Larson 180 Sport (2007-)
(w/ 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL)


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This new sportster for 2007 will be a hit with the boating family that wants the no-hassle life of a speed boat. She was a surprise performer and is outfitted with plenty of features.

Key Features

  • Delta VEC hull
  • 2 Bucket seats
  • Automotive style dash & gauges
  • CD player with speakers
  • 2-step boarding ladder
  • Integrated swim platform
  • Ski tow ring
  • Hull Lifetime Limited Warranty

Specifications

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Specifications
Length Overall 17' 7'' Dry Weight 2,375 lbs.
Beam 7' 4'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 31'' Fuel Cap 23 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
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

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0 L
Tested Power 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI
1 x 135-hp Volvo 3.0L GL WPS
1 x 190-hp Volvo 4.3L GL
1 x 225-hp Volvo 4.3 GXI

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Photo Gallery

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Surprise Performer

She is on plane in 3.8 seconds and up to 30 mph in a short 6.9 seconds. The 180 Sport was at cruise around 3000 rpm doing 32.3 mph.

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Captain's Report

A New Entry-Level Skiboat-- Larson 180 Sport I/O

By Capt. Bob Smith

Larson charged onto the market with a new competitor in the entry level skiboat models. The 180 Sport I/O entry-level skiboat, is bound to be another feather in the Larson design team’s hat with a one piece hull, stringer and transom that formulates a solid, quiet running boat. While this is an entry level boat, Larson decided to up the ante with amenities which are typically reserved as options.

Bow Features

Standard features on the 180 include a bow gunwale step with bow center step into the sporty interior. Bow seating has two lounger seats with drink holders, grab rails, and bench storage. Our test boat had an optional tinted sport windshield with center walk-through.

Cockpit

In the cockpit there are two bucket seats with flip-up bolster, slide and swivel adjustments, and ventilated backs. Standard instrumentation, rocker power control switches, and a three-spoke tilt wheel are featured at the helm. Between the helm and companion seats is a large in-sole storage locker for skis, wakeboards, life jackets, and other large items. Snap-in carpet is available as an option to keep you feet cool.

The gunwale to gunwale rear bench seat completes the cockpit seating and has open storage with a handy lip to keep things from sliding out. On the side walls are grab safety rails and stereo speakers for the standard Clarion Marine Stereo with CD player. The easy lift engine hatch doubles as a sun pad and beneath the hatch is a large engine space.

Another feature you typically don’t get in this size boat is a functional integrated swim platform. This platform is large enough for an adult to relax with your legs in the water.

Optional Features

Some popular optional equipment includes a bimini top, canvas bow cover as well as a canvas cockpit cover, and mooring cover. If you have wakeboarders in the family, opt for the deck reinforcement for the Roswell Wakeboard Tower. Another great option is the automatic bilge pump.

Specifications

The new 180 Sport measures 17’7” in centerline length with a 7’4’’ beam and is nimble due in part to her 21 degree deadrise with a 14 degree transom angle. She weighs 2,375 pounds and has a maximum weight capacity of 1,150 pounds. She requires 31” for draft and has a 23 gallon fuel capacity. Engine options on the 180 include the 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L, MerCruiser 190-hp 4.3L, 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL, in addition to the 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL that the test model came equipped with.

Performance and Handling

I tested the 180 just off the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo Florida on a relatively calm afternoon with one other person on board. She was spry and responsive making her a good boat for skiing and other water sport adventures.

She is on plane in 3.8 seconds and up to 30mph in a short 6.9 seconds. The 180 Sport was at cruise around 3000 rpm doing 32.3 mph. At cruise, the 23 gallon fuel tank has a range of approximately 95 miles. She reached a top speed turning 4500 rpm at 49.7 mph. While she registered a maximum sound reading of 97 dBa, the majority of that was wind noise rather than engine and hull.

If you are looking to enter the new boat market and want to get more for your money, Larson delivers a great choice in the 180 Sport I/O. She has a stem to stern 5 Plus 5 warranty that gives you one number to call for any warranty item on the boat, regardless of who made it. Worry-free boating and great value. What more can you want?

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Larson 180 Sport (2007-) is 49.7 mph (80 kph), burning 18.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 68.51 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Larson 180 Sport (2007-) is 32.3 mph (52 kph), and the boat gets 4.61 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.96 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 95 miles (152.89 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Warranty

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime Limited
Transferable Yes
Extendable Yes
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Deck Warranty
Years Lifetime Limited
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Engine Warranty
Years 5-Years (outboard and diesel not included)
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5-Years
Gelcoat Warranty
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Blistering Warranty
Years 5-Years
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Accessories Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.larsonboats.com/warranty/default.asp
Certifications
ISO Certification Yes
NMMA Certification Yes

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Price

Larson 180 Sport (2007-) Price
Pricing Range $19,421.00
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.


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