It took us hours of nasty infighting to narrow our choices for Boat of the Year down to two, and then the phone rang. "Stop the presses, throw out what you've got, here's the winner!" After what we'd gone through? Not likely. If we were going to change our minds at this point, it would have to be for a boat that exceeded our standards of breaking new ground or redefining a category. It had to be something special.
And this boat is. Which is why, for the first time, a last-minute candidate has been chosen as Boat of the Year. A boat so new, its test hadn't appeared yet in the magazine. So here's the review, and our reasons why the Chaparral 400 Premiere beat out all the rest.