Chaparral possesses a presence in the wakesurf market, thanks in part to Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, a special sterndrive with the prop in front rather than behind the gear case. But while that drive makes wakesurfing possible, tucking the propeller safely under the hull, it’s the craft’s Surf Gate that actually produces the wake. Licensed from inboard-powered watersports boat manufacturer Malibu, this pair of vertical tabs tuck into the port and starboard corners of the transom when not in use. When called upon to create a wave, the appropriate tab pivots outward to disrupt the convergence point of water flowing down the hull sides. This places the appropriate corner of the hull lower in the water, building the wave to surfable stature without shifting ballast. We found the sweet spot close to the swim platform and, once in position, enjoyed surfing the endless wave, stopping only to allow fellow crew a turn. The standard Medallion touchscreen makes controlling surf profiles easy.
Distinctly, the 21 H2O Surf boasts an upgraded dash and tri-color vinyl. Its layout is classic bowrider, with a forward compartment featuring wraparound U-shaped seating and forward-facing backrests creating comfortable chaise-style lounges. Stowage is found below the primary cushions; a bow anchor locker includes clips for a Danforth-style anchor and drains overboard. In the main cockpit, twin captain’s chairs are found at the helm and port console, with storage access below the former. Aft, a bench-style seat and sun pad complete the accommodations. Raise either side of the 6-foot-2-inch-by-3-foot-2-inch sun pad to reveal a convenient transom walkover. The spacious swim platform features nonslip matting, as well as a covered ladder to starboard.
Our test boat was equipped with the 240 hp version of Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, a package that was enough to push the hull onto plane in 3.9 seconds, top 30 mph in just 2 seconds more, and peak at 43.4 mph. The hull proved exceptional at speed, handling even the most aggressive hard-over turns with no loss of bite at the prop and always-predictable manners.
* Finished cockpit liner and large deck drains simplify washdowns.
* Open stowage below aft bench offers easy access to the 36-quart Igloo cooler.
* Underseat stowage is finished on the interior with vinyl, avoiding the potential for soggy carpet. Raised perimeter edges and drains channel away water.
Price: $44,995 (nationally advertised price with trailer and base engine)
How We Tested
Engine: 240 hp Volvo Penta V6-240-CE/FWD
Drive/Prop: Forward Drive/K3 propset
Gear Ratio: 2.25:1
Fuel Load: 30 gal.
Crew Weight: 350 lb.
Chaparral Boats – Nashville, Georgia; 229-686-7481; chaparralboats.com