Chaparral designed the 337 SSX to meet the needs of two types of boaters: On one hand, she is made to appeal to owners of smaller bowriders who want to move up to a bigger boat that offers the features of a bowrider and overnighting capabilities. On the other, the 337 SSX is built for cruiser owners who want to move down to a more practical day boat that retains the option for overnighting.
The port console across from the helm opens so that passengers can descend two stairs to the 337 SSX’s cabin. Once down there we found a full-sized Ultraleather couch that converted into a double-wide berth that measured more than 6’ (1.8 m) long. If an owner orders the optional 24” (61 cm) flatscreen TV, passengers can watch it while seated on the lounge. There’s a cedar-lined hanging locker and a small galley.
In the molded private head, there was plenty of seated headroom on the porcelain toilet and the compartment includes a stainless-steel sink and pull-up shower. There’s an opening port with a screen and a power vent to help rid the area of steam after a shower.
The bow passenger area offers a double-wide seat to starboard and a wraparound lounge to port, with molded-in storage compartments beneath each. There was an integrated armrest for the lounge and extra lumbar padding for both forward-facing seats. A hatch that opens on a gas strut reveals a locker in the sole. A draining scupper in the lip of the opening is separate from the drain on deck and both direct water overboard. The outboard seat cushions to port cover a large insulated cooler that drains overboard. The center cushion can be removed to provide a skid-resistant step to the bow so crewmembers can tend to dock or anchor lines.
The 337 SSX’s helm has multi-function gauges on each side of the standard Garmin 7610 GPS Map 10” chartplotter. The steering wheel tilts and the accessory switches are in single rows on each side. We liked that the binnacle-mount shift/throttle controls to starboard are angled to make them more comfortable to reach from the double-wide seat. Down low, there’s an angled footrest. Up top, the dash is shrouded by an eyebrow finished in dark vinyl that gives the helm an upscale look and feel and should minimize glare on the panel.
The 337 SSX comes standard with another double-wide forward-facing seat to port across from the helm. Abaft, an L-shaped lounge seat wraps around to port and to starboard is a one-person lounge. Instead of the jumper on the backside of the helm seat, our test boat had the optional entertainment center that includes a freshwater sink with pullout faucet, a trash receptacle, a 54-quart (204 L) cooler and a 12-volt plug. A refrigerator is an available option.
A billet aluminum gate to starboard leads aft to the 337 SSX’s swim platform. An aft lounge will accommodate two to three people sitting up or it can be opened up to form a sunlounge where a couple of people can stretch out. Push a button at the helm and the whole seat structure raises to provide access to the engine compartment.
Chaparral offers the 337 SSX with a total of 12 twin sterndrive packages from MerCruiser and eight from Volvo Penta. The MerCruiser packages include twin 300-hp engines, 350-hp 6.2 L or 380-hp 8.2 MAG or 430-hp 8.2 MAG HO engines with Bravo 3 or Bravo 3X twin-prop drives, which can be upgraded with DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift), Axius Premier joystick docking and SeaCore corrosion prevention. Volvo Penta options range from twin 300-hp engines or 350-hp 5.7-liter V8s to twin 380-hp or 430-hp V8s with Duoprop drives and these packages can be upgraded with DP Joystick controls and Trim Assist and Cruise and Trip Computers.
We tested the Chaparral 337 SSX with twin 300-hp MerCruiser 6.2 L Bravo 3s. The boat has a dry weight of 10,200 lbs. (4,626 kg) and with two people, a quarter tank of fuel, two-fifths of the freshwater load and 50 lbs. of gear on board, we hit a top speed of 48.5 mph (42.2 knots) at 5100 rpm and burned 53.1 gph, giving the boat a range of 123 statute miles. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm where the boat ran 23 mph (20 knots) and burned 18.8 gph, resulting in a range of 165 statute miles.
On Board Systems.
The 337 SSX comes with four batteries with automatic switches and a 50-Amp charger. The engine compartment has an automatic fire extinguishing system and Lenco electric trim tabs with position indicator lights come standard.
Base retail is $231,207.
Options to Consider
The Chaparral 337 SSX appeals to owners moving up or down in their respective boating careers.For folks who want to overnight, she’s big enough that she could sleep four people with two in the cockpit with the curtains installed and a couple below decks in the cabin. To enhance the boat’s versatility, owners can add the optional entertainment center and cockpit grill.With twin V-8 engines, she offers the performance that will appeal to someone looking for a sportier feeling boat than a typical cruiser. She could handle tube-towing duties and the deep-V Extended V-Plane bottom design with 22-degrees of deadrise at the transom can handle things when the conditions get bumpy.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Chaparral 337 SSX (2016-) is 48.5 mph (78.1 kph), burning 53.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 200.98 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Chaparral 337 SSX (2016-) is 23.0 mph (37 kph), and the boat gets 1.22 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.52 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 165 miles (265.54 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Mercury 6.2L.
Standard and Optional Features
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