The company was founded in Holland, Michigan, by Leon Slikkers, who pursued his dream of building boats. With only $5,000 in his hand, Leon started Slikkers Boats, his first boatbuilding company that led him to the create Tiara Yachts and their sister company, Pursuit Boats, which produces models with outboard engines ranging from 25 to 39 feet in length. From their humble beginnings, it has become a globally recognized manufacturer of luxury sporting vessels that are built with ample breathing and moving room.
The company is most famous for coining the term “open” to describe their Tiara 3100. In 2018, the Tiara Sport 38 LS received the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award.