Pete Caldwell and Billy Moore—two longtime performance gurus from famous speedboating lineage—have teamed up to form a powerhouse shop in North Carolina.
Caldwell—the son of boat designer Jim Caldwell, who built and designed the first offshore tunnel boat capable of running 112 mph—recently purchased the Checkmate Boats molds and tooling from Hustler Powerboats. He moved everything to his shop in Washington, NC.
Meanwhile, Billy Moore—the son of legendary offshore racer Bobby Moore and a force to be reckoned with himself on the race course—happened to be wanting to make a move from his home base of Florida to his old stomping grounds of North Carolina. Moore has been a key player with Iconic Marine Group, builders of Fountain, Donzi and Baja, which is also based in Washington. And Pete Caldwell worked for Fountain for years as well.
“It’s funny, because my family has known his family forever, and I’ve known Pete for good while,” Moore tells Speedboat. “A few months ago, I realized I really needed to get back up to North Carolina. So Pete and I decided to launch a performance center.”
The new venture, Caldwell Moore Performance Center, is a one-stop shop where the boys will rig, repower and restore boats. “If your boat needs a complete restoration, if you need new want a boat that you want a complete restoration, including new paint and interior, we’re set up to do that,” Moore says. “And since it’s a fiberglass composite shop, we can rework older boats that need to be reworked or redone, from the stringers on up, including blueprint the bottom of a boat to redoing the entire dash setup.”
In addition, Moore is available to travel to various locations to consult with boaters to enhance the performance of their rigs. For example, after attending last weekend’s Big Thunder Marine poker run at the Lake of the Ozarks, Moore hopped on a plane and flew to Houston, where he met with Dave Whelen of Gulf Coast Complete Marine Service and his customers Chad and Krissy Havens, owner of a 40′ Skater. “The boat had some handling issues,” Moore says. “We tested some props and I took a look at his setup on Lake Conroe to made sure everything was handling well. That’s just part of what we’re able to offer.”
For more information, visit their Facebook page or call (252) 220-5119.