Powered by a catalyzed version of the popular 3.0 liter MerCruiser engine that has propelled many an entry-level boat, Chaparral’s H20 18 Sport proved efficient and economical, burning only 4.7 gph at 24 mph and 11.4 gph at the boat’s 39 mph top speed. It put us on plane in 4.1 seconds. Due credit goes to Chaparral’s extended V-plane hull. It mimics trim tabs to boost performance, and handles with a confident, agile manner.
Little was pinched from this value-oriented model. We liked the full fiberglass liner. It’s easy to keep clean, and integrates everything from the consoles to seat bases into one solid, rattle-free unit. Helm and passenger seats are deep, with wraparound support and attractive vinyl upholstery boasting French stitching in potential wear areas. Feeling thirsty? A large insulated cooler is located below the center portion of the aft bench. A large, attractive sun pad invites lounging when not under way.
The H20 18 Sport is rigged and ready for tow sports. An integrated swim platform features a covered, stainless-steel ladder and enough room to gear up using the sun pad. Even the ski locker is a cut above. It’s roomy, is cushioned with a rubbery mat, and features a lid that raises on a pneumatic strut.
-Flush-mount AM/FM stereo also lets you play your tunes through a USB/MP3 port.
-“No haggle, real deal” price includes a trailer with step-aboard fenders, foldaway tongue and LED lights.
-Colors, graphics and styling defy the boat’s “no-haggle” price tag.