John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Chaparral SSi 256
Length overall  26' 5"
Beam  8' 6"
Draft  36"
Weight  5,275 lb
Deadrise22.5 degress
Fuel 80 gals/ Water10 gals
Waste  3.8 gals
Base Price  $62,000 w/ 300-hp Volvo 5.7

Chaparral's SSi 256 Sportboat is a bow rider built for big water. Its length, beam and 22.5-degree transom deadrise and "extended V-plane" hull can handle a rough chop by allowing the skipper to slow down yet stay on plane. The bow and aft cockpits both have plenty of vinyl/foam seat cushions. The aft cockpit also features a U-shaped lounge with an insert for an internal sunpad. There's another sunpad over the engine, with a deep storage locker on either side. Pull-up center-line cushions give access to a walkway that leads to the swim platform. Power is a single MerCruiser or Volvo 300- to 375-hp engine turning a dual-propeller outdrive. Chaparral Boats, Nashville, Ga.; 229-686-7481;­