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Deck boats may have started out as 16-foot bathtub boats, but there's been a continual shift over the past five years toward bigger, more beautiful party boats, with just enough of the old, low-slung deck boat about them to show off the family history.
Chaparral has long been a big-league player with cruisers and sport boats, and it transitioned naturally into deck boats with sexy lines. Their latest, the Sunesta 274, is a prime example of a gargantuan deck boat that shares qualities with an express cruiser. It has one of the biggest heads you'll find on a day boat, and there's an entertainment center in the cockpit. The 70-gallon fuel tank and 4,600 pounds of boat make the 274 a standout — the standard extended swim platform sets it apart even more.
Hurricane also stretched the boundaries with its new SunDeck 257, a dual-console inboard/outboard boat that's 25'5" long and is rated for up to 320 horsepower. This one has a 77-gallon fuel tank.
Chaparral Sunesta 274
Why it stands out: Yacht-certified — at more than 28 feet in length — you can see why this is called the flagship of Chaparral's deck-boat line. You won't find a deck boat with a more civilized head, and the cockpit galley has everything but a stove.
Length overall: 28'3"
Dry weight (approx.): 4,600 lb.
Weight capacity: Yacht certified
Fuel capacity: 70 gal.
MSRP (w/ MerCruiser 5.0L MPI 260-hp Bravo 3): $54,685