it depends on what you are going to do with the boat. Checkmate will have more cabin room. they both ride about the same in the rough. If you are from Jersey and plan on using it on the Deleware river....there are a ton of 24 and 25 Baja's out there, and not many checkmates. I had a 1997 253 Convincor and loved it. all my friends had Baja's. Both run close speeds with same power. Best mine ran was 80.9 Gps with 560+ hp.
send me some info on your boat....i know someone looking.