When it comes to specialized wake-making boats, the Chaparral 244 Xtreme is in the top echelon, right up there with the specialized inboard ski/wake models. How could that be so? Simply because the 244 Xtreme started with a huge advantage over those classic skiboats designed to have no wake at all -- the 244 has a 20-degree deep-V bottom at the transom which makes a pretty big wake! Not only that, but the 244 Xtreme has ballast bags just like the specialized boats trying to sink their bottoms down where the 244's deep-V already is. But there is actually more to wakeboarding than wake: there is ambiance, tunes, strut, style, and stunning, head-turning looks that lets everyone know who's got the boss ride on the lake.
The Chaparral 244 Xtreme is one of four Xtreme models in Chaparral’s new 2012 wakeboat lineup. Yes, she is as cool as she looks.
Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage
Let's see, now, wake is made by a hull displacing water and the deeper it is the more water it displaces and the higher the wake. Which hull shape is deeper: a deep-V which is generally seen on sterndrive sportboats, or a nearly flat, shallow-V found on classical ski/wake boats? That's right, many sterndrive boats start out in life with a distinct wake-making ability vs. the special-purpose ski/wake boats.
Chaparral Throws Down the Gauntlet
Three years ago Chaparral decided to take on the specialized wakeboard boats at their own game with a sterndrive boat line called Xtreme. In one sense, Chaparral wasn't playing fair because sterndrive boats simply make more wake than skiboats right from the get-go. On the other hand, the ski/wake builders knew their market of young, athletic watersports aficionados better than nearly anyone.
Three years later let us just say that the Chaparral 4-boat Xtreme line has made some very big waves.
The Chaparral 244 Xtreme Mission
To offer avid wakeboard enthusiasts the best combination of big wakes and deep-V riding comfort aboard a big, full-featured boat. Further, it can be custom equipped to meet individual needs as a tow-sports boat that is also comfortable enough for day cruising with the family. And the boat had to both look cool and be cool.
Chaparral's patented Wide Tech hull design delivers good legroom and storage space atop a true deep-V hull that generates serious wakes.
Deep-V hull. The 244 Xtreme has a deadrise at the transom of 20 degrees, which makes her a fairly deep-V design. While many sterndrive boats this size have hulls with a deadrise in this neighborhood, classic inboard ski-wakeboard boats do not. That is the first big thing that separates the special-purpose 244 Xtreme from the inboard wakeboats. And it is a biggie.
Deep-V hulls by their very nature create wake without having to burden the boat with massive amounts of ballast. The shape and volume of the hull itself displaces a significant amount of wake-creating water. Further, the ability to trim the sterndrive up to sink the transom even deeper is also an advantage in wake making that an inboard boat does not have. Together, the deep-V and the trim ability combine to create wakes that flatter-hulled, inboard-powered boats have a hard time duplicating.
Kevlar in the keel laminate. There are a few boats on the market that put bulletproof Kevlar in their keels, but not many. And in the sportboat/wakeboat class there are even fewer. Kevlar protects the laminate in case of grounding or hitting a submerged object.
Standard towing tower. The 244 Xtreme comes standard with a wakeboard tower, 2 board holders and a color-coordinated Bimini top.
Integral swim platform extending beyond the prop. It goes without saying that whenever people are in the water around a boat the engine should be turned off. Nevertheless, if people are not careful they can easily step on a sharp blade of a stationary prop when sliding into the water or getting out. In fact, in the days before universal swim ladders we used to step on the anti-cavitation plate to get aboard. We heartily endorse Chaparral's design for its wakeboat.
Hull color options and graphics as standard. There are three hull color options on the 244 -- Double Black, Double Red, or Double Rush. Wide Tech Xtreme graphics are also standard.
Self-bailing cockpit. Believe it or not but there are a lot of sportboats that do not have self-draining cockpits. Self-draining means that the lowest part of the cockpit sole is higher than the waterline so water can just drain out. For this reason, if it rains for seven days and nights and your boat does not have a cover, it will not sink.
Impressive list of standard equipment
One of the things that makes the 244 so cool is all of the amenities that the builder has put on board for the discerning wake dude and his admiring babes. As we said, there is more to this game than wake. Take a look--
*Enclosed head/changing room with lockable door
*Porta-potti with a opening portlight and vacuum flush option
*Custom embroidery on all major seating
*Two pedestal seats with flip-up bolster
*Pressure water system and 10 gal. (38 L) water tank
*The cockpit sole storage is wide enough to hold knee boards, and skis
*Triple O-Ring sealed electrical connections which are water-tight
*Digital depth sounder
*Forward ballast tank
*4 bolts through all cleats, not two
*Plus a lot more mentioned below--
The 244’s broad bow seating area benefits from the Wide Tech hull design feature by offering lots of legroom both atop and between the seats in the foot well. Both forward-facing bow lounge seats have supportive full height backrest cushions.
With the cushions removed we see all of the storage space below. Recessed speakers and drink holders are located where they are accessible but don't interfere with seat comfort. Note the length of the hand rails that flank the seats, the integrated cooler compartment, which drains overboard, and the pop-up cleats and bow navigation light.
A telescoping four-step bow ladder offers access to and from shore when the boat is beached. An optional anchor is cradled in its own rattle-free compartment beneath the ladder under a hatch supported with a stainless-steel, gas-assisted lift.
The 244 Xtreme’s helm console and dash have room for a moving map screen (optional). The usual gauges and switches are thoughtfully placed away from the center. An hour meter and digital depth sounder are standard. Power steering and tilt are standard.
The Chaparral’s symmetrical dash is well-organized and comes standard with multi-function, nitrogen-filled digital gauges and accessory illuminated switches fitted with water resistant circuit breakers. Mercury Smart Tow and Volvo Zero Off speed controls are optional, depending on the power choice, along with Garmin GPS systems.
The helm console hides a large storage area behind a pair of doors.
A larger, outer door covers the recess-mounted stereo console (which is controlled by a remote on the dash). It can swing out to lock into position to block wind and spray from entering the cockpit between the consoles. The smaller inner door secures the storage area.
Bucket seats for both the operator and passenger are standard equipment aboard the Chaparral, and the 244 Xtreme can be upgraded with premium bucket seats complete with lumbar support, built-in stainless steel grab handles, a flip-up bolster and adjustment controls in the armrests.
The passenger console contains a large, fiberglass-lined head that includes a Porta-Potti, light, and functioning window port as standard equipment. Note the lockable glove box built onto the head access door which wraps around the corner to make it easy to enter.
A locker built into the sole has a self-draining channel around the edge to keep the contents dry.
The sub-cockpit storage locker has a padded lid supported with a gas-assisted strut for single-handed opening. The floor of the locker is lined with a rubber mat to protect contents. Note the optional snap-in carpeting that covers the cockpit sole and extends forward to the bow area. The Xtreme’s cockpit offers a bucket seat for the passenger, where some boats in this class offer only an aft-facing lounge seat.
Abaft the helm is a wet bar with cold-water sink, trash chute and storage underneath. The pull-out sprayer faucet extends and can be used as a cockpit washdown.
In addition to the sole locker and bow storage, there's room under the cockpit seats for carry-ons. Check out the deep-recessed cup holders.
The 244’s double-sided bench seat faces both fore and aft and offers passengers in either position extra-wide seat bases.
The convertible fore/aft-facing bench seat folds flat to form a sun lounge.
The aft seating area lifts to reveal the engine compartment, which offers excellent access for maintenance. Dual gas-assisted struts support the engine compartment hatch. The transom gate automatically locks in forward, aft and closed positions.
The Chaparral 244 Xtreme comes standard with a Mercury 5.7L 350 MAG DTS (Catalyst) B3 300-hp. Options include a Mercury 6.2L 377 MAG DTS (Catalyst) B3 320-hp, a Volvo Penta V8-300C (Catalyst) DP 300-hp or a Volvo V8-320C(Catalyst) DP 320-hp engine.
The Xtreme’s integrated transom is as broad as the beam offering plenty of space for pre- and post-watersports prep. Most importantly, the swim platform extends far beyond the lower unit whether it is in the up or down position.
At the transom a stereo remote and outdrive tilt switch controls, which are mounted on a stainless panel within easy reach are standard aboard the 244 Xtreme. A three-step, telescoping stainless-steel boarding ladder is found under the hatch to starboard. Transom options, as pictured, include an aft washdown hose with sprayer, pop-up cleats and trim tabs.
The 244 comes equipped with a standard wakeboard tower with a pair of fixed board holders and a color coordinated Bimini top. Available tower accessories include four speakers, light bar, mirror and swiveling board racks.
Note that the swim platform extends beyond the lower unit even in the up position. This is an important safety consideration. The swim platform is big as it should be for this type of boat because that is where the action is.
The 244 Xtreme’s hull is constructed with a Kevlar-reinforced keel and has a lamination process that Chaparral calls Quad-Radial which carries a limited lifetime warranty. An optional plastic, 40-gallon ballast tank is located forward. Graphics are standard.
Price and observations on the Chaparral 244 Xtreme
The 244 Xtreme is a slick-looking boat with lots of space on deck and at the transom where much of the action is. Priced at $93,332 with a Mercury 5.7L 350 MAG DTS(Catalyst) B3 300-hp, the standard package is priced to appeal to boaters wanting a versatile sportboat that can go fast and look cool.
A small handhull of specialized inboard ski and wakeboat builders have done a great job of popularizing a sport that has youngsters and baby boomers alike out on the water. Now they are joined by Chaparral with a purpose-built sterndrive boat. We think the Xtreme series, and particularly the 244, deserves a good look by anyone wanting to get into this exciting aspect of watersports.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Chaparral 244 Xtreme (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Chaparral 244 Xtreme (2012-) Warranty
Chaparral 244 Xtreme (2012-) Warranty Information
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Chaparral 244 Xtreme (2012-) Price
Chaparral 244 Xtreme (2012-) Price
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