There are many wonders of the world that are referred to as “timeless,” such as the Pyramids in Egypt, or the Taj Mahal in India. These marvels have earned that title because of their enduring legacy of style and design. That is why we feel we can apply the term “timeless” to a new listing in our broker inventory, Checkmate, an 85 foot Burger yacht, and currently the only modern 85 foot Burger on the market. She was built in 1999, but rather than showing any signs of age, she stands as a testament to lasting luxury and performance.
As her current owner puts it, “Checkmate is a wonderful yacht that has given our family and friends memories that will last a lifetime. We are constantly told how special she is, and people who know Burgers tell us she is one of the best motor yachts of her size ever built. We have to agree. Our only hope is that the next owner has as much fun, excitement, and joy as we have had.”
“A high quality, dependable yacht”
Checkmate’s current captain, Bob Clark, a private yacht captain for over 16 years, says that Checkmate is a “very high quality, dependable, yet versatile yacht.” He adds, “I have been captain aboard Checkmate since July 2014. This is the third Burger Yacht I have captained, and I can tell you, they are great boats at sea. I have captained other makes and models, and by comparison, Checkmate is definitely one of the best yachts I have had the pleasure of being aboard. She is well built with great systems. Her cruising range is a real plus. We’ve taken her nonstop, from Palm Beach to St Thomas, or Palm Beach to Long Island Sound, with plenty of fuel still in reserve.
Bob says that while her range is a major selling point, she is also great all around, and her current owners have enjoyed cruising the Caribbean, the Bahamas, South Florida, Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, and New England. “She is truly a versatile yacht capable of just about any activity an owner could want.”
“Best of All Worlds”
Checkmate’s current owner says she offers him and his family, “the best of all worlds” for a yacht in her size range. “She has the classic timeless beauty, pedigree and value retention that only a Burger of her vintage can offer, yet she’s been completely updated with modern comforts, conveniences, and systems. Her Burger hull design turns heads whenever we pull into a port. And, her sturdy aluminum construction and brilliant hull design means she handles rough waters better than a fiberglass boat of the same size.”
Checkmate is designed with great interior and exterior spaces for maximum enjoyment, for family fun, or entertaining clients and friends. The salon and staterooms are sizable for a vessel in her class and she sports the wonderful beautiful wood finishes that Burger yachts are known for. “I feel the current owners have been really getting the most out of this 85 foot classic Burger yacht,” says Captain Bob Clark. “She is used for evening dinner cruises, weekend adventures, family vacation cruises, and even large entertaining events of 30-40 people!”
Timeless Quality with Modern Upgrades
The venerable style and quality of Checkmate cannot be denied, however her current owners have also spared no expense to modernize her, making her truly unique in her class. “When we bought Checkmate, the flybridge wasn’t optimal for year round enjoyment or elegant entertaining. So, we redid the configuration and now have comfortable seating areas for more than a dozen people that are protected from the wind and the elements, but still provide the feeling of being outdoors on the water. The hardtop has a new large color television that folds down when we want it, and we updated the sound system on the flybridge and throughout Checkmate.”
They also added an oversized sun pad on the bow. “We love to sit on the bow while we pull into a new port or to watch the sunset at the end of another spectacular day of kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming off the swim platform, exploring a new island, or just relaxing aboard.”
Overall this is just a spectacular boat. “There is something special about owning a Burger. Because of their aluminum construction, they are built to last over half a century. There are still many Burgers built in the 1960s that are giving their owners great pleasure. When we see one in our travels, we feel like we are members together of a special club.”
If you are in the market for a truly exceptional 85 foot motor yacht, built by a unique yacht maker, for a unique kind of owner, take a look at Checkmate! Feel free to contact us for more information, or to arrange to see this remarkable boat for yourself.
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