Tiara Sport 38 LS

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS -

Well, well, well. Who’d a thunk? An out­board­pow­ered—or should we say out­board­POW­ERED—sport­ster from the folks at Tiara Yachts, his­tor­i­cally known for either the tried-and-true straight-shot in­board or, over the past few years, the joy­stick-en­abled Volvo Penta IPS pod drive. Stan­dard is­sue for the new Tiara 38 LS (Lux­ury Sport), ac­cord­ing to a re­cently pub­lished stan­dards list, are triple 350-horse­power Yamaha F350s. Who’d a thunk in­deed.

What kind of speed are we talkin’ here? A re­cent Yamaha test re­port puts the 38’s top hop at a rous­ing 48.3 knots and her cruise ve­loc­ity at an equally rous­ing 30.3 knots. Fuel con­sump­tion at the two ve­loc­i­ties—97.8 gph and 40.9 gph re­spec­tively—gives the boat, by our cal­cu­la­tions, a range of about 146 nau­ti­cal miles at WOT and ap­prox­i­mately 220 nau­ti­cal miles at cruise. Not bad for a day­boat that pushes the pop­u­lar cen­ter-con­sole de­sign, with its pre­dictably sym­met­ri­cal lay­out, into en­tirely new and ex­cit­ing ter­ri­tory.

Of course, most cen­ter consoles these days are fish­boats with, as the term im­plies, oo­dles of fish­fight­ing gear, a steer­ing con­sole on cen­ter­line, nar­row walk­ways on either side, U- shaped or bench-type seat­ing up for­ward, an ob­fus­cated swim plat­form (if there’s one at all), and, for bet­ter or worse, a dearth of yachty lux­u­ries. Quite frankly, the 38—first in a new, multi-boat se­ries of “Sport” ves­sels from Tiara—stands this ar­range­ment on its head, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously pay­ing just a lit­tle homage to it. How?

For starters, the flashy, fishy em­pha­sis is ab­sent, to­tally sup­planted by a host of laid-back, fun-in-the-sun fea­tures like a man­u­ally-op­er­ated U-shaped lounge at the rear of the cock­pit which can be eas­ily made to face for­ward or aft; a large, mid-cock­pit gal­ley with Co­rian coun­ter­top, stain­less-steel sink, Kenyon elec­tric grill, and Vitrifrigo reefer; and an am­ple, teak-paved swim plat­form that, thanks to in­te­grated “out­board ex­ten­sions” on either side, fa­cil­i­tates ac­tual swim­ming, div­ing, and snor­kel­ing, as well as an easy back and forth pas­sage athwartships.

Then there’s the lay­out it­self. In­stead of the afore­men­tioned cen­ter­line sym­me­try, the 38’s steer­ing con­sole is off­set to port, thus leav­ing a wide walk­way to star­board that stretches from the mid-cock­pit to the lounge area at the bow. Not only does the walk­way de­sign en­cour­age move­ment be­tween so­cial zones, it frees up space belowdecks for an am­ple state­room, com­plete with a full berth and a head com­part­ment with a sep­a­rate stall shower.

And then there are the nu­mer­ous lit­tle niceties that, when taken to­gether, en­gen­der a sense of lux­ury. The stan­dard Fu­sion three-zone stereo (with a to­tal of 10 JL Au­dio speak­ers) is the leader of this par­tic­u­lar pack, with base­ball-stitched up­hol­stery and other Ital­ian de­tails (like up­hol­stered handrails) not far be­hind.

And fi­nally, there’s the moder­nity of the elec­tron­ics and lifestyle-re­lated tech­nolo­gies on board. From the “glass cock­pit” Garmin GPSMAP plot­ter at the helm to the ar­ray of hard­top lights that can be col­or­con­trolled, the new Tiara 38 LS ap­pears to be as up to date as the lat­est smart­phone. Cou­ple this with an op­tions list that in­cludes a Yamaha Helm Master joy­stick con­trol, Lenco Auto Glide trim tabs (in lieu of stan­dard Len­cos), and a Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer, and you’ve got a fast, lux­u­ri­ous day­cruiser that pleas­ingly stretches and mod­i­fies the cen­ter-con­sole par­a­digm.

—Capt. Bill Pike

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