Tiara 44 Coupe
Tiara Yachts has a bit of a success on its hands. With a combination of high-tech and high style, the Tiara 44 Coupe seems to be hitting a sweet spot for a company looking to create a category killer to fit in with its sportfishing boats, cruising saloon express models, and open-layout express offerings. The design team went back to the drawing board and, as they created an open main-deck plan with huge windows, something clicked, and the Coupe line was born with the launch of the 50 Coupe in 2013. The Tiara 44 Coupe, introduced in the summer of 2014, shares DNA with her big sister, and that’s no accident.
The 44 Coupe is built with Tiara’s proven construction method, with balsa-cored hullsides encapsulated in hand-laid fiberglass cured with premium resin. The hull decks are cored with balsa as well.
As with any IPS-powered boat, the engine room meets the criteria set forth by Volvo Penta for its pod propulsion system. It’s here that the stringers and structural elements are plainly visible in the stoop-height (as in 37 inches, sole to overhead) space, but there’s a good amount of space to get around the engines.
The cockpit sports a molded-in transom lounge with a table as well as steps to the side decks and aft to the swim platform. Hullside windows in both staterooms create something different for Tiara, and bring in a bit of the airiness of the saloon.
Our test boat had a Nautical Structures hydraulic swim platform with 850-pound capacity suitable for shipping a tender—an add-on that could really expand cruising options.
The two-stateroom, two-head layout presents a compromise to which boaters these days should be getting accustomed: the sacrifice of headroom above berths to make room for the deck above. In boats that place big staterooms amidships, this is one of the first decisions made by the designers, and it’s a good one. Provided occupants don’t make a habit of sitting bolt-upright in bed, the 31-inch height over the twin berths in this guest stateroom won’t be a bother. In the places where you will wish to stand, by the door to the stateroom, say, or by the built-in seat to port, the overhead height is 6 feet 3 inches.
The master in the bow has a 6-foot 5-inch overhead, and a luxurious en suite head with separate shower. While the living spaces belowdecks are nicely appointed, the main attraction is the saloon. A generous L-shaped settee is to starboard that stretches from companion seating with a folding table all the way to I’d-like-to-sit-in-peace-while-you-drive-the-boat at the aft end. The galley is to port and accessible to the cockpit. A large sunpad forward makes the most of the expansive deck space.
A pair of 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600s make the Tiara 44 Coupe a responsive and efficient cruiser. During our test on Lake Michigan she did everything we asked, though the drizzly day failed to kick up much in the way of chop or other challenging conditions for this seakindly hull.
She responded well to the wheel and throttles, but cruisers take note: the Garmin Glass Cockpit command system really made this boat more interesting (for me) to drive. Basically the system allows you to use the joystick at speed, and not just for slow maneuvering, and it does that by taking control of the fly-by-wire steering system in the IPS. But it’s even better when used as a control device for an advanced autopilot system. It’s a potent combination and one that must be experienced.
Tiara Yachts, 616-392-7163; www.tiarayachts.com
: 30,000 lb.
: 350 gal.
: 118 gal.
: 2/435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s
: Volvo Penta IPS with 1.82:1 gear ratio
: Volvo Penta T3 propset
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.