By Jeanne Craig
Tiara 3900 Coronet: Express Your Success
Tiara redefines the express cruiser—again.
With its Coronet series Tiara set a course to re-imagine the day boat, and the builder achieved this mission with the 3100 and 3600 Coronet, two handsomely styled and expertly engineered multi-purpose cruisers.
Recently, Tiara expanded the Coronet series with the 3900. It too is designed to haul a group of close friends around for fun one weekend, and spirit a cruising couple away for a quiet overnight the next. With twin inboards, a generous 15-foot beam, robust construction, classic lines, and an easy-riding hull, the 3900 delivers on the builder’s original promise to deliver a modern express cruiser that offers much more than a little fun in the sun. In fact, we liked it so much upon first glance that we shot a Short Test Video of the 3900 at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.
The Tiara is produced by S2 Yachts, a company founded in 1974 in Holland, Michigan, which is ranked among the premier builders of production powerboats in the country. The company is the recipient of the NMMA’s Customer Satisfaction Award, and has contributed its share of pioneering developments to the marine industry, including the early introduction of joystick-controlled pod drives to the recreational marketplace. Fans of the builder believe Tiara yachts are some of the best representatives of American-made boats. Those fans won’t be disappointed in the 3900, which features the intelligent design and fine fit-and-finish that are hallmarks of this company.
Powered by twin Cummins diesels (480 hp or 550 hp each), at its core, the 3900 is built to both cruise and fish - although an owner can put a heavier emphasis on either one of those activities by carefully selecting options. A fishing package adds tackle drawers, rod holders, a transom baitwell, insulated stowage boxes, and a tournament-style radar arch to the mix. The cruising package includes gorgeous teak accents and tables for entertaining, a mahogany steering wheel, electric grill, premium stereo system, and a lounge in the lower cockpit.
It’s billed as a day boat, but the 3900 is more than up for overnights. What we like about the cabin is its spaciousness. While the smaller Coronets appear to have the majority of available square footage devoted to the outdoor area in the cockpit, the 3900 offers passengers the opportunity to kick back and really get comfortable down below. The layout is as efficient as the styling is nautically elegant, right down to the high-gloss hardwoods.
It seems Tiara recognizes that a day boat should be built for perfect weather, as well as for those so-so afternoons when it’s just as pleasant to duck inside to enjoy conversation and cards. Features include a comfortable L-shaped lounge opposite a fully equipped galley, a stateroom forward with double berth and privacy curtain, and a head with separate shower stall.
For entertaining, it’s tough to beat the 95 square foot bridgedeck, where there’s a curved companion lounge and table opposite the pedestal helm seat. It faces a dash with a standard suite of Garmin electronics. The bridge is enclosed with a hardtop overhead and enclosures port and starboard, but you can bring in the sun and the scent of saltwater by opening both the standard Lewmar sunroof and the center vent of the custom composite windshield frame. One of the cool features here is the forward portion of the companion lounge, which flips down so a passenger can stand comfortably and face forward to take in views beyond the bow, while cruising along at a powerful clip.
There’s more seating for passengers in the lower cockpit (which is 80 square feet), with a bench that faces aft so guests can watch the water or the efforts of anglers in the crew. From here, passengers can reach the wet bar and/or bait prep center located aft of the helm seat. Beyond the lower cockpit is a big swim platform that can be ordered with teak to enhance the boat’s yachty attitude.
Features like that define the 3900 Coronet as a high-end day boat that is built for an owner who seeks a boat capable of handling offshore conditions with cruiser-class aplomb.
For more information, visit Tiara Yachts.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.