Slated for introduction this spring, 43’ Punisher V-bottom from Checkmate Marine is the largest model the Bucyrus, Ohio, company has built since it was founded. Checkmate currently builds sportboats from 18 to 30 feet long.
“I’m extremely excited to introduce the working design of the newest and largest model from Checkmate,” said Doug Smith, the president and owner of Checkmate Marine, in a press release from the company. “This design was something we’ve thought of doing for a while, and now we sensed the timing is right. The 43’ Punisher will be world class, an instant classic and one that boating enthusiasts will enjoy for many years.”
The 43-footer’s hull is “derived’ from original Chief molds, according to the release. Owned by Indiana businessmen, the tooling was loaned to Checkmate for the new model and “a variety of productions.” Lamination materials reportedly include balsa coring, bi- and tri-axle glass and vinylester resin. The interior for the boat is being designed by Checkmate in collaboration with McLeod Design.
Unlike the standard Checkmate models, which incorporate gelcoat graphics, the 43’ Punisher was painted by Mitcher T. Custom Painting & Design in Middleville, Mich.
“We upgraded and enhanced features, used a lighter material, added more legroom, and improved the helm with easier to see and reach controls,” said Smith in the release. “And those are just a few of the offerings designed to heighten the overall boating experience for our loyal customers.”
The 43’ Punisher will be powered by two staggered Mercury Racing 700SCi engines.
The price for the 43-footer has not been released.