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Chaparral 277 SSX
Draft (max): 3'3"
Displacement (approx): 6,500 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 22.5 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 6'6"
Max Cabin Headroom: 3'11"
Fuel Capacity: 105 gal.
Water Capacity: 15 gal.
Max Horsepower: 525
Available Horsepower: MerCruiser or Volvo Penta gasoline sterndrives up to 525 hp
A similar treatment is mirrored to port. The wood-grain glove-box door opens on friction hinges that eliminate the need for a spring or strut that would hamper access. Opening the console door to access the head compartment within, I was curious to see how Chaparral would prevent the door from impacting the helm, a common shortcoming. The answer is built-in stops on the hinges, a more elegant solution than a strap. Within the 4-foot-deep compartment, a portable head, solid-surface countertop and stainless sink are standard. The mirror on the forward wall and a large screened port combine to create a sense of openness.
In standard trim, Chaparral eschews the cockpit wet bar to focus solely on passenger seating. A generous U-shape lounge can be packed to the brim for a conversation-friendly layout (swivel that helm and passenger seat around to join the party) or instead can allow passengers to kick up their feet chaise-lounge style. Behind, a low-slung sun pad offers room to lounge while maintaining an open feeling. Its gull-wing cushions access finished stowage areas below, including a spot for a hinged center pad that, when out of the way, reveals a central walk-through. Even the territory reserved for the swim platform shows some of that aforementioned detail. Stainless-grille, water-resistant speakers are ready to pump out the tunes when coving and are smartly recessed into molded contours in the fiberglass.
Chaparral’s extended V-plane hull features a running surface that extends to the end of the swim platform, a design that helps it to plane quickly and acts much like a trim tab at speed. My test boat featured a MerCruiser 8.2 Mag, a 380 hp option with digital throttle and shift. I watched the bow drop in less than five seconds and saw the 30 mph threshold pass in just over eight. Top speed was 49.8 mph. The engine is housed in an obsessively neat engine compartment. Electrical cables are neatly run within Panduit raceways, eliminating clutter while providing chafe protection, and the wide-open layout provides excellent access to common maintenance points, such as fluids and filters. Just a few more killer details — on a boat with many.
Comparable model: Cobalt A28