2001 Chaparral 350 Signature
- Stock #081535 -
SUPER MINT CONDITION, FRESHWATER USE ONLY, SUPER LOW HOURS- LOADED
Put the Signature 350's throttles in the corner, and it rises up fast - and level. Its performance is a tribute to the lift provided by the boat's wide chines and moderate-V hullform, as well as the bite delivered by the Mercruiser twin, stainless-steel Dual Props. Cut some turns. The Signature 350 responds well without leaning too much. Throttle back to 4000 rpm, or 35 mph, and settle in for a long cruise. All in all, this is one fine-running boat.
What a great athlete! And the helm is a party zone! Engine access, below decks comfort, and fit and finish are top of the line. Even the wet bar shows attention to detail.
The split, flip-bolster helm seat provides good visibility whether you prefer to sit or stand while driving. Because the bolsters can be flipped individually, your mate can also choose the position more comfortable for him or her.
Aboard most express cruisers, the companionway bisects the helm. Not on the Signature 350. The cabin entry is positioned to port, taking up about a third of the boat's interior width. The remaining space - the helm proper - is located one step up from the cockpit and features a crescent-shaped lounge that allows three additional companions to join the skipper and mate at the helm. And instead of those little ledges some builders call steps, there are three deep steps leading up through the strut-reinforced split windshield. This makes getting to and from the broad, fully nonslip-surfaced bow safe. Also, guests in the transom lounge - a slick piece of engineering that hides inside the aft inwale when not in use - won't have to disturb those sitting at the helm as they transition forward to the cabin. Finally, the granite-finished wetbar, which includes a standard icemaker, is well aft of the companionway where it won't create a choke point. Boarding steps, a full-height transom door, and the standard oversize swim platform further enhance the Signature 350's extensive amenities.
DETAILS, DETAILS. Indications of the Signature 350's top quality abound. Lift the aft coaming bolster. See that white board with the holes bored through it? Instead of wood, the bolsters are backed by a no-rot composite called Kelron. The holes allow moisture to drain from the multidensity foam Chaparral uses. These bolsters won't foster the growth of mold and mildew.
Now run your fingers along the bottom edge of the wetbar stowage doors. Feel that recessed edge? It provides ventilation for the icemaker - an often overlooked detail aboard express cruisers - and allows you to plug a blender into the 110-volt outlet hidden there without having to keep the door ajar. Lift the helm lounge's cushion. You won't find soggy gear stowed in a puddle. The stowage below drains onto the Signature 350's self-bailing cockpit liner.
Now hit the switch to open the engine hatch. See the deep gutter around its rim? Wash water and spray are prevented from corroding your engines. Climb down. There's plenty of room around, between, and in front of the engines. Look up. See that white hose coming off the cockpit drains? That's the sanitation hose. It's expensive, but much more durable than the corrugated bilge hose most builders use in this application. And the ones aboard the Signature 350 are double clamped to chrome-on-bronze through-hull fittings, not brittle plastic ones. Batteries? The nonslip work platform you're squatting on hinges up to reveal three of them, including one for the standard 7.3 kW Kohler genset that comes with a sound shield. Chaparral didn't end run quality in the Signature 350's engine compartment.
The Signature 350's cabin provides outstanding possibilities for both entertaining and weekending. The aft berth is full size and can be concealed by drawing an accordion door from a bulkhead pocket. Open the door, erect the table, and you've created a cozy alcove that expands the salon's sociability.
The forward island berth can also be made into a private area by the use of a pocket door and cantilevers that open to reveal dedicated stowage for both the dinette and aft berth tables. A changing stool-cum-step helps you climb up into the berth. Bracketed by dual, illuminated hanging lockers, and with well-positioned reading lamps, it's as desirable a location as a 50-yard-line seat on Super Bowl Sunday.
LAST WORD. This exceptionally well-detailed cruiser carries its weight - and yours.
LOA.....37'0" ** **
Draft 2'9" ****
Displacement (lbs., approx.) ..........14,000 ****
Transom deadrise...18 ****
Bridge clearance..11'2" ****
Minimum cockpit depth ..........2'8 1/2"
Max. cabin headroom..6'8"
Fuel capacity (gal.)..250 ****
Water capacity (gal.) ..........35 ****
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