Born in Febuary boating by April, I believe an old Thompson tri-hull. Then grew up in my Dads 1979 18' Checkmate Eluder open bow w/ 200hp Merc that he bought new. I bought my first around age 21, 1979 17' Checkmate Trimate IV Open Bow w/ 140hp Mercruiser I/O. 45 MPH all day long with very little boat in the water, a blast named "Mississippi TURD". Currently on my second Checkmate, 1993 218 Persuader. Designer for Off-Road Machine Seat Mfg.