Price: Sold

Talk about a well maintained boat. This 246 is going to cruise through the chop like no other while giving you and your crew enough room for all your friends and gear. Upgrades all over and more horsepower than the boats needs. Come check out this great Chaparral! Financing available!

The 2008 246 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. 

Don't take this to mean that the base-model 246 is in any way lacking — nothing could be further from the truth. 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.


ColorBlack & White
Boat length24' 6"
Interior width102"
Drive typeStern Drive
Engine makeMercruiser