Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Chaparral calls its 300 OSX “The Ultimate Entertainer” and it’s easy to see why. As a sporty daycruiser it is loaded with an exceptional list of standard equipment to make entertaining easy, comfortable, and luxurious, regardless of your definition of entertaining.
That standard equipment list even includes some unusual items like an oversize fiberglass hardtop mounted on your choice of white or black powder coated aluminum frame, twin Simrad nine-inch multifunction touch displays at the helm with GPS, chartplotter, WiFi, and digital engine gauges and data, and a triple-wide helm seat with fold-down armrests and footrests and, wait for it, a unique mounting system that pivots to create a full cockpit surround seating arrangement. This is just the start of the long standard equipment list.
The single level cockpit floor provides easy access on the port side of the helm, and an opening windshield provides access to the large bow entertainment area with forward-facing lounges and fold-down armrests. Comfortable high-back bolster padding completes the U-shaped seating around the bow. A standard portable table enhances this area, as does a 140-quart built-in insulated cooler under the bow seat cushion. An optional filler cushion makes this bow area into one large sunpad.
In the portside aft cockpit is an L-shaped seat with storage for a standard 25-quart carry-on cooler. The stern portion of this seat facing the swim platform is the same setup to create duplicate aft-facing triple seating known as Chaparral’s Vista View Lounge. Both the forward-facing and aft-facing portions have their own seatback that pivots electronically to provide forward or aft-facing lounge seating or a full sunlounge the size of a queen bed. And it’s all standard equipment.
A starboard hullside cockpit door eases entry from the dock, and with the portable swim ladder entry from the water is easy. Entering the 300 OSX via the full beam swim platform is also accommodated by extended platform side wings with ample room ahead of the motors to enter the cockpit. A hideaway telescoping boarding ladder is on the starboard platform side.
The functional yet stylish helm has a hand-stitched visor and sporty tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with standard Sea Star hydraulic power-assist steering. The helm is located almost precisely dead-centre within the 300 OSX – almost like a centre console – with the driver getting the middle of the aforementioned triple-wide seating. Ahead of the steering wheel and mounted on black aluminum dash panels is the Yamaha Helm Master readout with programmable Simrad touch screens to the left and right.
To the left of the steering wheel binnacle is the helm stereo remote, and to the right are the keypads for twin Yamaha 300 horsepower outboards in standard grey or optional white with available digital electric steering and Joystick control. Further right are the backlit trim tab controls. At the base of the helm console is a molded-in full-width footrest. The overhead bonded skylight comes with three built-in shading possibilities.
On the starboard side of the console is a lockable opaque sliding door providing access to the combined sleeping cabin/head/change compartment below deck. This functional cabin provides a forward berth, teak flooring, vanity with sink and storage, and behind a bulkhead with hinged opening door, a slide-out electric porcelain toilet with holding tank and level indicator. Twelve-volt cabin air conditioning is available.
The 300 OSX features a Kevlar reinforced hull with composite construction including the transom and utilizes blister-resistant resin. It is designed with a seldom mentioned but laudable extremely deep-vee 22-degree deadrise hull which should provide the smoothest of rides when the going gets rough.
Additional notable standard equipment includes a Premium Bluetooth-compatible AM/FM stereo with weather band, USB auxiliary port, six speakers with blue LED lighting, transom remote, as well as a Sirius Satellite tuner, anchor windlass, shore power, 3-bank battery charger, two-speed windshield wiper, and a waterproof wireless charging dock.
Storage aboard the 300 OSX is more than plentiful and of course, being outboard powered, makes available a huge cockpit storage compartment with electric hatch lift that Chaparral calls the Accessory Room. LED courtesy lighting brightens the compartment as well as the one beneath the stern seating. The cockpit gets blue LED courtesy lighting. You can choose from seven choices of wideband hullside gelcoat colours plus, five choices of upholstery accenting colours, and another seven choices of interior colour packages.
Additional notable optional equipment includes bow and cockpit covers, two choices of hardtop enclosure packages, powered SureShade aft cockpit canvas, colour-matching of underside of hardtop, JL Premium audio system upgrade, snap-in Premium Beach Weave or Seadek cockpit flooring, teak for cockpit table, a black, dune, or slate wetbar with sink, refrigerator, and storage mounted immediately aft of helm seats and thus eliminating their pivoting capabilities. You may also choose blue LED underwater lighting, Plasdeck swim platform covering, hull bottom colour, side graphics treatments, and finally a custom aluminum tri-axle trailer.
The 300 OSX certainly lives up to Chaparral’s claim as “The Ultimate Entertainer” as a smooth, sporty, and fast daycruiser loaded with features and with plenty of accommodation as well as weekender capabilities.
|Dry weight:||8,500 lbs||3,856 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||170 US gal||644 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 700|