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Larryo

RO# 6582

Posted - Jun 23 2012 :  08:05:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All,

I was considering a 310 Signature and noticed that a lot of them only have a 5.0 engines, and wondering if that is a bit underpowered for a 31 ft (12000 lb) boat. Comments.

Then I started looking at the 290, which actually looks pretty nice, and would be a lot peppier with the same 5.0 engines that a lot of them have.

Any comments about what Im giving up in the 310 other that just a bit more room.

Another thing.... I see that the deadrise is only 18 in both boats (I think). How would they ride in chop compared to the Sundancer which is the other boat I'm looking at.
Larry
270 Sundancer

Homeport: Madiera Beach, Florida

TheGreatEscapeII

RO# 28606



Posted - Jun 27 2012 :  13:10:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry what years are you looking at? The older 290's have been renamed 310's. 5.0's on the 290 are great no concerns about power.

Captain Joey
TowBoatUS Captain - Lake Lanier
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2005 Chaparral Signature 240

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jeffk

RO# 2093



Posted - Jul 16 2013 :  22:18:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just took delivery of a 310.
I had a sig 280 which is the same size as the 310.
I had 4.3s in it and with 6 adults, I had no trouble getting on plane.
I hit 43mph on the gps consistently.
My 310 has 5.0 engines and will snap your head back when you push the throttles down.
I have not had it wide open throttle for too long but I got it up to 48mph




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Billylll

RO# 24494

Posted - Jul 17 2013 :  07:13:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jeffk

I just took delivery of a 310.
I had a sig 280 which is the same size as the 310.
I had 4.3s in it and with 6 adults, I had no trouble getting on plane.
I hit 43mph on the gps consistently.
My 310 has 5.0 engines and will snap your head back when you push the throttles down.
I have not had it wide open throttle for too long but I got it up to 48mph




Now that's impressive!
Certainly not under powered.
Bill


Bill Lentz
Little Egg, N.J.

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pgilbert

RO# 17740

Posted - Jul 19 2013 :  05:53:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As stated above, it depends on the year of the boat. My former 2005 Chap 310 had 5.7's which were great. I have friends that had the same boat with the 5.0 and they were not satisfied. The newer 310 is basically the older 290 with a molded swim platform. When discussing Chaparrals, you really need to know the year of the boat.

Phil G
2005 Chaparral 310

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jeffk

RO# 2093



Posted - Jul 21 2013 :  16:00:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was very surprised.
I had my brother and sister in law on the boat.
Lets just say they are large people.
With their kids and my wife and full gas it jumped right up.
Aren't the 280-290-310 essentially the same length?
I believe the 280 for various reasons is lighter.
I think my 310 has much more bow rise than my 280.
jk



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littlebookworm

RO# 27413

Posted - Jul 22 2013 :  09:31:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry: Why don't you swing over to the Chaparral Owners forum. You'll be able to contact more Chaparral owners, and the manufacturer, there. I was an active member until last season, when we replaced our Chaparral with a Cruisers. The Chaparral, a Signature 240, was a great boat. We thought long and hard about selling, and only did so because our daughter and son-in-law gave us their 33' Cruisers when they got a bigger boat. I still drop in on the forum from time to time. Good luck with your purchase. Hy


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