Boat Test: 2018 Campion Chase 550 OB

Boat Tested2018 Campion Chase 550 OB
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Campion
Length18ft / 5.49 m
Beam7ft 8in / 2.34 m
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
Fuel Capacity25
By Steven Bull
Walking around any boat show, you will see that bowriders are getting bigger every year. It’s not uncommon to see 35+ foot options from multiple manufacturers. Don’t worry, boats under 20-feet that are easy to handle, easy to trailer but fun enough for the whole family are still ever popular.

Kelowna, BC-based Campion Boats makes bowriders in a variety of sizes, but they’ve done a great job with this compact 550 Chase OB. I was impressed that I was able to sit with my legs outstretched in the bow lounge and the space built in alongside the cushions for quick storage (like tucking away a hat when the captain hammers the throttle) is a nice touch.

The boat’s compactness translates to the in-floor ski locker. It isn’t cavernous, but it is a good size. The under-seat storage options are impressive as well. The splashes of colour throughout the boat are matched to the hull �” our test boat was a vibrant orange �” giving it a really sporty feel. Couple that with the optional tower and this boat means business out on the water.

The Kicker stereo with SiriusXM and Bluetooth connectivity is funky enough for most, but not Campion. They’ve made sure the speakers on board are lit with LEDs. That doesn’t affect the sound, of course, but man, does it look cool! The cup holders have them as well.

With a 200-horsepower Evinrude G2 on the back, this thing scoots, cracking 50 miles per hour on our test day. That may be a little too fast for the family, so mid-to-high 30s is a more economical (but still fun) cruising speed. Because the 550 is so light, acceleration is a snap too. We were on plane in under four seconds.

For a good price, you can get a high quality, high performance, jack-of-all-trades kind of boat with this Chase 550. Plus, it’s Canadian made for a patriotic boost. Not bad, eh?

Evinrude E-TEC G2, 200-horsepower, 2.7L, V6, Direct Injection with stratified low RPM combustion mode
DETAILSLength: 18 ft / 5.49 mBeam: 7 ft 8 in/ 2.34 mWeight: 1,955 lbs/ 907 kgFuel Capacity: 25 gal / 94.6 L
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