Not many companies that understand how physical space affects the way people interact with each other. It might be intuitive on some levels, but for countless boatyards, the need for open space not taken into account, leaves the boat feeling cramped. Instead, a Tiara Yacht is packed with as many features as possible. This space creates breathing and moving room to promote a feeling of community between guests, captains, and crew. Ever since its initial founding in 1955 by Leon Slikkers, Tiara Yachts has always taken this important factor into account in their boat designs.
He grew up on a farm to a family of little means. He was someone who took pride in their work and was not a stranger to working hard. “I have a quest for being the best,” Slikkers said in a video.
So when he was older, he traded in comfort for his dream of building boats. In a flurry, Leon sold his home and, with only $5000 in his hand, no job or place to call home; he started Slikkers Boats, his first boat manufacturing company that would eventually lead him to create Tiara Yachts and Pursuit Boats.
For example, the Tiara Sport 38 LS was awarded the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award and comes as no surprise, as it is itself a reinterpretation of what it means to be a luxury sporting vessel. Despite a roomy atmosphere; bridge and lounge seats are accessible both from the port and starboard entries with an island-style outdoor galley, multiple social zones and wrap-around forward bow seating, it also cruises comfortably at 30 MPH and can reach a top speed of 50.
The Slikkers are always trying to improve their designs. To this day, their hull designs are a constant innovation for the best and smoothest ride. Their dream is an ongoing process, not a final destination. That's what makes Tiara Yachts so unique: the movement towards an ideal created by the challenge of each new project, the creation of personalized vessels, and the constant improvement of their handiwork in the process.