Capt. Steve Says...
It’s been said that the two best days in the life of a boater are the day he buys it and the day he sells it. The reason for that mentality is that when you start to get into the heavier and larger boats, there is an inherent hands-on necessity that some people shy away from. Larger boats just need more maintenance. It’s as simple as that. Furthermore, it’s when you neglect a boat the problems manifest themselves, and then, of course, it’s the boat to blame. Now if you keep it simple, then your problems are few and far between. If the boat is simple, the hands-on maintenance is simple as well. If the boat is small, the payments are small or non-existent and that makes for a great season of boating.
Easy Does It
The Larson LX 620 O/B has basic electrical and fuel systems. As far as the electrical goes, if you boat in salt water, just spray a protectant on the connections and you're good to go. The only electrical components are the bilge pump, nav lights, anchor lights, horn and ignition. As for the fuel system, you fill the tank with 23 gallons (87 L) of gas. Repeat as necessary. A full tank will take you over 7 hours to run down at cruise. At full speed you’ll last 2:45.
With a boat this size, maintenance is directly related to cleanliness and it’s a good size to start off with good habits. Keep it clean and covered and it’ll serve you well. Certainly hose it down after each use and that goes double for the saltwater boaters. Once it’s washed down, take a chamois to it and then cover it up. Canvas packages are always optional on boats this size. A simple Bimini is a must have (add $642) that both you and your guests will appreciate. Then a bow cover (add $351) and a cockpit cover (add $718) will protect your investment for decades.
Storage is limited, as with any 16’2” (4.93 m) boat and that’s a strong argument for wearing a PFD rather than adding it to limited storage space. Two small compartments in the bow will hold an anchor and line to one side and perhaps emergency equipment in the other. There is sole storage between the consoles but that gets filled up with skis, towline, ski vests... Under the bench seat at the stern is storage for your good ski. Leave the kids' skis in the sole storage. The point to remember is that every boat has required equipment to carry and the less that can go into storage the better. Wear your PFD.
The handling aspect of the Larson LX 620 O/B left no surprises. There are no breakneck speeds to be achieved, certainly not with the standard engine, and that’s seems fine with this boat. Top speed with our upgraded 75-hp E-TEC was, in fact, just 36.1 mph and it took a bit of fiddling with the trim and a little bit of patience to get it there. Best cruise was at 3000 rpm which had us running 19.1 mph while burning 3 gallons per hour. Time to plane was a very respectable 2.8 seconds.
The LX 620 really is a docile boat, which only adds to its appeal for the typical customer looking to keep in the slow lane. Even hard turns were met with little fanfare. As the turn increases, so does the bank angle until it reaches a point where the propeller starts to ventilate and the engine over revs. This automatically slows the boat down and you then have to slow the engine down. If you tried to get into a hard turn that passengers would find uncomfortable, the boat simply says, “you don’t want to do that and I’m not going to let you.” You basically have two choices. Turn slower or let the boat slow down for you. It’s that simple and it’s a feature that should be considered an asset to the parents who let their kids take the boat for a ride or a trip of exploration and discovery.
And since we’re talking about safety for the kids, it needs to be said that all powerboats 20’ or under with a motor over 2-hp must float level when swamped (filled with water). It’s protection that’s nice to have, even if you never use it. (But remember, boats fully swamped usually quickly capsize so make sure everyone knows to use the stern to get on top.)
It’s rare to see an entry level boat offer any options other than canvas, and maybe galvanizing for the trailer. With Larson, you have several options, starting with the power choice. Larson will power your boat with an outboard from four of the majors (Evinrude, Mercury, Suzuki, and Yamaha). The basic boat comes with a 60-hp that will run you between $18,200 and $19,100. If you opt for the middle of the food chain with a 75-hp you’ll be spending between $19,500 and $19,900. For the upper end you can max out at $21,000 for a Yamaha F90 TLR. These of course are MSRP with the “S” meaning suggested. Street prices will be better and if you go into the dealership with no trade and good credit, then you’ve got a deal in the making.
Other options include galvanizing for the trailer (add $222) for saltwater boaters. You definitely want the ski tow pylon (add $271) even if you just drag the kids on a tube. Any stereo will do, and Larson adds one for $402. Tilt steering is nice to have (add $147) since one size does NOT fit all. I didn’t care for the sport windshield on our test boat. I’m just a fan of walkthrough windshields and the wind goes over your head and not in your face (add $435). There’s a wakeboard package and even a tower is available ($2,707) but adding a tower does not a wakeboat make. However, stainless is king on the water and it looks great. A stainless package includes rub rail inserts, grab rails, speaker grilles, pull-up cleats, drink holders, and fuel fill cover (add $542) and I think that’s smart money.
There’s a lot to like in the LX 620 O/B . It’s a great way to get started on the water, or close out your life spent on the water. And if you have kids and/or grandkids, this is a sure way to make sure they keep coming over to see you. No grandparent is cool enough without props.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Larson LX 620 O/B (2011- ) is 36.1 mph (58.1 kph), burning 7.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.39 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Larson LX 620 O/B (2011- ) is 19.1 mph (30.7 kph), and the boat gets 6.41 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.73 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 133 miles (214.04 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 75-hp Evinrude E-TEC.
Standard and Optional Features
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