Fast and Fresh

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY LOUISA BECK­ETT

The first boat in a new out­board se­ries from Tiara, the Sport 38 LS com­bines style with triple-en­gine per­for­mance.


Fam­ily-run Tiara YachtsY has been build­ing boats for more than 60 years, but the com­pany com isn’t rest­ing on its lau­rels. Re­spond­ing to trends in the recre­ational mar­ket, Tiara, which un­til now has built only in­board-powe­pow­ered off­shore yachts, re­cently launched its first line of out­board boats—the all-new Tiara Sport se­ries—with the triple­out­board Tiara SportSpo 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, mark­mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at S2 Yachts Inc., par­ent com­pany of Tiara and Pur­suiPur­suit. “It has a lit­tle more piz­zazz and flash. It’s a more ath­letic prod­uct an­dan 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.”

Glenn added that the 38 LS will soon be fol­lowed by two 34-foot Tiara Sport mod­els—one a cen­ter con­sole/cabin like the 38 LS, the other an ex­press yacht.

While Pur­suit boats also are out­board-pow­ered and range up to 38 feet, he ex­plained, “the big dif­fer­ence be­tween a Pur­suit and Tiara Sport is that this boat is built around day yacht­ing, while a Pur­suit is set up for fish­ing.”

The new 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.

S2’s in­vest­ment in de­vel­op­ing the new Tiara Sport line al­ready is start­ing to pay off. The 38 LS won a 2018 Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat

Show In­no­va­tion Award in the cuddy cabin and bowrider cat­e­gory, and sales com­ing off of the show have been rel­a­tively strong.

Shortly af­ter the boat show, I met the 38 LS at the Mi­ami Tiara dealer, Apex Ma­rine, for a sea trial on Bis­cayne Bay. It was a beau­ti­ful, sunny day; per­fect for zip­ping along Mi­ami’s strik­ing skyline. Our test yacht was pow­ered by triple Yamaha F350s, which were whisper-quiet on start-up. Ac­cel­er­a­tion was smooth and pow­er­ful, and the boat tracked beau­ti­fully, carv­ing con­fi­dent turns when I cranked the wheel over hard. We cruised at a sprightly 34 knots and at wide-open throt­tle, saw speeds up to 49 knots on the GPS. Not too shabby for a big “day yacht” that also has overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions in its con­sole.

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, near360-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 pow­ered 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 up­hol- stered 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 con­trol the out­boards with a sin­gle joy­stick—an­other driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence en­hance­ment, es­pe­cially in the ma­rina. Less nec­es­sary dur­ing our sea trial, which took place in calm to slightly choppy seas, was the op­tional Sea­keeper 3. Still, it’s nice to know that if you have a fam­ily mem­ber who is prone to sea­sick­ness, this boat is pur­pose-built for in­stalling the Sea­keeper in­ter­nal gyro-sta­bi­liz­ing sys­tem, a $35,700 up­grade.

One of the boat’s more un­usual fea­tures, which un­doubt­edly helped it to win the In­no­va­tion Award, is its asym­met­ri­cal walka­round. While the star­board side deck is flush, the port side deck is raised by two steps. Not only does this make board­ing the boat from a high dock eas­ier, but it also gave Tiara’s en­gi­neer­ing team the space to ex­pand the cuddy cabin beyond the con­fines of the cen­ter con­sole.

This com­fort­able in­te­rior has a gen­er­ous pri­vate head/shower com­part­ment with full stand­ing head­room. There is also an off-cen­ter dou­ble berth with three stor­age draw­ers un­der­neath, mi­crowave, cedar hang­ing locker, bow stor­age and 29-inch TV with Blu-Ray player. A cabi­net hides the con­trols for the stan­dard Ma­rine Air 6,000-Btu cabin air con­di­tioner, which is pow­ered by a stan­dard Onan 5-kilo­watt diesel genset. For a pur­pose-de­signed day yacht, the Tiara 38 LS is very nicely equipped for overnight stays.

This boat’s true heart lies in its aft cock­pit, how­ever. In keep­ing with a cur­rent in­dus­try trend, that space is de­signed to pro­vide a close

con­nec­tion be­tween the 38 LS and the wa­ters around it. There is an ac­cess gate to the swim plat­form on ei­ther side of the tran­som, for ex­am­ple, and the plat­form ex­tends beyond the out­board en­gines to cre­ate a more spa­cious wa­ter­sports-prep area.

The aft cock­pit also fol­lows a res­i­den­tial de­sign trend by fea­tur­ing an out­door gal­ley, which is in­te­grated into the back of the helm seat. Its long Co­rian counter holds a grill, sink, cut­ting board and ac­cess to a trash can. Un­der­neath are Kenyon re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer draw­ers. The gal­ley serves a large seat­ing area with two sin­gle seats fac­ing a U-shaped set­tee with hi/lo ta­ble. While the boat also has a big for­ward cock­pit, the aft cock­pit un­doubt­edly will be the fo­cal point for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing on board.

But what about the “piz­zazz and flash” that Glenn re­ferred to? The styling through­out the Tiara 38 LS is fresh and con­tem­po­rary, with bright col­ored ac­cents (in “So­lar­ized” orange on our test boat) in­te­grated into the up­hol­stery. Both the hard­top and aft cock­pit also fea­ture mul­ti­color LED lights oper­ated by re­mote con­trol.

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.

Tiara Yachts, 616-392-7163; tiaray­

A trio of Yamaha F350s push the 38 LS to 49 knots at wide-open throt­tle.

Day­boat­ing is taken to a new level of style and luxury in the new Sport se­ries, with triple seats at the helm and big lounges in the cock­pit.

The en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise of Tiara shows in the dra­matic lines of the hard­top with three sky­lights, which the builder makes in-house.

TEST CON­DI­TIONS: Tem­per­a­ture: 80°F; wind 10-12 knots; load: 100 gal. fuel, 2 peo­ple.

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