Leon Slikkers, a maritime field pioneer, whose vocation developing boats dates back to the 1940s, is retiring from Tiara Yachts, the corporation declared recently.

An business trendsetter who bucked traditional knowledge when it arrived to constructing boats out of fiberglass in its place of wooden, Slikkers, now 93, launched S2 Yachts in 1974. The firm originally centered on trailerable sailboats, but as it grew – armed with increased entry to money and Slikkers’ unrelenting generate to innovate in a really aggressive market, S2 started constructing electrical power boats soon thereafter.

That sooner or later led to the development of Tiara Yachts, an business leader in mid-sized luxury yachts that at present employs above 600 individuals at its point out-of-the-artwork 800,000-sq.-foot producing facility in Holland. 

“This company, its abundant background and all that it has attained would not have been achievable if not for the vision, enthusiasm and unyielding entrepreneurial drive that our father has shown for a great deal of many years,” said Tom Slikkers, CEO and President of Tiara Yachts, a place he’s held since 2012. “His determination to excellence and the translation of his enthusiasm for boat developing throughout a few generations will be a long lasting legacy as we go on to present outstanding client assistance and highly specialized goods.”

Leon Slikkers’ occupation began as a carpenter for Chris-Craft in 1946. In the mid-1950s, he took a chance, promoting his dwelling to increase capital to commence making mahogany runabouts beneath the identify of Slickcraft Boat Corporation. Soon right after setting up Slickcraft, he began experimenting with fiberglass and composites. He sold Slickcraft to AMF (American Device and Foundry) in 1969 and remained as its president for 4 years, prior to founding S2 Yachts with a sole aim on sailboats.

In 1976, S2 commenced producing activity boats below the Tiara manufacturer and, in 1978, Pursuit sport fishing products. Consumers immediately embraced the solutions, and a range of improvements and new versions have been added above subsequent many years to solidify the company’s sector-main placement. S2 Yachts later on bought the Pursuit Boats manufacturer to Malibu Boats Inc. in 2018. Offered the extraordinary length of Leon Slikkers’ career, it’s been reported that he has designed much more good quality boats than any one in the record of the field.


Growth of Luxury Outboard Portfolio, Celebration of Inboard Heritage 

From the company’s earliest times, Leon’s drive to deal with customers’ needs and desires via cutting-edge style and design and engineering procedures formed Tiara’s culture of innovation and good quality. In recent decades, he saw raising demand from customers for larger sized, outboard-powered products and solutions with additional high-class appointments. That led to the company’s go in 2017 to produce a suite of outboard-powered boats that meshed the luxury, good quality, utility and overall performance of the company’s inboard series. Because then, its luxury outboard portfolio has skyrocketed in recognition, leading to the start of the 48 LS, the flagship of the LS Sequence, in February 2021, generating it the most significant outboard-run design presented to day. 

“It was with our father’s foresight and eyesight that we built the important decision to pursue a Tiara-inspired outboard luxurious brand name,” reported Bob Slikkers, Senior Vice President of Operations. “That we’ve been equipped to embrace and so swiftly adapt to all those alterations is a credit rating to our father’s original vision merged with the skill and determination of our design, engineering, manufacturing and income teams. We established out to do a thing daring for our enterprise and our manufacturer, and we properly pulled it off, a correct testimony of our management group and their potential to attain higher good results in the potential.”

The most recent and perhaps boldest case in point nevertheless of the company’s efforts to design and style and innovate around customer needs will take place in 2022, when Tiara Yachts launches a point out-of-the-artwork 55-foot inboard yacht, a thoughtfully engineered mix of its LS and Coupe collection that symbolize Tiara’s most personalised and technically superior product or service. The extensive-array luxury vessel will attribute multiple modules to personalize the cockpit arrangement to match just about every customer’s personalized boating lifestyle, no matter if it be entertaining or fishing, with many seating configurations and luxurious characteristics these kinds of as a summer time kitchen area and al fresco dining.

“Being a portion of a 3-era relatives small business is an interesting expertise. I have read tales from my father and grandfather about the family’s results, and now I am participating in developing and shaping our foreseeable future items,” stated Alex Slikkers, Product sales and Internet marketing Expert. “We have so several new concepts and solutions on the horizon that I know our consumers will genuinely love.” 

“The new 55 in several methods is the end result of anything we’ve uncovered as a business and a manifestation of what is most essential to our consumers who drive extraordinary boating activities,” said Tim Slikkers, Director of Engineering. “Each chapter of our journey has illuminated thriving capabilities that encouraged the 55, which is an artful blend of the ideal features of our dayboat and cruising products, and an exceptionally modern, deluxe and higher-carrying out yacht that will be as opposed to something in the industry today. It is also a statement that Tiara Yachts remains a main participant in the domestic and world-wide inboard markets.”

Advancement Fuels Subsequent-Amount Expenditure

Tiara Yachts has professional outstanding progress in modern a long time. The company’s revenues are on pace to more than double during the 2017 to 2022 timeframe. With zero personal debt, the family members will carry on to make far more wise investments to leverage its achievements for potential marketplace share growth.

“The corporation was founded on the strategy of developing a pleasant boating working experience for its buyers. All the things we do is pushed to help that mission, so that doesn’t leave any home for complacency,” explained David Slikkers, the company’s director of federal government relations. “We are continuously innovating and reimagining each portion of our business enterprise, from style and design to engineering to manufacturing to product sales and customer support. Every single working day we appear to function searching for new strategies to delight our clients.”

Production in the 21st century delivers lots of possibilities to make continual advancements in processes, from use of robotics and ultraviolet curing to deploying 3D printing. The company’s shut molded approach journey, started 20 yrs ago, is accelerating as extra rewards are understood, including utilization of sophisticated woven fibers and carbon composite supplies which reduces weight and improves overall performance, when creating a safer and cleaner functioning atmosphere for the employees, perhaps minimizing VOC emissions by 70 %.

“Our refined manufacturing techniques are parallel to these utilised in the aerospace and protection industries, in which precision is vital – providing us a competitive edge when it arrives to recruiting new workforce who want to be a section of a engineering workforce,” said Kelly Slikkers, Director of Manufacturing and High quality. “Our grandfather founded this corporation in element on the historic craftmanship of Western Michigan put together with our dedication to offering gratifying profession paths. Our strategic investments in persons, method and products in latest many years will support us draw in the very best and brightest minds, although positioning our enterprise and model for an interesting future chapter.”