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After years of messing around with 19-20' bowriders and flat bottoms jets the Admiral put her foot down and made me get a respectable boat. Being a supreme penny pincher and do it yourselfer, I wasn't about to pay full price for anything, particularly because the mandate was for a 24' deck boat with an extended swim platform and side entrance. Dual captains seats were also high on the list. After looking at every deck boat for sale in the Lake Norman area, I had it narrowed down to a 2002 Sunesta 243. The Boat Rack had a near perfect match that would have set me back 20 deers without a trailer. It sold the day we went in to buy it. The search resumed and I cam across a 2002 Sunesta 243 that the seller said was in rough shape and needed to be gone through. No problem, I'm all about saving a little and making it up with some sweat equity. I gave them a lowball offer and didn't hear back for a couple of weeks. I figured they were ignoring my offer until the finally called back and told me to come pick it up... for 9.5 deer! On top of that, the dealer that was storing it had just gone through and fixed all of the mechanical issues including new batteries and an external water pick up. She passed the sea trial with flying colors, everything worked. The only issues I could find were a pretty good layer of oxidation on the hull and a pretty dirty interior. One captains seat was missing the back and one of the seat cushions was in bad shape. I ended up scoring a pair of replacement captains seats out of a 2003 243 that are in great shape so now all I need is one cushion reskinned and a good buff and polish on the hull. Never thought I would be a Chaparral owner, but I am very pleased with the purchase. Oh yeah, as an added bonus, she's equipped with a 350 Mag and B3 drive with a grand total of 140 hours! One last thing, since our practically brand new 2015 Pilot had no chance of towing the new toy, I also ended up trading the tow rig in for a 2015 Dodge Durango RT AWD in all black. And none of it was my idea! Anyhow, I just had to share and I figured hardcore Chap owners would appreciate the story. I haven't had a chance for the buff and polish but here's a before picture: