What separates Chaparral's crusers from the pack is that they've spent endless hours in R & D fine-tuning the keel, strakes and chines to work in perfect harmony. Extending the running surface full length means faster time to reach plane, improved traking, added stability in shifting water conditions and lower fuel bills. Behind the wheel you'll notice a distinct difference in cornering agility, ride control and balance under shifting weight loads. Cruisers have never run like this. Trim shifts are precise, throttle response immediate.
Because it will be pressed into service in a variety of different ways, they outfitted their popular Signature 29 cruiser with a complete list of standard equipment, then let the customer fine tune from a vast array of options. Possibilities in the engine room start with a single big block and move up to either twin V-6s or V-8s. Either way, the 29 reacts quickly on lakes or rivers but is also seaworthy enough for an offshore rendezvous. Belowdecks, there's overnight accommodations for six and the aft cabin is separated from the main salon with a private door. Interior options that will round out an exceptional design include air conditioning/heating, a microwave oven, a pump-out head and a TVNCP. In the cockpit, a self-bailing fiberglass innerliner speeds clean up while an optional fiberglass radar arch enhances the Signature 29's big boat profile.
If there's a better cockpit design under 30' we haven't seen it yet. The rear bench tucks out of the way for transom access. Quality time with fomily and friends is enhanced by a laymtt that puts the driver's swivel bucket seat right next to a wraparound couch. An insert table and close proximity to the galley via a sliding white plexiglass door make the 29 ideal for outdoor dining.
With 6'3" of stand-up headroom and every onboard amenity you could wish for, the 29 is suited for both entertaining and live-aboard weekends. A U-shaped leatherette bench seats four or sleeps two with the inset cushion in place. Two more can bunk in the large V-berth, which has a privacy curtain. Ventilation is airy via deck hatches and side windows. A stand-up dressing compartment complete with a privacy door, separates the aft cabin, which includes yet another berth, increasing the cabin sleeping capacity to six.
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