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2018 267 SSX

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just saw this new model for 2018.  I prefer the styling of the previous 277 but the lines of this new one looks pretty similar to my old 256.  Very nice interior and features. 

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Nice looking boat.  Lots of nice touches. Windlass, seating layout, dash and head design look to be fantastic.

A few items I'm so no enthused about:

- Simrad and Garmin glass cockpit; I personally like Garmin (a personal preference) but the older SSi design dash switches worked well for seeing at night. Not a fan of these new dash switches when using them in the dark.

- 3 piece vs 5 piece windshield had more eye candy and superior sight line IMHO

- Chaparral seems to have gone away from using proper large oval grab rails on top of the deck in the bow like the older 256 SSi, etc. used. Oval design fit so much nicer than the round tube shape used on these later models

- Cobalt look to the rear of the boat has some drawbacks...that rear transom area is just waiting to have gel coat fade issues form the sun and the rear cleats will give chaffing problems from a dock line going forward. See these 2 exact issues on Cobalt's ALL the time.

No design is perfect however and I'm sure Chaparral will do well with this one.

SSX-267-Run-04-18.jpg

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Its nice but I also agree with Shepherd on the rear swim platform design  I prefer the full molded design like the old 256.

 

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I like the layout of the 267SSX.  And the windlass should be standard on all boats.  Who wants to get their hands dirty hoisting up an anchor?

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Why did they move the molded swim platform up on the newer models?  Like the 257SSX in the link above?  My 2004 SSX sits right on the water.

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If I had to guess, they moved the platform higher off the water to make the boat more "big water" friendly, ability to go offshore. Less chance of swamping at the stern with larger swells or waves.

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I agree, that's a nice looking boat. I'd be curious to see how that center seat on the port side moves into the three different positions shown in the gallery. Sure seems to be a lot of the seat hanging unsupported in the middle configuration, but maybe it's not meant to be left there.

That boat does have a lot of  the Crownline or Cobalt look to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

 

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I personally love the layout and options available on this boat, but it doesn’t seem to be much less $$ similarly equipped to the 287ssx with not just 2’ less loa but also 6” less beam...I just can’t imagine a ton of people pulling the trigger on this when the 287 can be had for slightly (in comparison) more money.

The only thing i can think of is the 267 can technically be towed legally, while the 287 is slightly too wide.  Although my local dealer sold all of their 287’s with a custom triple axle trailer last year so it seems people don’t care.

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I guess you make up for a lot of it because the open bow.  But with that said you lose a lot in terms of carrying space while under way what probably 6-8ft.  Either way nice boat, something to look forward to in 10 years after one of you are done using.

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Got to see this boat in person at the Chicago Boat Show this weekend.  She is gorgeous, along with the new 247ssx.  Had it pretty loaded up for about $108k including freight and prep. About what I expected, 20% off msrp with free freight and prep or about 25% off if they add 7-8k in freight and prep. Probably about another 5% or so to negotiate and then add $6k or so for a trailer

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it has a boxy look to it - very similar to the Cobalt, it is a sharp look,  my only head scratcher is why not incorporate the swim platform ladder like cobalt did?  the full beam ladder that drops down as a full step is very nice vs the standard 4 rung ladder.  

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3 hours ago, delaney said:

it has a boxy look to it - very similar to the Cobalt, it is a sharp look,  my only head scratcher is why not incorporate the swim platform ladder like cobalt did?  the full beam ladder that drops down as a full step is very nice vs the standard 4 rung ladder.  

As far as I know, the Cobalt Swim Step is patented, but I have noticed similar designs being used by other manufacturers. Maybe they are using it on license and Chap didn't want to pay.

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