This is an old thread but just incase someone found it as I did, I wanted to make a comment.
I have owned many boats. I have also built many boats and I find the Chaparral sorely lacking in their construction. I own a 2004 Chaparral 234 Sunesta . Their design and use of space is good and their bottom is fast. I think for use on a fresh water lake, putzing around is OK. Forget Salt Water.BUT lets go below deck and really see what she is all about. Careless construction on all levels bothers me and I question what philosophy permiates the factory floor. Poor glass layup with voids and dry glass, hacked out bulkheads and then shot with foam to fit.Wiring left hanging without support, electrical crimps poorly made and not sealed.Aft storage compartment drain directly on top of motor and trim pump. Did they miss a hose ? Thru hull fittings that never had hoses attached. Decks with Raw plywood on under side. Bilge blower hoses installed to low in bilge so that they suck water.faulty bilge pump switches that either run down the battery or allow the bilge to fill and rust the oil pan.Winshields that do not fit and evidence of several self tapping screw holes where adjustments were made to try and make it fit. Then there is the issue of not sealing anything that they attach above deck. Swim platform drive trim station out in the open for access and no sealant used on plate. Wires behind were corroded. I stop now, but I wonder what these people see that they can call this boat, a quality boat. Sure they are pretty to the eye and their advertisement says they are the best but what else would they say ?