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Inside SOTW Mag: Skater 318 Profile—Simply Spectacular

Steve Lane can’t wait to get his hands back on the first Skater Powerboats 318 catamaran, which as it happens is his first catamaran, this spring. Then again, Lane, a retired 51-year-old businessman who lives in Toms River, N.J., is a patient guy. Thanks to a variety of factors including delivery of his 31-footer’s twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines, the build took longer than expected. The early summer 2015 shakedown cruise Lane had hoped for on his home waters of Barnegat Bay became a moment behind the wheel during the cat’s dial-in and setup session on Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago near the headquarters of Mercury Racing.


With its breathtaking 318 catamaran powered by twin Verado 400R engines, Skater Powerboats returns to its outboard roots. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

15yearinreview storyadAnd Lane, who has waited his entire boating life to own a Skater cat, didn’t seem to mind waiting a little longer—especially when he got behind wheel of his new pride and joy.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I had never driven a catamaran before. It’s a big boat compared to what I’m used to—I owned a couple of 24-foot Checkmates before this—and it’s rock solid. It goes over anything.”

To enjoy the complete feature on the first Skater 318 catamaran, download the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here.

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