Larson’s FX 1850 DC (dual console) is a fishing-first, multi-purpose family boat, aimed towards families that love to fish, but also want to waterski, tube, and cruise as well. Those interested in a fishing boat that can adapt to other scenarios are most likely to be attracted to the FX 1850.
Vec Hulls. Larson’s hulls are created with a VEC closed mold, the only fishing boats in the world to use this method. This creates a precise fiberglass boat. When the mold is opened, a one-piece hull comes out with stringer system and flotation chambers built in. Computer-driven robotic routers and cutters continue the precision in trimming and cutting before the handwork via calibrated tools occurs.
The VEC hull has advantages over aluminum -- no stress points for leakage, as it is all one piece. No “tin slap,” just a firmer response that doesn’t rattle everything and everyone on board against a big wave. The one-piece design also allows for a more open, fishing-friendly design.
- Aerated bow baitwell (18 gallons) with light and timer
- Aerated stern livewell (25 gallons/50” length)
- Custom steering wheel
- Rotary tilt steering
- Dual console with walkthrough windshield
- Center rod storage locker
- Center ski storage
- Port rod self-draining storage
- Stern jump seats
- Deck reinforcement for down riggers/rod holders
- Bow/stern casting platforms
- Automatic bilge pump
- Aerator pump for livewell
- Stereo with four speakers and MP3/iPod connections
The FX 1850 DC is built with Larson’s proprietary VEC fiberglass construction technology, which creates a consistent hull lamination thickness that controls the overall boat weight and ensures maximum flotation and strength. The FX 1850 is primarily a fishing boat -- a larger, extended keel makes back trolling more precise and strakes that run the length of the hull bottom, which makes for better lift and traction at low speeds. The hull isn’t specialized for fishing, watersports, or cruising, but aims at versatility for all three.
The FX 1850 DC is rated for a seven-person capacity, with more room available with fewer passengers, as seats can be removed from the cockpit.
Seating. The FX 1850 DC is rated for a seven-person capacity/1,750 lbs., but has some versatility with removable seats and multiple mounting points.
The FX 1850 DC features six separate 7x7 seating mounts in the integrated fiberglass deck; she comes standard with one “deluxe” seat at the helm with air ride pedestal and slider. There is also the option to have both the helm and companion seats “deluxe,” which means armrests, headrests, and recline/swivel capability.
Just aft of the helm/companion seats are mounting points for two more seats, these coming standard as fold-down fishing seats with removable pedestals. The final two mounting points are one each in the bow and stern casting decks and can be outfitted with the options of fold-down fishing seats or the “butt seat,” both on pedestals.
Two fold-up jump seats sit behind the driver and companion seats. Finally, the bow can be outfitted with optional snap-in cushions to form a sun pad, though its non-skid surface and seating mount make a great casting platform as well.
The helm. The helm’s design is sleek and intuitive, starting with its custom chrome and black steering wheel, which has rotary tilt steering. There are stainless steel accent panels behind the trim and fuel gauges.
Speedometer, tachometer, and compass are standard and there is room for a nav screen. The design around the side-mounted throttle was awkward -- armrests on the captain’s seat add comfort, but none nearby the throttle are a missed opportunity. Additionally, the compass is hard to read from its place on the dash panel.
The windshield is a three-piece; one each for the two consoles, and the single, movable piece in between that acts as a gate to the bow section. This means no sightlines with panel dividers, and the FX 1850’s windshield is nice and tall.
Bow storage. The storage below deck in the bow has a fiberglass finish, and the four hatch panels makes it easier to access the gear down below without disturbing too much in the process.
Stretching through the center of the bow aft between the dual consoles sits the locker rod storage with four dedicated rod tubes and large center section ideal for water skis, the hatch lifts clean and easy on a large hinged gas shock.
Finally, there is an aerated baitwell in the bow section, 18-gallon capacity with a light and a timer.
Cockpit Storage. The rod storage continues with four portside gunwale mounted rod holders, which is self-draining through the bilge. On the starboard side, the FX 1850 has netting that can serve as Tackle Tray Storage and further storage more generic in nature than the portside rod holders.
The stern has a livewell of 25 gallons (95 L) with a lip to include the smaller baitwell bucket, as well as storage on both port and starboard sides.
Fishing Features. We’ve touched on some of the FX 1850 DC’s fishing capabilities -- the hull design optimal for the sport, the bow and stern casting decks, the fisherman’s seating, the equipment-specific storage space, the bait and livewell.
Watersports and Cruising Features. There is little about the FX 1850 DC that can be specifically classified as enabling either a day of watersports or cruising. This is to be expected -- it is primarily a fishing boat, after all. However, there are options -- the ski-line pylon, for instance -- that make certain you’ll have no need to wonder if you can.
The storage is adequate for equipment, seating is ample and very comfortable, the bow works as a sunpad when equipped with its cushioning, and the stereo system works well when entertaining. The stern boarding ladder makes access to the boat before or after swimming easy and safer.
Power and Performance
Test Results. Powered by an Evinrude E-TEC G2 150, we recorded a top speed for the Larson FX 1850 DC of 44.1 mph at 5900 rpm. It took 2.3 seconds to plane, 3.1 seconds to 20 mph, and 5.9 seconds to 30 mph. Our best speed on the FX 1850 DC came in at 23.8 mph at 3500 rpm, which yielded 5.59 mpg and 181 statute mile range.
The FX 1850 DC tackled running across the wake remarkably without landing hard or anything short of comfortable. Taking the boat on a corner at speed was surprising in its ability to handle and maneuver.
- Galvanized trailer
- Tandem trailer
- Seat options (deluxe/fishing/“butt” seat)
- Bow rails (for rod holders)
- Stern rails (for rod holders)
- Ski tow pylon
- Choice of snap-on mats for decks
- Dashboard electronics
- Battery charger banks
For those in the market for a boat made to be all-utility for family fun, the Larson FX 1850 DC may come up short. But for those primarily interested in a fishing boat that will be fully ready to pull double duty, we think this boat is worth a look. Most of the options center around specializing one’s fishing exploits, and while the design errs on the fishing side throughout, the dual console layout does open up your possibilities for watersports and cruising without compromising its central utility.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Larson FX 1850 DC (2016-) is 44.1 mph (71 kph), burning 12.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 46.56 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Larson FX 1850 DC (2016-) is 23.8 mph (38.3 kph), and the boat gets 5.59 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.38 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 181 miles (291.29 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" Shaft.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
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