Sunday, February 25

Big, Fast, New Tiara EX 60 Flagship

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Tiara’s new EX 60 flagship dominates the scene, wherever it is. The 60 is not just the largest yacht that Tiara has ever made; it’s a full 11 feet larger than the next largest model. Named the Crown Jewel (like previous Tiara flagships), the 60 ruled over the Tiara fleet at the recent Fort Lauderdale show, where Tom Slikkers, Tiara’s president, said the company sold 36 boats, a 33 percent increase from 2022, which was a good year in itself.

The 60 is large, luxurious, and fast. With twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives, it tops out at just over 40 knots. And the captain has fingertip control over the 28-ton yacht from the Volvo joystick mounted on the armrest of his Stidd chair at the helm.

Tiara is one of the oldest boat companies in the U.S. In fact, the Slikkers family has been making boats in Holland, Michigan, since 1955, and over the years they have earned a reputation for creating solid, seaworthy and well-crafted vessels. The EX 60, a three-stateroom, two-head cruiser, is just the latest, and largest, in that long line. The Tiara fleet now runs from 34 to 60 feet.

You can board the EX 60 from doors on each side of the aft deck, or from the large swim platform all the way aft. If you’re on the swim platform, you can stop for a picnic or fast bite; open up hatches in the transom and you’ll find a grill, fridge and sink. Push a button to lower the hydraulic swim platform, creating a beach club with the terraces that fold out from both sides of the aft deck. It’s also large enough to hold an 11-foot Williams SportJet tender.

Tiara gives owners a lot of choices for the aft deck, depending on how they want to use the boat. You can order it with a cruising module, dining module, lounge  module or adventure (fishing) module. Whatever you choose, there are aft-facing seats in corners of the bulkhead leading to the salon.

Wide side decks lead to the foredeck, with a forward-facing chaise lounge and table. Wide glass doors open to the salon, where a U-shaped lounge wraps around a teak table on the port side. The galley runs along the starboard side; a 55-inch TV raises out of the back.

A two-person captain’s seat faces the Volvo glass helm; an electric door opens to the starboard side deck. A matching Stidd companion seat is across to port. The salon is flooded with light from the side windows; if you want more, you can open the large sun roof overhead.

Centerline atrium stairs lead to the accommodations deck below. The en suite master stateroom is full-beam amidships, with a queen pedestal bed, Ultraleather headboard, a workstation that slides out of the starboard nightstand, a settee, vanity, full-height hanging locker, and washer and dryer.

The VIP cabin is forward, with a queen bed and direct access to the second head (that also serves as the day head) with a stall shower. The third, smaller cabin is aft a bit on the starboard side.

Specs.: LOA: 60’3”; Beam: 16’11”; Draft: 4’0”; Disp.: 57,500 lbs.; Fuel: 700 gals.; Water: 150 gals.; Power: 2×1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives.

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