43 LS

- —Pete McDonald

As testers for this magazine, we live by the quantifiab­le, taking performanc­e numbers aboard every boat we review. But for me, the defining moment for the Tiara Sport 43 LS came not in the data, but in the looks we got idling through the inlet in Holland, Michigan. Several people walking along the jetty stopped and stared, and I watched as one person’s jaw dropped and he mouthed, “Wow.”

The flagship of the Tiara Sport lineup, the 43 LS is everything a large luxury dayboat should be. It’s equipped to entertain abovedecks for days while pulling off overnight duty with style and comfort. And like all Tiara Sports, the 43 LS is overbuilt to withstand rugged Great Lakes boating, so it’s got the offshore chops to reach distant outposts.

This large 11-ton centercons­ole with a deep-V hull that tapers to 21 degrees at the transom treats most lake and bay chop as a minor annoyance, and handles heavier seas outside the inlet with aplomb. Even with its stout constructi­on, the triple Yamaha 425 XTO outboards help this boat can get up and go, reaching 30 mph in under 9 seconds en route to a 53 mph top-end speed. It handles nimbly for its size, and the Yamaha Helm Master joystick system that comes standard with the triple Yamaha 425 XTO package makes docking no sweat. Our test boat came equipped with the optional Seakeeper SK6 gyro, which neutralize­s the rock and roll.

The boat has so many interior highlights that it’s hard to list them all. One that stands out is the aft manually rotating U lounge with a teak table that can face aft or forward. Then there’s the galley that sits under the hardtop between the helm and the U lounge. It features rear-facing seating as well as an array of amenities—expect people to gather around it like they would an island bar in a kitchen. The bow cockpit is another great area to hang, with three forward-facing backrests and wraparound bow seating. Throw in the forward and midship berths, plus the well-appointed head, and you can say the “wow” the 43 LS got is well-deserved.

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