When the Tiara 50 Coupe launched last year, the boat was so different from the Tiaras we’re used to seeing that it tempted boats.com Editorial Director John Burnham to venture out onto a frothy Lake Michigan in three to five footers.
That test run took place less than a year ago, yet the boat’s immediate success wasn't enough for Tiara. No, instead of settling in for a nice comfortable sales run like some builders would do, they decided to expand the range. And the next hull—due out in a few short months—is the Tiara 44 Coupe.
Like its larger sibling, the 44 is going to feature a number of traits that have become extremely popular in modern powerboats: a Volve-Penta IPS pod drive propulsion system, Glass Cockpit networked electronics, and a gigantic overhead electrically-actuated saloon sunroof are a few pertinent examples. And, again as with the 50, that saloon is capped off aft with giant sliding glass doors so you get gobs of natural sunlight streaming into the cabin, as well as 360-degree views. With a mere glimpse at the boat’s profile, it’s clear that the 50’s DNA is deep inside the 44.
Naturally, however, there are some significant differences between the models. And as you’d expect, they relate mostly to size. While the 50 has a full-beam master with a queen berth amidships, the 44 moves the master forward (still with a queen-sized berth) and utilizes the mid-cabin for VIP stateroom with twin berths. Your privacy is maintained, however, since Tiara still manages to provide separate heads, both with stall showers.
The saloon is also a bit smaller on the 44, though it still includes a full galley with a two-burner stove-top, Isotherm refrigerator/freezer drawers, a microwave/convection oven, and stainless-steel under-mount sinks. And in the cockpit, you’ll find the same roomy arrangement with a large aft settee and two seats forward, capped off by a pair of transom entry doors that lead to an over-sized swim platform (which can be optioned-up to a Nautical Structures hydraulic model).
The 44 Coupe is built with balsa-cored hullsides and decks, and as usual, Tiara builds it to last. The composite hard top incorporates an aluminum windshield frame, and extends far aft over the cockpit. If you want shade at all times, however, add the optional powered awning.
|Fuel capacity||350 gal.|
|Water capacity||118 gal.|
The bottom line? We can’t give you one yet, because we haven’t seen this boat up close and in its final form. No one has. But if you’re in the market for a 40-something boat of this nature, stay tuned. Considering how the 50 turned out, smart money says the 44 Coupe is going to be a winner.
Other Choices: The Cruisers Cantius 45 is going to be a natural comparison. Another choice would be the Beneteau Gran Tourismo 44, while those interested in a more traditional look might like to see the Hunt 44.
For more information, visit Tiara Yachts.