Start the engines. Notice how quiet this boat idles, thanks to underwater exhaust. I pushed the levers and the 3600 Coronet planed in five seconds, exhibiting hardly any bow rise. It reacts quickly to wheel turns. It exhibits no measurable difference in rate of turn with engines in opposite gears, with or without rudder input. The only change I would request is power-assist steering since I felt the hydraulic steering was a tad underpowered.
In a beam sea, the Tiara 3600 Coronet exhibits gentle transitions (the change of roll direction) and a relatively short roll moment (the arc scribed from extreme port to extreme starboard roll).
I found the optimum cruising speed somewhere between 26 and 34 mph. Performance on every point of the two- to four-foot easterly seas was flawless. Running down-sea it neither swerved nor lagged. The 3600 Coronet ran into those head seas at 32 mph comfortably. Coming back into the docks in Fort Pierce, Florida, I also discovered what a benefit the tunnels offer when negotiating shallow water. The 3600 Coronet provides inch-by-inch controllability in close quarters. Those insecure with their boating skills can order a bow thruster ($7,680).
Tiara says the 36 Coronet targets the Chris-Craft Corsair 36. The fact that they both start with the letter C seems to me the closest comparison point. The Corsair is an open boat that sleeps four, but not in the same comfort as the Tiara’s. With similar diesels (the Chris-Craft offers Volvo D6s rated at 350 hp), the Corsair 36 tops out at 43.3 mph and gets 1.3 mpg. A comparably equipped Corsair with electronics lists for $522,459. With my height at 6 feet 4 inches, the Chris-Craft’s maximum 6-foot-2-inch headroom would be a deal breaker for me.
Comparable model: Chris-Craft Corsair 36