At the Miami International Boat Show, David Slikkers was reminiscing about all of the good times he spent on the water as a child. His father, Leon Slikkers, founded Michigan-based S2 Yachts, the parent company of Tiara Yachts. “Dad would always let me go with him to test a new boat, and I will never forget those great experiences,” said Slikkers, now CEO of S2, speaking to an audience gathered in his company’s booth. “Creating lifelong memories with your family is what boating is all about.”

The new Tiara 3600 Coronet can be powered by twin Mercury gas inboards or Cummins diesels, with either conventional running gear or ZF pod drives.

With that, Slikkers unveiled the newest model in the company’s line of premium inboard-powered yachts, the 3600 Coronet. Although this boat was on display at the Ft. Lauderdale show last fall, the Miami venue was its world premiere. This is the second model in the builder’s Coronet Series. It joins the 3100, which received an enthusiastic reception from fans of the Tiara brand when it was introduced last year.

Like the 3100, the 3600 is designed as a luxury day boat with a heavy focus on entertaining, thanks to a two-level cockpit that maximizes the available space for plush upholstered lounges, teak tables, a big outdoor grill, and a top-notch entertainment center. However, the 3600 really is much more than your average afternoon cruiser. For instance, there are accommodations in the cabin for overnighting: Think private master stateroom, full galley, and a fiberglass head with shower.

The moderate V-hull is capable of offshore work. Most interesting on the 3600 are the propulsion options. The boat is available with either conventional straight-shaft inboards or ZF pod drives, which improve fuel efficiency and make for exceptional maneuverability, particularly in close quarters. Engine options are twin 375-hp Mercury 8.2 DTS gas inboards or 380-hp Cummins QSB diesels.

The 3600 Coronet is equipped with many of the features that have become hallmarks of the Tiara brand. They include the EZ Tilt Away helm console (with full flush-mount electronics capability); custom composite windshield frame with tempered safety glass and an opening center vent; and custom diamond-pattern non-skid. For years, this builder’s non-skid has set the standard by which other cruisers are judged.

The 3600 is a beautiful boat, too, and that’s probably one reason why Slikkers says he was just as excited to run this new model as he was to ride along with his father decades ago. Said Slikkers: “With the 3600, I think we’ve given those who love boating a great new vehicle on which to make their own memories and find their dreams.”

For more information, visit Tiara Yachts.


  • LOA: 38’11”

  • Beam: 13’3”

  • Draft: 3’0”

  • Dry Weight: 19,100 lbs.

  • Fuel: 350 gal.

  • Water: 70 gal.

  • Transom Deadrise: 17 deg.

Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.