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2003 32 (ft.) Skater 32 B

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General Information

Listing# 145070

Bridgeport, CT, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
High Performance Boats
32 B
32 (ft.)
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Mercury Racing 575 Sci
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

As per

So how fast did the 32′cat with a 20-degree transom deadrise, five steps in each of its two sponsons and no center pod run? The answer is, unfortunately, not as fast as it could have.

Slated for testing on a Thursday morning, the 32B arrived the day before with Stellings stand-off boxes and Bravo One XR drives with 1.26:1 ratios and lab-finished Mercury 15 1/4″ x 39″ four-blade stainless-steel propellers. During a shakedown run that afternoon, a drive broke. Another drive was sent, but wouldn't arrive until midmorning on Thursday. That meant all testing would have to be done in the afternoon.

The wind came up early that day, and by the time the 32B was ready to go, it was blowing 30 mph, gusting beyond that and swirling. Our lead test driver and co-pilot only were able to safely run the boat to 4,500 rpm, which left 700 rpm still in the motors, yet translated to 115.4 mph. The dealer who brought the 32 told us the boat had run 128 mph, and the tattletale feature on the Gaffrig GPS speedometer backed that claim. We hoped to get a better number the next day, but conditions were worse and time ran out.

Still, on the day we ran it, the 32B pretty well dazzled our test team. With its specially configured and mounted 30S K-planes, it came on plane in a reasonable 4.4 seconds--and then got busy, reaching 76 mph in 20 seconds. But the cat did it's most impressive business in midrange acceleration drills, running from 30 to 50 mph in 4.2 seconds, 40 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and 40 to 70 mph in 7.5.

The same deep-tunnel hull and propulsion package combo that produced such efficiency also delivered great handling manners and a soft rough-water ride. Common for Skaters but not so common for cats, the 32B leaned into slalom turns and circle turns at cruising and full speeds. The boat sliced its way through 2′ to 4′ seas head-on, following and quartering. When launched off swells, it flew level and touched down as if the water were a pile of feathers.


Some of the most imaginative and impeccable paint jobs we've seen have been on Skaters. Not yet sold, however, our 32B test boat had a simple white hull with vinyl graphics--a blank canvas awaiting the graphic tastes (and bank account) of a willing buyer. Still, mold work was flawless, as was the installation of the cat's through-bolted aluminum rubrail.

Like all Skater models, the 32B was completely handlaid and vacuum-bagged. The boat's composite lamination recipe included S-glass, epoxy resins and balsa coring.

The top of each sponson featured an elliptical handrail, which made it easier to reach the forward-most pair of the boat's six Accon Pop-Up cleats. Other notable hardware items included acrylic wind deflectors on the fairings, a power-telescoping nav light and a swim platform on the transom.

The two lightweight engine hatches for the 32B were held down by race-style hood pins and connected to the gunwales with heavy-duty hinges. Opening manually outward to a vertical position, each was supported by a gas strut.

Inside the sanitary, spacious engine compartment, the fuel-injected motors were installed on Skater's brawny rail mounting system. All hoses were secured with stainless-steel cushion clamps, and all wires were neatly gathered in looms not far from the terminal strips.


The 32B had no cabin, but it did have a cockpit that was well-dressed for offshore action. High-back bucket seats were supplied for the co-pilot and driver--the throttles, shifters and dual trim switches were mounted on a console between them.

Rather than installing a flat rear bench--far from reassuring at 100-plus-mph--the builder outfitted the boat with a three-person bolster-style bench. Body-wrapping padding in each position gave passengers a snug and confidence-enhancing embrace.

The dash included a 180-mph Gaffrig GPS speedo, the helm station to starboard had a Garmin GPS Map 128 unit and an assortment of AutoMeter Pro Comp gauges with warning lights. All the instruments, some of which spread across the dash to the co-pilot's station, were in clear view.


Crummy conditions and a drive failure conspired to keep us from getting "the big number" in the Skater. But based on the speeds we were able to reach and how much was left in the supercharged motors, we're content that the 32B with this propulsion package is an honest 125- to 130-mph boat. No matter--this superb running cat was still a ride to remember.

Hull and Propulsion Information

Deadrise at transom 20 degrees
Centerline 32′
Beam 9'4″
Hull weight 6,450 pounds
Engines (2) Mercury Racing HP575SCi
Cylinder type V-8
Cubic-inch displacement/horsepower 502/550
Lower-unit gear ratio 1.26:1
Propellers Mercury Bravo One lab-finished 15 1/4″ x 39″

Test Results


5 seconds 26 mph
10 seconds 46 mph
15 seconds 62 mph
20 seconds 76 mph

Midrange Acceleration

30-50 mph 4.2 seconds
40-60 mph 4.6 seconds
40-70 mph 7.5 seconds

Rpm vs. Mph

1000 9 mph
1500 24 mph
2000 41 mph
2500 61 mph
3000 76 mph
3500 91 mph
4000 102 mph
4500 115 mph

Top Speed

Radar 115.4 mph at 4500 rpm


Time to plane 4.4 seconds
Minimum planning speed 16 mph

Fuel Economy

At 55 mph 1.7 mpg
At 65 mph 1.3 mpg
At 75 mph 1.3 mpg
At 85 mph 1.2 mpg
At 95 mph .9 mpg
Fuel capacity 230 gallons

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Stock #45550


Owned since 2006 bought a a dealership demonstrator model from dealership. Great overall condition maintained throughout.
Navigational Equipment
- Fuel Gauge - Navigation Lights - Speedometer - Tachometer - GPS
- Bilge Blower - Cockpit Type (High Performance) - Cooling System (Raw) - Custom Exhaust - Engine Location (Stern) - Fuel Tank (230) - Fuel Tank Location - Passenger Capacity (5) - Propulsion (I/O) - Trim Tabs - Steering (Hydraulic) - Trim Indicator - Engine Cylinders (V-8)
Electrical Systems
- Alternator - Battery - Battery Charger - Battery Location - Battery Switch - Circuit Breaker Panel - Engine Kill Switch - Gauges - Volt Meter
- Bottom Paint (New 2014) - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Gel Coat (Great Shape) - Propeller (Stainless Steel) - Radar Arch - Engine Cooling (Raw) - Propeller
Safety Equipment
- Bilge Pump - Fire Extinguisher - First Aid Kit