Despite a widely circulated rumor, Douglas Marine, the renowned builder of Skater high=performance catamarans, has not been sold according to Peter Hledin, the founder and owner of the Douglas, Mich., company.

“I still own the company,” said Hledin via telephone yesterday. “We are not sold.”

Hledin said he had received “four or five phone calls this week” about the rumor, but was at a loss as to its origin. He added that he has had a number of offers to buy the company during its 30-plus-year history, including one this month, but has declined all of them.

“I have no idea where this rumor started,” he said.