Family-run Tiara Yachts has been building boats for more than 60 years, but the company isn’t resting on its laurels. Responding to trends in the recreational market, Tiara, which until now has built only inboard-powered offshore yachts, launched its first line of outboard boats last year—the all-new Tiara Sport series—with the triple-outboard Tiara Sport 38 LS.
“We are trying to separate Tiara Sport on its own. It appeals to a younger customer who likes a faster day-yacht style of boating,” says David Glenn, marketing director at S2 Yachts Inc., parent company of Tiara and Pursuit. “It has a little more pizzazz and flash. It’s a more athletic product and runs in the mid-50-mph range at top end. We are drawing from our experience in construction and finish to build it, but the outboards give it a whole new level of performance.”
The Tiara Sport 38 LS is the result of a long process that included presenting the boat’s concept drawings to Tiara’s Dealer Design Group early in the design phase. Once the plans were refined and approved, the next step was to build full-scale mock-ups to give the dealer group a real-world sense of the spaces on board. “The dealers grade areas on a scale of one to five, and that goes back to engineering. We try to get a sign-off from everyone,” Glenn said.
The helm station is on the cutting edge of comfortable. There are three seats with adjustable armrests and flip-up bolsters. The curved windshield, built from a single piece of tempered safety glass, combined with the hardtop’s raked side supports ensure excellent, near-360-degree visibility from the helm. Overhead, the hardtop, which Tiara makes in-house, provides sun protection for the entire helm area as well as a substantial portion of the aft cockpit (and what it doesn’t cover can be sheltered by the optional, retractable Makefast Marine electric sunshade). The hardtop has three skylights, one of which is a hatch that opens to let in the breeze.
The dashboard features Tiara’s Sport Glass Cockpit integrated electronics package, which on our test boat included a 16-inch Garmin GPSMap display and Yamaha CL7 Touchscreen Command Link Plus display. These large, easy-to-read screens, shaded by the upholstered upper lip of the dash, make navigation and engine monitoring simple. Our test boat also had the optional Yamaha Helm Master Control System, which lets you operate the outboards with a single joystick—another driving experience enhancement.
While these sporty touches, along with triple-outboard performance, are sure to appeal to the younger generation of boaters, the new Tiara Sport series’ main selling point is still the engineering prowess the builder has refined over the past six decades. You can see it in the details, such as well-placed grabrails and ample storage throughout the boat, along with the excellent fit and finish of its infused composite hull construction. Trendy but tough where it counts, the Tiara Sport 38 LS ably demonstrates there is no substitute for experience. —Louisa Beckett
Tiara Yachts, 616-392-7163; tiarayachts.com
Displ.: 18,600 lbs.
Fuel: 331 gal.
Water: 50 gal.
Power: 3/350-hp Yamaha F350 outboards
Top Speed: 44 knots
Base Price: $499,900