Tiara Yachts has always been marked by an ability to read the minds of boat owners, creating boats that fit their needs rather than trying to force preconceived notions on the public. The latest addition to the Tiara fleet is the 3600 Coronet, a comfortable and good-looking dayboat and overnighter that joins the earlier 3100 Coronet to build a series of boats designed for fun.
If you said the Coronet 3600 was 75-percent cockpit and 50-percent cabin, you’d have trouble justifying the mathematics, but you’d understand when you step aboard. The cockpit and bridge deck morph into one open-air area with seating for more than ten people. The lower cockpit features a large transom lounge with a table, yet still has a gated walk-through to the oversized 44-inch wide transom platform. Two mezzanine seats face aft for alfresco gatherings.
Under the fiberglass hardtop is another lounge, serving as a companion area with a teak table to the helm with its double-wide bench seat. An entertainment center with sink, drawer refrigerator, and optional grill completes the needs for a floating party.
Below, the 3600 is a comfy teak-lined retreat with a private master stateroom forward with a pedestal double berth. The head includes a spacious stand-up shower stall and VacuFlush toilet. The galley features a one-burner cooktop, upright fridge, and microwave.
The surprising part of the 3600 is the mini aft cabin with full standing headroom, settee, and two-person berth. Completing the interior is a solid-teak sole, flatscreen TV in the master, and stereo.
Tiara relies on traditional hand-laid fiberglass using premium resins and Balsa Coring in the topsides and deck, with a five-year warranty on the hull, deck and fuel tank. Wood- and foam-core stringers are encapsulated with hand-laid fiberglass and integrated into the hull. The entire bilge is gelcoated for easy cleaning, and Tiara uses their proprietary diamond-pattern nonslip on all deck surfaces. The standard hull finish is high-gloss gelcoat, with Imron colors optional.
The 3600 is available with a variety of power choices by using two drive systems: ZF Pod Drives and conventional inboards. Engines for the pods are twin 380-horsepower Cummins QSB diesels, while conventional drives can have twin 375-horsepower Mercury 8.2 gas or the 380-horsepower Cummins QSB diesels as on our test boat.
The helm is thoughtfully designed (and tilts for easy service) in dark blue to eliminate reflections in the large wraparound windscreen in its composite frame. An electric seat and tilt teak wheel combine with the Mercury SmartCraft shifter to make the skipper comfortable whether sitting or standing.
With the optional Cummins diesels, we topped out at nearly 32 knots with full everything and four people aboard, so the 3600 Coronet is no slouch. Even better, when backed off to around 2500 rpm, she cruised comfortably at 26 knots at almost exactly one mile per gallon. This gives owners two good choices: go fast to get home quickly, or cruise comfortably and economically. Well-built, thoughtfully designed and good -looking, this is a thoroughly likable dayboat with occasional weekender ambitions.
: 19,100 lb.
: 350 gal.
: 70 gal.
: 2/380-hp Cummins QSB diesels
: 2/375-hp Mercury DTS gas engines
: ZF gears w/ 1.75:1 ratio
5-kW Onan genset, $19,800; teak accent package, $11,180; cockpit A/C, $5,380; hardtop, $17,500; Imron hull paint, $13,200; Garmin electronics, $10,980.
Air temperature: 82°F; humidity: 61%; seas calm; load: 100% fuel and water; 4 persons. Speeds are two-way averages measured with Garmin GPS, GPH is from Cummins display. Sound levels measured at the helm. Range is 90% of advertised fuel capacity. 65dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.