Boats with deep-V hulls, like Tiara Sport’s new 34 LS, are often credited with the ability to crash through rough seas with great ease. But such boats rarely seem to get credit for the efficiency that comes with that ability to run faster more comfortably — even if the waves turn out to be smaller than scary-size. Our test of the Tiara Sport 34 LS proves the point: Note that the fuel economy this boat posted during testing remains constant between 30 and 40 mph. So if you want to cruise faster, it won’t cost you more. And as our test proved, its deep-V hull and svelte beam-to-length ratio does run more comfortably through varied conditions than the hulls of many other boats we’ve tested.
That ride comfort forms a foundation of sorts for the plenitude of creature comforts Tiara Sport integrates into the 34 LS. Its layout provides easy access fore and aft, a feature that delivers dividends when you’re hosting a big crew, but that’s also useful those times you find yourself short-handed. Multiple socializing zones — at the helm, in the bow lounge and at the ingenious multiposition, multiuse aft lounge — ensure crew comfort, as does the knowledge that the cabin has a fully equipped stand-up head and a double berth. For the captain, the layout affords quick and secure access to all areas of the boat, a real boon when putting the boat in its slip, navigating the fuel dock or pulling up to a swank waterside eatery.
This is not a fishing boat with a few cushions and cup holders added. Designed for cruising, the 34 LS sports a cockpit that sits 8 inches higher than the boarding platform, which does wonders for its self-bailing abilities and allows for a single-level cockpit sole running right through to the bow. Plus the height gives the crew a feeling of security and comfort.
At the helm, the two 12-inch multifunction displays impressed us. We also like that the windshield is made of real glass and served by a wiper. The top overhead is gorgeous, tapering up from narrow forward to wide aft. Enjoy the stability of the optional Seakeeper SK2 gyroscope.
Seeking a dayboat that exudes craftsmanship and features abundant innovation? Check out the Tiara Sport 34 LS.
- Deep transom deadrise (22 degrees) helps deliver a ride that’s soft — and fast and efficient.
- The 3-in-1 aft lounge slides to transform the aft cockpit and transom into a multipurpose area that helps further this boat’s dayboat mission.
- Descend into the cozy cabin with a berth and a nicely appointed head.
- Big-screen, glass-helm electronics.
- Enjoy the air conditioning belowdecks and ducted to the helm.
Price: $357,900 (base)
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha F350s
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 16 1/4″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.73:1
Fuel Load: 130 gal.
Crew Weight: 1,100 lb.
Tiara Yachts – Holland, Michigan; 616-392-7163; tiarayachts.com