240 241 a boat, financing a boat, storing a boat, slipping a boat, dry stack service–we want to be the all- around person because people that buy fishing boats or a tow boat or ski boat today,when they get to retirement age, theymight want to buy something to cruise around the world in. So, our big- gest thing is we want to be able to service any type of boater.” In order to make good on that objective, Skip- perBud’s customers can choose their new or used watercraft from any one of the following manufac- turers: Sea Ray,Tige, Four Winns, Starcraft, Sylvan, Harris, Smokercraft,Tiara, Crusiers Yachts, Bayliner, Heyday, Scout Boats,Alumacraft,Yamaha,Axis, MasterCraft, Crest,Malibu, Riva, Starweld, Glaston, Ferreti, Scarab, and Meridian. And those companies like selling through their long-time dealer.“I have great relationships with my manufacturers,”Pretasky asserts. “A lot of them I’ve had for many, many,many years.And dealing with the same people makes for a strong team.” In addition to its wide selec- tion of boats, Pretasky believes that another factor that differentiates SkipperBud’s from the competition is its competent staff.“I have outstanding employees that typically have grown up through the SkipperBud’s family,”he says.“And we pay attention to the training of our employees so they get better at what they do so everybody can be successful.We’re pretty proud about being a SKIPPERBUD’S AT A GLANCE SKIPPERBUD’S WHAT: A family-owned boat dealer WHERE: Headquarters in Win- throp Harbor, Illinois WEBSITE: www.skipperbuds.com 54 It’s the perfect fit. The perfect marriage of luxury and function in a space that accommodates you, friends and family in unexcelled comfort. It’s the perfect yacht to compliment your lifestyle – a refuge to relax and ride the waves, leaving your cares on land. The Cruisers 54 Cantius is perfect for both weekend adventures and extended trips, offering every amenity you could ask for at sea, including refined staterooms, sophisticated heads and plenty of space for entertainment. LUXURY. PERFORMANCE. STYLE. 54 CANTIUS. VISIT CRUISERSYACHTS.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. CRAFTED IN THE UNITED STATES CANTIUS Since 1904, the ingenuity behind Cruisers Yachts has delivered on-the-water expe- riences aboard yachts that perfectly harmonize luxurious details, performance, and craftsmanship. From incredibly well-designed interiors finished with elegant details to head-turning exterior designs, Cruisers Yachts maintains their mission of delivering superior yachts to this day. Under the Cruisers Yachts name, boaters will find a series of luxury yachts for all types of adventure. Cruisers Yachts was established by founders with an eye to the future of design and an innate desire to innovate at every turn. From our start in 1904 to today, Cruisers Yachts models have been built to deliver incredible fun with luxurious flair to all of those aboard her decks.