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Building A Two-Skater Family

To get an idea of how much Chris and Quinn LaMorte of Ocean Township, N.J., love their 2011 Skater 36 catamaran consider this: They sort of honeymooned in it. They couple tied the knot near their Garden State home on New Year’s Eve in 2015. The following day, they ran their 36-footer, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines, in the Joey Gratton Memorial New Year’s Day Fun Run in Sarasota, Fla., where the LaMortes keep the boat in the winter.

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As much as Garden State-based Chris and Quinn LaMorte adore their 36-foot Skater catamaran, they couldn’t resist a vintage 28-footer when it recently came on the market. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

If that’s not love, I’m not sure what is.

Since then, they have run the cat in a slew of events and—by both of their accounts—have been delighted with it. They repowered the boat with its Mercury Racing engines about a year after they married and it has kept them more than satisfied. They certainly didn’t think they needed another Skater catamaran, at least until a 28-footer powered built in 1994 and powered by Mercury Racing 250XS outboards came on the market in Long Island, N.Y., about a week ago.

“A buddy of mine was looking at it but decided it wasn’t the right time for him,” said Chris LaMorte. “But the price was right for us and being a diehard Skater fan it was right up my alley.”

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