Just purchased a 2002 Chapparel 260 SSi last weekend. Upgraded from our first boat which was a 2000 Crownline 180. We weren't looking for a boat this big but it is a sweet boat and only has 340 hours on the Vovlo 5.7 Gxi. The 5.7 is probably a little underpowered for this large a boat but we don't do any watersports except for some occasional tubbing and the lake we go to, Lewis and Clark in Yankton SD, isn't t that big. So far I have been impressed with the quality of the Chapparel in comparison to the other boats we looked at. The only issue I see with this is the Vovlo power plant. There aren't a lot of places around here that work on them but then again I like to do all of my own maintenance. I've heard that Vovlo's are easier to work on but the parts are a bit more expensive. Oh well I like the challenge of learning something new.
I belong to the Crownline HQ forum and when I bought the Chapparel I went looking for their forum. There appears to be a lot of good information and a lot of knowledgable people on here!!