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  1. #1
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    1989 Checkmate 251 Convincor
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    Sep 2009
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    Cedar Springs MI
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    Smile Looking at 89 251 Convincor,Look for???

    I am going to look at a 89 251 Checkmate Convincor on Tuesday. It is obviously snowing here and wont be able to test drive the boat. Is there anything that is a common problem with this boat that I should look for? I have been doing a little bit of research and havent found any specific issues yet but... I have built a couple boats so i have quite a bit of knowledge but would like you guys input.

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    My boat is Smaller and slower than yours
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    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bird Nest
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    Thats a good boat, their are no problem areas to look at unless it was not taken care of. Problems that were created by owner neglect. I would not buy anything I could not water test thats risky.

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member cigrocket's Avatar
    My Boats:
    TOP GUN - COBRA POWER
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Endicott, NY
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    I had a 1999 checkmate 251, and many of my friends have had them. Good running boat, however if were buying in todays market, I would want to run the boat. The least I would do if I were seriously going to purchase is run the boat on the muffs and do a compression test. If everything checks out then winterize it. Only takes a few minutes and at least you know there aren't any hidden problems. Just my 2 cents. Lots of deals around, but you don[t want to buy a headache or find out something bad come spring time.
    THE OFFSHORE LEGEND CONTINUES

  4. #4
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    My Boats:
    checkmate 251 convincor,checkmate 253 convincor, 50 gibson
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Fredericksburg, Va
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    3,069
    floor rot, soft spots will show that...stringers, need to look closely at those...under engine especiallly..transome can be a issue as well...not as common as the floor stringers...have one for sale also...Rob

  5. #5
    Orlandi Performance VIP Member brian41's Avatar
    My Boats:
    Baja 32 Caliber, 39 Ocean Express
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    michigan
    Posts
    1,751
    My first brand new boat was a 1989 251 with a 330/Bravo 1. I loved the boat but within 10 years the floor had issues on the starboard side so I replaced the entire floor better than new. The following spring the gas tank cracked.......new floor round 2.

  6. #6
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    My Boats:
    checkmate convincor
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    fenton,
    Posts
    8
    have the same boat .love it, rides great , look at the wood at the sundeck.


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