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Content courtesy ofThe Chaparral 21 H20 Sport OB is a boldly styled runabout sold as a complete package with base outboard power and tandem-axle powder-coated trailer for $31,395 without options. The transom sunpad is a versatile design that can flatten out for laying in the sun, prop up on either side for a backrest, and can lift completely to reveal both storage and the transom walk-through. She's available with Evinrude, Mercury or Yamaha power to 200-hp.
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
One of Chaparral’s clear missions here with the 21 H2O Sport OB was to take the popular features and design of the 21’6” (6.55 m) 21 H2O and give it the advantages brought by an outboard motor. This opens up the 21 H2O Sport OB for freshwater and saltwater excursions, making what is already a family-focused bowrider even more versatile.
There is a growing trend to outboard power in sportboats and the 21 H2O Sport OB capitalizes on that. The outboard engine is lighter which gives the boat potentially better performance. It certainly opens up storage space because the engine box is eliminated, and because there are fewer fuel line connections inside the boat, it is inherently safer.
In the bow we find a dedicated anchor locker, something that all boats should have but which -- sadly -- are being eliminated on many entry level sportboats. The stainless steel grab rails don’t wrap around the section entirely, and are instead short, but are thoughtfully placed to port and starboard. Stereo speakers are just below the grab rails, with cup holders just near the backrests as well.
The seat cushions lift up to reveal storage bins on the port and starboard sides, with the forward panel remaining a flat surface. We’d like to see as hatch here to add storage.
A design aspect we like in the bow is the relatively wide center section forward with back rest bolster. This creates a comfortable seating spot for one person. Also, the foot well is wide enough to handle feet and knees from both sides of the cockpit.
All seats are upholstered in stain Resistant vinyl with Nano-technology. The two helm bucket seats have flip-up bolsters and forward/ aft adjustments. The seats do not have armrests, although each has an arm rest added to the gunwales. The port side companion’s seat also has a small nook in the gunwale that has a cup holder and can be a resting place for a phone or other device. Forward is a lockable glove box, and a stainless steel grab rail.
Helm Details. To starboard is the helm, and the captain’s seat is identical to the companion’s, just situated a bit more forward. The helm design is new, and features a custom hand-stitched brow. The digital gauges have aluminum faces accented with stainless steel bezels. The gauges are fog-resistant and built to last, with a noted effort to provide gauges that are visible and legible in nearly every lighting condition.
Abaft the helm seats is the cockpit seating. The seating is full-beam, with the middle section resembling a loveseat and two seats flanking to port and starboard with no armrests, making it essentially all one seating section for three or four people.
Stern/ Swim Platform
The transom sun pad, is a versatile design that can flatten out for laying in the sun, prop up on either side for a backrest, and can lift completely to reveal both storage and the transom walk-through, both on the port and starboard sides.
The sun pad consists of a largely stationary middle panel with “wings” on either side. The wings lift and prop up via the lids on the storage hatches below, creating something more like a chaise lounge with backrest. They can then be folded into the center panel if access to the swim platform is underway.
The swim platform is clearly designed for safe maneuvering around the outboard motor. The platforms both port and starboard are large enough to launch swimmers and tow-sport enthusiasts. A three-step reboarding ladder is to port under a deck hatch.
Note that the 21 H2O Sport OB has the option to add an arch tower, which can provide a ski tow line point, board racks, and other watersports amenities.
The 21 H2O Sport OB comes standard with a black powder coated tandem axle trailer with brakes, folding tongue jack, trailer side guides, swing away tongue, winch stand, 14” wheels, and submersible LED lights.
The 21 H2O Sport OB offers the following options for its outboard engine:
The Chaparral 21 H20 Sport OB we tested had an LOA of 21’6” (6.55 m), a beam of 8’4” (2.54 m) and a tested weight of 3,424 lbs. (1,556 kg), 85% fuel aboard, and our two-person test crew. She was powered by a single 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard. Seas were calm and the temperature was 74 F.
Top speed was 48.4 mph at 6000 rpm.
Best cruise was found at 3500 rpm where the boat went 24.4 mph, burned 5 gph, getting 4.9 gph (18.9 lph) and had a range of 175 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve. The boat has a 40 gallon (151.4 L) fuel capacity.
Time to plane was 3.0 seconds, and she hit 20 mph in 6.0 seconds and 30 mph in 7.7 seconds.
Options to Consider
The Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport starts at $31,395 for the base boat.
The Chaparral 21 H2O Sport OB comes with a 100% Lifetime Perma Panel Marine Coring warranty standard, with the option of a five year premier level limited component warranty.
The 21 H2O OB Sport is a well-crafted vessel like all in the Chaparral fleet. The design touches make for a comfortable, fun boat without putting a thumb on the scale with standard extras that few in this market need or want to pay for.
The 21 H2O Sport OB is a competitively priced bowrider; but because of her Chaparral DNA, she has a lot of little design touches that set her apart from most other entry-level sportsboats on the market. We are talking about things such as the anchor locker, rounded windshields, inset light on the transom, curve in the cockpit bench seat, and signature “engine” exhaust ports on the port and starboard stern quarters.
All of these details, and more, make this entry-level boat one that even veteran boaters can be proud of.
Test Result Highlights
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Pricing Range: $31,395.00Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.