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  1. Ljn21

    Which one? 226 SSI vs 243 VRX

    Of course, my luck, I had to travel for work until this morning and they sold the 226 on Wednesday. There is another 226 with even lower hours about the same distance away, opposite direction but it only has the 270HP engine vs the 300 in the one that sold. Thoughts on how the 270HP would do compared to the 300?
  2. Ljn21

    Bottom Paint - Interlux VC-17 or Pettit Vivid??

    Really dumb/newb question...how do you support the boat to paint the bottom? How do you paint where the supports or straps are holding the boat. Had the same question about waxing/polishing. Do you do what can and then reposition and finish?
  3. Ljn21

    Which one? 226 SSI vs 243 VRX

    Really appreciate all the replies and advice, some really good info and thoughts you all shared! Leaning towards the 226 SSI. Is there a service manual available for Volvo engines and drives? I have alwsys had Mercury (outboards) and liked having the service manual to trouble shoot and do own maintenance, torque values, etc.
  4. Ljn21

    Which one? 226 SSI vs 243 VRX

    Very good feedback and totally agree. Challenge for us is that both boats are about 4 hours drive one way away which makes going back for multiple tripa an issue. I dont mind so much for mt boss does Models themselves aside, thoughts on a traditional drive vs jet drive? Do the new boats with the lateral thrust jet system really solve the slow speed challenges?
  5. Ljn21

    Which one? 226 SSI vs 243 VRX

    Hi Everyone Getting back into the boating world and looking for our first family boat in awhile. Come from bass boats and Fish/Ski type boats with outboards so this is unfamiliar territory for me. We are a family of 4, 2 kids age 4 and 6, will be used on freshwater/inland lakes only. Narrowed my brand preference down to Chaparral but have two choices. A 2014 226 SSI with the Volvo 5.7/300HP or a 2015 243VRX with the twin 200HP rotax engines. The VRX has a tower so while we are young for wakeboarding or skiing, we could grow into it. The 226 doesnt have a tower. We also envision the kids spending alot of time swimming and jumping off the rear swim platform so the lack of a drive/prop for them to get caught on is something we have thought of as well. I like the thought of more traditional engine though and would probably have a Captain Call exhaust installed to fill my sports car gap since having kids lol. I am concerned about low speed handling of the jet boat as well and the lack of a glovebox on the VRX is bothering me...where do you through your keys, phone, wallet, etc without a glovebox?? Looking for opinions on both the 226 and VRX. Good, bad, ugly. Also, 226 is at $44500, VRX is at $45000, thoughts on pricing? Appreciate any insights the group has and looking forward to joining the Chaparral family one way or another!