It’s fitting that the host and founder of Skaterfest is the customer who’s probably bought and sold more Douglas Marine-built boats than anyone in the world. Michigan’s Ron Szolack, who currently owns the 46-foot Skater Tom Cat and a new 368 with twin 700-hp Mercury Racing engines, invited 20 of his closest performance-boating friends and their friends to his amazing waterfront home in Harrison Township last weekend for the fourth annual Skaterfest—and everyone had an unforgettable time.
For the fourth straight year, Ron Szolack opened up his Michigan home to his performance-boat friends for Skaterfest. Photo courtesy of Chip Miller
Douglas Marine owner Peter Hledin and his wife, Marie, and son, Michael, attended the event, which Szolack (aka flight club on OffshoreOnly.com since he owns Flight Club, an upscale adult entertainment club in Detroit) started in 2011 to pay homage to the multitude of Skater models Hledin has built over the years. Skater’s national sales manager Tony Cutsuries and his girlfriend, Amy Davis, were on hand for their first Skaterfest as was Statement Marine founder Todd Werner. Talented photographer Jay Nichols (jayboat on OSO) hasn’t missed one yet and first-time participant and owner of two Marine Technology Inc. catamarans Kenny Armstrong, who knows a thing or two about hosting a party since he opens up his home every year for a party during the Texas Outlaw Challenge, enjoyed himself tremendously.