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Nordic 28 ft Heat

Old 07-22-2002, 11:38 AM
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I am concidering buying a Nordic 28 ft Heat Open Bow or a Checkmate 270 Convincor Open Bow any one out there who has one tell me the Pros & Cons about each boat?
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Old 07-22-2002, 07:03 PM
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Just an unbiased opinion; Yea Right!
Seriously though, we looked at both the 280ZT and Heat, very close before making our decision. Our dealer, St. George Marine, sells both Nordic and Checkmate so we had a very good, side-by-side comparison.
We sat in both and the decision was instant. Youíll understand if you do the same. The Heat is about $10k more than the 280ZT but we felt it was worth it. The 270 Checkmate may even be a larger savings for you if that was what you decided. Both boats (the Heat and the 280ZT) were equipped with HP500EFIs and the performance was pretty close. The Checkmate may handle ocean stuff a little better but the Heat is a touch faster. We boat on large lakes (Powell and Mead) and our Heat handles anything within reason.
One of the biggest selling points, which will not matter to you wanting an open bow, was the cabin. It is substantially larger than most 30ís and is finished off beautifully. Then again, the mid cabin on the open bow Heat is huge also.
Itís all about what you want or need. Go sit in them, drive them and look at your budget. Youíll know.
If you go with Nordic, make very sure you have your order in writing and do not accept the boat if it is not right! Probably the same with Checkmate; donít know.
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Old 07-22-2002, 07:17 PM
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You might want to consider Sunsation's 288 open bow as well -
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Old 07-22-2002, 07:24 PM
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Talking Go Nordic

We owned a '96 Heat, and loved the boat. I would highly recommend the boat. I was the second owner and when it sold with 486 hours on a 502mag, I hated to see it go... even more since we haven't bought another boat yet. Good luck
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Old 07-22-2002, 08:52 PM
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I have a 2001 28' with a 496HO. Nice boat. The other boat we had narrowed it down to was a Fountain, but the Nordic won that one hands down. If you want details, email me at [email protected]

Its also been reviewed in Powerboat Magazine and Family & Performance Magazine this year, you should read those articles also.
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