In our Best Boats issue one year ago, we unanimously voted Chaparral's Sunesta Wide Tech into the top 10. The boat was inspired by a newly released Lamborghini, and it brought that type of appeal to deck boats.
Then a few months ago, Chaparral delivered to us its SSi, or bowrider version of the Wide Tech. We've tested few, if any, boats with this much innovative style from bow to stern, windshield to deck and all spots in between for a list price of barely over $30,000 (expect a street price well under that number).
In designing for ooh-la-la, Chaparral's tech guys obviously paid attention to the potential drawbacks of a 19.5-foot boat: space. They intelligently use a wide hatch for easy access to a deeper-than-expected in-floor storage compartment. Under the sun pad, which lifts on two gas shocks, is a molded-in recess for a carry-on cooler — keeping it out of the cockpit. There's also a deep and long storage compartment under the walkthrough to the edgy swim platform.
Look at that last sentence again. Those three features (deep compartment, walkthrough and edgy swim platform) are not conventional in a boat under 20 feet that sells in this price range. Best of all, these features, like the boat, are built beyond the industry standard for quality, as a top 5 finish in the latest J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey proves.
MSRP $31,330 (w/ 4.3L MerCruiser)