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2021 Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD

The Pulsare 2400 CD mixes performance with eye-catching styling.

August 28, 2021
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Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD running on the lake
Checkmate’s Pulsare 2400 CD blends precise handling with a thrilling ride. Courtesy Checkmate Powerboats

Overview

Lamenting the loss of smaller performance outboard boats? Try running Checkmate’s Pulsare 2400 CD (Closed Deck). With a Mercury Racing 300R outboard spinning a 27-inch-pitch four-blade Bravo One FS stainless-steel wheel through 1.75-to-1 gearing housed in a Sport Master gear case, we hit 73.1 mph with two people aboard and 40 gallons of fuel. Available also in a bowrider (BRX) version, the 2400 fills the bill for performance-hungry outboarders longing for speed and some amenities.

Engine

Checkmate updated the design to perform with modern power. The result is a 22-degree-deadrise hull with a narrow V-shaped pad and multiple lifting strakes. While there are faster hulls, the Checkmate does it all with aplomb. It will carry a family load, pull watersports, provide shelter, and deliver thrills. A few 2400s have been built with 400 and 450R power, providing speeds into the 80 to 90 mph range. With the 300R, we planed in 4 seconds and hit 30 mph in just over 6 seconds. That’s quick. Notably, at 50 mph, the engine sipped 12.2 gph, netting 4.1 mpg for 233 miles of range—a weekend’s worth.

Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD bow cabin
The Pulsare 2400 CD sports a plush cabin with comfy sleeping arrangements. Courtesy Checkmate Powerboats

The Pulsare handles precisely and quickly. Rougher waters—heavy wind chop and boat wakes—really let this boat shine. The ride was smooth and predictable.

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Interior and Accessories

Built like an offshore racer, the Pulsare is hand-laid with composite core, a stringer grid, a transom and a liner. The small cabin proves plush and features a deep headliner and comfy cushions. In the cockpit, twin buckets form-fit to the captain and mate, and a wide aft bench accommodates a few more crew. SeaDek nonskid is custom-cut with Checkmate logos, and makes for a clean look and easy cleanup. The dash panel features a cluster of chrome-bezeled Livorsi electronic instruments with traditional hotrod-style analog dials. Twin Livorsi throttle and shift sticks control the big Merc. Ours featured an optional ski tow, Lenco electric trim tabs, and an Atlas hydraulic setback jack plate. Rigging under the dash, below the splashwell, and at the transom was executed with a clean, racelike touch—another of many reasons to like this boat.

Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD cockpit seating
A wide aft bench accommodates multiple passengers. Courtesy Checkmate Powerboats

How We Tested

  • Engine: Single Mercury Racing 300R
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/151/4″ x 27″ Mercury Racing Bravo One FS, 4-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 40 gal. Crew Weight: 500 lb.

High Points

  • Drop-dead-gorgeous styling will turn heads at every ramp, gas dock and raft-up.
  • Eye-catching upholstery colors and designs coupled with high-quality stitching and vinyl make Checkmate interiors exceptional in quality and appearance.
  • Race-worthy rigging and setup ensure a neat-as-a-pin appearance when it’s time to show off or perform maintenance.

Low Points

  • Low 70s is certainly a good turn of speed, but we’d hoped to see 80 mph.

Toughest Competitor

Velocity’s 230SC ($127,000 with a Mercury Racing 300R) is a foot shorter but a close competitor. As equipped, it weighs 2,000 pounds, has a 50-gallon fuel cell, and tops out at 81 mph.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $126,610 (as tested)
LOA: 24’0″
Beam: 8’3″
Draft: 1’6″
Displacement: 2,000 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 4’11”
Max Headroom: 4’8″
Fuel Capacity: 63 gal.
Max Horsepower: 400
Available Power: Single Mercury or Mercury Racing outboards to 400 hp

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD performance data chart
Checkmate Pulsare 2400 CD Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Checkmate Powerboats – Washington, North Carolina; 252-220-5119; checkmatepowerboat.com

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