Because sometimes less is a whole lot more. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
In the market for a high-performance catamaran for almost 15 years, Greg Harris bought a well-known 32-foot Skater from even better-known performance-boat enthusiast Ron Szloack last August. Earlier that month, Harris and Yvonne Aleman, his longtime girlfriend, had piloted the 32-footer, which is powered by twin 1,150-hp supercharged engines from JC Performance, in Szloack’s annual Skaterfest event and fallen in love with it.
Harris and Aleman took delivery of the cat, which they dubbed Mad Props, during the 2016 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri. From there it went to Brand X Hi-Performance Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., where it is stored and maintained not far from their home in the Fort Lauderdale area.
From the start, Harris knew he’d purchased an elite high-speed ride, one that had topped 170 mph and earned the “World’s Fastest 32 Pleasure Skater” nickname among the Skater cognoscenti. Also from the start, he knew he wanted to repower the unique carbon-fiber model, which is 12 inches wider than a “standard” Skater 32, with Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines as soon as his budget allowed.