Jim Wheaton... Checkmate Persuader 183
This is my newly acquired Checkmate Persuader 183 Bow-Rider.
It has a 4.3 LX
Mercruiser, Alpha drive with 1.62 gears, seats 8, and has gone 59 mph on GPS
with a Laser II 23" prop. That prop is wrong for the boat, I imagine a
Trophy or other "heavy boat" prop would get me over 60 mph. Great speed for
a V6 in a deep I/O bow rider. Reading Hot Boat, many $45,000 boats with
V8's have a hard time getting into the low 60's. I bought it on a 'whim',
after a long search for a good 'Stream. I didn't have any luck, and found
this boat for sale for a good price during a summer vacation. It only had
22 hours on it when I bought it. It's been a great boat, as it gets great
gas mileage compared to my 2.5 V6 Merc OB. This is a fantastic hull
configuration for pulling tubes and skis. The large swim platform, big sun
pad, and fold down ladder makes boarding from the water extremely easy.
This boat makes large wakes for the bold. This is the boat my family
loves, and they don't want me to get rid of it for another OB hot rod!