A retractable sunroof and pocket sliding glass salon doors open the Tiara 44 Coupe to the ocean air. An unusual feature is the solid surface counter top on the transom, which can serve as a side board for beverages, ice and food. The optional grill makes it a cooking counter or when engaged in casual fishing, it can be used as a bait prep station. Below decks, the master stateroom features a pillow-top innerspring mattress and upholstered headboard.
This yacht’s focus is all about entertaining in elegance and cruising in posh style. It’s a classy boat that instills a desire to get properly dressed for the occasion, so no t-shirts and flip flops here. A robust, deep-V running surface lays the ground work for extended ports of call while her highly maneuverable pod drive system eases the work load for the owner and mate. A retractable sunroof and stowable sliding glass salon doors open the yacht to the outside, enhancing everyone’s yachting experience.
While taking her cues from the 50 Coupe, and certainly maintaining the classic Tiara DNA, this new Tiara 44 Coupe should appeal to boaters who want a modern, attractive design specifically intended for entertaining, and serious cruising.
The Tiara 44 Coupe offers an open floor plan with an aft galley between an indoor and outdoor gathering area. She is seen here with her standard 60" fore-and-aft platform.
Because this large platform extends aft of the hull of the boat it makes boarding from a floating dock quite easy. But that is just one of its many uses…
Stern BBQ. The swim platform runs nearly full beam and extends 60" (1.52 m) fore and aft. Because it is so large, it serves as yet another "activity venue". For example, an optional electric grill on the transom console counter makes a fun place for a BBQ. With the grill away from the boat, greasy smoke will not stain the overhead. The wide counter surface insures that there is plenty of room for food prep, and we can see the chef and helpers enjoying standing on this platform as the burgers sizzle.
Naturally, the platform can be used for swimming and there is a recessed re-boarding ladder, hand holds, and a standard hot and cold water shower is tucked into the transom.
Optional Hydraulic Platform. Tiara offers a Nautical Structures hydraulic platform ($43,980) instead of the standard integral one. This serves the purpose of easily launching the yacht's tender or a PWC. Secondary duty will be to be a "teak beach" slightly submerged for both kids and adults to sit on and cool down on a hot summer day.
It should be noted that a tender can be stowed on this platform without the hydraulic option. There are several arrangements possible.
The optional hydraulic stern platform on the Tiara 44 Coupe serves at least five functions -- 1) A submersible platform for stowing the yacht's tender; 2) a "teak beach" for swimming, diving, and launching water toys; 3) an on-deck galley; 4) a fun place to hang out during a cocktail party; 5) a sun deck large enough for two fold-up loungers. ($57,000 with the teak deck.)
This solid surface counter top on the transom serves a number of purposes depending on what the boat is being used for at any one time. During a cocktail party, it can serve as a side board for beverages, ice and food. The optional grill can be installed and then this becomes a food prep counter. When engaged in casual fishing, it can be used as a bait prep station.
We like the optional electric grill on the boat's transom because it creates more utility. This spot is ideal for serving a buffet, cocktails or grilling the catch of the day. Because of its location, its use won’t hamper people moving about the deck, and smoke from the grill won’t cloud the salon and dining areas. Note the large food prep counter.
From the swim platform it is just two low-riser steps up to the aft deck. Note hand hold port and starboard.
The aft cockpit offers seating for four adults in the aft settee and another two people can comfortably sit in the separate lounges located port and starboard facing aft.
Action Central. For most owners the cockpit will be the epicenter of activities on the Tiara 44 Coupe. It has been designed to be versatile so that the owner can stage cocktail parties, informal lunches, and more formal evening dinner parties without any hassle. The standard table is fiberglass with a hi-lo actuator. There are two stationary, aft-facing seats next to the cabin bulkhead which keep the cockpit open for cocktail parties. A cooler is below one of these seats and storage in the other.
Teak treads on the steps and a teak aft deck are both options.
The cocktail table at left in the cockpit can be interchanged with the double-leaf dining table in the salon to maximize utility of purpose.
Moonlight Serenade. Tiara continues with its policy of providing virtually everything needed to set the right mood, including two JL Audio Polk external speakers and a Polk 8" subwoofer. It is all controlled by the digital amp in the salon. (FYI -- the 44 Coupe has multi-zone volume control.) Remote control cockpit courtesy LED lights are cool and add to the evening ambiance of this outdoor area. (Weather covers for cockpit furniture is standard.)
Passage ways from the stern platform are wide. Note the step up to the side deck.
Port and starboard aft-facing seat modules make good use of space for parties and to maximize cockpit seating. With the BBQ grill and wet bar on the transom it is not needed here. This also reminds us a bit of "mezzanine" seating found on large sportfishing convertibles. The seats also conceal a cooler and storage compartment below the cushions.
The boat's seat cushions are covered in this attractive Sunbrella material which is soft to the touch. How will it handle spilled red wine? According to the folks at Tiara, have no fear, red wine just rolls right off without staining.
There is a thoughful oval hole under the quarter covering board where the bitter end of the dock line can be kept.
The optional extendable sun awning ($17,800) has become popular the last couple of years and is an important addition to any boat.
Another view of the helm deck and salon/dining settee. Galley hidden to right. Note the steps up to the settee platform and the helm deck which provides headroom below in the mid cabin.
Looking from the aft deck forward into the salon of the Tiara 44.
Sliding Door. Entering the salon is through a heavy-duty, polished stainless steel framed sliding glass door. I really liked that Tiara installed a beefy handle on it, as we’ve learned that these doors take a beating over time. Just as important, the handle gives leverage and is a far better design than the plastic vertical sliding latch we find on some boats in class. The door panels stow to the sides, and opens the salon to the aft cockpit for one continued party room.
Opening side windows and the standard electric opening sunroof overhead complete the salon's commune with nature.
However, should the outside become too hot, the 22,000 BTU salon air conditioner can be brought into play. This will be powered by the standard 11.5 kW Onan generator or shoreside from the 65’ (19.8 m) 50-Amp shorepower cord.
Note the narrow mullions and large windows.
Four people can be seated at the dinette table in the salon. A leaf folds out.
Seating in the cabin is comprised of a huge L-shaped lounge that consumes almost half of the salon to port. Covered in buttery soft Ultraleather, this sofa is sure to win buyers over with its decadent comfort. A gleaming teak table that expands with a leaf, to offer dining space for at least four people, compliments the settee. The sofa can be made into an optional sleeper.
A flatscreen TV slides out from behind the cabinet above the galley counter to face the settee. Why not have it fold down from the overhead? Because these TV screens are not designed for horizontal storage which voids their warrantees.
Decking in the salon/galley is solid teak, as standard. Interior wood is architectural teak and wenge. The L-shaped seating to port and the standard, hi-gloss teak, hi-lo pedestal table seats four adults. Tiara even includes 8 throw pillows and a 29" TV with Blu-Ray DVD player.
All steps are protected with stainless steel steps which also alert guests to their presence.
A two-burner cooktop is recessed at right and covered with a filler plate creating a large food prep counter.
The ship's microwave is housed under the counter.
Galley Up and Aft. Immediately to starboard is the long counter top of the galley. Its configuration allows two people to work at meal prep, and not block access to the fridge and freezer drawers in the middle below the counter. The galley supports all the basic needs of cooking while cruising; convection/microwave oven, electric cooktop, deep sink and a solid-surface counter top. When the capabilities of the galley and the grilling station at the transom are considered, the 44 Coupe has all the makings of an epic holiday entertainment venue.
The ss sink is large and deep. Note the back splash and the modern fixtures and metal moldings.
The Helm. The captain is treated to the same plush seating at the helm. A wide, adjustable seat was chosen for the control station and is covered in supple Ultraleather upholstery. The dash features an ‘all glass cockpit’ with two, 12” Volvo-Garmin flat panel displays integrating all the navigation and propulsion monitoring into a touch screen package. The systems’ autopilot is so advanced that you can literally point to a location on the screen, and the yacht will change heading and go to that waypoint.
The Tiara 44 Coupe’s helm is a study in simplicity.
Standing Tall. Tiara is going with nothing short of first-class with the helm area. First of all, the captain is able to actually stand at the helm, as well as sit, and see out the windshield without bending over or having to pop through the sunroof for a look-see. This sets the Tiara 44 Coupe apart from many European-built coupes, and is important for long trips, rugged conditions and when docking.
Steering and all engine controls are drive-by-wire.
This rendering of the Tiara 44 Coupe’s helm deck and salon shows the extra-wide helm seat and the L-shaped sofa opposite the galley which is hidden below a solid surface counter top.
Instrumentation begins with dual displays from Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit. This system works in conjunction with Garmin displays and provides integration with all of the ship's systems, from electrical to mechanical, to navigational. Touchscreens provide displays, which can then be customized with preferences ideal to the individual operator.
Glass Dash/Electronics Galore. The remote Garmin Grid controller is installed aft of the joystick. The integrated electronics package also includes a Garmin GPS, chartplotter, radar, sounder, and VHF. A Volvo Penta autopilot makes the electronics suite complete. A set of Kahlenberg dual trumpet air horns are included, to give the 44 Coupe the proper gravitas.
As mentioned, a joystick is standard, as are Lenco electric trim tabs ($). An aluminum windshield frame holds tempered safety glass and there are two windshield wipers and washers.
It seems the only thing that‘s not included with this high-end helm is a spotlight for nighttime operations, but sure enough, one is included on the options list along with a Lenco auto trim system ($3,890 with auto trim.)
The seat is 38" (.96 m) wide.
The Tiara 44 Coupe’s accommodations layout.
The accommodations below are comprised of a large centerline island berth for the owner forward, and a VIP stateroom aft. Surprisingly, Tiara was able to incorporate two head compartments, one to starboard that serves as a day head and guest compartment. And a second, larger compartment to port, that is en suite to the master stateroom to ensure privacy for the owner.
The forward cabin serves as the master. There is much-needed storage in the side panels.
Master Stateroom. Another bright feature of the 44 Coupe is the master stateroom’s cabin door. A bi-fold design allows the cabin to be opened to the atrium when desired, expanding the openness of the room considerably. Large hull side windows with portholes deliver plenty of ambient light, plus a view of the water.
The door to the master can be a single show here or a double to open up the space when a couple is cruising alone.
The master stateroom is forward and is fitted with an island berth. The opening deck hatch above includes a built-in Ocean Air screen and separate privacy cover. While the deck is solid teak, the risers to either side of the island berth are carpeted. For the berth itself, Tiara went with a pillow-top innerspring mattress, upholstered headboard, coverlet and pillow shams.
A panel in the side houses stereo equipment, among other things.
Bedtime Details. The foot of the berth lifts, and is held open with, the assistance of gas struts to access storage beneath. When the screened portlights and overhead hatch are not providing ventilation, the stateroom is cooled with the 8,000 BTU air conditioning system that also feeds to the head. Entertainment features include a 19” (48.3 cm) flatscreen TV and a Bose Soundlink speaker system with Bluetooth functionality.
The private entrance to the master head is to port.
This private master bath is large for a 44 footer. Note that it not only has a separate shower stall with seat, but also a toilet and wash basin.
The master head is to port and it has a fully framed door, allowing private access from the master stateroom. A separate shower stall has a glass door and a teak seat. The counters are fabricated from teak with solid surface accents. Storage is via a lighted and mirrored medicine cabinet above a vanity and storage is below the vessel sink. As with the master, the sole is teak.
Looking into the master bath from the forward stateroom. Note the wood countertop.
The mid cabin is private and has a door with 6'2" of headroom at the entrance and a bit less headroom when entering and then crawling in bed. There is a settee at right for pulling shoes and socks on and off.
The cozy VIP stateroom has reading lights and enough clearance over the beds to allow sitting up in bed and reading. Twin beds make up the berthing, and a filler cushion can be installed to expand the sleeping potential.
Both beds in the VIP cabin are fitted with innerspring mattresses, upholstered headboard, coverlets and pillow shams. Storage is under the forward berth. The usual accommodations for cedar hanging lockers and hullside cabinets are present. Hullside windows and a skylight provide natural light. The stateroom is cooled with the 6,000 BTU air conditioner. A washer/dryer unit is also optional.
By keeping the VIP head out of the stateroom it can also serve double duty as a day head, something that would be inappropriate on a proper yacht for the master head.
View from the bed of the guest stateroom to the seat which is adjacent to full-standing head room.
Guest Head/Day Head. Most important, is the second head which is to starboard. This is the detail that so strongly sets the Tiara 44 Coupe’s layout plan apart from other boats in this size range. The builder has managed this feat by placing the toilet under a teak seat in the separate shower stall, so this space serves two purposes. This is considerably better than a wet head that incorporates the sink. Its shower door is also glass and the sole is teak. Both heads have VacuFlush toilets, ventilation fans and opening portlights with screens.
This is the guest head/day head. Note that the water closet doubles as a shower stall, which we think is a good use of space. The master head has a separate shower stall.
Blue Water Hull. Tiara designers utilized its proven “Blue Water” hull rather than risk a new bottom design that could compromise ride quality in rough water. The blue water hull is an 18-degree dead rise deep-V running surface that is used on Tiara’s sportfishing boats. What better than a battlewagon bottom that spends it’s life pounding the swells off-shore?
With a sharp entry warping to an 18-degree deadrise at the transom, Tiara has combined efficiency with comfort. The construction of this hull is solid, laminated fiber-glass nearly ¾ of an inch thick below the waterline, with balsa coring on the hull sides for maximum strength and lightweight.
The Tiara hull is time tested on the company's offshore fishing boat hulls which have proven to be an excellent sea going design. The sharp forefoot can be seen in this rendering, transitioning to flatter stern sections which end up with a deadrise of 18-degrees at the transom.
A pair of Volvo IPS600 Diesel pod drives with 435 horsepower each propels the 44 Coupe. This configuration is standard and there are no other propulsion options available. When I asked Tiara why they did not offer any other power package, they confidently explained that this set-up provided optimal power for the boat without sacrificing performance or economy. (Many builders under power a vessel in order have a lower entry level price point, then they offer upgrades that raise the overall cost and value). It’s a novel approach, and after spending some seat time in the Coupe, I understood completely.
The yacht has an amazing amount of acceleration considering she’s nearly a 33,784 lb. (15,324 kgs) displacement and a 15'0" (4.57 m) beam. She hops up to plane in 13.1 seconds at 3000 rpm and 26.4 miles per hour.
We like the blue hull color on the new Tiara 44 Coupe and recommend it. (DuPont paint job: $19,150.)
The Test Numbers. Her WOT speed was 36.7 mph (31.9 knots) at 3600 rpm where she burned a total of 44 gph. Best cruise was found to be at 3250 rpm where she went 31.2 mph (27.1 knots) and burned 36 gph for a range of 273 statute miles (237 nm) with a 10% fuel reserve. Her endurance at that speed is 8.8 hours.
Slowdown Lowdown. For those who are not in a hurry, at 11.6 mph (10 knots) she has a range of 416 sm and 362 nm. Pull her back to 1250 rpm and and go 9.1 mph (7.9 knots) and travel 983 sm or 855 nm. Check out our "Test Results" tab above for all of the details.
Most notable is the boat’s handling. Since the boat can be steered using either the wheel or the joystick, the captain can perform tight turns at speed by simply tilting the joystick to the side. The 44 Coupe does dip it’s shoulder as would be expected, but it is a very smooth transition as the boat rolls in and out of the turn. I noticed very little, if any, cavitation from the forward facing duo props regardless of how hard over I pushed the yacht. It should also be noted that this boat has passed the ABYC Quick Turn Test (H-26.8.3.) at WOT.
Her height from the waterline to the top of her navigation light is 12'8" (3.86 m). She will have no trouble with the Great Loop as the lowest bridges in the Loop are in New York waterway where 15'6" (4.72 m) is the lowest.
The engine room is accessed through a hatch in the cockpit deck. Tiara selected a pair of 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 engines driving IPS600 pods through jackshafts. Volvo's "Active Corrosion Protection" system is standard. The entire compartment is protected with acoustical insulation. A plate mounted, through-bolted engine mounting system ties into vibration mounts. A three-port oil changing system will service the mains and single generator.
A single 350-gallon (1,325 L) fuel tank is ahead of the engines and mounted athwartships. An FE-227 automatic discharge fire protection system is also standard. Bronze seacocks are on all underwater thru-hull fittings.
Electrical. Tiara builds all of its own electrical panels and harnesses in house to maintain maximum quality control. On a boat that is so turn-key as this one, it is not surprising to see everything done right as far as we can see. For example, there are two starting batteries for each engine, one for the generator and four house batteries. Everything is bonded, there is a battery charger, isolation transformer, and a Glendinning Cablemaster for the 65' of 50 Amp cord. Tiara even supplies a 30 Amp splitter as standard.
The Tiara 44 Coupe will make her debut at the 2014 fall boat shows.
• Modern Styling. We think Tiara's designers have done an admirable job of creating a modern-looking, sleek hardtop day yacht while at the same time making her lines distinctive and also clearly an evolution of the Tiara brand. That was not an easy trick.
• 2 Heads for 2 Staterooms. This is a major distinction. To our minds, it catapults the desirability of this model ahead of others in class which only have one head. When two couples are cruising aboard, two heads provide the privacy, freedom of movement, and -- frankly -- genteel ambiance that most people who can afford a boat like this would like to provide. The second head also serves as a day head during day trips.
• IPS Pod Drives/Joystick. The Volvo Penta IPS drives are standard on the 44 Coupe, thus taking advantage of the system's inherent fuel efficiency at mid-range cruising speeds, as well as enhancing them. The engines are mounted forward in the hull to achieve the optimum CG and trim of the vessel. The engines are connected to the pods via a jackshaft. The helm joystick is standard.
• Full Electronics. This boat comes with everything needed to cruise to Terre del Fuego. While some boats in class install some of the items needed, few install them all as has Tiara on the 44 Coupe. Better yet, the builder uses a state-of-the-art "Garmin Glass Cockpit." (See below)
• Turn-Key Ready. Tiara includes all gear necessary for operating the 44 Coupe right after the bill-of-sale is signed, save for a full tank of fuel. That includes ground tackle, lines, in addition to such things as bed coverings, shams, and curtains. Things such as A/C, generator, power cords have all been taken care of. The 44 Coupe's list of standard equipment is truly impressive.
• Family-Owned Company. The third generation of the Slikkers family is now working in the company, but the founder -- Leon Slikkers -- still has an oar in. Historically in the boating business, family-owned businesses (which have become far fewer in the last 20 years) have zealously guarded their brands' reputations and are generally at the top of the list when it comes to product quality and customer service. Tiara is no exception.
Originally published by: BoatTest.com