Boat Reviews By Owners
1985 -- 17' 8" CHAPPARRAL
Cockpit: This was my first boat, and last Chapparral. Cheezey upholstered interior, shows great at the boat show, watch it crap out in 2 years. I spent more time cleaning and maintaining this vessel than I did in cruising in it.
Cabin: No cabin
Construction: Gelcoat & fiberglass construction OK, structural deck wood is ALL INTERIOR GRADE PLYWOOD or just untreated yellow pine, no encapsulation. Cheap upholstered seats, bases rotted out as well as backing for interior coamings. I totally gutted this vessel, including the engine, and rebuilt as much as I could to fish it.
Handling: Fair enough for what she was designed to do, fresh water pleasure cruising. No structural stress cracks after 20 years of hard boating, some cosmetic stress cracks. This boat is nothing like it was when sold new, I have overhauled it substantially.
Engine Room: Originally powered with the Merc 470 I/O, it stranded me offshore after less than 300 hours. Poor engine design, I jerked it and rebuilt the transom to support a 200 Johnson OB on a 29" Stainless marine OB bracket. Much better performance, floats higher than it did with the 470 I/O. Now she is a decent bay boat, but the engine is thirsty. Added 23 gallons underdeck fuel tank to the 25 gallons which came stock. She is FAST but not efficient.
General Comments: This vessel is now used for inshore and light offshore fishing, not suited well to either, but serviceable. Don't buy a Chapparral.
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Date Submitted: 2005-02-13
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