Foremost, the 287 SSX’s ride is exemplary, making it ideal on the largest bays like the Chesapeake and sprawling impoundments like North Carolina’s Lake Norman. At 29 feet long with a 9-foot beam, it’s not an easily trailerable boat, but that’s no matter to the weekenders who want it. What they like, and what we noticed the second we doubled back over our ploughed-up wakes, is how the 22-degree deadrise creased those mountains and barely rippled our soft drink in the cup holder. You need that kind of wave-breaking power to comfortably cruise these big waters at an enjoyable breeze-stirring pace that keeps passengers cool and enthused. The 287 may be a brute in size and in power with our test engine, a Merc 8.2-liter block with a Bravo Three dual-prop drive, but it’s as nimble as a dancer in a “Missouri Waltz” competition — which brings up another place this Chaparral will rock the waves: Lake of the Ozarks.