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Author Topic: 1986 Checkmate Starflite  (Read 1391 times)

Offline Drewski

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1986 Checkmate Starflite
« on: Sep 24, 2017, 19:35:17 »
Well, for me this just might be the "project to end all projects"...

 :P



I say that because in order to get this done, I'm going to have to sell off a good number of bikes. In fact I'll likely sell all of them except for the 'Faux' z1.  :-\  That one's a 'keeper'.  :)



Boats are actually my 'first love'. I grew up with summers on the lake. Swimming, canoeing, boats and water skiing were all part of that growing up.  It was an idyllic time of life for me and my family.  8)  My brother, Seaglider, still owns the old family cottage and it's amazing to be able to still go there and remember all those tremendous times!  :D

Some time back in 2000 or 2001, I took possession of the old family runabout. It was in a sad state of disrepair, and really worth nothin'. My bro decided he wanted something a little more modern and sporty and bought his own rig to ski behind and cruise the lakes.

I took the old boat, rebuilt it (with considerable help from some pros) and re-launched it in 2003. It was a blast to get it back in the water and re-live some of the 'old days'. A couple of years later, we were buying a little business and needed every nickel to do that, so the old girl had to go! A very sad day!  :'(  But the truth is, it was too small for the kind of boating I really wanted to do, so it was time to move on.  :)

From there however, I got back into bikes in 2005 and resurrected my kz1000 that had been sitting for over 20 years and bought a h2b 750 Triple to 'mess with'. I've had some amazing times with those bikes and other 2 wheeled projects over these last 12 years, may of which have been chronicled here on the pages of DTT.  :D  You folks have been a big part of those years.  :-*

As I've now reached my 60's, I've come to the place where I want to get back into boating. Partially because my wife also enjoys it, it's something we can do together and along with other non-biking (or biking!) friends.  ;)

So, here we go... on to phase II... or is that III? Probably more like IV or V, but who cares?!? I guess more accurately it's Phase Next!  ;D


Here's the 'original' circa 1983:




Here it is in 2004:






Let's get this show on the road!   ;D 8)




« Last Edit: Sep 24, 2017, 19:38:37 by Drewski »
The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

Offline SONIC.

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 2017, 23:05:03 »
Now I'm going to have to start a build thread too!

Good looking boat (both of 'em).
I bet it will scoot with that 225 on the back.
What's the plan?

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2017, 23:51:21 »

Now I'm going to have to start a build thread too!

Yes. Yes you do!  ;D



Good looking boat (both of 'em).
I bet it will scoot with that 225 on the back.
What's the plan?

Well, I'm sure it does scoot pretty good with that 225. However, my plan includes a late model Merc Optimax 250, properly rigged and set up if all my 'ducks line up'!   ;)  ;D

The first order of business is to access the integrity of the floor, core, stringers and transom. I've been down this path before and it's not worth scrimping here.  :)  Then it's the cosmetics including carpet, upholstery, gel coat, hardware, etc. It doesn't ALL have to be done right away. Some of this can be put off until later, depending upon how much needs to be done structurally and how much of it I can do myself.   :D

The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

Offline cxman

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #3 on: Sep 25, 2017, 07:58:41 »
its  a great little boat

 i had one with a two thirsty five johnrude and a land and seas hydraulic jack plate

it would fly 

had to have the transom rebuilt as it cracked but that was no biggy
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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #4 on: Sep 25, 2017, 13:33:39 »
Late model 2 strokes are crazy expensive !! My dad was thinking about replacing his 250 Merc till he started pricing them !! :o
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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #5 on: Oct 01, 2017, 08:28:30 »
That Checkmate was made here in Bucyrus, Ohio.  Next time you come down this way (Mid-Ohio is right down the road.) hit me up and I'll take you out there. Baja Boats was here too, but they went under.  From what I hear Checkmate still produces, but I guess they are only made "to order". 
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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #6 on: Oct 01, 2017, 21:53:06 »
That Checkmate was made here in Bucyrus, Ohio.  Next time you come down this way (Mid-Ohio is right down the road.) hit me up and I'll take you out there. Baja Boats was here too, but they went under.  From what I hear Checkmate still produces, but I guess they are only made "to order". 

Yessir! A trip to Bucyrus, Ohio sounds like fun!  :D
The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #7 on: Oct 01, 2017, 22:10:07 »
Yessir! A trip to Bucyrus, Ohio sounds like fun!  :D
That's the funniest thing I've heard all day

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #8 on: Oct 01, 2017, 23:00:15 »
That's the funniest thing I've heard all day

Yeah, it's not a terrible place, but Disneyland it aint!   :D :D :D
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Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: 1986 Checkmate Starflite
« Reply #9 on: Oct 02, 2017, 15:21:29 »
Yeah, it's not a terrible place, but Disneyland it aint!   :D :D :D

Ever since they shut down my favorite Chinese buffet, Bucyrus has been dead to me lol
"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
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2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"much ingenuity with a little money is more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity" - Arnold Bennett