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    Checkmate playmate is it worth it

    I have purchased a 2 seater checkmate playmate hull. I gave 30 dollars for it and someone hit it with a jet ski and done a number on it. There is a professional boat builder in the area that is willing to do repairs for around 400.00 dollars. Then it's a brand new everything. I have a 50 horse Johnson with 0 investment. The repairs will be professional being this guy manufactures boats. Is this a worthwhile investment if I wind up with a couple thousand in it.

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    Weigh all your options easy to tow,store,run. Only 2 seater small boat in rough waters and bam it's not a jet ski. What water you are in can you buy a better boat for the money you invest and at least if you build you know what is in it. I have way more in a project now including a year of my life but this is what I wanted. .02 Rick

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    hey I had one these as a kid with a 50 mer it was fun as H?ll I think you should rebuild it and post the pictures

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    great lil boats i had alot of fun with mine.
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    I know I have pix of my old gold metal flack playmate. I flipped her one day. My DAD rebuilt her for me after a as? kickin BUT what a day!!! trying to go to a party on indain Lake in
    Ohio. I think it was Called Russels point. anyone boat there. what a time.

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    i think the little omc are pretty light and good too
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    Just a quick update. The boat will be restored. It will probably be dropped off mid novemberfor extensive fiberglass repair where some idiot hit it broadside with a jetski. I got rid of the 50 hp johnson and located a 1979 johnson stinger 75hp. Its a 20 inch shaft but maybe through restoration I can get a 15 inch shaft if not it will have to do. Thanks for the input I'm sure I will need more.

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    I think I would have stayed with the 50, for a start at least. I think you will be too heavy and powerful with the 75 for a play boat, not to mention that trim for a 15" will have to be fabricated. Just my 2cents worth, from someone who loved to overpower boats in his younger years!
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    Great little boat and built well too...all end grain balsa cored! Wildman had a thread on his Paradise splash of the Checkmate. He mounted v6 to the back of it for a short while!!
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    Hi,

    Do you still have the Playmate and if so, what size prop are you running with? Top end speed?

    I have one and am planning on putting a 70 OMC on her.

    Thanks,Mitch

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    Gee I just found one I am in the process of making like new.
    Great riding for a little boat.
    Its a checkmate!!!!!!

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    jjohnjet.
    I am redoing one I found in Albany. The only one on the net to find .
    My son is going to love this one.
    I have a formula fastech now but had many checkmates growing up.
    Will post pics in 2 weeks !!!

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    Mine is an '87 Playmate . Love it , will never be up for sale . We have a twenty hp limit at the local lake . It will still go 25 mph/gps with two adults . Before that it had a 60 hp that was good for 42 mph w/ two adults . I wanted to run two 20 hp motas but the park DNR guys said "no" .

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