Chrysler CV 223Andy Adams

I first saw the Chrysler CV223 at an annual press convention in the summer of 1977. I liked it then and I like it even more now.

The CV223 is a big, comfortable cuddy-cabin boat sporting a deep-V hull, a head, and lots of performance. I haven’t seen many of them around and just can't figure out why. It could be that Chrysler's dealer organization isn't that strong and thus the public hasn't been turned on to the boat. Whatever the reason, people out there are missing a good trick.

Before I go further I should mention that the test boat was a press demonstrator and executive loan boat. Basically, that means it was surprising that it ran at all. We press people tend to accelerate the wear and tear a boat would normally take. The test boat had been on the rocks more than once.

Because of this ill treatment there may be some comments here that won't apply to other CV223's, but there is also an interesting sidelight to this that I'll come to in the performance section.

First off, let me say that this is a good-looking boat. Several people commented favourably on the design, and the photos show more or less what I mean. The finish is close to the best I've seen, and nothing about the boat is second-class.

The bow is drawn to a rather sharp point and accentuated by hull graphics The effect is quite pleasing, despite
the boat's otherwise plain lines. It is very deep and sits high in the water, yet somehow it manages to look rather racy. The long deck enhances the clever styling.

Chrysler CV 223 – top up.The interior is well thought-out too. The stern jump-seats slide in and out and match up with the upholstered engine cover to make a berth. The other seats are the usual back-to-back sleepers, nicely covered and useable as two more berths. There is considerable storage under these and a portable cooler is included that fits under the passenger side.

Speaking of coolers, there are two self-draining wells in the deck over the transom for bait or sundries, both with lockable teak covers. There is an optional kitchen unit that replaces the passenger seat, but the test boat didn’t have it. However, an abundance of drink-holders and storage space, lots of sleeping accommodation and that kitchen unit would make this boat a fine day-cruiser.

Two more can be accommodated in the forward V-berth, which is long and wide enough for real comfort. It is actually better than others in much larger boats. There are side lights and a glass hatch that help make it quite liveable. A small self-contained head sits under the centre cushion and while it is not really the equal of home, one could sit with no bother, in contrast with many other boats that don't leave sufficient headroom there.

While on the subject of comfortable accommodation, I must mention the top. While I admit it is still the traditional vinyl-over-folding-aluminum tubing, it does qualify among the best. Not only does the top stow neatly away but it goes up with little fuss, everything fits well, keeps the weather out, and if you can believe it, looks good.

The top itself has a low-slung, racy look that compliments the boat’s lines. It has good side curtains and a regular stern curtain, plus an optional camper section that was included on the test boat. It has its own set of bows and curtains, a huge picture-window stern curtain and, of all things, forward windows in the raised rear section. It lets in lots of light and frankly looks good enough to leave up. It's a very clever outfit, gives standing headroom, and no CV223 should be without it.

Chrysler CV 223 – Running.The helm-seat position is very good too. All controls are well placed, the instruments readable and all the switches lit for no-hassle night use. The wheel is slightly offset, a feature I don't like, but it wasn't objectionable in this case. The steering tightens up a bit despite being power assisted, but that never got as far out of hand as in some boats, even when the trim was way off.

The instruments themselves work well enough, although the trim gauge was a bit whacko, as usual, and hard to read. Instruments are not as modern and businesslike as the latest from Mere or OMC. No complaints, but not as nice as the rest of the boat. The speedo is right on in the upper range but reads low as speed drops.

The very raked windshield didn’t throw much glare and the view is good in all directions. The long foredeck leaves no doubt that this is a big boat; while planing off it gets in the way slightly but generally the pilot has an easy time of it. Docking isn’t bad either, but the deep-V won’t swing as easily as a flatter-bottomed boat.

At speed on the water the CV223 handles well. Tight corners are no problem, the engine seldom cavitates and the whole rig has a secure feel. Rough weather won't slow the CV223 down. The hull shape effectively smooths things out and the very stout construction ensures that few bad vibrations filter through to the captain and crew. This is a bit too big to use for skiing really, but it has the power to do it.

The engine, at 265 hp and 360 cu in., makes the CV223 a dacron is 2.2 to 16 oz. For many years the test boat had its share of abuse and the power plant is where it showed most. Cruising at 3,000 rpm gave a fuel-mileage figure of 3.29 mpg, no great but suitable to the class. Starting was another matter: something had been done to the automatic choke and it needed lots of throttle to fire up first thing in the morning. This is easily fixed.

Chrysler CV 223 - The helm controls.The gears gave some problems. Chrysler has the smoothest shift in the business, with imperceptible gear changes. I relate the rest of this to you with tongue in cheek because I could trace the problem to several areas. Who was really at fault is anybody’s guess.

Occasionally the gears didn't take up when the lever was moved. The shift cannot be detected anyway so you are never sure you have a gear until you advance the throttle and start to move. A couple of times the gears didn't make the shift and the result was to rev it in neutral. Twice the gears suddenly engaged and the shock to the boat and driver was not good.

One possible cause would be the battery, which was not in good shape and may not have been providing the current to make things work. The control unit was made by Morse and seemed okay but could have been at fault too. Lastly, the gear change itself had likely been slammed from reverse to forward to reverse repeatedly in demonstration, as this is a favourite Chrysler sales trick.

Whatever the problem was, it spoiled a great engine. The 360 runs as if it's bigger and more powerful than it really is. When I first got the boat and ran the performance test, it showed some pretty impressive numbers for such a big boat. Those figures are in the data panel. However, I think the boat liked the way I used it because it seemed to run better every time out.

The completion of the test was a short cruise with seven people aboard and someone was fooling with the radar. Just for fun I got it out, opened her up and got close to 45 with that load. Then, as I was returning, running one-up and with the camper-top up, I actually had the radar show 50 for a short burst at 5,000 rpm. Incredible for this sort of rig.

Originally published in Canadian Yachting’s March 1979 issue.

Specifications:
Length: 22ft 2.5 in.
Beam: 96 inches
Weight: 4300 lbs
Engine: Chrysler 360-cu-in. 265hp.


Photo Captions
Photo 1 - The CV223 is a big, comfortable curdy-cabin boat sporting a deep-V hull, a head, and lots of performance.
Photo 2 – top up.
Photo 3 – Running.
Photo 4 - The helm controls are well placed.

Destinations

  • Prev
At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

Read more about the Blind Channel Resort...

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
At the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing 24/7 “Peace of Mind Boating” for ...
West Vancouver Yacht Club reports that following an independent certification process the Georgia ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. Whoever said this area was cool this time of year must ...
Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...
My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...

Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

Read more about the Swift Trawler 47......

 

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

Read More about the Oceanis 46.1......

DIY & How to

  • Prev
I’ve had two emails over the past few weeks with a count-down to launch (47 days per the last ...
Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...

Sea to Sky SailingSea to Sky Sailing has just been approved as the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized training centre on the west coast of North America just in time to deliver an epic 2019 season!

“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

Read More about Sea to Sky Sailing......

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the world’s first luxury Explorer Sport Tender. It is ...
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the launch of the new MerCruiser V8 6.2L 370hp Jet Ready ...
My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...
Gina de Vere approached me at the Canadian Yachting booth at this year’s Vancouver International ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
After developing the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production foiling sailing yacht, Groupe Beneteau ...
You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...