2021 Chaparral 287 SSX Review

Do the phrases “premium bowrider,” “yacht certified,” and “room for the whole family” get you grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ a sweet tater?

If so, the Chaparral 287 SSX may be the right boat for you!

Known in the boating world as “the Lexus of stern drives,” Chaparral produces various boats, from a small 19-foot runabout measuring to the luxurious 347 SSX. The 287 SSX falls right in the middle, making it the perfect combination of elegance and convenience.

One thing Chaparral is widely known for is its superior quality inside and out. The interior boasts dura-glide upholstery, a thick, durable material that bounces back, is puncture-proof and stain-proof. The moment you take a seat inside the 287 SSX, you will immediately notice the ergonomic dual-density foam providing a soft but supportive ride for all of your passengers, including the captain!

The hull is Kevlar-reinforced to provide a smooth ride for those rough water days. And the dash features a large stainless steel-capped windshield to provide full visibility and protection against the elements.

Now, what would Chaparral be without some innovative features? Here are some highlights:

Infinity power step built into the rear platform providing a comfortable two steps in and out of the boat without having to climb in on your knees

Wow! That’s a lot of features. If that was not enough, all of our 287’s come optioned with a premium power tower. Our video review displays the EFX folding electric arch tower complete with an oversized bimini top that is snug and does not flap in the wind. The tower is easy to stow with a simple press of a button.

At A Glance:

  • 28-ft overall length 
  • 8.5-ft wide beam
  • 22 degrees in deadrise
  • Yacht certified 
  • Holds 80 gal fuel
  • Volvo 6.2L 350 horsepower stern drive
  • Large back platform and other spacious social spots in the boat 
  • Upgraded JL audio system
  • Dual 7-inch Simrad touch screen displays on the dash
  • Digital Volvo EVC shifting throttle
  • Stainless steel rocker switches
  • Fold-out bow ladder for boarding from the beach
  • 3-wide seat across the back that is convertible to a sun pad
  • Built-in table and coolers
  • Abundant storage, plus storage within storage!

The Chaparral 287 SSX is a dream to drive. With nimble handling and elegant rolling turns, this boat provides an extraordinary on-the-water experience for everyone on board, including the captain. Come in today to our Westover, Lake Martin, or Chattanooga boat dealerships to see this luxurious bowrider in person.

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