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Tiara Sport 38 LS

Tiara Sport 38 LS

Social Networking: Expanded bow seating, raised dock access, and luxurious appointments…the Tiara Sport 38 LS connects guests to the water.

Getting comfortable requires little effort and even less time aboard the new Tiara Sport 38 LS whether you go fore, aft or down below in the air-conditioned cabin. The boat screams performance machine with new outboard motors. But make no mistake, it is still the luxurious Tiara of builds past.  From teak flooring and plush upholstery, it’s obvious the 38 LS is all about luxury, style, and comfort.

In other words, this is a Tiara through and through. In every way, the Sport 38 LS complements the Tiara Yachts line that offers boats up to 53 feet.

“We were looking for a win-win-win with this design,” explains Andrew Bartlett, Tiara Sport director of design. The 38 LS has a raised platform to the port of the center console, providing enough volume for or a two-person berth. While you can’t walk entirely around the exterior, the port-side platform allows you to get on and off raised docks.

The Tiara Sport 38 LS is not a fishing boat. So, no grumbling from anglers about a center console where you can’t walk all the way around.  It’s a dayboat that puts passenger comfort at a premium as well as offering a generous nod toward performance.

Power Forward

The 38 LS is powered by three Yamaha 350-horsepower outboard engines. That’s enough power to propel the boat to a top speed of 55.6 mph. Back it down to 34.8 mph and you can safely cruise for 253 miles with a full tank of 331 gallons—with 10 percent of the fuel held in reserve. The triple Yamaha engines are controlled by the Yamaha Helm Master system, which utilizes joystick control for easy maneuvering at low speeds and around the docks.

“We are shifting our focus to day boating; the 38 LS is for people to have fun and connect to the water,” said Bartlett. “Our smallest boat is the 31 Coronet, which is powered by twin diesels and is more of a boutique boat. The Tiara Sport 38 LS is helping us become relevant in the 30- to 40-foot category.”

Innovation is found throughout the 38 LS, a big reason why it won a 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award. One example is the rotating U-lounge in the aft cockpit. The big, comfy sitting station includes a U-shaped couch and folding teak table on a platform that rotates 180 degrees that dramatically changes the layout of the boat. In the forward facing position, the seatbacks are against the transom. Rotate the lounge 180 degrees and the view is aft toward the water.

An elevated lounge looks over the outboard engines. A table lowers to seat height and a fill-in cushion converts the lounge into a huge sunpad. “It rotates easily and then is engaged in the lock position using a simple mechanical latch,” Bartlett reveals. “Once the latch is disengaged, the seat rotates easily back to the secured, latched position. You gain three feet of cockpit space when the seat is rotated.”

Tiara also put an emphasis on engineering and maintenance:  a large mechanical space lies beneath the teak deck and contains the generator and other systems with enough room designed to fit a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer.

Yacht Amenities

Forward of the rotating U-lounge is a mid-cockpit outdoor galley that includes a freshwater sink, barbecue, refrigerator, and Corian countertops. The galley features a fit and finish reminiscent of a Tiara Yacht with its thick countertop, high gloss teak cabinetry, and hardware. In addition, the stitching and upholstery used throughout are high-grade—again the Tiara legacy shows through.

A full-beam hardtop covers the helm and expansive, high-tech dash with twin Garmin 7616 multi-function display screens.  Guests enjoy deluxe seating from bow to stern with comfortable armrests and a wide choice of vibrant accent colors.

“Our goal was to elevate the status of the helm beyond what you would traditionally see in a center console,” says Gabe Rose, senior product designer for Tiara Sport. “We added stainless steel and teak to the dash, but everything is watertight. The tried-and-true switches are robust.”