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Old 01-23-2010, 06:25 PM
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bimini run, I'm running a pair of 300X's, w/ Sportmaster l/u, great motors, change plugs, fuel filter & lower unit fluid that's it. Could you purchase boat as is than sell motors and buy a pair of 300 XS ? Check out Scream & Fly for outboards ! "HIGH LIFE"
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Thanks for all the responses, that's exactly what I was thinking. And yes, I would have been running the boat in Great South Bay/Moriches Bay area, and once in a while out to Shinnecock and then Peconics. BUT, maybe I should re-think this. Every 100 hours to rebuild 2 is beyond what I would want to spend. And by saying watch where I run this boat, I guess you are referring to Checkmate's reputation for cracking? I did own an '86 Sportfire (16') and that had stress cracks like crazy. But I didn't think that would be a problem on a 30 footer. One thing you cannot argue with however, their gelcoat work is awesome.

Thanks again for all the responses, my son is going to be bummed!
The gelcoat is awesome.... when its not cracked a thousand different ways. I agree with lightspeed. He has a 29 progression that would run CIRCLES around the checkmate for way less money and along with way more reliability.
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The gelcoat is awesome.... when its not cracked a thousand different ways. I agree with lightspeed. He has a 29 progression that would run CIRCLES around the checkmate for way less money and along with way more reliability.
Agreed...you won't have to worry about what body of water he's running in, the progression is built for it.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:28 AM
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I just listed our 28 powerplay with 300's. Great rough water boat

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Old 01-24-2010, 12:07 PM
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I just listed our 28 powerplay with 300's. Great rough water boat
I can attest to that!!!
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:44 PM
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are you looking at the checkmate at ocean outboard?
would be a fun ride.
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I can attest to that!!!
I 2nd that!
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:36 AM
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3rd......can't go wrong with a PP especilly with that set up....turn key and go
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:14 AM
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Any idea how much it would cost to switch out the 250's for 300XS'? If i switched them out, i would also be selling the 250's so how much could they go for? And yes, i am looking at the one at Ocean Outboard.

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Old 01-27-2010, 05:28 PM
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BTW, that last post was from my son, he is desperate for this boat!! But a good question, nonetheless. And what is it with Checkmates and stress cracks? I now own a 22 Baja Hammer with hardly any cracks at all. I did love my Sportfire, however.
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