Tiara debuted the 50 Coupe three years ago as the first in a fleet of sport yachts. This summer, the builder splashed the next generation of that yacht: the 53 Coupe.
Tiara lengthened the hull 2½ feet to accommodate a Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizer (a $116,045 option). “Gyros have almost become the norm on today’s larger boats,” says David Glenn, director of marketing for S2 Yachts, parent company of Tiara and Pursuit. “Boaters certainly want any technology that can make their experience better and more pleasant, and I’d say this is a significant technology.”
The Seakeeper is mounted forward of the engines and abaft the fuel tank. “It’s an ideal location with excellent access,” Glenn says.
LOA: 54 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 8 inches HULL TYPE: modified-vee POWER: twin Volvo Penta IPSII 950, 750-hp D11 diesels SPEED: 33 knots top, 24.4 knots cruise TANKAGE: 650 gallons fuel, 150 gallons water, 86 gallons holding tank PRICE: $1.67 million CONTACT: Tiara Yachts, Holland, Michigan, (616) 394-7466. tiarayachts.com
Tiara has made a number of improvements to the 53. Port and starboard seating is now in the saloon, the dinette table is twice as large, and a two-person Stidd helm seat replaces a single. Tiara also slimmed the cabinetry aft to improve sightlines.
A new Power-Up Station in the saloon gives quick access to such controls as the battery switches and generator and shore power selectors. “It’s a convenient setup, and it’s right there when you walk into the [deckhouse],” Glenn says. Tiara also streamlined the mechanical components of its hydraulic swim platform, which can carry a dinghy.
The accommodations remain the same: a two-stateroom, two-head layout that includes a full-beam master. An optional layout has a third stateroom.
The 53 Coupe is a 33-knot boat with twin Volvo Penta IPSII 950 pod drives and 750-hp D11 diesels. The boat runs most efficiently at 2,100 rpm for a 0.52 nmpg mileage rating and a 303-nautical-mile range.
The Coupe fleet includes a 44 and a 39, all mixing contemporary styling with Tiara’s quality construction and engineering, Glenn says. Flybridge versions of the 44 and 53 are in the works. Look for the 53 Coupe at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Nov. 3-7.
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue.