Boat Test #1370chaparral 227 qr

The Chaparral 227 SSX Sport Boat is all-new for 2016. Riding atop the proven Extended-V Hull, which increases hull surface area, improving performance and economy, the 227 SSX is a luxury bowrider set apart from the competition.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA w/ Swim Platform: 23’ / 7.01 m


Beam: 8’ 6” / 2.59 m


Clearance with Arch Tower:  7’ 8” / 2.34 m


Deadrise: 20°


Fuel Capacity: 45 gal / 170 L


Draft Down: 34.00” / 86 cm


Max HP: 350 hp / 261 kW


Dry Weight: 3900 lbs / 1769 kg


Passenger Capacity: 12

Chaparral Boats
300 Industrial Park Blvd.
Nashville, GA 31639
www.chaparralboats.com

Stepping aboard at the stern, you immediately notice the spacious swim platform with its integrated boarding ladder. The platform is separated from the main cockpit by a large sun pad with multiple configurations. The port side cushion lifts to reveal a removable cooler while the starboard section hides a walkthrough to the cockpit.
The aft section of the cockpit features a full wrap-around U-shaped settee, except for a narrow section that is part of the walk-through. The companion seatback folds for-ward, extending the settee right up to the port console. There is a large in-floor locker in the center of the cockpit.
The starboard helm features a captain’s chair with a flip-up bolster. A full complement of gauges is present. Optionally, the helm can be equipped with a Garmin 741XS GPS chart plotter for added convenience.
Continuing through to the bow, you’ll find a second u-shaped seating area with a pair of forward facing loungers. There’s a side-mounted cockpit table and an optional filler cushion is available. Under the center seat section is an integrated cooler. From there, it’s a short step up to the large bow platform with its integrated swim ladder and deep anchor locker.
Like most Chaparral boats, the 227 SSX comes very well equipped, even in standard trim. There are only a few optional features. A folding arch tower is available in black or white. Propulsion comes in the form of Mercury or Volvo Penta power, ranging from 240HP to 350HP.
By Steve Sansford