From what I read it seemed like 17' the boat that had cracking issues was going up against a much larger (30'?) boat in really rough conditions and the other boat had made cracking noises?
Whatever dude...My experience with Checkmate is that the one I was on was not compatible with the waters it was run in which is Long Island Sound...period. It was also evident to the owner who ran it only a few times out there in regards to his investment. I'm giving this information to bimini run as feedback so he can make an informed decision. I don't care about the boats either way, I don't think good or bad about them just, relaying my experience in moderate waters. I'm glad you like yours and hope you have continued fun with it.
I do care and I will tell you this based on fact -- Checkmate has been in Biz the better part of 40 years -- fact
Not many can make that claim -- fact
Do you think that C/M would have the loyal following it does if it were a bad boat?? AHH I don't think so!!
Wow. Looks like the Checkmate boys are coming out in full force. I used to own a Checkmate before my Powerplay.
Great boat for it's intended purpose and yes the gel coat was amazing. However it does not compare to a Powerplay in rough water. You are talking about a production boat and comparing it to a boat that was custom made.
Take a ride in a Powerplay some time and note the difference. They are built like a tank.
[I]I have it's a great boat but when you use the word custom are you saying that they were built to order?
Alot of claims are made about alot of boats but it all is based on opinion.
Is Powerplay still in business?[/I]
Or just have Randy rig it for you in Fla. He does a fine job.
You got it-- he does the best work on the best boat-- pound for pound -- dollar for dollar -- Opinion of course
Bimini If you are looking at the boat at Ocean Outboard I was fortunate enough to go for a test ride about 2 years ago -- You will love the boat -- And yeas it will run with any 30 foot boat out there rough or calm comparitively speaking. -- Now the bad part -- The interior is dated and needs to be changed. Though the power was sufficent you would be much better off running 3.2 300x or xs on there either way you will have one hell of a rig.
my mate does have 1 stress crack in the corner of sunpad area. Its been there since i bought it last summer(has not grown a bit). I'm 24, run on erie in a 23.5 boat and it makes sounds somtimes that i find halarious. If I havent broke it yet Im pretty sure it'll be fine...Ill keep the extra $$ in my pocket for booze and gas.....Besides who here honestly has really even damaged a boat from running in rough water>? Honestly>? I don't mean you hit a sandbar or raced professionally offshore, Im talking average joe. I used to bang around a 18 foot bayliner my buddys dad owned all the time when i was 16...we killed the motor not the hull....Just kinda seems like a little overkill to me...
FWIW... I run my '99 283 Convincor hard in the LOTO washing machine on any given weekend. I don't plan my day around rough water... I run with my Fountain, Hawk, and Cig friends thru it. Boat is solid and holding up well. Ask them.
Oh, and it'll be in the Shootout again this year.
(Not that it has anything to do with rough water... )
Once again you are making a statement based on your opinion. Have you ever owned a 25'+ C/M ?
What defines a custom boat to you??
Fountains were and Donzi's and most Cigarettes just to name a few -- On the west coast you have Eliminator and Warlock are produced just like C/M's are you saying THEY CAN NOT HOLD A CANDLE TO THE BOATS YOU NAMED. You better go get your head examined!!
Son -- I will tell you this out of your own mouth (again) You have stated tbe best reason (NOT) to but one of those boats!!!!!! (RESALE) Guys who own them -- Can not give them away!!!!
What does that tell you??
C/m's resale vaue is as good as any boat on the market today. If the boats you and Lightspeed describe as the 9th Wonders of the world were as wonderful as you say how come they are not falling off the classified adds. Let me say this, the economy excuse only goes so far.
Quality and a fair price sells!!
I am getting the feeling that (as usual) The same old Long Island crowd who are legends in the own mind -- who write without having data to back it up -- Are shooting off there mouths. As usual what is comming out is the same old nonsense.
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