8.05 m (w/swim platform)
2,313 kg (w/engines)
2.62 m (w/arch tower)
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The Chaparral 26 Surf is designed to combine the comfort and amenities of a high-end bowrider with a forward-facing sterndrive, ballast system and wake-shaping equipment to create a wake surfing boat that will appeal to families. Unlike most inboard-powered boats, the trim-ability of the stern drive makes the boat easier to drive for a boater used to that type of propulsion system.
- New Infinity Power Step
- Kevlar Reinforced hull
- Dual screen Beveled glass dash; Medallion Viper II Touchscreen display & Simrad display
- Malibu surf gates.
Surfing. The 26 Surf comes standard with a 1,080-lb. (489.88 kg) FatSac soft ballast bag and Malibu Surf Gates, which Chaparral licenses from Malibu. The Surf Gates are large tabs that are mounted on both sides of the stern to shape and control the wake of the boat. The tower also comes with optional Swivel board racks on each side. With the surf packages, the 26 Surf comes with a single Simrad display and a Medallion Viper II display.
The helm comes standard with dual beveled screen glass dash with a single 7” (17.8 cm) Simrad Multi-function display and a single 7” (17.8 cm) Medallion Viper display to control the Ballast tanks, speed, Malibu surf gates, and even the audio. It's all sheltered under a soft-touch upholstered panel. It also has a custom leather-wrapped power-assisted tilting steering wheel and stainless LED electronic push-button accessory switches on top of mirrored panels.
To port, there are two grab handles (one to the side and one in front), a stainless-steel cup holder and USB connectivity switches, plus a conveniently located glovebox on top of the head door. The driver's and companion's seats are Ultra Comfort style buckets with controls for the swivel and slide in the forward part of the armrest.
Moving forward, walking through the 21” ( 53.34 cm) walkway to the bow, there is an air dam that shows a storage compartment under the helm console when it's fully open. The bow seating is in a V-shaped configuration we usually see on wake boats. The port and starboard lounges have flip armrests with storage underneath and fully forward is a built-in cooler under a non-skid hatch.
The cockpit of the 26 Surf comes standard with an articulating aft lounge seat that simply pulls down to create an aft-facing lounge on the transom. The aforementioned FatSac is in the ski locker and even with the ballast bag filled, there is still an accessible drawer to store the cockpit table. Optional SeaDek foam mat is available. There is additional storage under the port and starboard cockpit seats.
The head has 46” (116.8 cm) of overhead clearance with 29” (73.7 cm) of sitting headroom. Right above is a stainless-steel sink with a pull-out sprayer and a porthole. There is an option for a VacuFlush toilet.
The stern has an aft-facing seat that is 58” (147.3 cm) across. Pulling back the rail to the articulating seat, it extends and converts to an aft-facing chaise lounge. To each side of the stern, there are two 6” (15.2 cm) cleats, and on the port side are a stereo remote and transom trim switch. There is a 46”-wide (116.8 cm) swim platform that has two 6” (15.2 cm) pop-up cleats. It includes Chaparral's Innovation award-winning Infinity Power Step that can act as a seat or provide easier access to the water when deployed.
Overall, the 26 Surf is a good boat for you intermediate level surfers. With its Malibu Surf Gates, Medallion control display, and FatSac ballast system, it will surely meet the needs of the common wakeboarder. The Malibu Surf Gate package allows for switching sides on the fly and there’s little lean from the gate being deployed. Plus, there is the welcomed new addition to the boat, the Infinity Power Step. The 26 Surf is a great bowrider with the added capability of being a surf boat.