New 2014 Pursuit Boats
Pursuit Boats and Tiara Yachts are part of Holland, Michigan-based S2 Yachts, Inc. For more than half a century, three-generations of this family-owned business has set an unsurpassed standard of quality in marine design and manufacturing. From their modern, recently expanded production facility in Ft. Pierce, The Slikkers family continues to build distinctive fishing boats in Offshore, Center Console, and Denali configurations, with models from twenty-three to thirty-four feet.
Pursuit boats designs use the latest in marine technology and deck layouts to create spacious, stylish, and highly versatile water craft. The Pursuit Boats Offshore Series offers 4 models configured with bridge-decks and cabins. The Pursuit Boats Center Console series offers 7 serious fishing machines built for performance. The Pursuit Boats Drummond / Denali Series offers 4 models from the sporty and versatile Denali to the classic lines of the Drummond Runner and the fishing utility of the Drummond Sportfish. The Sportfish features the Angler’s Edge a bait rigging island so innovative that it won the 2006 NMMA Innovation Award.
Pursuit boats philosophy is summed up in the words of its founder, Leon Slikkers. Much has changed since my early days in this industry. But the lasting qualities that bring enduring value remain the same: Elegance of line. Superior fit and finish. Unsurpassed reliability and durability. And throughout always uncompromised quality. You’ll find this and more in your Pursuit Boat.
History of Pursuit Boats
Leon Slikkers started at Chris-Craft in the joiner department making cabin tops in 1946. In the early 1950's Leon began building 14' runabouts in his garage after work. In 1954 he registered the Slickcraft name, and the following year he left a promising career at the age of 27 to open his own shop and fulfill his dream. He sold his house and started a small factory on Washington Avenue in Holland, Michigan. Leon began experimenting with a new material called fiberglass in 1955. Within three years, the company put a few of the boats into production and, by 1963, had stopped building with wood completely.
In 1969, Leon sold Slickcraft to the AMF Corporation. He stayed on as President to head up three AMF companies (including Slickcraft), but eventually realized that the large corporation's business principles did not match his own and left after four years. Leon started over in 1974 building sailboats under the name S2 Yachts. Within ten years, S2 was one of the top five sailboat manufacturers in the United States, known for building both quality cruising vessels as well as racing boats. Gradually the company began producing high-quality power boats called Tiara Yachts, and phasing out the sailboats.
S2 Yachts then constructed a second facility in Ft. Pierce, Florida and, in 1977, added Pursuit boats to its product line up. In 1983, S2 Yachts purchased the Slickcraft brand name from AMF, and the following year, Leon Slikkers became Chief Executive Officer and David Slikkers was named President.
Pursuit boats was recognized in 2004 for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), as part of the association’s Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program.
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