- Created: Tuesday, 28 August 2012 17:22
- Written by Matt Trulio
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.
To Doug Smith, the owner of Checkmate and founder and former owner of Baja Marine, it all makes perfect sense.