Tiara's 3100 Coronet offers big-boat attitude and a small boat’s handiness. it will haul the gang around for daytime fun one weekend and spirit a cruising couple away for an intimate overnight the next. Twin inboard propulsion, generous beam and robust construction combine with its easy-riding, warped-plane hull to deliver a yachtlike feel. Its open and expansive single-level cockpit is outfitted for entertaining. Belowdecks, the teak-sole cabin boasts a pedestal berth, head and Tiara’s hallmark L-shape galley. The 3100 Coronet is a modern luxury boat exuding old-school cool.
From a skipper’s perspective, I can’t deny the sociability provided by the lack of a step up to the helm. Swiveling my head, it was easy to converse with those seated aft, no scrunching and ducking required. But I also discovered how manageable this makes the boat compared with cruisers with aft cabins beneath the helm, for which the headroom necessitates a step. While the twin 375 hp Crusaders warmed up, I gained the foredeck and loosed the bowlines, returned to the cockpit down the broad waterways, headed through the centerline transom door onto the platform and flung the crossed lines onto the bulkhead. With just one line now holding us, I strolled to the helm, reached outboard and released the windward spring from my spot at the wheel. No up-and-down steps. No having to swing around a massive hardtop structure. No lack of ability to see what was going on at the other end of the boat.