Checkmate seemed to think that this was ok because I have seen several with the same problem. Another of the many issues I had was the way they mounted the engine. They used lag bolts to down into the stringers instead of using bolts to through bolting them which should be standard with a high performance boat. Again, they did'nt see anything wrong with this practice.
After the first season that I owned it, it went back to the factory so they could correct some of the problems that the boat had.
After ''retrieving'' my boat from the factory and experiencing their ''attitude'' I realized that I was on my own and that another trip to the factory was not going to solve any problems. I addressed the problems (many) at my own expense so at least I would get some use out of it.
My advice to any prospective Checkmate owner would be to avoid my experience and look elsewhere for a place to spend your hard earned money.