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Capt Skup Posted - Jan 27 2011 : 20:16:31
Been a long time since I posted on Boatered but here goes. I had to sell my much beloved 1999 SeaRay 215 Express Cruiser due to death in family. Back on my feet now and shopping for a nice, lightly used quality boat. Found a 2004 Chaparral 240 Sig with 125 hours on the Volvo Penta 5.0 duo prop. Boat looks in great shape, lift kept and covered. Optioned with shore power, a/c-heat, fridge, wet bath, hot water heater, microwave, etc.... Asking $35,900. My concern. Lots of stuff on a short hull. Second berth, heavy options. Will 260 hp be enough to get it out of the hole and up on plane? Cockpit floor sure looks pretty high up there, long way to waterline. Kind of compact. The only downside of our great 215Ec was ability to carry friends. Cockpit could only accomodate maybe 6 people. Looked at Sundecks, much more room same hull length, but no foul weather protection. Guess it is a tradeoof. Coming from a long time SeaRay owner, will I be disappointed in Chaparral quality? Solid hull, no chopped fiberglass, no cheap filler, solid hull deck joint????
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littlebookworm Posted - Jan 27 2011 : 22:08:53
We have a 2000 Sig 240 with a Mercruiser 5.0 EFI. Though we've only had it one season, we've found the power more than enough to quickly get on plane. Your engine is more powerful so I think you'll be fine. If you want a great deal of info and experience-based advance, shoot over to the Chaparral Owners Forum on Yahoo. Chaparrals are well-built, solid boats. The only negative in design I've found so far is that the cabin table isn't built for average people. It's built for size zero to two people. We turn it around to get in easily. We do love our boat, however. It's rides beautifully and handles well. Get a survey before you buy; it's money well-spent. See you on the forum. Look for Lady M. Hy

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