2021 Chaparral 287 SSX Boat Review And Walkthrough

Join Boat Trader and Lenny Rudow for a quick walkthrough of a 2021 Chaparral 287 SSX runabout boat in the video below.

Vessel Overview

With an open, spacious cockpit design and an extended v-plane hull this big runabout boat comes outfitted with hinged storage and hand-stitched vinyl seating throughout her comfortable cockpit, making her a great family day boat. She features a modern helm with a glass dash and dual display with touchscreen and push button operation, along with bucket seats. On the stern of the vessel is a big luxurious swim platform that features a motorized extension that turns into 3 steps for easy access to water. The transom bench seat converts into a huge sun lounger making this 28-foot runabout boat a family favorite for enjoying fun in the sun and playing on the water.

2021 Chaparral 287 SSX Runabout Boat

Above: A 2021 Chaparral 287 SSX runabout boat underway. Photo via Lakeside Marina in Oshkosh, WI

Hull Design

Her extended v-plane hull gives her more running surface coupled with tight aft hull corners that help deliver excellent turns and gives her an overall sports-car-like feel behind the wheel. A forward keel that is designed to cut through the water helps deliver quick acceleration (optional power packages noted below) and deliver a smooth ride.

Cockpit Design And Standard Features

The cockpit on the 287 SSX features an integrated cockpit drainage system, stainless steel hardware, stain-resistant upholstery and custom hand wrapped helm consoles. The 287 SSX comes standard with an enclosed fiberglass head compartment that you can outfit with an optional electric head with overboard discharge, or a pump-out Porta-Pottie. Cockpit LED lighting is also standard on the Chapparal making for great ambiance onboard. Stainless steel drink holder grab handles and bow rails offer stylish safe support when moving around.

Bow Area

Bow cushions are hinged with storage underneath and there is an insulated bow chest standard on this boat, which is a great feature for keeping those drinks cold when you’re out there cruising with friends and family.

At The Helm

The helm of the 287 SSX is a modern affair. With a glass dashboard and dual display system featuring twin 7″ touch screen Simrads and well-marked push button controls she will be easy to operate for most captains. Touchscreen control of sonar, radar, autopilot and accessories are integrated along with industry-standard connectivity to engines, sound systems and automatic routing support, plus easy trip planning with TripIntel. Seating at the helm for both captain and co-pilot is comprised of nice bucket seats with a cooler underneath and the captain will enjoy a custom leather steering wheel with a protective cover.

Aft Deck

Aft bench seating with reversible backrest system that manually converts from double bench to a sun lounger on the transom is a standard, defining feature of this boat.

Propulsion System And Power Options

Power packages range from a Mercury 6.2L DTS 2.20 Bravo 3 350 HP Catalyst up to a Mercury 8.2L HO DTS 2.00 Bravo 3X 430 HP Catalyst, or if your prefer Volvo engines she can be outfitted with a Volvo V-8 350 Gen V EVC 2.32 DP 350 HP Catalyst up to a Volvo V-8 EVC-E 2.32 DP 430 HP Catalyst. Volvos and Mercury engines between those HP ratings are offered as well.


LOA w/ Swim Platform: 28′
Beam: 8’6″
Draft Up: 23″
Bridge Clearance: 5’4″
Deadrise: 22°
Fuel Capacity: 80 gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 3.8 gallons
Water Capacity: 15 gallons
Max HP: 430 HP
Dry Weight w/ Engines: 5,500 lbs.
Passenger Capacity (NMMA): Yacht Certified

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Written by: Ryan McVinney

C. Ryan McVinney is a film director, writer and producer. As an experienced boater he regularly produces and directs on-the-water video shoots for major boat manufacturers, yacht brokers and dealers, as well as independent film and media companies. He is president of the National Soho House Film Club with chapters in Miami, FL, Manhattan, NY and Los Angeles, CA and regularly contributes content to YachtWorld, boats.com and Boat Trader.