The Challenger 550 is first and foremost a family runabout designed to tow skiers and water toys, yet it provides enough cockpit space for inshore and coastal fishing. The cuddy cabin is placed well forward to maximize cockpit volume and is designed to provide shelter and dry storage rather than overnight accommodation. It is, however, well appointed with sumptuous squabs and upholstered parcel shelves that double as back rests. The cuddy has a pronounced step down and the bunk fronts are low to maximize sitting headroom. The area under the squabs is foam filled for buoyancy. The Cabin is fully lined and fitted with an overhead Weaver hatch within easy reach of the anchor locker and fairlead.
The anchor locker is moulded into the foredeck to retain the boat's looks. It is fitted with a split lid that hinges back to port and starboard The 550 has a close-fitting wrap-around anodised aluminium windscreen that hugs the contours of the boat and looks smart and practical. Seating arrangements vary according to owner requirements, with options that include king and queen seats on moulded bases or single pedestals with bin seats. The cockpit has a single underfloor storage bin in the sole that is designed to accommodate up to four 25-litre tote tanks.
Rod Holders are positioned on the cockpit coamings with further storage in full length side pockets. The 550 retains wide decks that makes it feasible to walk around the boat with the aid of a stainless bow rail. All up the 550 presents very well. It has a simple yet practical layout and is finished to a very high standard. It has some nice touches usually reserved for larger, more expensive boats, and looks sharp with colour-matched graphics.
Source - Trade-A-Boat Magazine
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