2006 Chaparral 246 SSi

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Class Power
Category Runabouts, Bowrider
Year 2006
Make Chaparral
Length 25'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Gas
Location North Miami, FL

The246 SSi is right in the middle of Chaparral's sportboat line, and it's a great example of how Chaparral approaches the mid-sized to large runabout category.

The first thing to know is that with Chaparral you're getting an upscale product. It's going to cost a little more than the high-volume low-price brands, but it's also going to feel better in the water, have a better fit and finish and stand up to abuse longer. So in the end it's money well spent.

In the case of the 246 SSi, you're looking at what we consider to be the beginning of the larger end of the runabout market. In most cases, larger means more of everything, including a barrage of flashy features that some people can take or leave. The standard amenities are more than adequate for most tastes, and the quality of all the standard features is a cut above what you'd find on many other brands.

For example, the twin Dura-Flex bucket seats are designed to absorb the shock of running through rough seas while also offering lumbar support. The seats also have flip-up bolsters, built-in headrests and stainless steel mechanisms for long life and durability.

Storage is also top notch with carpeted areas under hinged seats in the bow and a glassed-in cooler with a drain in the forward center of the bow. Both sides of the sunpad open like a pair of wings to reveal large glassed-in storage areas with drains more than enough room for all your drinks, snacks and food. And, if you want to have a picnic ashore, there's even a standard carry-on cooler with dedicated storage under the rear port bench seat.

Passenger seating in the cockpit is roomy and comfortable with a large U-shaped wrap-around lounge and a small center section comes out for convenient access to the walk-through transom. At the transom you'll find a large extended swim platform with a top-folding boarding ladder (and there's another one at the bow to make shore landings easier).

Because this is a larger bowrider, Chaparral had plenty of room to build in a refreshment center and a large enclosed head. The refreshment center, located behind the driver's chair, has a polished stainless steel sink and pressurized faucet as well as an integrated cooler under the countertop.

The head, located in the port console, comes standard with a Porta Potti and an opening portlight as well as interior lighting. Because it's so roomy, the head can also double as a changing room.


For power this boat has the 280 hp 5.7 Gi Volvo Penta with a DP-S drive spinning a three-blade stainless steel F4 prop set. 

It will get out of the hole and onto plane in 3.4 seconds and it's  0- to 30-mph time is 6.7 seconds. These are good acceleration results, which points to an enhanced watersports experience.

At wide-open throttle she boast a top speed of 47.3 mph at 5,000 rpm, which is right where this engine likes to hum. Top-speed range should be about 117 miles and the sound level is 90 dBa at top speed.

The most efficient cruising speed is 26.1 mph at 3,000 rpm, which yields about 214 miles of cruising range. The sound level at cruising is only 82 dBa, which is excellent and is a testament to how Chaparral builds boats.

With this engine the 246 offers a smooth and solid ride that was still fun to get a little heavy-handed on the throttle. There's no concern about making aggressive maneuvers at speed.  Cruising at about 30 mph and opening it up to power through a hard turn here and there is even more fun. The 22-degree deadrise (at the transom) cuts through like the chop doesn't exist.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Max Draft
Dry Weight
Engine Make Volvo
Engine Model 5.7 OSi
Engine Year 2006
Total Power 280hp
Engine Hours 485
Engine Type Other
Fuel Type Gas
Hull Shape Deep Vee
Hull Warranty 5 year
2006 Chaparral 246 SSi

The 246 SSi bowrider, has exceptional features such as wrap-around bow seating, bow storage with an ice chest, cockpit galley including a sink, faucet, ice chest storage, and pressure water. The walk-thru transom allows easy access to the standard activity platform and the aft sun lounge is perfect for relaxing. Add on the optional wakeboard tower with speakers and you are tricked-out for the weekend.

This boat is easy to see, located in North Miami.  Recently detailed and priced aggressively, this boat is ready for her new owner.

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