Blog | Yacht of the Week: Checkmate – an 85 Foot Burger Yacht

February 16, 2017

Yacht of the Week: Checkmate – an 85 Foot Burger Yacht

As you might imagine, our yacht of the week this week is one of our featured vessels at Yachts Miami Beach, which is running from today, (2/16) through 2/20.

Checkmate is an 85 foot Burger Yacht that was built in 1999. But do not let that fool you. 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.”

Checkmate is not only a living legacy to the halcyon days of American yacht building, she is currently the only modern 85 foot Burger on the market.

“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 that 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.”


Detailed Specs of this Burger Yacht for Sale

Here are some more details about this incredible example of classic American yacht making.

  • Length: 85 Feet
  • Year of original build: 1999
  • Cabins: 3
  • Beam: 20’6”
  • Draft: 5.10 Feet
  • Location: North Palm Beach
  • Speed-Maximum: 23 Knots

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.”


See Checkmate at Yachts Miami Beach!

This ageless classic yacht has been reduced for sale, and you will have a unique opportunity to experience all Checkmate has to offer at Yachts Miami Beach, which is currently running from today until Monday the 20th. Call now to reserve your exclusive tour, or check us out at the show!



If you would like more information about this “Boat of the Week,” please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.

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