Sunday, May 28

New State-of-the-Art Tiara 44 Coupe

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A blend of traditional lines, progressive design and state-of-the-art systems, the new Tiara 44 Coupe seems to have it all. It also hits the mark in its mid-40-foot size range, meaning it’s small enough so that it’s easy to handle, but it’s large enough to hold a crowd for entertaining or a special social time on board.

It’s easy to climb on the Tiara; just step onto the large, almost full-beam teak swim platform and walk forward on either side into the cockpit. If you’re hungry, you can stop along the way at the electric grill that’s built into the transom console counter for a fast barbecue.

On this boat, the cockpit is a major social center, with a settee aft across the transom facing a teak table. Two aft-facing seats are forward next to the salon bulkhead.

A heavy-duty, polished stainless-steel sliding glass door opens to the salon, all on the same level. The galley is aft along the starboard side with Corian countertops, a recessed two-burner electric cooktop, fridge/freezer, microwave/convection oven and lots of storage. An L-shaped settee, with another teak table, is to port.

The captain views the helm station, forward to starboard, from a wide, adjustable Ultraleather chair facing a sophisticated Volvo Glass Cockpit with integrated Garmin displays that show all the boat’s systems. In this well-designed Tiara, the captain can choose to sit or stand, but even standing he or she does not have to bend over to see out the windshield. And windows all around provide excellent visibility. The opening sun roof provides more light and fresh air.

Below, the master stateroom is forward behind a bifold door; you can leave it open to the atrium for more room. The master has an island berth, large hull-side windows and an en suite head where the shower has a glass door and a teak seat. The second stateroom is aft with two berths; it shares the day head on the starboard side.

Made in Holland, Michigan, Tiaras are solid, seaworthy cruising boats. The 44 Coupe has high side railings leading forward making it safe and easy to handle lines for docking, anchoring or going through a lock on the Great Loop.

Standard power for the 44 Coupe is two 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives, producing a top speed of just over 33 knots. The most efficient cruising speed is 26 knots, with a range of 241 nm. Dial back to 8.7 knots, and the range is 490 nm.

Air draft on this boat is 13’ 5” to the top of the anchor light, or an even 10 feet to the top of the hardtop.

Specs.: LOA: 45’6”; Beam: 14’11”; Draft: 3’9”; Disp.: 28,700 lbs.; Fuel: 350 gals.; Water: 118 gals.; Power: 2×480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives. Read more at


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