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Chaparral 191 SunCoast (2018-)

1 x 115-hp Yamaha Outboard

Brief Summary

The 191 SunCoast is a versatile performer designed with more freeboard than many in class, making the cockpit more secure and dryer.

Key Features

  • Bow Lounge Cushions with Storage Underneath
  • AM/FM/WB, Bluetooth Stereo, with Aux Port
  • Garmin Striker 4 Fishfinder
  • Grounding Bars - Bilge and Dash
  • Bow Stainless Steel Four-Step Boarding Ladder
  • Fuel Tank with Single Deck Fill Plate
  • Folding Arch Tower with Bimini Top
  • Navigation Lights
  • Test Results

    700 2.7 2.3 0.3 8.8 7.7 278 242 57
    1000 3.7 3.2 0.4 9.3 8 291 253.4 61
    1500 5.5 4.8 0.9 6.5 5.6 204 177.2 69
    2000 6.8 5.9 1.4 4.8 4.2 152 132.1 73
    2500 7.5 6.5 2.2 3.5 3 110 95.6 77
    3000 8.3 7.2 3.5 2.4 2.1 75 65.5 83
    3500 16.6 14.4 3.9 4.3 3.7 134 116.6 84
    4000 25 21.7 4.7 5.3 4.6 168 145.7 93
    4500 29.1 25.3 5.8 5.1 4.4 159 138.6 94
    5000 33.5 29.1 7.5 4.5 3.9 142 123.2 93
    5500 37.3 32.4 10.7 3.5 3 110 95.5 95
    6400 39.7 34.5 10.5 3.8 3.3 119 103.4 99


    Length Overall 20' / 6.10 m
    Beam 8'6"
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 2,870 lbs.
    1,302 kg
    Tested Weight 3,685 lbs.
    1,671 kg
    Draft N/A
    Draft Up 14"
    36 cm
    Draft Down 30"
    76 cm
    Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 1,600 lbs.
    6,057 kg
    Person Capacity 12
    Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
    132 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Total Weight 3,685 lbs.
    1,671 kg


    Base Price $29995.00
    Price Range
    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.

    Acceleration Times & Conditions

    Time to Plane 4.4 sec.
    0 to 30 10.8 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 13 1/7 x 17-K
    Load 3 persons, full load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 85 deg., 48 humid.; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: -1

    Engine Options

    Tested Engine 1 x 115-hp Yamaha Outboard

    Captain's Report

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Running 1

    The 191 SunCoast is a versatile performer designed with tall hullsides to create a secure-feeling cockpit.

    Mission Statement

    Chaparral has earned a reputation for building high-quality family boats, and the 191 SunCoast continues that mission -- along with maximizing seating space. The hull is designed to provide a deeper cockpit and bow seating areas to make it more family-friendly. Two swim platforms which extend aft a little farther than usual provide deck area to launch watersports -- which helps make up for the area lost by the outboard engine and well.

    Not only is she an alternative to other deck boats, she is also competition for pontoon boats.

    To satisfy a variety of performance needs, the boat is available with up to a 200-hp outboard and she comes standard on a trailer.

    She was designed to be affordable, so the 191 Suncoast is about the same price as other deck boats on the market but has the Chaparral marquis name.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Laid Out

    This is a boat laid out for lots of people to enjoy a day on the water.

    Features Inspection

    The Stern

    A center passageway from the cockpit leads aft to the wraparound swim platforms. On each side, there are small aft-facing seats with storage below. This is a welcome feature, as it aids board enthusiasts.

    The battery is in the port compartment and the battery switch is to starboard. There are stainless-steel pull-up cleats on each aft corner, which is smart usage and placement. When retracted, the cleats eliminate any kind of a tripping hazard, and when raised, they could be used for cross-tying in a slip.

    Aft to starboard in its own locker is a four-step reboarding ladder. An aluminum ski tow pylon threads in place forward of the motor to create an optimum towing angle for a variety of watersports, and it keeps the towrope from getting tangled.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Continuous Walkway

    There is a continuous walkway between the 191 SunCoast’s dual swim platforms.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Easy Passage

    There’s easy passage from the stern to the cockpit via the centrally-positioned walkway.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Aft Port Lounge

    The aft port lounge is a good spot for a parent to hang out and keep an eye on their kids as they swim.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Seat Bottoms

    Seat bottoms on the aft lounges are hinged and open to reveal storage space plus access to the battery to port and battery switch to starboard.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Ladder

    The four-step stern re-boarding ladder is in its own compartment to starboard.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Trailered

    Because of its size, the 191 SunCoast will likely be trailered, so Chaparral put the fuel fill on the port side to make it easier for a tow-vehicle driver to pull up to a land-based gas pump.

    The Cockpit

    It was easy to forget we were on a boat that measured 20’ (6.10 m) LOA when we stepped into the 191 SunCoast’s cockpit. On each side of the stern passageway are bench seats with forward-facing cushions and backrests. To port, a lounge runs the length of the cockpit, and the gunwale and port console have padded backrests. A single passenger could stretch out and face aft, or a group can sit up around the removable table that clips into place in the lounge base.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Bolster Wrap

    Notice that the bolster wraps all the way around the cockpit, even alongside the driver, to ensure that everyone stays comfortable.

    There are eight color choices for cockpit upholstery. A sound system with four water-resistant speakers comes standard, along with AM/FM/WB Bluetooth and aux port jack.

    Cockpit Storage

    In the walkway from the stern to the cockpit, a hatch opens what can either be a cooler (standard) or a livewell (optional). There’s storage under all the seat bottom cushions, and the table secures in a dedicated slot beneath the forward-most port pad. The large hatch in the cockpit deck opens the ski and board locker.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Passageway Cooler

    This cooler in the passageway to the stern is an easy reach for anyone in the cockpit.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Water Toy Inflator

    Having dedicated storage for items like the water toy inflator and the table makes it easier for crew members to stow them.

    The Consoles

    In the port console between the cockpit and bow, our test boat had a wet bar with a Corian-style countertop, a pull-up faucet and stainless steel sink, and cup holders. In the base is a large storage compartment. To starboard, the helm has full Yamaha digital instrumentation and a depth sounder. There’s a stereo remote in the center of the dash, plus a 12V plug and an auxiliary port. We found the arching windscreen quite effective at protecting the driver.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Freshwater Sink

    The freshwater sink will come in handy when the kids need to be cleaned up after a stop at the ice cream shop.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Upholstered Eyebrow

    The upholstered eyebrow provides a touch of class for the 191 SunCoast’s dash. The windscreen is plexyglass.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Driver's Seat'

    The driver’s seat has a fold-up bolster and an open area in the lower section to let air pass through. It also swivels and slides fore and aft.

    The Bow

    Forward, Chaparral carries the 191 SunCoast’s beam forward to improve seating capacity in the bow. Outboard on each side are lounges with backrests so passengers can stretch out facing forward. Bolsters also wrap around the bow area so people can also gather around the table when it’s deployed. There are speakers and cup holders outboard on each side, and up on the deck are stainless-steel grabrails. The bottom cushions have storage underneath on each side, and forward in the anchor locker there is a four-step beach boarding ladder.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Spacious Bow

    The 191 SunCoast’s bow is spacious and inviting. Notice how the beam is carried far forward.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Dinette Booth

    Clip the table in place and the bow becomes a dinette booth where the kids can have lunch.


    The Numbers. We tested the 191 SunCoast with a 115-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard spinning a 17”-pitch (43.2 cm) aluminum three-blade propeller through a 2.15:1 reduction. With three people onboard, a full tank of fuel, no freshwater, and test equipment, our test boat weighed an estimated 3,685 lbs. (1,672 kg).

    We hit a top speed of 39.7 mph (63.8 kph) at 6400 rpm. Best cruise came at 4000 rpm, where the boat ran 25.0 mph (40.2 kph) and burned 4.7 gph (17.8 lph), which translated into 5.3 mpg (2.26 kpl), giving the 191 SunCoast a range of 168 statute miles (270 km) with 10 percent of the boat’s 35-gallon (133 L) fuel capacity in reserve.

    In acceleration tests, she planed in 4.4 seconds and ran to 20 mph (32.2 kph) in 10.8 seconds.

    Owners who want to go faster should upgrade to a larger engine, but we think cruising in the mid-RPM range is fast enough, particularly if there are young people aboard or even driving the boat.

    Chaparral 191 SunCoast Running 2

    In choppy conditions, the 191 SunCoast acquitted herself well, with her sharp bow cutting through the waves.

    Handling. On the water, the 191 SunCoast is all about fun. She has manual steering and manual throttle control. Typical for a single outboard, a driver will feel some propeller torque with the motor trimmed all the way down. When running at cruising speed, apply some positive trim to ease the effects of the prop torque. To achieve maximum speed, the boat likes a lot of positive trim. When entering a turn, apply negative trim to help the propeller maintain its bite and apply throttle to complete the maneuver.


    5-year premium-level component warranty and a lifetime limited hull warranty.


    With the 191 SunCoast, Chaparral takes the basic deck boat and dresses it up a little with upscale features like multi-colored French-stitched upholstery, a high-backed driver’s bucket seat, and digital instruments at the helm. The boat comes standard on a trailer in a turn-key package that should be ready to head straight to the ramp.

    The National Advertised Price of the Chaparral 191 SunCoast is $29,995. Like all Chaparral boats, it has Kevlar laminated into the keel.