Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX Dual Engine Jet Boat! – By Boattest.com


Boattest.com took a look at a few of the most popular jet boats, and of course the Chaparral was in the mix! Take a look at what they said. 

Chaparral’s 243 Vortex VRX isn’t just a jet boat, or just a watersports boat: She’s a full-fledged family bowrider that happens to have a pair of Rotax waterjets under the hood, instead of stern drives. She rides on a 20-degree deadrise V-hull, has Kevlar reinforcement in her hull, has boarding ladders fore and aft for both beaching and watersports, and is roomy enough for an enclosed head compartment in one console.

Chaparral’s 243 Vortex VRX isn’t just a jet boat, or just a watersports boat: She’s a full-fledged family bowrider that happens to have a pair of Rotax waterjets under the hood, instead of stern drives. She rides on a 20-degree deadrise V-hull, has Kevlar reinforcement in her hull, has boarding ladders fore and aft for both beaching and watersports, and is roomy enough for an enclosed head compartment in one console.

Along with the standard wakeboard tower and folding Sunbrella top, the 243 Vortex VRX has a transom shower to keep salt where it belongs, and a ski mirror for the helmsman to watch astern. Access to the swim platform is via a walk-through passage, flanked by aft-facing seats. Two stereo speakers and a remote control ensure no lack of tunes, and a wide grabrail along the aft edge of the platform will help more agile folks hop back aboard without using the three-step ladder. A ballast control system, important to wakeboarders and -surfers, is optional, however.

We tested the 243 Vortex VRX with the 250-hp Rotax jets. Our captain saw 47.2 kts at full throttle, but was also impressed by her agility at high and low speeds, and with her seakeeping qualities. In his opinion, the 243 Vortex is the equal of Chaparral’s similar-sized sterndrive and outboard sportboats. “Whether at idle or high speeds, this is a well-mannered boat,” he said.

In addition to everything else, her strong suit is her attention to detail in the interior where she is more like an up-scale non-jet sportboat.

Go for a wicked ride in a Chaparral 243 VRX Dual Engine Jet Boat!


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