Chaparral’s 236 SSi or 236 SSX —

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Chaparral 236

Of course the big difference in these boats is the head in the SSX which is located in the companion console. Chaparral has cut away the top of the door to make entering easier. A Porta-Potti, opening port light with screen and lighting is standard in the SSX head. We like the head and think that it greatly increases the utility of the boat. The SSX comes with a cockpit table standard, and you should note the wide hinged hatch in the cockpit sole for wakeboards, skis and other stuff. This hatch is wider in the SSX version, so if you have wakeboards, you need to take measurements.

We like this optional table available on the SSi. Is that a stud piercing in the blonde’s naval? (We know, we’re so yesterday!)

The “L”-shaped seating in the SSX makes way for the transom walk-thru which we like, but of course to have that you give up a seating position or two as found in the SSi “U”-shaped arrangement. We like the sink and small counter that Chaparral has installed just abaft the companion seat in the SSX model, using space that would otherwise be wasted.


If you are tired of getting down on your hands and knees to figure out where the helm and companion seat adjustments are, then you will want to go for the optional premium bucket seats with “Exclusive” seat controls in the arms of the seat – for both swivel and fore and aft adjustments. Another option we like is the optional transom shower available only on the SSX. The pressure water system is standard for the sink.

We have mentioned a few options along the way, but both the SSi and SSX offer a laundry list of options and they are not the same. (Nor is their standard equipment list the same.) For example, there is a beautifully-styled white powder coated aluminum arch for towing — and whatever else you want to put on it — available on the SSX. Before buying either of these boats one should take a good look at the options because there are some interesting possibilities on both boats.

Chaparral is smart enough to realize that buyers of this boat aren’t going to want to just go for a ride; they want to go for a ride . So rather than start their package offerings with a 5.0L engine, to keep the price down, and jack you with more powerful engines that everyone would need, Chaparral cuts right to the chase. Their engine options are five 5.7L and one 6.2L on the SSI. You can choose either MerCruiser or Volvo both of which top out at 320HP. You can also have your choice of single prop or dual props on the SSi.

Chaparral 236

On the SSX you have six engine options starting with three 5.7L 300-hp engines configurations, one 6.2L 320-hp option, and two 8.1L 375-hp options. All six come with dual props, either Duo Prop from Volvo Penta, or Bravo III from Mercury.

Specs and Prices

The Chaparral 236SSi has a LOA of 24’ 1” and a beam of 8’ 6”. Dry weight is approx. 4,350 lbs and she holds 55 gallons of fuel. Chaparral prices the standard 236SSi at $50,883 with the 5.7L Volvo 5.7L Gi MPI 300-hp SX engine. The SSX with the Duo Prop 5.7L Gi MPI 300-hp Volvo Penta rig is $56,300.

Everyone prefers the easier handling and maneuvering that is provided by the dual prop lower unit, so it is just a matter of price and the relative merits of the SSX and SSi layout for your application. We recommend that you go see the boats for yourself and discover which one you feel more comfortable in.

Chaparral 236

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