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Published Dec. 2, 2006

Form: If you are looking for luxury on the water, the comfort factor of this classic deck boat can't be beat. You'll feel like Captain Kirk seated behind the helm of the Sunesta 236. What universe you take this little beauty to is entirely up to you.

Function: By definition, deck boats are for lounging. But if you have something more practical in mind, such as collecting seashells or driftwood from a sandbar, you can snap out the Berber carpet before you go. The rear seat also comes out to provide easier access to the swim platform.

Features: You'll find ample storage for wakeboards and other water gear, as well as several coolers located throughout the boat. The head is roomier than most. They have also positioned the CD player below decks (with a remote at the helm) to protect if from the salt spray. The refreshment center, located opposite the helm, has a trash can and sink, in addition to another cooler.

Fun factor: This sporty 22-footer has good acceleration out of the hold. You'll have no problem pulling dad up on a ski or dragging a gang of kids on the big banana. Chaparral has a long and illustrious reputation when it comes to quality and dependability. For family fun, this boat scores a perfect 10.

Price point: $59,860

Competition: Sea Ray 240 Sundek, Maxim 2400 SD, Azure 220.

Fast facts

Chaparral 236 Sunesta

Length: 22 feet

Beam: 8 feet 6 inches

Draft: 34 inches

Fuel capacity: 53 gallons

Weight: 4,450 pounds

Max power: 320 horsepower

Recommended power: 5.7 Volvo

Boat courtesy of Boat and Motor Superstores, 36851 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor, (727) 942-7767,