Chaparral’s H20 18 Sport is offered for a nationally advertised price, nicely equipped, including the trailer. Most boats of this ilk seem designed to catch your attention by virtue of their low cost. In short, the builder is usually trying to sell you a price, not a boat. I could see at a glance that the H20 18 offered more than that.
You can’t help but notice top-line features like the fiberglass-lined cockpit with its modular helm and built-in footrests forward and stowage accessed under hinged cushions aft. I find these traits more appealing than those of boats aboard which captains must stick their legs under the helm into the nether regions of an unfinished inner hull surface, while duffels and other gear are simply shoved under a seat. The swim ladder resides under a hatch and, so concealed, makes the full width of the platform available for bathers while getting rid of a toe-stubbing hazard in the process. Additionally, the ski locker hatch in the sole is fiberglass, not polyethylene. This looks sharp and, unlike hatches made from cutting-board material, will stay looking sharp, rather than turning dull after a few seasons’ use. The windshield is full-size, a feature many first-time buyers overlook at the boat show but one with a value that becomes apparent during the first choppy day on the water.