPH). Performance should be similar with the biggest MerCruiser. No matter what engine you choose, Larson includes deluxe sport bucket seats with flip-up bolsters for skipper and companion, tilt steering, a full gauge package including hour meter, horn, AM/FM/stereo with four speakers and an MP3 jack, a sink with 12 gallons of fresh water and a color-matched trailer with swing tongue and custom wheels. All you really need to add is safety gear, docklines and fenders.

    Larson LXi 238
    Since the arch is optional, you’d think Larson would provide an arrangement plan without it getting in the way. The arch hides the pair of swivel bucket seats at the helm, but you can see the open passage into the bow seating area, and the full-beam bench seat. Every possible seating surface is upholstered, and the fiberglass cockpit sole is covered with snap-in carpet.

    Easy Passages

    A boat like this is all about leaving the cockpit, whether to waterski, wakeboard, swim or catch some rays. Larson makes it easy, too: The walk-through windshield opens a carpeted passage into the bow, where there’s comfortable lounging room for two. A filler cushion is a $390 option. Do you need it? We think not – there’s a big sunpad aft.

    Larson LXi 238
    Open the seats on either side to step easily onto the swim platform. When they’re in place, the seats complete a large U-shaped lounge with stowage bins underneath.
    Larson LXi 238
    The sunpad lifts on gas-assisted pistons to reveal convenient stowage for ski vests, tow ropes and so forth. This is the stuff you often forget to bring when you scramble onto the platform – on the LXi 238, it’s right there.

    Construction: Stiffer Is Better

    Larson is one of only a handful of builders to employ the VEC (Virtual Engineered Composites) computer-monitored, closed molding process. Its proponents say VEC creates a stiff, strong and solid boat that holds its shape in rough water “for optimal performance and fuel efficiency.” Not only does VEC ensure that the running surface stays straight and true, but it also virtually eliminates rattles and vibration for a smooth, quiet ride. Larson is so confident of VEC quality that it covers its hulls with a lifetime limited structural warranty, and the warranty is transferable to a second owner – a good selling point when you decide to move up to a bigger Larson.

    Larson LXi 238
    What’s missing from this picture? The optional Porta Potti, which converts this compartment – Larson calls it a “changing room” – into a head. It’s only $368, including pump-out plumbing, so why not? The sink is standard.

    Options Add Up

    You’ll want to add some options to your LXi 238. First on our list will be the wakeboard tower, even though it costs $8,522. That includes board racks. Yes, the boat comes with a stainless steel ski tow ring (all deck hardware is stainless), but skiing is so 20th century. Today we wanna wakeboard, or at least our kids do, so the tower is, for us, a no-brainer.

    Larson LXi 238
    Wanna do this? You’ll need the optional wakeboard tower ($8,522). It comes with board racks.

    And what’s a fun family boat without a major sound system? We’d pay the $910 to upgrade the standard stereo to one with a subwoofer and amp. Heck, the guy on the board wants to hear Lady Gaga, too, doesn’t he? If you’re really into making a racket, Larson offers the Captain’s Call Exhaust on some engines; this lets you redirect your exhaust from underwater to through the transom, just like on raceboats. We think it’s cool, but at $3,510 we’d let it pass. If we want to make noise, we’ll buy a sportboat to start with.Using the Larson website, we spec’ed out our own LXi 238, with the options mentioned above, plus a canvas package (Bimini top and bow and cockpit covers) and the Lifestyle package of docking lights, transom shower and swim platform mat. With the 320-hp catalytic-converted MerCruiser (we’ll all need them soon, at least in the U.S.), the total came to $71,340, MSRP.

    Our Recommendation

    If you have a sporty family, or friends who like to do tricks on a wakeboard, maybe this Larson is the boat for you. She’s got modern styling, plenty of seating, lots of standard stuff and is built by a company known for quality boats. There are lots of boats available in this class, though, so you should check out a bunch of them before deciding. After you do, we wouldn’t be surprised if you came back to the Larson LXi 238: She looks like a pretty good boat to us – but we want the wakeboard tower.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Larson LXi 238 (2011-) is 51.9 mph (83.5 kph), burning 23.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 89.7 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Larson LXi 238 (2011-) is 26.7 mph (43 kph), and the boat gets 3.63 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.54 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 183 miles (294.51 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional
    Wet bar Standard


    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Five to Life

    NMMA Certification Yes
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