The 2024 Chaparral 23 SSi Powerboat

Optimize Colorado’s cruising season with a stylish 2024 Chaparral 23 SSi, a power boat suitable for towing a tube or relaxing with family on a reservoir trip.

2024 Chaparral 23 SSi
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The Colorado powerboating community makes the most of a short waterskiing and cruising calendar with summertime action at Front Range reservoirs, plus Lake Dillon and Grand Lake. And while high-end modern watercrafts can rival private aircraft prices, Georgia’s Chaparral offers an approachable range of outboard and inboard options sold through the brand’s new local dealer, Tommy’s Boats in Golden.

A good entry point for waterskiing and tubing is the 23 SSi sport boat, a versatile, multipurpose 23-footer with an 8-foot 6-inch beam and a nearly 1,800-pound, 13-passenger capacity. The $70,000 (including trailer) stern-drive SSi features a 250-horsepower 4.5-liter Mercury motor as its standard option, though a V-6 or even V-8 Volvo Penta is more popular for our high-altitude environment.

The SSi’s smartest feature is its adaptable array of seating, with a reversible chaise lounge in the rear and loads of room for the kids in the bow. There are also infinite waterproof storage spaces and built-in coolers, as well as a slip-proof swimming deck and a fold-out boarding ladder. Depending on your needs, the SSI can be upgraded with everything from power-deployable waterskiing and wakeboarding arch towers to Simrad touchscreen navigational electronics.

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Given that a Colorado boat is going to spend some long winters in storage when not out in the sun on a lake, Chaparral now features upholstery made from SiO silicone, which will add extra seasonal resilience and comfort for your many summer outings. The 23 SSi also comes with a lifetime limited hull warranty and a five-year limited component warranty.