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Chaparral 247 SSX

Chaparral's 247 SSX is fast, efficient and fun.

December 12, 2017
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Firewall the throttle, pass 40 mph, then crank the wheel hard over on ­Chaparral’s 247 SSX. You won’t be disappointed. ­Rather than the prop losing its grip or the hull bucking unpredictably, the 247 SSX stays glued to the water, fast, stable and utterly predictable.

Credit Chaparral’s Extended V-Plane hull. Its sharp bow, extended running surface and tight aft corners allow the craft to power through turns with exceptional results. The design also enhances low-speed stability, provides a soft and dry ride, and improves fuel economy. With a 300 hp Volvo ­Penta Duoprop sterndrive under the sun pad, we powered the 247 SSX onto plane in 5.1 seconds, achieved 30 mph in 8 seconds, and topped out at 46 mph. The best cruising fuel economy we noted occurred with the engine turning 4,000 rpm, the boat making about 28 mph, and a net fuel economy of nearly 3 mpg. Fast, efficient and fun.

Chaparral 247 SSX
LOA: 25’0″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Dry Weight: 4,700 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,006 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 65 gal. | More Information: chaparralboats.com Bill Doster
Chaparral 247 SSX
Chaparral 247 SSX Chaparral Boats

Passengers will appreciate the inviting open-concept cockpit layout. At the bow, minimum depth is a generous 2 feet 8 inches, offering a pronounced feeling of security. The anchor locker opens on friction hinges, has hangers for a Danforth-style anchor, and incorporates a four-step boarding ladder. Seat cushions flip open lengthwise on articulating hinges for easy stowage access. Aft, twin captain’s chairs sit behind the helm and port console. Optional twin 12-inch Simrad multifunction displays graced our tester’s dash, shaded by an ­attractive brow. To port, a generous-size head compartment includes a standard port-a-potty, a large floor drain, and an opening port for ventilation. The in-floor ski locker is ready to handle water toys, ­including wakeboards.

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Chaparral 247 SSX
Chaparral 247 SSX Bill Doster

It’s the remainder of the seating, ­however, that shines brightest. Behind the captain’s perch, a 2-foot-8-inch bench covers a lift-out 25-quart cooler. Opposite, a 4-foot-8-inch-by-3-foot-9-inch ­L-shaped bench accommodates additional passengers in comfort. Pivot the backrest forward to create a massive recliner out of the nearly 7-foot-wide, 3-foot-deep sun pad. Raise the starboard quarter to reveal a convenient transom walk-through.

Chaparral 247 SSX
Chaparral 247 SSX Bill Doster

High Points
* Two-foot-deep swim platform is ideal for coving, with an oversize stainless-steel grab handle, four-step telescopic ladder, and remote for the Polk audio system.
* Tired of hunting for seat-adjustment levers? Chaparral opts for oversize, easy-to-handle polished levers, relocated to the topside of the thigh bolsters.
* Optional electronic folding sport arch is a stylish mix of tubing and welded panels, and incorporates a unique, simple-to-deploy Bimini top.

Price: $95,305 (with test power)

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Chaparral 247 SSX
Chaparral 247 SSX Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested
Engine: Volvo-Penta V8-300-CE/DPS
Drive/Prop: Sterndrive/FH4 propset
Gear Ratio: 1.95:1
Fuel Load: 65 gal.
Crew Weight: 350 lb.

More Information
Chaparral Boats – Nashville, Georgia; 229-686-7481; chaparralboats.com

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