Checkmate Boats introduced six completely new models last fall, including three closed-deck sportboats and three bowriders. To develop these six new models, which comprise the Persuader series, Checkmate began by building the largest hull first. This 23’4″ model was then shortened twice to produce two siblings, one 21’9″, the another 20’2″.
Two types of foredeck were developed for each of these three hulls: an enclosed and “long” deck, and an open bowrider. The three long-deck versions, designated by length in feet and inches, are the 235, 219, and 203. The bowriders are the 234, 218, and 202. Together they offer just about any size or type of boat you could dream of.
Waterski enthusiasts will appreciate that tow rope eyes are standard equipment on all six models. However, Checkmate suggests that the four smallest boats (including the 219 shown here) are best suited for waterskiing as they are lighter and plane more quickly.
According to the company, the 219, powered by a single 250-hp MerCruiser 350 Magnum, will plane in 3,5 secconds, and reach a top speed of 65 mph. With the optional MerCruiser 7.4L Bravo One top speed jumps to 70 mph, and expect to see 75 mph from the 350-hp MerCruiser 454 Magnum, according to Checkmate.
All six boats use a modified -V hull with 20-degree deadrise at the transom and deepening significantly from amidships to the bow. This steep angle at the keel helps the boat cut through head seas and resist sliding sideways in hard turns. Two sets of full-length strakes enhance lift for efficient planing, while a reverse-deadrise chine not only helps with lift, but keeps the ride dry by deflecting spray away from the passenger area.
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The boat’s notable speed, however, is attributable to its “keel pad,” a 10-inch wide center section that extends a few inches deeper than the rest of the hull. At high speed, the pad provides extra lift and decreases resistance, yet maintains good ride quality in deteriorated conditions.
The 219 also has an integral swim platform with non-skid surface, swim ladder, and grabrails for ease in boarding from the water. A 5’6″-wide by 3’2″- long sunpad atop the electrically activated engine hatch will be convenient for sunbathing or picknicking while at anchor. And the durable, easily cleaned, deep-pile marine carpet will be more welcome under bare feet than traditional nonskid.
All upholstery is custom maded in three-color designs with high-quality, marine grade vinyl. The driver anjoys the comfort of a swivel bucket seat, power steering, a custom wheel, and a single-lever throttle with integral trim switch. An AM/FM cassette stereo and four drink holders in the cockpit are standard aboard the 219.
Furthermore the area below the foredeck is also finished with four-inch thick vinyl pad for sleeping or stowing gear. Checkmate calls this space the “Playpen”. Options include a remote control and extra speakers for the stereo, Lowrance digital depthfinder, compass, trim tabs with indicators, engine compartment lights, bilge fume dedtector, oil-change system, through-transom exhaust with stainless steel silencers and special edition graphic that make the boat stand out.
With the six new models of its Persuader series, Checkmate offers broad appeal in its day-boat lineup. Whether the aim is waterskiing, sportboarding, or allaround family fun, Checkmate’s new extended family promises to fill the bill.
- Base Price: $21,590
- Standard Power: MerCruiser 4.3L
- Optional Power: various MerCruisers to 454 magnum
- Notable Standard Equipment: swivel bucket seats, AM/FM cassette stereo, ski tow ring, three-color upholstery
- Construction: hand-laid end-grain balsa construction for hull and sides
- Deadrise at Transom: 20°
- Warranty: 5-year hull
- Measurments: Loa: 18’3″ Beam: 7’10” Draft: N/A
- Approx. Weight: 2,880 lbs.
- Freeboard: Fwd/Aft: N/a
- Fuel/Water Capacity: 34 gal./0 gal.
- Options: deluxe graphics pain, depthfinder, bilge fume detector. Also custom cockpit/mooring cover, S/S trim tabs, Halon fire extinguishing system, 4-inch through-transom exhaust tips, compass, deluxe stereo system