Checkmate: The Long and the Short of It

Within the same three-month period this year, Checkmate Marine introduced its 26 Convincor and 43 Punisher V-bottom sportboats. By any measure, pardon the pun, that presents a significant disparity in the Bucyrus, Ohio, builder’s line of affordable semi-custom sportboats from 18 to 30 feet. With the 90-plus-mph, 43-footer ringing in at a retail price of $499,000 and the 70-mph, 26-footer being offered at a base price for $88,000, the two new models couldn’t be at more differing ends of the performance and pricing spectrums.

The 26 Convincor runs 70 mph and is targeted at entry-level buyers.The 26 Convincor runs 70 mph and is targeted at entry-level buyers.

To Doug Smith, the owner of Checkmate and founder and former owner of Baja Marine, it all makes perfect sense.

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