Doug Smith, the founder of Baja Marine, recently bought Checkmate and brought to it a traditional approach to high-performance boatbuilding. Case in point: the Convincor 2800 Outboard, the first Checkmate to be powered with our 300-hp test motors. With its straight 24-degree V-bottom sporting four strakes and a slightly turned-down chine, the Convincor 2800 Outboard feels as if it's a bass boat on human growth hormones. It's fun and light to handle as you take aim at those big speeds. Because the hull isn't stepped, when you take the Convincor 2800 Outboard into the ocean, you can lower the tabs and trim in the outboards to make the boat knife through waves. This boat would make a great poker runner on a budget. It's built to take the pounding, too, with balsa core up to ¾,," thick in the hull bottom and alternating layers of multidirectional fiberglass.