A little more than a year ago during the 2016 Miami International Show, Peter Hledin, the founder and owner of Skater Powerboats, traveled to and from the event in a Skater 28 catamaran owned by longtime Skater client—and well-known member of the performance boating community—Jim Lee. According to Tony Cutsuries, the national sales manager for the Douglas, Mich., custom go-fast catamaran and V-bottom company, who was along for those rides with his boss, Hledin was impressed.
A classic outboard-powered sport catamaran, the Skater 28 is becoming popular again. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“Pete told me he’d forgotten how well the 28 ran,” Cutsuries said. “It had been a long time since he’d been in one.”
Thanks to a recent batch of orders, the Skater 28 likely will jog more than a few memories of what an outstanding sport catamaran it is. Cutsuries said the company currently has five orders for the 28-footer and that the first one is going to a former offshore racer.
At least two of the boats will be rigged with twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines at Skater. One will be widened six to eight inches and fitted with a flat deck complemented by a wraparound windshield—the other four will be built with the original Skater 28 deck.
Skater reportedly has five orders for the 28-footer.
“The 28 sales are on fire right now,” Cutsuries said. “It’s amazing because we really don’t have a ‘new’ one to show right now.
“We’re going to rig at least two or three of them,” he added. “The others will be rigged by the buyers.”