Our Story

Just like our yachts, our story is based around friends, family and the water. Our craft, calling and passion are the common threads woven throughout not only the products we build, but also our relationships with our dealer network, vendor partners and ultimately, our customers.

Tiara Timeline

From humble beginnings to masters of boat building. Take a look at the history and drive that lives in the DNA of Tiara Yachts and the Slikkers' family.

1946

Leon Slikkers begins building boats at Chris-Craft

1955

Leon leaves Chris-Craft to start building boats for himself under the SlickCraft name; SlickCraft builds wooden runabouts during its first official model year

1956

Leon begins experimenting with fiberglass hull construction

1958-1962

Original home of SlickCraft

1960

SlickCraft eliminates wooden hulls from its lineup, offering only fiberglass

1962

Production moves to former skating rink on South Washington in Holland

1969

Leon and Dolores sell SlickCraft to AMF Corporation, Leon remains as president of the SlickCraft division

1974

February 18, S2 Yachts, Inc. is founded by Leon Slikkers, joined by his sons David and Robert, with a focus on building sailboats.

1976

Tiara Powerboats are introduced, starting with 20’ Overnighter and 25’ Vacationer (pictured); Construction on a 72,000 square foot plant at 725 E. 40th begins

1977

S2 Yachts adds the Pursuit Fishing Boat series to its portfolio

1983

Slikkers family purchase SlickCraft name back from AMF; Leon becomes CEO of S2 Yachts; son David named president

1983

A 72,000 square foot plant is built in Fort Pierce, Florida. Production of the Pursuit line would be concentrated in Fort Pierce, leaving the Holland plant to focus on Tiara.

1990

Sailboat production ends in 1987, but due to popularity, S2 7.9 meter sailboat re-enters production on a limited edition basis

1996-1999

Leon Slikkers named Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young (’96); inducted into the Michigan Boating Hall of Fame (’98) and NMMA Hall of Fame (’99)

2001

David named CEO of S2 Yachts; Tom, Leon’s youngest son, takes over as president of Pursuit; Bob elevated to president of Tiara; Leon becomes Chairman of the Board

2012

Tom named CEO and President of S2 Yachts; Coupe lineup is released

2017

38 LS, the first outboard-powered Tiara, makes its debut at the Corporate Yachting Center in Holland, Mich.

2018

S2 Yachts, Inc. divests Pursuit Boats

2021

September 8, Leon Slikkers officially retires at the age of 93, capping a 75-year career in the marine industry

2021

Leon awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by International Boat Industry and Metstrade; son Tom accepts on his behalf

Leon Slikkers

Leon Slikkers

A legacy of excellence

Over 60 years ago, Tiara embarked on a voyage to create the finest yachts in the world, made in the U.S.A. It began with Leon Skikkers when he founded Slick Craft in 1955. Since then, the evolution of our designs, technology and manufacturing have evolved with the needs and desires of our customers.

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