Tiara 39 – Day Boat or Cruiser

Tiara 39 Coupe delivers the best of both worlds.

Elliott Key or simply cruising the ICW and stopping for lunch.” Issy Perera, president of Apex Marine in South Florida—and a Tiara Yachts dealer—knows precisely where Tiara’s new 39 Coupe is going to create a remarkable swagger among the growing number of dayboats that now congregate popular gathering spots on weekends. “Watch this,” he says as he pushes a button and the hydraulic swim platform lowers into the clear blue water of the Keys. “This is going to appeal to a wide scope of boaters, not just an aging population that finds ladders challenging.”

Yet the twin Volvo IPS 500 drives and 300-gallon diesel fuel capacity will just as easily conquer Key West, Havana Harbor and Marsh Harbour. “Cruising, especially with the price of fuel dropping, remains an important component for today’s boater,” acknowledges Tom Slikkers, president and CEO of S2 Yachts, Tiara’s parent company. “As we modernize our fleet with innovations, we’re more in tune with our customers’ changing lifestyles, and the Coupe series caters to dayboaters and cruisers alike.”

This is Tiara’s third Coupe following successive launches of their 50 and 44 Coupes that share a design trait styled around outdoor entertaining. A cockpit sole to hardtop sliding glass door glides open creating a seamless union between galley and salon inside, with an outdoor cockpit conducive to conversation, dining or simply enjoying the fresh air.

Across many boat lines, builders are “Swiss Army knifing” entertainment centers in cockpits, combining storage space, recessed grills, tackle drawers, and ice makers. Tiara’s vision is a designer’s dream. By positioning this feature of the Coupe series at the transom, a functioning focal point island was created, which serves as a luxurious forward-facing lounger, while the swim platform side includes a hidden grill, drawers and entrance to a cavernous storage trunk.

This island establishes two ways of egress, a definite advantage for singlehanded docking or boarding regardless of the marina’s finger pier configuration. The dual entry is also a winner with grill masters as they rush a plate of hot hamburgers or mouthwatering mahi-mahi from the innovation award-winning Kenyon All Seasons Electric Grill recessed in the aft island. This eliminates a congestion point yet keeps everyone close to the conversation.

An optional teak salon table with manual hi-lo pedestal bases easily stores between meals—storage is abundant in the Coupe series. IPS equipped boats opened spaces below decks that massive engine blocks once occupied. That room led to the enlargement of cabin space and in the Tiara 39 Coupe’s instance, a garage-like fiberglass liner accessed by a simply actuated one-piece door. Shore power cables, fenders, cleaning supplies, hoses, and fishing rods—there is room for it all—are out of sight, yet easily within reach.

Built for living outdoors, the salon delivers a yacht-like ambiance within the 13′ 3″ beam. The starboard galley features an Isotherm 120V/AC drawer unit—drawer refrigerator on top with lower drawer freezer, microwave/convection oven, and recessed two-burner electric cooktop. All appliances are neatly accented by Corian countertops and easily powered underway by the Onan 7.5kW generator. Portside, an L-lounge offers seating for four, with easy viewing of the 28″ LCD TV with Samsung Blu-Ray DVD player mounted above the galley.

Tiara has wisely chosen to sculpt a command center with the Volvo Glass Cockpit integrated electronics package with Volvo engine option. Twin Garmin 12″ displays allow for orchestration of every feature, sounder, radar, plotter, optional video cameras, all on presets that best serve you in the moment. While the 17.5-inch leather trimmed wheel offers a pleasing, reassuring tactile response, Volvo Joystick Plus Control with joystick driving may be the closing argument that sways the purchasing jury. Tiara’s sweet-riding hull delivers an exceptional driving experience, one that tempts you to turn hard to starboard as if cornering a roadster. Joystick control removes any navigation and docking hesitation.

Other notable design features include a manual sunroof and Duette blinds for port and starboard salon windows. The Fusion 3 zone sound system—with wired remote powered by JL Audio digital amp—blasts your favorite tunes from four speakers and Polk 8″ subwoofer with tuned enclosure. Bring your own playlist on board, as the unit accepts USB/MP3 and has integrated Bluetooth.

For weekends aboard or vacation adventures, below deck accommodations are inspirational. The master centerpiece is a queen-size pedestal berth with a deep quilted innerspring mattress. Storage is a cut above normal, with a cedar-backed hanging locker, a couple of upper storage compartments port and starboard, and significant space below the berth. Privacy is afforded with a bi-fold teak door.

An aft stateroom sports a full-size berth and a clever portside settee that can be used for additional sleeping capacity. For families, these sleeping arrangements are ideal, but owners who prefer separate sleeping accommodations will find the roominess of both staterooms more than adequate.

The single head between the master and aft stateroom is easy to access by day or night, and the over-the-counter mirrors and LED lighting create a sense of space. The shaped sink, single handle faucet and teak countertop over the lower vanity storage add a distinctive designer element to the head and shower.

Throughout the 39 Coupe are rich, solid wood flooring, decorative wall coverings, and heavy-duty hardware on latches that will stay closed in unsavory seas. Desirable options prospective owners should consider include a flat-screen TV and DVD player for the master stateroom, the elegant Sisal Seagrass aft cockpit carpet, and a well-engineered Makefast Marine powered sunshade that extends over the aft outdoor seating.

Tiara’s 39 Coupe eases the dilemma of choice between dayboat and cruiser, while giving a nod to changing lifestyle choices on the water.


LOA: 40’10”

Beam: 13’3″

Draft: 3’4″

Bridge Clearance: 13′

Displacement: 23,290 lbs.

Fuel/Water: 300/100 gals.

Power: Twin Volvo IPS 500

Cruise/Top Speed: 30.1/40.3 mph

Range: 272 nm @ cruise

MSRP: $703,704 (base); $769,299 (model reviewed)

Tiara Yachts
725 E 40th Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-7163

By Alan Wendt, Southern Boating January 2016