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Catching Up With Skater


Despite a long day of building custom, 24- to 50-foot high-performance catamarans at Skater Powerboats, the company he owns and founded more 30 years ago, Peter Hledin is in the mood to talk. That’s right, the guy who started the whole thing with a 24-foot catamaran that set the offshore racing world on fire in the early 1980s still works side by side with his crew in lamination, rigging, paint, or whatever else needs to be done. He moves from his plant to his office when he needs to meet clients and take them to lunch at his favorite spot in the small town of Douglas, Mich. Then it’s back to the plant to do whatever needs to be done, and then home for supper and sleep

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(Above photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image)