Deck boats are a great option for many different types of boaters. When designed right, a deck boat can have many advantages over a traditional bowrider. The problem is that in recent years, deck boats and traditional bowriders have started to blend together into very similar boats. In the process, deck boats have become so similar to bowriders that they have started to lose many of their advantages.
Chaparral is one of the largest boat builders in the world, and they offer many great bowrider options. They have recently recognized the need for a high-quality deck boat that maintains all the advantages of a true deck boat. Their answer to this demand? The all new 191 Suncoast Deck Boat. In this article, we will discuss the advantages of deck boats, while pointing out all these same great features on the 191 Suncoast.
If you are already familiar with deck boats, you can head straight to our current deck boat inventory at Yachts to Sea Deck Boats.
That leads us to our next question – What are the advantages of deck boats? Let’s take a closer look.
Deck boats have a similar configuration to traditional runabouts. They have an open cockpit seating area. They have a helm for the driver. They have an open bow seating area in front of the helm for more passengers. Beyond that is where the similarities end.
Without a doubt, the biggest advantage deck boats have over bowriders is the spaciousness of the interiors. Traditional bowriders tend to have very narrow beams. The beam is another word for width, and this makes a huge difference in the amount of room inside the boat. This is something you can feel immediately when you step inside of a boat.
If you look at specifications of many bowriders in the 18′-20′ range, the beam typically measures 7′-7.5′. This narrow beam drastically limits seating capacity in a boat. Most of these boats have a bench seat in back, and it is cramped to have just 3 people sitting here. Moving forward, the walkthru to the bow is very narrow, and sometimes you even have to turn sideways to walk to the front of the boat. Not the case with the 191 Suncoast.
The 191 Suncoast measures a full 8’6″ wide. That is HUGE for a 20′ boat. 8’6″ is the legal limit for trailerable width in most states. Just to give you an idea, the massive 27′ Chaparral 267 SSX has the exact same width. Talk about bang for your buck!
The second advantage of deck boats over bowriders goes hand in hand with #1, and that is seating. The wide beam of the Chaparral 191 Suncoast allows for a much more open seating layout than traditional bowriders. When looking at a bowrider in this size range, you will most likely find the same layout on all boats – Dual captain’s chairs, straight back bench, and side benches in the bow. There is nothing wrong with this layout at all, but it is not the best layout when more seating is a priority.
Chaparral has designed the 191 Suncoast with a much more open layout. In fact, the layout on the 191 is more similar to a pontoon boat. You will find a center walk-thru in the transom, bench seating on both sides of the cockpit, captain’s chair, and wraparound bow seating. You can also add a filler cushion for the walk-thru for a full U-Shaped seating layout. This layout lends itself to several uses. If you have a large group of friends and family, you can fill the boat with the long bench seating. In fact, the Chaparral 191 Suncoast is rated for 12 passengers! That’s unheard of in a 20′ boat.
If you have just a few passengers with you, stretch out your legs and lean back into the wraparound backrests. You will feel like you are on your living room couch cruising down the lake.
Another great advantage of the 191 Suncoast is the ease of maintenance, both mechanically and cosmetically. Mechanically, the 191 Suncoast is powered by an outboard engine. Engine options are available from both Mercury and Yamaha. All engine options are 4-Stroke, and they are available in both 115hp and 150hp packages. Outboard motors are typically easier to maintain than stern drive motors. They are easy to access and easy to work on. In most cases, they are self draining meaning you can extend your boating season even when the weather gets cool, or start boating earlier in the season. These motors are all 4-strokes, so they are very quiet and smooth as well. And if you plan to do any boating in salt water, outboard motors are the perfect option for you.
The Chaparral 191 Suncoast is easy to maintain cosmetically as well. This boat features a full-fiberglass floor. If you get the boat dirty, just take a hose and wash it out. Excess water will drain overboard. No need to worry about glued-in carpet being soaking wet or stained. All of the hardware on the boat is stainless steel, so it will stand up to the elements as well. This boat will look good as new for many years down the road.
One of the most important factors in buying a boat is usually price, and for 2018 the Chaparral 191 Suncoast starts at an incredible price of $29,999 including trailer! The great part about the 191 Suncoast is that you are looking at a value priced boat made by one of the most premium boat builders in the industry. Chaparral didn’t skimp on quality with the 191. In fact, this boat is built with the same quality as all their other boats in many ways. Chaparral just toned down some of the bells and whistles to make this boat more affordable for many people. Great quality for a great price makes for a boat that will hold it’s value better than most.
If you boat on a smaller lake or body of water, chances are that there are limitations on the size boat you can use. This can be a problem for boaters who like to bring a large group with them. We have seen some lakes allow larger pontoon boats, but without a huge engine it’s difficult to get the performance of a sport boat. The perfect answer is the Chaparral 191 Suncoast.
The 191 Suncoast has room similar to what you would find in a pontoon boat. It only measures 20′ in length, so it’s within the size restrictions of most lakes. It’s hull design combined with a 115hp or 150hp engine makes the boat perform extremely well. You would most likely need to put a 300hp engine on a pontoon boat to compare with the performance of the 191 Suncoast with a 150hp, and at the point the pontoon would be at a much higher price point also.
Another problem with small bowriders is the lack of storage space. There isn’t much that can be done about this either. Most of a boat’s storage comes under the seats and in the helm. This is another area which the Chaparral 191 Suncoast shines. As we mentioned earlier, the 191 Suncoast has much more seating and open space than similar sized bowriders. These extra seats mean more storage areas. Nearly all of the seats in the Suncoast open which have built in storage or coolers underneath. Chaparral makes use of every square inch possible in this boat.
As you are probably beginning to see, small bowriders are limited in so many ways. The size just doesn’t allow the manufacturer to do as much as they would like. The 191 Suncoast features several things you will practically never see on a similar sized bowrider. The port side features a counter top with an optional sink. You typically don’t see this on any boats smaller than 24′. The bow features a large, nonskid boarding platform with a bow ladder. This is great for boarding from a sandbar or beach. Bow ladders typically start on boats around 22′. Cooler space is always at a premium on smaller boats. The 191 Suncoast features multiple coolers. The port side features a removable cooler, and the center walk-thru features a built-in cooler area under a non-skid lid.
So by now you have seen many of the great advantages that deck boats provide for many buyers. If you would like to take a video tour of the Chaparral 191 Suncoast to get a better feel for the boat, check out the video below:
If you are in the market for a small open bow boat, a deck boat might be the best option for you. It’s great for people who like to carry lots of passengers. It is an easy to maintain boat that will hold it’s value and condition for many years to come. And if you are dealing with size restrictions but don’t want a pontoon boat, the Chaparral 191 Suncoast might be the perfect boat for you.
To check out our current Chaparral 191 Suncoast inventory, you can go use this link: Chaparral 191 Suncoast For Sale at Yachts to Sea.
For more information on the 191 Suncoast, check out Chaparral’s website.
And as always, feel free to call us at 888-369-4501 or stop by our large indoor showroom anytime.