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Old 02-03-2020, 02:09 PM   #41
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I spoke with Dean Reynolds today. The upholstery shop is still open for orders.
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:31 PM   #42
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Heard rumors that Checkmate will be back in business and building another boat in a few weeks. Wonder if it is true
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It would be great to see an investor throw money and support back into Checkmate and keep the company intact in Bucyrus instead of piecemealing the molds out.

While go-fasts are not the flavor of the month in the boating market, I still think CM has very marketable products. Their boats have the niche of being between the hard core performance builders (Allison, Skater, Tuff, etc) and the wake board/pontoon/Baylliner builders. The 2000/210 Pulsare is still an awesome, time-less performance boat. The 2400 LD can handle the larger OBs. And the BRX model line is second to none.....it’s the SUV of boats.

Last year, I was able to crawl around a 2019 2400 and was very impressed. CM really stepped up their game and the rigging/quality was top notch. I think they just need to step up their marketing and advertising. I can’t tell you how many people used to stop me at the gas station, boat ramp or docks just drewling over the boat while telling stories of the CMs their dad/uncle/buddy used to own back in the 70s to 90s......and didn’t realize the company was still in business! These guys are older, sentimental to the brand and have expendable income. I also think the boating market will come back around to performance style boats w- the saturation of the wakeboard/pontoon market.

Checkmate just needs an investor with some $$$$, support and faith in the brand. While they’ll never build in the quantities they did in the 70s and 80s, I still believe there is a market for these boats. They should concentrate on the 20’ to 30’ market (especially OBs), continue updating existing models, add a performance CC, and update their marketing (social media, website, advertising, etc).

Good luck to Checkmate!

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Looks like Checkmate and Baja boats will be manufactured in the same town, again.
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Did Iconic buy them?
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Did CMG buy Checkmate?

Nevermind, I didn't realize CMG is now Iconic.
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CMG I believe is Custom Marine Group and Checkmate was acquired by Caldwell Marine Designs, however, they do both operate out of Washington N.C.

Pete seems to have a great background when it comes to custom rigging, blueprinting, and building so hopefully the brand will live on.

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Wow Joe, you sold an entire brand in 4 months time. But in over 6 years you couldn't figure out how to sell or market those same boats? I would fire myself too after that abject failure! Incredible!!
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