First off lets discuss yesterday’s lawn ornam…ummm right….hull, the Fountain Lightning US1 had seen better days. No engines, crusty bravos, no interior, no seats, no electronics. Lots of fiberglass work needed. All this added up to a surprisingly weak no vote, only 57% voted against the $3000 price tag. Facebook commenters were not nearly as friendly with a near unanimous “you’d have to pay me to take it”. Maybe there was confusion? To be 100% clear, this hull would have cost YOU $3000 to take away.

So now on to greener pastures. 2 days ago we shared a beauty of a 1996 Four Winns 278 Vista for only $8000. A 27 foot cabin cruiser that had spent its pampered life enclosed in a bimini, on a lift, in a covered slip. However the overwhelming message was “scam”. Since then the price has gone down to just $7000. My belief is that it was in great condition, but the engines had issues, hence the discount. He just left that out of the description, that’s my thinking Many of you called this out as a scam though.

Today we have a nice Chaparral 265 SSI 26 foot cabin cruiser. This 2003 example comes with a Volvo Penta 8.1gi V8 with just 330 hours. The boat is located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Volvo Penta could push this Chaparral 265 SSI to a top speed of more than 55 mph. Reviews at the time say the 26 foot boat boasts a well-equipped and spacious cabin, and sure handling.

Base price for the Chaparral 265SSI with a 250-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GSDP engine was $44,709. This example includes a slew of options including a 375-hp Volvo Penta Gi engine, DuoProp drive and a porcelain head with a holding tank. Those options and more boosted the original price to $58,518. Now this 26 foot cabin cruiser can be yours for just $17,500. Its described by the seller as “running great”. The cabin and exterior look clean. Trailer is extra $$. From what we could find its the cheapest working example out there. So check out the listing at the link below and take a closer look. Let us know what you think, is this a bargain, by voting in the poll down below.

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Is this 26 ft Chaparral 265 SSI a bargain at $17500?