Larson Senza 206 BR

With maximum horsepower the Senza 206's sporty hull is a delight, but we think it would also be fun -- and even more affordable -- with mid-range engine selections.

December 17, 2004

As pioneers of this sport, Larson’s heritage of innovation in style, performance and durability blazes a new trail for others to follow in 2005. Their new Senza 206 bowrider blends modern looks with cutting-edge construction techniques and a fine list of engine options.

The sharp lines of the 206 are adapted from fine automakers’ sleek, sculpted interior designs. The Senza’s faceted surfaces keep dockside bystanders interested, enhancing the owners’ level of pride. Inside, multi-density foam and a quad suspension are carved into the seat, giving comfort and a unique, three-dimensional look. The accented, stain-resistant vinyl contributes to the subtle but exciting appearance.

Underneath, the hull sports a 21-degree deadrise at the transom; the deep-V design is ideal for cleaving choppy waters for a gentle ride. Wide chines enhance at-anchor stability and give additional lift for faster hole shots. The extra stability makes it comfortable for a full crew to clamber from gunwale to gunwale or from cockpit to swim platform without excessive rocking to port or starboard.


The hull performed to its designers’ promise, accelerating quickly to plane, then riding high on the deep-V bottom for a soft ride. In high-speed turns, the boat performed well, giving captains reassuring cornering ability to recover downed skiers or make sudden course corrections as required by traffic conditions without loss of power due to blowout. The ability of the props to stay “hooked up” is the strongest testimony to a well-balanced relationship between the hull and the dual propeller system. We loved the 320 horses behind us, but most boaters wouldn’t be disappointed with the 270-horsepower dual-prop setup.

Larson’s VEC construction techniques reputedly make each hull exactly like the one before it, giving interior bilge and storage compartment surfaces a smooth, snag-free surface. We think the most important feature of VEC construction, though, is the lifetime warranty, which offers years of peace of mind.

Notable Features
• Sculpted upholstery is rich and sporty
• Spring suspension bucket seats cushion the captain and mate for a softer ride
• Integrated swim platform and three-step ladder enhance water sports
• Stainless-steel hardware adds durability in salt water
• Cockpit liner makes cleanup easy and is more durable salt water
• Sculpted sides and white rub rails contribute a great look
• Lifetime warranty on VEC construction


Test Drive
Test Engine: Volvo 5.7 GXi
Test Prop: F7 Duoprop
Test Load: Fuel (29 gal.); People (400 lb.)
Top Speed: 58.8 MPH @ 5,000 RPM
Time to Plane: 3.0 sec.
Time to 30 MPH: 6.0 sec.
Min. Plane: 18.5 MPH @ 2,000 RPM, 79 db

Length Overall: 20’6″
Beam: 8’3″
Dry Weight: 3,150 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 10/1,500 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 35 gal.
Max HP: 320
MSRP (test boat): $34,145

RPM/MPH/Sound Level
600 3.2 64 db
1,000 6.6 68 db
1,500 8.4 77 db
2,000 18.5 79 db
2,500 28.0 87 db
3,000 34.2 84 db
3,500 40.2 87 db
4,000 46.5 89 db
4,500 54.0 94 db
5,000 58.8 97 db


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