|LOA||38 ft., 11 in.|
|Beam||13 ft., 3 in.|
|Draft||3 ft., 3 in.|
|Engines||Cummins QSB 380 hp diesels or Mercury DTS/375 gas|
|Cored with balsa wood above the waterline and throughout the deck. Wood and foam core stringers are integrated into the hull for stiffness.|
|- Twin gas or diesel engines
- radar arch
- 45-inch swim platform
- entertainment center w/sink and refrigerator
- composite windshield frame w/safety glass
- custom diamond nonskid surfaces
- Tiara EZ Tilt-Away helm console
- one-burner electric cooktop
- Corian countertops
- 19-inch flat-screen LCD TV
- VacuFlush head and more
|- Upgrade to ZF pod drives and joystick control, hardtop w/manual sunroof
- custom hull colors
- LCD TV and electric grill at the outside wet bar
- teak accent package
- cockpit carpet
- premium stereo upgrade
- Garmin electronics package
- bow thruster
- 5 kw genset and more
|Tiara Yachts, Holland, Mich.; (616) 392-7163; tiarayachts.com
|West Coast Dealer|
|- Tiara Yachts of Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA
(949) 515-7700; tiarayachtsnewportbeach.com
- Tiara Yachts of Seattle, Seattle;
(206) 344-8566; tiarayachtsofseattle.com
Posted: September 1, 2012 | Boat Type: Express Cruiser
Posh cruiser with a delightful cockpit bound to make you popularThe new flagship of the Tiara Coronet series, the 3600, is, in a word, elegant. When looking at its lines from the dock, it would be easy to assume that it’s all about the style with this boat, and don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous. But the looks belie a practical functionality with a great interior and a cockpit that will make you think of reasons — nay, excuses — to throw a party on board.
Step aboard onto the oversized 45-inch teak swim platform, and walk through the stylish curved transom into the lower cockpit. To port is an L-shaped lounge with a glossy teak table and built-in cupholders. Ahead are twin aft-facing double seats, so already you can accommodate at least eight for cocktails. The space is open and clutter-free with storage below the sole, including an area that could be converted to a fishhold for an afternoon of angling.
The upper cockpit is where the outdoor livability is really centered. To starboard and behind the helm seat is a module that forms the entertainment center, with drawer refrigeration and a sink. Add an optional swiveling flat-screen TV and an electric grill, and you might never need to go below.
To port is another L-shaped settee with angled seatbacks for lounging while facing forward or aft. The varnished table can detach and store in a bracket behind the helm seat to open up the area. The helm has Tiara’s signature EZ Tilt-Away helm console, which brings everything within easy reach, including multifunction displays, engine controls and gauges, and one of the three stereo controls aboard. Tiara provides Bluetooth standard, so you can bring your entertainment or navigation information aboard on your iPad. The helm seat is a comfortable double and is controlled electrically for perfect adjustment regardless of the size of the helmsperson. There is 360-degree visibility, which will give any driver a sense of confidence even in a crowded anchorage.
Overhead, there is a choice of a canvas Bimini or a well-integrated hardtop connected to the custom composite windshield with an opening middle section. The hardtop comes with a manually operated sunroof and connects to the built-in arch, which is amidships.
Another half-dozen people can easily join your afternoon cruise and find comfortable seating in this upper area. Now it’s a party.
In case you’d like to anchor during your festivities, there is a Lewmar vertical windlass and an opening line locker on the bow with an impressively sized cleat that can be dedicated to ground tackle, because there are two equally oversized bow cleats on either side for docklines. Footing on deck is excellent due to Tiara’s custom diamond-pattern nonskid surface.
The Tiara 3600 Coronet is a one-cabin, one-head boat with additional sleeping accommodations on a floor mattress tucked behind the companionway. This is an area the kids or grandkids will love. The interior is just as well thought-out as the cockpit, and it is stylishly finished to fit the boat’s image.
Forward is the master stateroom behind folding privacy doors. It has an island double with hull-side cabinets and is well appointed with a flat-screen TV and access to the stereo. The bathroom to starboard is nicely finished and has an electric head. It’s quite a big space, with a separate stall shower that’s actually usable by an adult.
To port is a small straight-line galley with Corian countertop space, a one-burner electric cooktop, a microwave and plenty of refrigerated space. The sink size is very generous for a galley of these proportions. The finish is teak (maple is an option), and the joinery throughout is excellent. These are the kind of accommodations you hope will get full use on weekend getaways.
After a long run at idle through Newport Harbor out to the ocean with the Tiara Yachts of Newport Beach crew, we immediately opened up the 3600 and popped up on plane in less than five seconds. Visibility forward was never obscured by excessive bowrise. As I did figure-eights, forcing the boat to cross its own wake at odd angles, I noticed two things. First, there is nothing the 3600 is not going to take in stride. There was no rolling, swerving or pounding. Even going from 25 knots to a near stop allowed the boat to rise gently and let the wall of water aft rush under the ample swim step. Second, this boat won’t let you do anything too stupid, and by that I mean I tried forcing it into tight, tippy turns, and it responded like a Cadillac with sweeping curves even with the engines in opposite gears. Back in the harbor, I tested out slow-speed maneuvering and found it very responsive.
At wide-open throttle, 2950 rpm, we reached 32 knots in a light chop and burned 39 gph. Cruising speed will be 23 to 25 knots, where the range is estimated at 350 n.m. depending on sea state, with fuel consumption at about 27.2 gph. At 10 knots, the fuel consumption dropped dramatically to between 8 and 9 gph at 1500 rpm. The jump to 2000 rpm pushed the boat to 18 knots while burning 18.4 gph. Our idle-speed run through the harbor had us moving 5.2 knots and burning 1.6 gph. Due to the boat’s open layout, we had to raise our voices slightly to converse whenever the engines were above idle.
Power selections include twin Mercury 8.2 DTS 375 hp gas engines or Cummins QSB 380 hp diesels. With the latter, you can also choose ZF pods with joystick control, which adds about $80,000 to the price. Access to the engines is easy through a day hatch for quick inspections, or you can lift the entire bridge deck electrically for complete access to both engines and the optional genset.
Our test Tiara 3600 (presumably hull number 2 of the model) was priced at $623,000, which includes the hardtop, electronics with twin flush-mounted Garmin 5212 multifunction displays, a TV and grill at the wet bar, and a bow thruster that came in handy when docking in a cross-breeze, because this boat has straight-shaft engines, not the pods.
The model is a posh cruiser, perfectly capable of overnighting, but will most likely be used as a dayboat for fast runs to Catalina Island and for entertaining. Michael Vrbas, a broker with Tiara in Newport Beach, summed up the target owner as a boater “moving up from the smaller Coronet (currently the 3100) and those who want more comfort in the outdoor area, especially the cockpit.”
It’s true that the cockpit is a work of art, and the Tiara 3600 Coronet is custom built to entertain a dozen passengers in style. Although I’m not sure why you’d want that many people on board, offering to share your 3600 Coronet will undoubtedly bring new friends out of the woodwork.
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