Tiara just launched its new 38 LX at the Lauderdale show and it became in instant hit – a combination of creative design, performance and popular size range. Tiara’s reputation for quality and seaworthiness played a major role here too.
On the design front, the 38 LX has innovative cockpit seating, plus a center teak walkway that extends from the swim platform to a large seating area in the bow. In the cockpit, you can arrange the backs of the two large, matching lounges, port and starboard, so that they face aft, in a sunpad arrangement, or forward, in the traditional aft deck seating arrangement. And the center walkway makes moving around the boat easy and safe; you can even move to the bow by opening the center window in the windshield.
On the performance front, the 38 LX is powered by three 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards, providing a top speed of 48.2 knots at 6770 rpm. Tiara’s testing on Lake Michigan, three weeks before the Lauderdale show, registered the boat’s sweet spots at either 4000 rpm, producing a speed of 25.8 knots and a range of 232 nm, or 5000 rpm, with a speed of 36.4 knots and a range of 221 nm.
The new 38 LX has an exterior galley on the port side, with a grill, sink and fridge. A U-shaped seating area is to starboard, with a teak table on two stainless steel pedestals. The mate’s seat, forward to port, can swivel aft to join a conversation or dining there.
This main deck area is all protected by a hardtop, with an opening sun roof. Even with the hardtop, the 38 LX has a low profile, with just 9’ 2” air draft, meaning it could clear most of the bridges in Florida and the Great Loop. The boat has a large head below on the port side; a flexible storage area is to starboard.
Specs.: LOA: 38’1”; Beam: 12’6”; Draft: 3’6”; Disp.: 18,600 lbs.; Fuel: 331 gals.; Water: 50 gals.; Power: 3×400-hp Mercury Verado outboards. Read more: