The famous ground hog saw his shadow on February 2, so according to Phil, we are just a few weeks away from an early Spring!
It's good to see that the boat shows have been busy. The East Coast storms have brought out the buyers. Don't forget you can always check our website for upcoming shows in your area. And be sure to stop by and say "hi" when you see us.
I wanted to share with you a great website called "Speed on the Water" that you need to bookmark and follow. Recently, they did a nice article on our 50th Anniversary. Bill Combs was in heaven detailing the company history! It's a great read, and you can find a link to the article on our Facebook page.
The boating industry is getting ready to force more regulations on the manufacturers. The next challenge is gas tanks – they all must have charcoal filters – along with several other changes. This is going to add anywhere from $170 - $300 per boat. The bigger the tank the more they will cost. If there is a special tank we need to make, the tank manufacturer wants $5,000 to make a proto-type. This is almost impossible to do.
Our Facebook page is updated weekly with photos of what is happening in the shop, what is leaving for dealer showrooms, and what we are currently testing (when possible). Also, we'll be starting a few exciting 50th Anniversary promos on Facebook in March - we hope you check it out regularly.
March is a good month to order any upholstery you will need this summer. We are trying to handle as much as we can before production squeezes our timeline.
We still have ice on the test lake here in Ohio, so let's pray the ground hog was right…and that warm weather will be coming soon and we can once again get out on the lake!
So now that it's March….Beware the Ides of March.
Thank goodness the freezing cold month of January is behind us and the spring boating season is one month closer! Although – today in Ohio, it's still very cold! How is it where you're at?
We are in the process of building our first Convincor 260 with the new Mercury 565HP EFI. This should be something very special.
Sad news from the publishing front – last month we lost a performance magazine called SportBoat. A few years back we lost Powerboat magazine. The cost of printing and advertising just cannot keep up with the speed of the web. At Checkmate, however, we do support a wonderful website called "Speed on the Water" (www.speedonthewater.com) with ads. They are kind enough to put short Checkmate updates on the site. Please give them a read when you can. We are going to continue to concentrate on our Facebook page to keep you informed with new boats and specials from time to time. And we will continue to post pictures of special happenings and boats from Checkmate nation.
Boat shows are upon us and if you see any of the new Checkmates, be sure to make yourself known to the dealers. We will be at shows in Buffalo, Ft. Wayne, IN and Syracuse, NY during the month of February. http://www.checkmatepowerboats.net/showcalendar.html
Please help us welcome a new dealer: Gary Tennefoss, of Ravenna Marine, Ravenna, OH
Until next month – stay warm!
With all the changes in the world, the boating industry seems to move slower than the rest of the world. Our government is forcing many new regulations on our industry so we must be proactive and adapt to all the changes. One adjustment we can't get around is the new fuel tank changes, which are going to force changes that add about 40% to the current fuel tank pricing. Mercury keeps updating the I/O's with better catalytic exhaust systems, but all these changes just add to the cost of these products.
One answer is to take a closer look at the outboard line-up from Mercury. The weight is substantially less than an I/O, and the fuel economy is much better. With comparable size boats, the O/B has more interior room, but no "rampa-rampa" just a cool throaty sound and lots of hole shot.
The boat show season is upon us -- check out our calendar for boat shows in your area. We're attending shows starting in early Jan – booked through 1st quarter 2013.
Speaking of 2013, Checkmate is off to a good start -- lead times are 6 weeks+. Mercury has some very long lead times on their 4-stroke motors, so we have engines projected for the whole calendar year.
Keep your eyes on the Facebook page, we are trying to show you all as many of the finished boats as we can.
We are finalizing our 2012 sales numbers and our number 1 dealer is Professional Boat Sales in Bensalem, PA. Congratulations to Bob Gendelman and his staff!
And lastly, a warm welcome to our newest dealer: Collins Marine, Tonawanda, N.Y.
The Christmas season is closing in on us at Checkmate. We have many things to be thankful for – the health and safety of our Checkmate crew is at the top of our list.
The 2013 boat show schedule will soon be online, so keep checking back for a show in your area. If you can, stop out and see us.
We are still testing boats, however, it's getting very cold! And cold weather gear is a must. Every I/O is winterized as soon as we return to the factory.
We will continue to post pictures on our Facebook page. And thanks for the feedback and conversations on Facebook – we enjoy interacting with our Checkmate family.
We would like to solicit the help of our Facebook followers – we are looking for more qualified dealers for our product in some of the major boating markets. Please call Kip Combs (419-562-3881) if you have a prospect.
Enjoy December – Happy Holidays, and here's to a great 2013!
I don't know about you all, but I'm one person that will be glad when the election is over! Between the TV & radio ads and the telephone calls telling me what I should or should not do, I'll be thrilled when November 6th is over.
I'm sure most Checkmate owners in the North have put the boats in storage for the winter, however, keep in mind if you need new or need your old interiors repaired, we have a big backlog, so expect 6-8 weeks to get your orders filled.
Check with your local Checkmate dealer, we are offering anyone who buys a Checkmate $1,500 in options toward the purchase.
The new Convincor 26' is selling well. Keep checking the Facebook page for new and updated graphics. We have spent some extra time trying to improve the speed with the Mercury 8.2 H.O. with the standard Mercury 25 Mirage, where we are in the 68-69 MPH range. We tried several other setups but found our best performance was with a lab finished 27 Mirage, at 73 MPH.
We would like to welcome the following new Checkmate dealers:
- Admirals Anchor Marina, Jeffersonville, Indiana
- Muskoka Wharf Marine, Gravenhurst, Ontario Canada
Next month we'll be thinking Holidays and New Years! Then, in 2013, we'll be celebrating our 50th Anniversary! Where has the time gone?
Enjoy your November, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Testing of the new Convincor 260 is coming along. We have seen speeds of 73 MPH with special lab props from Mercury racing. Testing has been done with stock MerCruiser 8.2 H.O. Some of the steps have been with the X dimension raised ¼" above normal. Then lowered, stock props 3-blade, and 4-blade props tested. We also tested for hole shot and handling. Most tests were with 2 people in the boat and about 20 gallons of fuel. I must say, this boat is awesome!
Testing for the 43' Punisher is underway. Speeds so far are 91.6 MPH. The drives are being changed to turn in, which should be good for a couple more MPH. (it does make it a little harder to maneuver in tight spaces).
Mercury continues to have dealer problems with all 4-stroke motors. Some are 15 weeks out. This means if you project this timeline out some boats might not be delivered until Spring (and who knows, it might get worse). Most outboards an I/O's are 4-5 weeks.
All boats leaving the factory will be winterized, starting October 1st.
We need to clarify some of the restorations we will accept. We are only doing some minor glass work. We don't have the personal to do complete gel coat jobs. Interiors are still being accepted, but remember the colors are impossible to match once the boat is a couple years old.
Keep checking the website for new dealers and boat shows.
We'd like to introduce Admirals Anchor Yacht Sales in Jeffersonville, Indiana as a new dealer. Welcome aboard!
Wow, where did this summer go? Who can believe it's September already? I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer boating season. Our plate has been incredibly full all summer, and with fall upon us we will (hopefully) enjoy some breathing room.
Our 2400 BRX and the new Convincor 260 have kept our production department extremely busy. Theengines of choice are the 300 XS and the 8.2 H.O. Mercury has had deliveryproblems all summer and we thought that in the fall we would get better delivery. Unfortunately they are still 3-4 weeks out on almost all engines. The 250 and 300 Verado are still 9-10 weeks. We have tried to cover ourselves with some inventory but we still are scrambling to get Mercury product.
The testing of the Convincor 260 with the 8.2 H.O. is 69-72 mph. They all have been pretty consistent. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page as we try to post pictures of all the new boats. And please keep your photos coming as well. We love to see how you all are enjoying your Checkmate!
Don't fret that summer is over…some of the best boating is ahead…especially when you get to see the beautiful fall colors! So don't put your Checkmate away just yet.
Enjoy the water!
Welcome August! The Midwest, along with most of the rest of the country, has experienced temperatures in the 90's for the last 6 weeks. We hate rain, but could definitely use some, as the grass here in Ohio is a not-so-pretty shade of brown!
The website and Facebook pages are full of pictures of the first 2 production 260 Convincor and numbers 3,4,5 are currently in production. We will post pictures as we test them. (And thanks for all your likes and comments on the Facebook photos, we love sharing them with our fans!). The specs are on the webpage as well as the standards and options available.
We have had several requests for higher horsepower motors but so far we don't have any orders. Mercury has a special promotion with Checkmate on the new 565EFI, and extra $4,000 discount. I just got a phone call from Hi-Performance, and I don't know how long the deal will last (my guess is 60 days).
July 1st we started production on the 2013 Checkmate models. The new model year also brings new pricing. We are doing everything we can to hold pricing in check. Our average increase across the whole Checkmate line was about 2 1/2%.
Our webpage is updated on a regular basis so that the standards and options are current. We had deleted several of our graphics and replaced them with the checker-flag and spear graphic as seen on the new 26.
Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to Sammie at Action Marine. He is one of the early Checkmate dealers and is retired in Florida. I receive notes and stories on Checkmate history almost daily, and Sammie is a source of some of the great 50 years of our history.
Have a great August Checkmate nation!
The 4th of July is a very special holiday as we celebrate the founding of our country. Today's political climate is very different than it's ever been. Every time I look at or listen to the news we are giving up another small piece of our freedoms. Let us not forget what the 4th of July stands for.
The new Convincor 26 is up and running. Early tests with the new Mercury 8.2 HO are showing speeds of 70 MPH on the GPS speedo. This is with a brand new motor. The backlog of 26's goes clear out till September. If you are considering a new 26 get your dealer to call us. We have many dealer commitments and it may be possible to get a special order from the right dealer. Keep an eye on the Facebook page, we will be showing different colors and options available.
The 43 is almost ready for testing (just waiting on a few parts from outside vendors). We will post updates on Facebook as soon as we finish.
We are starting our 50th year in business and want to see if we can find the oldest Checkmate out there. Post your pictures and serial numbers on our Facebook page and at the end of July we will announce the winner of the oldest Mate. Prizes will be announced soon – we want to surprise you!
Lastly, I'd like to welcome a new Checkmate dealer: Captain's Choice Marine, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Happy and safe boating!
The boating season is now under way all over the U.S. and Checkmate is swamped. There is a lot to talk about, so I'll try to do it in some semblance of order:
Production: our order bank is backed-up on some models until August. The 2400 BRX is a hot seller, we are 5-6 weeks out on delivery, and the dealer inventory is sparse. If you need help locating one, call Kip Combs here at our office (419-562-3881) and he will try to find you one. Our I/0 boat production is slammed. The new 26 is sold out until August. Mercury is 6-8 week delivery on some I/O's and this keeps our production time the same. The SFX is selling well and we just finished an arch for this boat – it looks hot – so keep your eye on the Facebook page for photos. We are also going to offer bimini tops for most of the models and will have inventory and pictures soon.
Pricing: each year Mercury increases prices around July 1st. This year is no exception. We have pricing and it looks like we will be increasing pricing along with Mercury to 2 ½ %. So if you are on the fence on a new boat, now is the time to make the move.
43 Punisher: we will be water testing this boat soon. We are missing a few parts but keep looking at Facebook and we will showcase photos.
26 Convincor: we will be water testing this boat early June. We are waiting on the windscreen to take photos.
Have a great June. July 4th holiday week is right around the corner!
The weather all over the country has been fantastic! Let's hope it springboards us right into a warm start to the boating season. Due to the March warm-up, many of our dealers are being bombarded with new boat sales, repairs, and requests to "get my Checkmate out of storage!"
Our Bucyrus, OH factory has been very busy. The Facebook page will continue to keep you informed with that we have going on. Keep your eyes glued to this page, we will have pictures of the new 26' Convincor and more photos of the 43' Punisher shortly!
Spring always brings many challenges to manufacturing. Most of our suppliers have very low inventory levels, which means their normal deliveries are delayed an extra 2-3 weeks. So, guess what that does to our schedule? Nevertheless, we are happy to report that we are keeping up with orders and shipments.
We do listen to customer feedback from the Facebook page and Checkmate forums. Please keep up the interaction and let us know if you have any questions. We love hearing from you and seeing your photos!
Happy Easter & Springtime!
The boat show season is in high gear and many dealers are reporting sales and interest in the new 2012 Checkmates. The 25' SFX has been a surprise with many buyers looking for something that they can use as an all-purpose boat.
The new 26' Convincor is in the prototype stage and should be ready for delivery sometime this month. We presently have several months of backlog in the order bank.
Most of you have seen some of the pictures of the new 43' Punisher. Work is progressing nicely. Keep your eye on the Facebook page for updates.
Sales are brisk and our production schedule is filling quickly. If you are anticipating a new Checkmate this season, don’t wait until spring. We are at least 6 weeks out on delivery and this could grow. We are at the mercy of Mercury for motors. Some have 6-8 week lead times and we have made some aggressive commitments to Mercury for engines.
Our interior restorations are backlogged and we may be forced to put orders on hold until later this spring. Contact Mike Combs at (419) 562-3881 for pricing and delivery times.
And lastly, I am very pleased to announce three new Checkmate dealers to our dealer network.
• Leisure Marine Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
• Airport Marine Alabaster, Alabama
• Mahopac Marine Mahopac, N. Y.
Warm weather is almost upon us – get ready for another great boating season!
Ohio is having unusually mild weather – we’ve had less than 3” of snow at our corporate office. I sure hope we aren’t going to pay for it over the next few months.
Boat show traffic is very positive, with a few new sales, several quotes & inquiries and good traffic coming through our dealer showrooms.
The new 2012 brochure is on our website along with retail pricing for base models.
We have a new ad running in the spring issue of Sportboat magazine. Check it out – it’s KOOL! We will shortly post it to our Facebook page as well.
The new Convincor 26’ is in the final stages of the plug being finished and ready for the mold. Once the mold is complete, we will make the first part. The finished product is on the horizon…hopefully early Spring the Convincor 260 will come out of hiding.
Speaking of Spring, it’s just around the corner and our schedule is filling up. Mercury is still having delivering issues with motors. The new 4-stroke 150 is sold out until April. If you are interested in ordering a new boat, give yourself 6-8 weeks for delivery. Get to your nearest Checkmate dealer and get your order in as quickly as you can.
We have added several new dealers in the past couple of weeks – look for more info next month.
Once our finished boats are ready to leave our shop, we will post photos to our Facebook page. Let us know how you like them - we appreciate the feedback and your interaction on social media.
Lastly, we are adding some new options and the NEW 50th Anniversary edition is close to being finalized.
My wife and I just got back from a sales trip in Florida…the warmth and sunshine sure makes us long for Spring up here in the North! Wishing you sunny days and thoughts of warm weather boating.
The boat shows are about to spring into high gear and Checkmate will be showcasing several models at different shows across the country. We've posted the show calendar for 1st quarter 2012 - click here to view it now.
We are closing in on completion of the new 26’ Convincor. Standard and option features are nailed down, and the deck plug is about ready for the mold to be built. We’ll post photos once we have them.
Keep your eye on our Facebook page, as we are making every effort to add new things weekly. The 26’ Convincor info will show up on the page before we post it anywhere else. Check out our website as well – we have upgraded some of the photos and added retail pricing for the base models. We expect to have a new brochure ready for the boat show season. It’s a fold up and can be used as a poster.
The new Mercury 150 HP 4-stroke is available on all the outboards. The price is only a few hundred more than the 150 XS. We tested one of these motors in the fall and it’s very impressive. Mercury did inform us, however, that this motor is sold out until April. So, if you’re in the market for a new Checkmate don’t wait too long to get it on order.
We are currently adding up our sales numbers for 2011 and it looks like our Kalamazoo, Michigan dealer Seelye Wright Toy Store is going to be our Number 1 dealer in the country. Congratulations to Jeff Kopac and his crew for an outstanding year.
Think Spring…it’s right around the corner!
Where has the year gone? Wow, it's almost the end of 2011. We've had an exciting and busy year here at Checkmate, and we're looking forward to another great year in 2012 - the start of our 50th Anniversary celebration!
We're pleased to report that the new 2000 BRX is our #1 seller.
The new 26' Convincor is coming along nicely and we expect an early Spring 2012 release. Here are some teaser specs:
Dead rise 24 degrees
Weight 4,500 lbs.
Fuel capacity 80 gal.
Standard power Mercruiser 8.2 Mag EC
As you recall, we also announced an incentive to trade your current Checkmate for a new model. Let us know how we can help!
Our friends at Mercury outboards have announced some special incentives on the Pro XS 200, 225, and 250, as well as the 240 and 300 Pro Verado's. About 80% of the boats we built in 2011 had Mercury outboards.
In 2012 you will see an updated Checkmate website. And we're running an advertising campaign beginning in early 2012 with ads in magazines such as Florida Sport Fishing and Sport Boat.
And finally, we'd like to personally welcome the following new Checkmate dealers:
||Great Oak Marine, St. James, NY
Hutchinson's Boat Works, Alexandria Bay, NY
Katrina Marine, Katrina, Ontario, Canada
Seelye Wright Toy Store, Kalamazoo, MI
Shogren Marine, Waukegan, IL
Duclos Marine, Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!
If you haven’t seen or heard by now, we are working on a new 26' Convincor, to be released in Spring 2012. The renderings and details can be seen on our news page.
We are getting many requests for restorations, interiors, repairs and updates to older Checkmate models. Talk to Mike or Kip Combs to make arrangements for your needs (they can be reached at 419-562-3881).
Mercury has announced a special rebate program for some of the larger engines. Check with your local dealer for details.
We’re listening to you! From ideas that have sprung up on the forum, we have decided to offer any Checkmate owner a rebate if they trade their older Checkmate model for a new one. Call your local dealer for more details.
Mercury has been quietly testing a new 4-stroke 150hp. We were included in the early development of this ALL NEW engine. We tested it back to back against the 150hp Opti and ProXS. The engine is very smooth and to our surprise there is very little difference in speeds. The ProXS is still a couple of mph faster. The release date to Checkmate is early Spring. Pricing will be announced at the time of availability.
Don’t forget – it’s time to winterize your Checkmate – a valuable asset you definitely want to take good care of!
Enjoy your November and Thanksgiving!
It’s been quite a busy year at Checkmate! Our 2000 BRX continues to be a winner with new and current Checkmate owners. And, speaking of owners, we’re putting the final plans together on a Checkmate owner’s loyalty program…stay tuned!
Mercury is promoting their Pro XS models till the end of the year and we are working with the factory to see how we can get some cash back for new buyers.
Next year is our 50th model year and we are finalizing plans for a special classic 2100 BR.
I’m going to let the “cat out of the bag” – yes, we will have an all NEW 26’ Convincor. We will also have a special 50th anniversary year edition. We will be posting pictures of the deck plug process soon. The hull mold is finished and ready for production. We are working on the standards and options and will release more details next month.
Our Facebook page is very active and our goal is to have 1000 fans by the end of the year. Remember to mention us to your friends….and don’t miss out on all the activity and news we post to Facebook. Join us today if you haven’t already.
Keep your eyes on our website – we will be updating it very soon.
Fall is here with winter right around the corner. For you Northerners make sure you winterize your Checkmate properly.
Till next month – happy boating!
Crisp mornings and kids back to school doesn’t mean the boating season has to end. Fall welcomes less boat traffic, better gas prices, no congested boat ramps and GREAT fall foliage.
It’s been a very good summer for boating; even through the country has seen its share of floods, earthquakes and fires. But don’t winterize that boat just yet. Get out and enjoy the rest of the season. We welcome seeing any pictures of your fall boat outings. Add them to our Facebook page. Nothing makes us happier than to see a vintage or NEW Checkmate pop up on our page. A proud Checkmate owner is always worth bragging over!
Keep an eye on our Web page and Facebook pages. We are working on lots of updates and adding new pictures when possible, along with current retail pricing for a base boat and updated options. Also, look for our new work-in-progress on the 26 CONVINCOR, we have started work on the deck so look for some teaser pictures coming soon.
Before you put that boat away, get your list of parts ready and give Mike in our parts department a call (419-562-3881). He can get you almost anything you need and if not, he can point you in the right direction. If you are looking to update your interior or add to your Checkmate, fall is a great time to get started on those projects.
Friday night tailgating and Saturday’s at the dock make for a super September.
Enjoy! And safe boating.
Most of the country is looking for some relief from the July heat wave. And things are the same for the Checkmate team. We switched up our shop hours from our normal starting time to 5 am – this way when it's smoking hot in the afternoon we have our workday completed. Kudos to those of you who work outside every day. Remember to stay hydrated!
July was our busiest month so far – thank you Checkmate fans! Our 2000 BRX and our 21 BR have continued to be our top best sellers. And we continue to move forward with our new 26'Convincor. The hull mold is expected to be complete sometime early August then we will start the deck plug.
We have a couple of new projects on the front burner – stay tuned for more details next month.
Have fun this August – it's one of the best boating months of the year. Labor Day does not mean you have to put your boat away; some of the most beautiful scenery in the Fall makes for enjoyable rides!
Safe August boating!
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend with lots of boating time! The summer is looking like one of the better boating years we’ve seen in a while. For us, our outboard sales are exploding! And, the new 2000 BRX is the sales leader for the spring and early summer sales season.
Customer ideas for our 50th Anniversary special model have generated some really great suggestions – thank you and keep them coming!
The direction to which we are headed is:
- Full liner in the 21 Pulsare, with the hull remaining the current 21 hull but the cockpit area will be opened making it more user friendly.
- The deck perimeter and overall profile will remain the same as the traditional Pulsare 21
- The dash is redesigned to accommodate more gauges, to add a glove box and more cockpit storage
- The bow area enlarged for better seating and storage
- Only the Pulsare 21 will be offered in the open and closed versions
- Presently, we are leaning toward two (2) color combinations (offered in red or blue) with one-of-a-kind graphics and special rigging
Please continue offering suggestions while we are in the early process of development. Your ideas have been wonderful – most welcome and appreciated!
Ohio can be a great place to live and work, but the past month has been rain, rain, and more rain! But Memorial Day weekend brought hot beautiful days and some great boating weather. We’re ready to welcome summer and forget our rainy spring.
Our plans for the Checkmate 50th Anniversary model is taking shape. We have had some great suggestions from fans – and we are leaning on the Pulsar 2100. The thought is to offer both the closed deck and the bowrider version – classic Checkmate! We feel this model lends itself to everything Checkmate has stood for the past 50 years. 21 feet of pure tradition – outboard power, special graphics, special interior, and all kinds of custom rigging. Power will be limited to Mercury Pro XS motors, most likely 200, 250, & 300 XS for the faint of heart.
The plant is extremely busy these days. The hot models are the 1850 through the 2400. Outboard power continues to be the engines of choice. Less weight, more power, better fuel economy, and easy to service.
Ohio is a wonderful vacation destination, especially in the summer. If your trip brings you anywhere close to the factory, stop on in. Our team would love to give you the guided tour.
I'm guessing (and hoping) that when the weather finally changes, we will see Spring come alive and then Summer right behind that…and great boating weather finally!
The last four years at the helm of Checkmate Marine have flown by at warp speed. We are here to keep the Checkmate boating experience what it always has been – a great product made by a great team of dedicated individuals!
Next year the company will be celebrating a milestone – our 50th Anniversary! And we are currently working on several exciting special products for our loyal customers.
I may be asking for more than we can handle, but if the Checkmate nation has any ideas (big or small), send us a quick note via our Facebook page, or call us at 419-562-3881 and we will look at any & everything that makes economic sense. Number 1 on our list is a very special Pulsare 2100BR special.
Happy Boating – stay safe and have fun!
Freezing rain and snow make Spring a thing of beauty. The winter boat shows are now in full swing. The Miami Boat Show is over and there are new and innovative outboard motors in the early stages of market introduction. Outboards are still the talk at the shows.
Good news: The new 2000 BRX is a big hit. Checkmate owners who see it in person are giving it high marks.
And now for the bad news: Gas prices are in the news every day and it looks like whether we like it or not, we will be paying more this summer. One answer is to Throttle Back. The new outboards are very fuel efficient, so lower the RPM’s and make the fuel go farther. Another result of higher oil cost is that everything that is metallic or petroleum-based is going up in price anywhere from 7-25%.
So…If you are thinking about a new 2011 Checkmate, the prices will never be better. And, we have introduced a new lighter blue gel and we think it looks great (if you like blue). Also, over the winter we have made the swim step-swing-down ladder standard on all of the Pulsare’s. Check out all the great pictures on Facebook.
Speaking of Facebook, it is open for all to use, so don’t be bashful. And invite your friends to "like" us!
Lastly, we can still handle some additional interior replacements, but the closer we get to spring, the longer the lead times.
Spring officially begins on March 20 – that’s only 3 weeks away!
Boat show season is in full swing! Check our calendar for a show in your area. The January weather in Ohio was cold and very snowy and we are all ready for warm weather and open water. Hope you all are staying warm!
We have been busy this off-season. We made a couple of special boats for Bob Gendelman of Professional Boat Sales in Bensalem, PA (ZT 280-click for photos) & for Randy Corson of Liberator Boats of Florida in Port Orange (Pulsare 2100) & Boat House (Pulsare 2100BR). Check our Facebook page for sneak preview pictures.
The last several years have been challenging for everybody in the marine business, but we think that the market is ready for some new 1st time Checkmate owners. Our new 2000 BRX fits the bill, if you want a fast boat, or just an economical ski boat.
Judging from the sales over the last couple of seasons, outboards have replaced i/o's on smaller boats. More room & lighter, therefore faster. Who knows where fuel prices are headed but the new Mercury’s are very efficient and they are not subject to catalytic exhaust regulations from the EPA. Almost all the small SUV’s and pickup trucks will tow 1500-2000 lbs. which fits perfect with the smaller Checkmate Boats.
I know many new Checkmate buyers are waiting until the last minute to order
new Checkmates. The suppliers (i.e. Mercury, Custom Trailer manufacturers) are experiencing long lead times for parts and long back up in deliveries. Don’t wait to get your new boat on order. We may be able to offer a special. Follow your boat being built online, on Facebook or on owners forums.
Feel free to email us some feedback. Click here to send feebdback.
The 2011 boat show season is upon us and we will participate with our dealer network to showcase the new 2011 Checkmate boats. Many of the dealers will be showing the new 2000 brx.
When attending the shows, please stop at the dealer’s booth and tell them about your Checkmate. Our dealers are looking for used Checkmate boats. They are great trade-ins. Dealers are willing to put maximum trade-in value on your used "mate."
We have expanded our dealer network the past several months and would like to welcome the Boat House of Madison, WI; Go Power Marine of Portland, Ontario, Canada; and Seelye Wright Toys of Kalamazoo, MI.
Lastly, we also need to recognize our Number 1 dealer for the second year in a row: Bob Gendelman and his crew at Professional Boat Sales in Bensalem, PA. Great job Bob & Crew!!
Winter is upon us and we are still doing quite a few restorations. Interiors seem to be very popular. Mike Combs will coordinate any of your requests. Keep in mind that the color and fabric will not match. The make up of the vinyl is changing almost every quarter along with the price.
Let’s talk about pricing, wow everything that is petroleum based is jumping 7-10%, don’t tell us there is no inflation.
We have had a successful launch of our new 2000brx. The base boat with a 115hp merc opti max is $29,995.00 retail. This equates to a $300.00 per month payment. Our goal was to offer a base boat that had speed (50+) and have plenty of room and be stylish in the checkmate tradition. We recently tested one with a 200 xs and saw speed of 71-72 mph.
Some of the things we did to this boat is the full glass liner, same shield as the 24brx, neat swim platform w/swing down ladder (cool)!
The web site has been upgraded and we now have all the new graphics for 2011 on line. Our new color - pastel blue - works great on a hull side color.
Have a wonderful Christmas season and remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The new 2000 BRX is finished and in the water! We've added several photos of the new model to our facebook page......check it out and let us know what you think!
Hey race fans - some really fun news! We were recently asked to put the Checkmate Powerboat name on an ARCA race car. We will been seen on the #59 car, driven by Will Kimmel. Check out Will and the Checkmate car at Pocono Raceway this Saturday, July 31st. Speed Channel will carry the race at 3pm EST.
Exciting News to share! Checkmate Marine is introducing the all-new 2000 BRX this summer. This new creation is the latest thing to come from the Checkmate team and is going to be one of the hottest things in showrooms this boating season!
Here’s the details:
The sleek new 2000 BRX has redefined the words “20 foot runabout” with its oversized cockpit and performance that blows the competition away. The 2000 BRX has more storage, styling and user-friendly amenities than anything in its class. The high-end functional dash with its digital multi functional gauges is something you would be accustom to on a high-end sports car.
Our team has thought of everything on this new boat, right down to where the speakers and cup holders are placed! We’ve maintained our high standards on the new 2000 BRX by using the same quality materials and process we use on every Checkmate. Even after maintaining the high standards our customers demand, we are still able to bring this new model in at a great price of $29,995. And with a 115hp OptiMax.
Speaking of the horsepower, it not only helps makes it one of the fastest boats in it class, but it makes it great for water sports.
We didn’t choose to design a new Pulsare model just because we’ve been building the best performance outboard boats for over 45 years – we also did it because Outboards outperform, are more fuel-efficient and are less maintenance than most Sterndrive engines.
We’ve added photos of the boat (currently in-process at our Bucyrus, OH headquarters) to the website under ON THE MOVE: NEW PRODUCTS. Or look for constant updates on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think. We’re looking forward to sharing this with you all.
October 12, 2009
Thanks to all Checkmate loyal followers who responded to last months blog question....“should we offer the service of refurbishing boats?” I'm happy to report that due to an overwhelming positive response, Checkmate Marine will now offer this service to all Checkmate customers. Click on the OEM Refurb tab on the homepage of our website. There you will find all the
details you need to know to begin the refurb and repair program, along with a section to fill out and submit to us for an estimate.
Thanks again for your feedback! We look forward to working with you.
September 22, 2009
A question I received lately from a customer is “do you refurbish boats?” And yes, we do!
Over the past few years Checkmate has refurbished a handful of boats for long time Checkmate Marine customers. It’s a service offering we have talked about internally as something we wanted to do, but we never really promoted it to our core customer base. I’d like to know from our loyal followers, would a service such as refurbishing your Checkmate boat be something you’d like to see us do? Maybe your boat needs new seats, lights, trimwork, carpet, or updated gauges? For engine work, we can offer installation or rework (sorry, no engine repair). What do you think? I welcome your feedback, comments, or suggestions.
click here for our online poll
Look for an update in a future blog entry.
September 9, 2009
Hello! For those of you in the Atlantic City area, please stop by and check us out at the
Atlantic City Boat Show this weekend, September 11-13. On display will be the newest
addition to the Checkmate Marine lineup… the ZT275. This 27-foot ZT model is ideal for the performance boater looking for a more family friendly setting -- without sacrificing performance, quality and great looks. Come see for yourself what’s new at Checkmate Marine. We look forward to seeing you!
August 14, 2009
Hi. And welcome to my first entry into the world of ‘blogging.’ My intent here is to keep the Checkmate family of boaters informed of happenings here at Corporate, what plans we have for new products, where you can find us throughout the year, and, most importantly, to have some fun.
For those of you who don’t yet know me, let me first give you some background. In 2007 I acquired Checkmate Powerboats. At that time, Bill Combs, the former fearless leader here at Checkmate, was ready to step aside. Coincidentally, around the same time I was anxious to accept a new challenge in my life. Knowing I wanted to continue to work in the boating industry, it was to my delight that I found out Checkmate was in need of a new ‘fearless’ leader.
As the former founder of Baja Boats, I’ve always had a true love and enthusiasm for boating. At Checkmate, I will continue to channel all my energy, talent and resources into building exceptional sport boats. Checkmate already has an exceptional reputation for quality powerboats. My emphasis will be on design, construction, performance, integrity and value for our customers. Our hulls will continue to be 100% hand-laid construction and our refined running surfaces the most efficient in the industry. We will incorporate luxurious new interiors and a dazzling selection of contemporary graphic upgrades.
And speaking of upgrades, we have several. Check out the What’s New section on the web. You will find a variety of new products to choose from. We are excited to continue to offer stylish and powerful boats for families, sport lovers, and speed racers.
Second, I hope you enjoy the look of our website. We created it with you in mind. Have a comment or idea? Go to the Feedback page and tell us what you think. Or contact us directly. Our customers are our #1 priority and we’d welcome the chance to hear your thoughts.
|Talk to you next month…If not sooner…
Checkmate Marine Inc., President/CEO