Cruising is the 5000 Open's forte.

Cruising is the 5000 Open's forte.

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The Tiara 5000 Open is a big boat. At an inch over 50 feet in overall length, not counting the pulpit, it's a commanding presence on the water.

But there's more to the 5000 Open. Along with its big size, it offers big attention to detail — and we all know that the little things can mean a lot.

First and foremost, the 5000 Open is every bit a Tiara. It maintains the builder's classic look, with just a bit of new styling to keep it fresh. The smooth, flowing sheerline, the subtle tumblehome and the windshield frame that blends with the superstructure are just a few of the sight cues.

Tiara positions the 5000 Open as a boat for those who primarily like to cruise, yet still want to be able to fish. It does both well.

On a hull this size, the 93-square-foot cockpit space is generous. For the casual angler, there are standard features such as rod holders, fishboxes and storage compartments. An optional fishing package adds some serious tools — including a circulating livewell and a freezer.

Comfortable Seats for Everyone

Cruising is the 5000 Open's forte. Whether you're just taking it out for an afternoon cruise or you're spending a few weeks on board, there's space aplenty for whatever you plan to do.

On-deck seating is split between the upper and lower cockpits. Tiara has done something new with the upper layout, using a U-shaped lounge as its focal point instead of the traditional L arrangement.

The back on the forward side of the U can do a flip-flop. This is so a maximum amount of seating can be facing forward while the boat is running. That's a much more comfortable and secure position than sideways or aft facing, when the weather gets rough.

A table that serves the seating area can convert from a smaller pedestal for cocktails to a full dinner surface. It also can be removed, if you like, and stows in the forward part of the lounge seat.

The helm shows great attention to detail, too. It's extra-wide and comfortable — and it has a bolster that lifts, so you can use it as a leaning post to drive while standing.

There are two footrests: a bracket-mounted flip-out unit in the base of the helm seat and a molded niche at the bottom of the helm console. If that's not enough to make you comfortable, the helm seat is electrically operated — with 8 inches of horizontal and vertical travel.

A console abaft the helm seat holds a wet bar. Front panels open to reveal cleverly concealed refrigerator and freezer compartments, integrated into the unit's doors.

On the subject of keeping cool, one of the options available for the Tiara 5000 Open is cockpit air conditioning. This is an especially nice option if you're cruising off Mexico.

Options Array

The lower cockpit has an aft-facing bench seat as standard equipment. When it is not equipped with the optional fishing package, the cockpit has another seat facing forward, along the transom. This second bench seat can fold out of the way when activities warrant.

Either a 32- or a 60-inch-deep swim platform is available optionally, and so is a davit that disappears into the transom when not in use. Dockside connections are available both in the transom and optionally next to the anchor locker, in case you ever have to tie up bow-in.

Inside the 5000 Open, there's plenty of space in the generously proportioned two-stateroom, two-head arrangement, with a saloon and galley. What Tiara has done with the details in these spaces sets it apart from convention. Although there's no pressing need for acres of storage space on a boat this size, every convenient nook and cranny is available on the 5000 Open — from large cabinets and lockers in the staterooms to a little spot in the galley to put your salt and pepper shakers.

Galley appliances include a three-burner electric stove and a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer with two freezer drawers. Each is conveniently lighted, so you don't have to root around in the dark searching for things.

The saloon is configured around a U-shaped lounge to port that has an adjustable high-low table. A wall of entertainment is hidden away behind closed doors on the starboard bulkhead. Behind them, you'll find a 22 inch flat-screen television, a DVD player and a Bose audio system. The lounge can convert to a double berth, when needed.

A pedestal berth is at the center of the master stateroom. It's accessible from three sides and has an innerspring mattress.

The bottom half of the berth has an electrically operated panel that opens to reveal a modular storage compartment with wire bins and drawers. There is also a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers on either side.

Heads Up

Our test boat's guest stateroom was configured with a pair of twin berths. The 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom in this compartment is the same as that throughout the rest of the interior, so your guests won't feel like they're crawling into a cave to sleep at night. Between the berths, our boat was fitted with a cabinet that housed an optional washer and dryer.

Your guests won't want for another type of "head" room, either. Both of the 5000 Open's heads are equally equipped and almost identically sized. The only difference I found was that the master head has a slightly larger Corian countertop.

Both heads' separate shower stalls maintain the 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom found elsewhere belowdecks. VacuFlush toilets are standard equipment, and there's generous elbowroom throughout.

When you're running the Tiara 5000 Open offshore, it's easy to lose sight of how big this boat really is. It has the handling characteristics of a much smaller hull — and it can take a tight turn with well-mannered control.

Throughout our sea trial, acceleration was quick and responsive on our test boat, thanks to a pair of 800 hp Caterpillar 3406E diesels. Our time to plane was just over 5 seconds — an impressive feat for a boat that tips the scales at over 23 tons, fully loaded.

The 5000 showed solid midrange acceleration, and we hit a top speed of 31 knots during our test. The boat's good slow-speed maneuvering was made even better with an optional bow thruster.

If you're looking for the performance and sporty, stylish lines of an express cruiser, along with the comfortable accommodations of a midsize motoryacht, you'll find that Tiara's new 5000 Open combines the best features of both genres.

Tiara 5000 Open Specifications

Length50'1"
Beam15'9"
Draft5'1"
Weight41,000 pounds
Fuel capacity (standard)650 gallons
Water capacity200 gallons
Sleeps4 to 6
Propellers31" diameter by 40" pitch CX400
Base price with twin 800-hp Caterpillar 3406E diesel engines$1,009,850

Performance
Top speed31.1 knots
Miles per gallon at 26.5-knots cruising speed.52
Estimated fuel cost for 100 miles$288.46
Range at 26.5-knots cruise424 miles
Sound level at cruising speed84 dbA

(Fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.50 per gallon.)

Standard Features

Three-burner electric stove; Sub-Zero refrigerator freezer; VacuFlush heads; 22 inch flat-screen television; teak interior joinery and sole; Corian countertops, 15.5 kw Kohler auxiliary generator.

Options

Cockpit ice-maker; fishing package; 32 or 60 inch swim platform; auxiliary 250 gallon fuel tank; hardtop with side enclosure; foredeck shore power hookups.

Construction

Hull constructed with gelcoat outer layer; high-performance tie-coat; quad-axial fiberglass; balsa core; epoxy resin and vacuum-bagging technology. Deck is gelcoat outer layer; hand-laid fiberglass and balsa core with vinylester resin.

For More Information

Tiara Yachts
(616) 392-7163
www.tiarayachts.com

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