We used to race against many Checkmates and Hydro-Streams in the early years. The first time I saw a Baja hull I thought it was a Checkmate because it was identical to the Checkmate hull. Also, I have always heard that before Reggie ever built his first Fountain boat he spent some time talking to Paul Allison about hull design. Thus the beak nose. Allison had it long before Reggie even thought about building boats. I am not bashing Reggie. I think he is a genius when it comes to designing and racing boats. My personal boat is a Fountain.