Hustler's Production Manager, Tim McGrattan, who accompanied us for our meetings, may be visiting the Checkmate plant frequently. Standing in the parking lot of Checkmate Boats, an iconic brand name in the high-performance powerboat world, I couldn't help but stare directly across the road at acres upon acres of freshly baled hay sitting in an open farm field. It had been more than three months since the acquisition so there was probably some news to report. Next, I thought about the business. I won my first race and a championship in that boat, so today's visit meant more - much more - than another interesting plant tour.
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Hustler Power Boats
With that, and a photo of the field, I walked into the main office and caught up with some of the old and new people who were busy putting plans together, laying up boats, ordering materials and even hooking up a new telephone system. I won my first race and a championship in that boat, so today's visit meant more - much more - than another interesting plant tour. Hustler Powerboats stepped up to the plate and offered t he Hustler 32 design. Well it just so happened that the first boat under the new regime—a Pulsare BRX with a horsepower Mercury OptiMax Pro XS outboard read the story here —was delivered to a customer in Wisconsin at the same time. The Rockit model was developed, based on previous advancements Hustler began to take the next step to settle the hull in while increasing the speed. After 50 years of building fast outboard- and sterndrive-powered runabouts, Checkmate's doors closed in March,only to be re-opened five months later when Global Marine Power, Inc. The award-winning writer resides in Southern California and is the executive editor and co-publisher of speedonthewater.