LOA: 38 feet, 1 inch • Beam: 12 feet, 6 inches • transom Deadrise: 20 degrees • Dry weight: 16,500 pounds • TANKAGE: 359 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water, 27 gallons waste CONTACT: Tiara Yachts, Holland, Michigan, (616) 392-7163. tiarayachts.com
Tiara has built its reputation on a solid foundation of high quality and conservative design. When it introduced the 50 Coupe a few years ago, the styling took a few risks. The newly conceived Tiara Sport 37 LS takes another step up the stairway of style — and she’s the debut offering in a new Sport series, which will include the first outboard-powered Tiara models in the builder’s history.
“The launch of the Tiara Sport brand and the 37 LS marks an important chapter in the history of Tiara Yachts,” S2 Yachts CEO Tom Slikkers says in a statement. “The LS, Luxury Sport, series is entirely new from the hull up and engineered specifically to outboard power.”
The 37 LS has racy styling and a trio of 300-hp Yamahas artfully integrated with the boat’s overall appearance, an applause-worthy design technique that has become common aboard center console and other sport boats. One look at the outboards suggests warp speed, and her subtle reverse sheer reinforces this notion. (Tiara estimates a top speed of 50 mph.)
Freeboard diminishes from its maximum at the stem to its minimum at the transom, where soft curves bracket the swim platform and passageways to the cockpit. The rub rail accentuates the sheer line and makes viewers think she has a lower profile. Without the rail, the rounded gunwales would make her look bulky, despite the contrasting color below. I would not like this design as much in all white.
Rakish angles at the transom, at the stem and at the flying buttresses at the after terminus of the hardtop add to the 37’s sporty character. The angles appear to be identical, which maintains the design’s overall harmony. Opposing the forward thrust, her rounded windshield sweeps aft and gives our eyes a line of convergence a short distance above the hardtop. This treatment may seem like a small detail, but it adds considerably to the boat’s appearance. Notice, too, the hook at the base of the windshield. Its forward rake is the same as that of the transom, stem and flying buttresses — another detail that makes more difference to the look than you might expect.
The boat’s design encourages owners to entertain friends and family, with an invitation to outdoor relaxation. The cockpit area — the hub of social activity — occupies more than a third of the boat’s overall length. The galley is nestled in the after part of the helm seat, flanked by chairs to port and starboard. A dinette with wraparound seating for six fills the after section of the cockpit. Underway, this arrangement isolates the helmsman, a pro or con depending on personal tastes. Another section of wraparound seating fills the area forward of the helm.
A stateroom is beneath the helm. Its hanging locker, enclosed head and transverse berth are intended for a couple on an overnight adventure.
Design is always a compromise, especially in a production boat that has to please a variety of owners. Tiara appears to have made good choices with the 37 LS — a positive sign for the new Sport lineup, which is expected to grow to seven models from 29 to 42 feet.
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue.