Review: Chaparral 327 SSX Bowrider

Chaparral’s well-appointed 327 SSX features a roomy cabin with an L-shaped lounge that converts to a double bunk, a galley with (optional) microwave, an enclosed head with shower and even a cedar-lined hanging locker. The cabin design, which makes good use of the hull’s generously deep deadrise and large consoles, actually has a patent pending.

The 327—the largest in Chaparral’s SSX line—also boasts 3 coolers, a stereo, cavernous storage for everything from clothing and tow toys to SCUBA gear, and seating for a dozen or more people.

Power is a pair of dual-prop, 300- to 430-hp gas V8 inboard/outboard engines from MerCruiser or Volvo for cruising speeds in the 30s and above.

The boat’s size and deep deadrise make the 327 capable and safe in open water, while the Extended V-Plane hull helps it accelerate with minimum bow rise and run efficiently at speeds in the teens when towing inflatables.

A standard hardtop shields the double-wide helm and companion seats and the forward end of the L-shaped cockpit lounge. The center section of the lounge and the aft-facing seat behind it convert to a sun lounge. A wet bar behind the helm seat is optional, as is a gas grill on the swim platform.


  • LOA: 32’ 6”
  • Beam: 10’
  • Draft: 23” (drive up)/38.5” (drive down)
  • Weight: 10,200 lbs.
  • Fuel: 150 gals.
  • Water: 25 gals.
  • Waste: 15 gals.
  • Max power: 860 hp (twin I/O)
  • Bridge Clearance: 9’ 10”
  • Base price w/ twin 300-hp Mercury V8 5.7L 350 Mag DTS (Catalyst) gas engines and Bravo 3 dual-propeller outdrives: $209,932

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