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    VIP Member VIP Member OldSchool's Avatar
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    Cigarette CC and Boston Whaler currently
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    Dec 2001
    RG, What do you do for a living???
    I can't talk about it right now, it's being handled by the Postal Inspector. Those guys don't mess around!

  2. #12
    Registered bouyhunter's Avatar
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    24' Pantera
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    Apache Jct. AZ
    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchool View Post
    RG, What do you do for a living???
    OSO eyecandy.

  3. #13
    VIP Member VIP Member ACTIVESHACK's Avatar
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    2007 37' Active Thunder SOLD
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    Mar 2006
    Aspen, CO
    I had a 21' Checkmate with a 200 Mercury on it back in 86-87. That little boat was bullet proof and alot of fun.

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    Registered ToTheMax's Avatar
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    ...sooner than I think...I hope...
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    Mar 2006
    30,000 Islands Georgian Bay Ontario Canada
    I agree this is a win-win situation. This might be a boost that Checkmate needs to regain the popularity it once had up here. They are great boats!

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAP071 View Post
    Awesome, I loved my Checkmate

    Me too. I grew up on one, in fact I think it's the model that Baja bought to start making their boats, but I'm not sure. He bought it in 1968 I think. My dad was letting me drive a 70 mph 16' rocket by the time I was 11 or 12, without him in it!!! (he just wanted to hang with his buddies and drink beer) I would like to find the person that bought it from my dad in 1990 and get it back!
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    Easily Distracted Platinum Member Racegirl3's Avatar
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    Boat Btch
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    Sep 2004
    Bucyrus, Ohio
    Im a title agent. My boss is Dougs attorney. I told Doug today that the boards would be buzzin tonight ... he said thats cool, tell them to come buy boats (lol)
    Bad Girls Make Good Company

  7. #17
    Charter Member #415 Charter Member
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    1968 Switzer Shooting Star,1967 Switzer Shooting Star,1963 Glasspar G-3
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    Nov 2000
    Doug's son Courtney was VP of Marketing for Baja prior to Brunswick. After Brunswick put in their own folks,Courtney went to Family and Performance Boating Mag. I thought he might rejoin his dad at Checkmate but I was just told he has changed careers and is invvolved in Indy car racing . Also was told that Checkmate is going to work with McCloud Interiors now. Sounds like Checkmate has a bright future after 45 years with the Combs and Downard families,and now with Doug Smith.I bought my first Checkmate in 1969,lots of good memories.Thanks Bill Combs and Bill Downard

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
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    Carlisle, MA USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Racegirl3 View Post
    It is now officially a done deal. Both Doug and Bill just walked out of my office smiling. God Bless both of them!
    So they got a happy ending?
    Put your best foot forward!

  9. #19
    Registered epeek's Avatar
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    35 Fountain Executioner
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    Apr 2003
    Lake George N.Y.
    I owned 2 Checkmates,a 25 & a 28. Both were simple
    and solid. Great boats. Classic designs that kind of went
    out of style in the recent years. This deal should be
    great for Checkmate. Hope to see them back in the
    limelight again.

  10. #20
    My Boats:
    Scarab Panther
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    Oct 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    Had s 1969 16ft Checkmate with a warmed over 115HP Merc. With a jack plate, it went 63MPH. What a fun boat! I do miss it! Wish Checkmate the best of luck!

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