Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The 21 H2O OB Sport is one of three outboard powered models in Chaparral’s H2O OB series of Sport Boats which also offers five sterndrive powered models from nineteen to twenty-three feet in its H2O series. In total, Chaparral offers a full complement of outboard and sterndrive powered cruisers, deck boats, surf boats, and bowriders up to thirty-three feet in eight series.
The 21 H2O OB Sport rides on Chaparral’s twenty degree deadrise Extended V-Plane deep-V hull utilizing its 100 percent Perma Panel Marine Coring which comes with a Lifetime Warranty. The very large and walk-across integrated swim platform hugs the outboard motor on both sides providing lots of room for maximizing watersports enjoyment. The starboard side platform extension has a concealed stainless three-step telescoping boarding ladder.
The outer sections of the full-width transom sundeck cushion hinge upward to provide step-across access on the starboard side from the swim platform into the cockpit and on the port side to provide a raised backrest for stretch out lounging. In-transom storage compartments are accessed beneath both of these hinged cushion sections.
The full-width and contoured stern bench seat provides more storage beneath each end cushion and a built-in 70-quart cooler is beneath the center seat cushion. The entire transom sundeck section along with the stern seat backrest hinges up to access a giant center section in-transom storage compartment.
A pair of Ultra Comfort slide and swivel helm seats for the driver and passenger may be optionally upgraded with forward flip-up bolsters. The driver and passenger helm consoles, both with a molded-in footrest, feature a hand-stitched and wrapped visor with storage within the console on the driver’s side and a glove box on the passenger side. Access to storage within the passenger console is optionally available.
A polished spoke steering wheel along with digital instrumentation, hour meter, and 12-volt plug are standard as is a Sirius satellite ready, Bluetooth compatible Premium stereo with auxiliary port. Four co-axial speakers are standard and this system may be upgraded to a Clarion unit which adds a transom remote. The optional in-dash Garmin GPSMap 742XS seven-inch screen with sonar would make a great addition to your 21 H2O OB Sport as would the Sea Star hydraulic steering with a tilt helm.
The in-floor storage compartment located between the two helm seats is ideal for watersports accessories such as waterskis and wakeboards. It offers a rubber mat to assist drainage. A wrap-around windshield with extending side wings and centre walk-thru provides access to the bow seating area. Full wrap-around seating is provided with high backrest bolsters. Storage is provided beneath both side seat cushions.
All seat cushions are of Starlite with water drainage system and upholstered with Premium Expanded vinyl with stain resistant topcoat. Interior colour packages in Mocha and Sterling are available. A bow anchor locker with lid is standard as are cockpit side panels with coaming storage, LED courtesy lighting, eight stainless steel drinkholders, plus a black powder coated tandem axle trailer with swing-away tongue and tongue jack.
An all-white boat is standard with graphics to match the interior colour or you may choose from six wide band hullside colours, add SX graphics, and/or a black hull bottom. Power is available from Mercury or Yamaha 150 or 200 horsepower motors, or alternatively a Mercury 115 horsepower outboard.
Notable optional equipment includes a manually folding Velocity arch tower or an electrically folding EFX II tower, either available in black or white and with or without tower top canvas. You may also want cockpit, bow, and mooring covers and without an arch, a bimini top with boot. You can add board racks or Diamondback swivelling racks to the tower. A black or white powder coated ski tow is also available.
You may also want Beach Weave snap-in floor covering, Reflex swim platform mat, a bow walk-thru door, bow filler cushion, docking lights, pull-up mooring cleats, trailer upgrades, and even an air pump and an anchor. A Deluxe Package includes several of the above single upgrade options.
Chaparral’s H2O bowrider series has long been a popular staple for this builder and adding outboard power to the mix only adds flexibility and increased choices for you to be able to maximize your on-water enjoyment.
|Dry weight:||2,800 lbs||1,270 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||40 US gals||151 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury or Yamaha Outboard|