The 191 SunCoast is a versatile performer designed with more freeboard than many in class, making the cockpit more secure and dryer.
|Length Overall||20' / 6.10 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||4.4 sec.|
|0 to 30||10.8 sec. (0to20)|
|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|
1 x 115-hp Yamaha Outboard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.