Chaparral 186 SSi
Breaking It Down
The same Wide Tech design that won Chaparral a Boat of the Year and a Top 10 honor from Boating the past two years is found on this stylish little bowrider. The look of the forked bow bleeds into the molded-in swim platform, three-piece windshield, sun pad and even the instrument panel. The design in the bow slightly widens the seating, and the sponsons allow for deeper storage compartments. In our tests, Chaparral’s extended V-plane hull held planing speeds under 16 mph for water sports and to stretch the fuel supply.
Scuppering and venting the storage compartments and cockpit will help keep the boat (and gear) dry and more salt-ready.
Coaming panels are designed to fit the Wide Tech look.
Swim platform is molded into the transom for sturdiness and a seamless transition to the rest of the boat.
In-floor storage compartment hinges forward on a gas-assist strut for hands-free access.
Give credit for the anchor locker under the forward bow cushion (not often found on a boat this size), but paying out the chain and rode over the backrest around the nav light could eventually result in some scars.
We’d like to see retractable cleats standard on a boat with this kind of stem-to-stern appeal.
LOA: 19'6" Beam: 8' Dry Weight: 2,850 lb. Max. Horsepower: 225 Fuel Capacity (gal.): 25 MSRP: $28,564 (w/ Volvo 4.3L)
Engine: MerCruiser 4.3L (190 hp) Load: (People) 310 lb., (Fuel) 15 gal. Top Speed: 45.2 mph @ 5,000 rpm Time to 30 MPH: 8.1 sec. Time to Plane: 3.3 sec.