Having shopped for boats, you already know that they’re segregated by the type of activity you prefer—skiing, wakeboarding, cruising. Then there are crossover boats designed to do a couple of things well, which is where Chaparral’s new 227 SSX fits in. But the 327 SSX doesn’t end up in the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none category. It really is an excellent day-boating runabout, on which a couple could spend the night if they so chose.
As a day boat, the 327 SSX offers a huge amount of cockpit space and gobs of stowage, including a self-draining in-sole locker. The self-draining cockpit liner is a nice complement to the swim platform, which alone comes with almost as many features as some entire boats. It has a wet stowage locker to port that can double as a cooler, and a three-step telescoping swim ladder to starboard.
Each hatch is supported by a gas-assist strut. In addition the aft platform has a cavernous locker on the port side that’s ideal for stowing fenders and shorepower cords. The center bench seat is equipped with stereo controls, cupholders, and grab handles, though you wouldn’t want to sit there when under way. The platform bench also folds flat electrically to form a rear sun pad, combined with the rear cockpit lounge.
In the cockpit the standard dinette table sets up quickly, and there’s LED lighting to help set the mood for those sunset wine and cheese parties. In standard trim, the 327 SSX comes with a bow ice chest that drains overboard and a removable 36-quart Igloo cooler beneath the passenger’s lounge, but the brushed-stainless refrigerator that fits neatly under the starboard-side wet bar is a nifty option.
When the sun goes down, step inside the cabin and fold down the starboard lounge to create a berth just wide enough for two. The cabin is fitted with a microwave, a flat-screen television, a hanging locker, and a head that comes standard with a shower, sink and vacuum-flush commode.
At dawn you can watch the sun come up from the bow, which has a double-wide lounge to starboard and room for one more to port. The bow area also is fitted with another table, with a Corian surface and cupholders. There’s more stowage under the seats, plus another in-sole locker. The anchor locker can be fitted with an optional windlass with 200’ of rope and 30’ of chain.
Base MSRP for the 327 SSX with twin 300-horsepower MerCruiser 5.7-liter V8’s and twin-prop Bravo Three drives is $209,932. Big-block power also is available, but those engines add a fair amount of weight and nearly $30,000 to the price.
Sure it’s great to own a boat that does one thing well, but with Chaparral’s new 327 SSX you get a better hybrid—one that fulfils those multi-purpose desires.
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