Chaparral 280 SSi


Name: 280 SSi
Length: 28
Hull Type: Deep-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 143 gals.
Model Years: 1999—2006
Draft: 2'11"
Beam: 9'3"
Water Capacity: 30 gals.
Waste Capacity: 9.5 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
The Chaparral 280 SSi was among the most popular big bowriders available following her introduction in 1999 thanks to an enviable blend of smart styling, first-rate construction and excellent performance. Built on a deep-V hull, the 280’s versatile cockpit layout—with its comfortable seating and luxury appointments—is one of her most compelling features. The galley is fitted with a sink, pressure water and refrigerator, and the enclosed head compartment comes complete with a sink, storage bin and opening port for ventilation. A walk-through transom provides easy access to the swim platform, and the helm is thoughtfully designed with additional electronics in mind. Forward, the bow seating area is arranged with hinged seat storage, gunwale drink holders and a spacious in-floor ski locker. Flush-mount bi-fold doors separate the cockpit from the bow to reduce the effects of wind while driving at higher speeds. Recessed trim tabs are standard, and a radar arch and extended swim platform have been popular options. A good performer, twin 300hp Volvo sterndrive engines cruise the 280 SSi at 30 knots and reach a top speed in excess of 50 knots.


Broad-beamed bowrider earns high marks for first-rate construction, comfortable layout, good all-around performance.


Highlights include wraparound cockpit seating, full-featured galley with refrigerator, enclosed head with a sink and opening port. Note bi-fold wind doors, in-floor ski storage, stylish dash layout. More storage than most 28-footers.


Sport arch, extended swim platform were popular options. Good-selling model for Chaparral.


Twin 260hp Volvo I/Os reach a top speed in excess of 45 knots.

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