Chaparral created the 210 SunCoast for boaters who want a premium deckboat that can be configured to perform a variety of on-water activities at a reasonable price. Outboard power helps her accomplish the mission because it provides more cockpit space.
With a 200-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboard, the Chaparral 210 SunCoast ran a top speed of 47.8 mph at 6100 rpm. She burned 21.1 gph, giving us a range of 102 statute miles. Our best cruise came at 3500 rpm, where she ran 22.1 mph and burned 4.5 gph, giving us a range of 221 statute miles.
With a half tank of fuel and two people on board, we had a test weight of 3,715 lbs. (1,685 kg). The 210 SunCoast planed in 3.4 seconds and took another 1.5 seconds to hit 20 mph and we reached 30 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Under hard acceleration, we experienced minimal bowrise with no loss of visibility from a seated position. The 210 SunCoast leaned into turns with 12-degrees of bank and felt comfortable.We had flat conditions on test day so we ran through our own wakes. We noted a slight hull slap, but otherwise the 210 SunCoast felt solid and held her course.
With any deckboat, the main feature is accommodating guests and the 210 SunCoast is rated for 10 passengers. Let’s start with the bow. There are twin forward-facing lounges and because Chaparral carried the beam so far forward, these seats do not meet at the bow. Instead, a step to the foredeck divides the two. Between the bolsters there’s 6’2” so the bow seating feels open with plenty of room for a beach bag or other personal gear.
In the 210 SunCoast’s cockpit, the seats wrap nearly all the way around, interrupted only by the walkthrough to the transom. An optional side-mount pedestal table can be installed so passengers can enjoy a snack. Forward to port, the copilot can sit facing forward or aft by lifting and placing the seatback in the desired position. The helm seat slides fore and aft, but doesn’t swivel.
The aft facing seats at the stern will be popular for fishing or for watching watersports. The bottom cushions lift up to reveal storage and access to the battery switches. Beneath the cushions, the deck is finished in non-skid so it can serve double-duty as a step to a fixed pier. An optional stereo remote was in the starboard gunwale.
Our 210 SunCoast’s helm had multi-function gauges with digital readouts on each side of an optional Garmin 741XS GPS chartplotter. The steering wheel has a comfortable leather grip. Rocker switches all have labels and icons and the stereo is to port. Earth tones help to eliminate glare on the panel and a dark vinyl brow caps the graphite console in a contrast of colors that give the dash an upscale appeal.
Ahead of the reversible port seat, the console opens and owners can add an optional head with pump-out. When seated on the toilet, our test captain had just enough headroom to not have to duck his head and there was storage space for items such as the bow filler cushion.Other amenities include a premium sound system with four speakers and USB jacks. An anchor with line is standard, along with docking lights.
The Swim Platform.
Chaparral designed the 210 SunCoast’s swim platform with full walk-around space. On most boats in this class, the area ahead of the engine is blocked off. On the 210 SunCoast, there’s room to walk on the flexi-teak decking. Additionally, the platforms extend all the way aft and are even with the back of the outboard motor, which facilitates entering and exiting the boat. A boarding ladder stores in a locker to starboard.
The 210 SunCoast lends itself well to beaching and Chaparral places the forward beach ladder and the anchor in the same compartment in the bow. The ladder is a four-step model and the foredeck has a non-skid finish for safer reboarding. We liked that the bow is notched to accommodate the ladder supports and the anchor rode. The flush-mounted navigation light flips up when needed. Two pull-up cleats are on each side of the bow. The boat has a total of eight cleats.
Storage & Coolers
On the 210 SunCoast, we found in-deck storage between the helm and co-pilot’s seats. The locker measured 82” x 30” x 16” (208 cm x 76 cm x 41 cm). The 25-quart carry-on cooler is on the port side and the built-in 70-quart cooler is in the center of the back seat. The aft seat base has full-beam storage and a dedicated spot for the optional water toy inflator.
The National Advertised Price for the Chaparral 210 SunCoast starts at $39,895.Our test boat had the Deluxe package that adds $2,120.
Of course the major feature of the 210 SunCoast is that she is outboard-powered. Importantly, she is not just a made-over sterndrive, but rather she was designed from the start to be an outboard boat.This is evident when we see the large port and starboard swim platforms which are about as big as practical, and provide good staging areas for towing sports.She has a slightly higher freeboard than some deckboats and she has Chaparral's signature Kevlar in the keep feature. All thru-hulls are stainless steel.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Chaparral 210 SunCoast (2016-) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 21.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.86 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Chaparral 210 SunCoast (2016-) is 22.1 mph (35.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.90 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.08 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 221 miles (355.67 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Bluetooth|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
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