The rain was coming down, washing the docks and eliciting squeaks from the soggy shoes of serious boaters. They were out in force, wearing foul weather gear and smiles while moving through the Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island. Among them was a guy in a yellow slicker looking over the Tiara 43 LS in its world debut.
“I’ve always known about Tiara, but I was never really interested in the brand, mostly because I didn’t want a cabin,” he said. “But this boat? It has my attention.”
For five decades, the Michigan-based builder was best known for offshore cruisers with inboard engines and serious cabins for overnighting. Then, two years ago, the company launched the Tiara Sport series, a line of outboard-powered day boats that look as fast and athletic as they perform. The first model was a 38, which received an Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association in 2018. A 34 followed. With the 43 LS, the company has a new flagship for a line that’s triggered a strong response from powerboaters, including the guy in the yellow jacket. He said he’s been running open boats on Long Island Sound for years and has no intention of stopping.
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Josh Emmick, sales support manager at Tiara, took the two of us through the boat. The rain had stopped, so Emmick peeled the canvas off a U-shaped lounge. It was not your typical cockpit seat. He lifted a handle, gave a gentle push with one hand and the lounge rotated 180 degrees to face aft, transforming the deck layout. The swiveling seat caught the attention of passersby, who pulled out their smartphones to take videos. What they couldn’t see from the dock was the simple, sturdy mechanical latch that locked in when Emmick returned the seat to its original position. It’s the type of solid engineering for which this builder is known.
There are multiple social zones on the 43 LS, so many that I started to wonder if I had enough friends for this boat. That rotating lounge faces a bench seat for four. And the bench seat abuts a long counter that conceals a grill, refrigerator drawers and an ice maker. Four more people can park their backsides against that counter when the boat is underway, to use it as a leaning post when the trio of 425-hp Yamahas push the boat to its reported top speed of 47 knots. Of course, they’ll only stand here if there is no more room for passengers at the helm bench for four.
From either location, it’s easy to appreciate the windshield. Built from a single piece of tempered safety glass, it flaunts an aggressive curve with not a mullion in sight. It protects passengers and enhances visibility for the skipper. On a wet or foul-weather day, the pantograph wiper should come in handy.
There’s another social spot at the bow, where adjustable arm and leg rests are just a few of the comfort features. Emmick suggested that I sit in the center of the forward-facing lounge. “It’s one of the best places to experience the ride when the boat’s at speed,” he said. The hull is a deep-V with a sharp entry that should cleave seas. If the 43 LS runs like the other boats in the Tiara Sport series, then it will also bank pleasantly into turns. But if you don’t want the really lumpy stuff to ruin an afternoon for guests, a Seakeeper gyro is on the optional equipment list ($72,880).
The 43 LS is a purpose-designed day yacht, yet it can accommodate your crew for an overnight if bad weather keeps you at the dock. Tucked into the console is a cabin with a head and two double berths. Like all spaces on board, this one has the upscale finish and detailing that are found on every boat from Tiara.
The skies had brightened by the time I stepped off the 43 LS. As for my friend in yellow, he was scheduling a sea trial with Emmick, who wanted to show off the boat on a warmer, sunnier day. That, apparently, is when she really gets attention.
Displ.: 21,800 lbs.
Draft (motors down): 3’7”
Fuel: 400 gals.
Water: 60 gals.
Power: (3) 425-hp Yamahas
Base price: $892,890
This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue.