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Need some info on a chaparral villain 3, my friend has a 1987 with a supercharged sm block that I am thinking about buying. Nice boat in good condition motor is well built [ i know who built it ] my question is about the hull, do these boats have any common problems with the hull to watch out for? I have been told that they are well built. also I have seen these boats advertised any where from 22 to 24 feet any one know why? he says this is a 23' are there any hull changes on the later ones besides a built in swim platform? any info will help greatly, THANKS :D :D
 

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I had a 1991 Villain II (20') back in 1994/95 - was one of the best built production boats I have seen for its time. The boat is still here in Tampa and still looks pretty good. From what I understand, there has never been any transom rot issues, no stringer issues. The new owner did have to replace the cockpit floor and the sunpad, but that's to be expected if you keep the boat outdoors! I would not hesitate to buy a Chaparral. The only thing I would be concerned about is the SC small block...
 

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I had an offer in on one right before I bought my Formula. 24 Villain III. Was a very nice boat but did have minor osmosis. The owner said it was typicall in that model so check for that. I was very impressed with the boat overall though. Still, for the same price I ended up with a Formula so you may want to look into that.
 

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I have a 1987 Villain III I have had since new. Great boat! With tabs (Ihave the Bennet sport tabs with indicators) it handles rough water with much bigger boats. I should know, I raced it in APBA local and pro classes for 5 years and only 1 race was calm I took 2 -2nds and won every other race with a slightly modified 350 magnum. I was never the fastest boat in every race but bever broke down and the handling saved me many times. I now run a modified 355 (about 400 horse) and have seen 65 a couple of times. I just rebuilt it so I hope for more speed, when broken in, but the boat is very stable and I feel could easily handle over 70.
I've replaced some vinyl (it is the weakness here) a throttle and the voltage gauge. Also the hinges are aluminum and the rough water running made me have stainless ones fabricated. The windshield can also be a problem at the age of the boat but you can tell by looking at it.
 

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I've seen Whiplash's boat run and it does handle rough water well. BTW, Bill, how is the engine project coming? Are you ready for the 2006 season yet? :D
 

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The new engine runs good but with minor annoyances. Remote oil hoses were leaking, replaced today but filter bracket cracked on tightening one hose so I need another one of those. Carburetor sat too long and pops lean if I hammer it on plane but does fine of I ease it on plane so I'll wait till winter to take apart and just keep easing. Breathers have oil blowing by due to rings not fully seated yet so I'm working on getting baffles for the valve covers. Weather has stunk and every time out Lake Ontario is 2-5 footers so I've had it flying! I'm ready for '06- Hey, where'd it go!?
 

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I had the 89 Villain III with 330hp 454. Would do sixty with just me light on fuel (OK, I may have been going with the current).

Great boat though. Wish I still had it.

Someone in our area (Port Huron) has the exact boat but with through hull exhaust (mine went through prop).

I do believe I sold that boat off of Speedwake with the one free ad you get. And it sold in Feb.

Maybe I should try that with the Enticer
 

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The 85- 87's were true 22' with no swim platform, just 2 swim steps a plexi windshield and a crawl in, lay down cabin. They weighed 3200 lbs with a small block.
In 89 they were redesigned to the one you see in the above posts (the yellow one). They had the exact same hull but a new taller deck with a full fiberglass inner liner, glass windshield, step down cabin with 2 seats and a bed in the bow and molded in swim platform. With the platform they called it 24' but the exact 22' hull was underneath plus the 1' 10" platform (23'10" total). Originally they listed this boat as 3200lbs also but it went slower so they finally weighed it and corrected the listed weight as 4200lbs with the same engine. It was a phenomenally built boat but required much bigger power to equal the speed of the earlier version. A friend had one and could not find a way to mount tabs the way the molded swim platform was. He had a built up 454 (about 425hp) and saw 67mph.
 

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I have a 1987 Villain III I have had since new. Great boat! With tabs (Ihave the Bennet sport tabs with indicators) it handles rough water with much bigger boats. I should know, I raced it in APBA local and pro classes for 5 years and only 1 race was calm I took 2 -2nds and won every other race with a slightly modified 350 magnum. I was never the fastest boat in every race but bever broke down and the handling saved me many times. I now run a modified 355 (about 400 horse) and have seen 65 a couple of times. I just rebuilt it so I hope for more speed, when broken in, but the boat is very stable and I feel could easily handle over 70.
I've replaced some vinyl (it is the weakness here) a throttle and the voltage gauge. Also the hinges are aluminum and the rough water running made me have stainless ones fabricated. The windshield can also be a problem at the age of the boat but you can tell by looking at it.
I am desperate for the user/operating manual. If you could copy and send I am willing to pay for your work and supplies.
 
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