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2016 Chaparral 227 SSX Bowrider

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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The 227SSX at twenty-three feet LOA and all new for 2016, is the smallest in Chaparral’s seven model “Top of the Line” SSX series which tops out with the all new for 2016 model 337SSX which is thirty-three and a half feet LOA.

In all, Chaparral offers a total of thirty-five models in six series of outboard, jet, and sterndrive powered bowriders, sport decks, cuddy cabins, ski & fish, express cruisers, and watersports boats ranging from eighteen to thirty-three and a half feet.

In keeping with its “Top of the Line” description of the SSX series, Chaparral has included an impressive list of standard equipment on the 227SSX bowrider. Many of its standard features are often found as optional equipment or not even available on other comparable sized boats.

Some of these more notable standard features include a bow walk-thru door, cockpit table with side mount bases in both the cockpit and the bow, stainless steel header on the windshield, a hideaway stainless steel, four-step bow boarding ladder, pull-up stainless steel cleats, Kevlar® reinforced hull laminate, plus not one but two deck-mounted fuel fillers – one on each side.

Five popular “Wide Band” hull colours including white are standard features or opt for Chaparral’s Eclipse Gelcoat Package of the same hull colour choices but which include hull side and deck stripes. A colour coordinated Sunbrella bimini top is standard and optional canvas includes cockpit and bow covers and a mooring cover. You have your choice of either Graphite or Sand interior accenting colours.

With the exception of the starboard side transom walk-thru step to the cockpit, virtually the entire interior of the 227SSX provides seating and/or lounging. An L-shaped lounge extends right from the padded backrest on the front of the passenger console aft and across the stern to this transom walk-thru. Behind the driver’s helm bucket seat with standard forward flip-up bolster is another bench seat thus providing virtually fully surround cockpit seating.

The forward facing passenger seat features a backrest that flips forward to a horizontal position turning this seat into what Chaparral calls an Oasis lounge providing rear facing seating/lounging and an excellent observing location for watersports activities. And if you are really into watersports, choose the optional folding arch tower in either black or white and equipped with a top-mounted wakeboard tow ring.

A double-wide, full width, three section sunlounge over the transom may be converted from lounge to chaise by angling up the port side portion of the lounge. Beneath this port side cushion is a standard removable 25-quart carry-on cooler. The starboard side cushion hinges right up to allow walk-thru access from the swim platform to the cockpit. This walk-thru contains a floor locker ideal for some watersports accessories. Storage is also provided under the hinged centre cushion of the sunlounge above the engine compartment.

Larger watersports accessories storage is found in a cockpit floor compartment and is equipped with a rubber mat. All bow and cockpit seating also feature finished storage beneath the cushions. Additional storage is found within the passenger console and is conveniently accessed from a large door in the cockpit-to-bow walk-thru. A large integrated swim platform with concealed telescopic boarding ladder may be optionally covered with Plasdeck matting in either silver or teak colour.

U-shaped bow seating with finished storage below and surrounding high padded backrests permit sitting or lounging. A fixed insulated ice chest is included as is a foredeck anchor locker. Stainless steel low profile safety bow rails are provided. The modern, stainless steel accented, rich-looking custom hand-wrapped helm of the 227SSX features four multi-function digital, fog-resistant gauges with custom aluminum faces and stainless steel bezels. An instrument dimmer switch is standard.

An hour meter and depth indicator are included along with normal engine function information. Optionally choose a Garmin 741XS GPS with 7-inch touchscreen. A Premium sound system with AM/FM Bluetooth, USB port, remote control, plus four speakers is standard. Optionally choose the “Wetsounds” upgrade with amplifier and subwoofer. Standard power comes from a 225 hp V-6 Volvo with SX sterndrive. Choose either Volvo or MerCruiser single engine power up to 350 horsepower.

Additional notable optional equipment includes a Premium Package with docking lites, swim platform cleats, and a bow scuff plate, or choose a pair of blue LED underwater lights, bow filler cushion, Beach Weave snap-in cockpit carpet, Sirius satellite radio, automatic fire extinguishing system, or swiveling board racks for the tower.

Chaparral has certainly seemed to have pushed all the right buttons with its all new 227SSX.

Length: 23' 7.01 m
Beam: 8' 6" 2.59 m
Dry weight: 3,900 lbs 1,769 kg
Draft: 2' 10" 86 cm
Fuel Capacity: 45 US gals 170 L
Base Engine / Drive: MerCruiser or Volvo Sterndrive
Engine HP: 240-350
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 20
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