Boat Review: Tiara 3500

Tiara's 3500 will please cruisers and fishermen alike with its luxurious design, functionality and sea-worthy handling.


Tiara's 3500 remains consistent with the company's proven formula for successful express designs, but also takes some subtle steps into the future. You can tell something's different as soon as you see its lines. More radius curves, along with a forward-slanted and more rounded transom, lends a European flavor. At the same time, the windscreen and radar arch seem to offer a lower profile than the 3500's siblings.

The Tiara 3500 was designed with both cruisers and fishermen in mind; dropping the radar arch and adding the optional fish boxes, rod holders and outriggers turns this express into just about the most luxurious offshore fisherman you could hope for. And make no mistake, Tiara builds truly seaworthy hulls. I've spent many hours in the Northeast canyons fishing for tuna on a Tiara and never had a single complaint about handling, sea-kindliness or comfort.

Tiara also offers what is arguably the best-designed helm station on the market. Well-placed engine monitors complement the broad expanse of surface-mounting space for your navigation electronics - all in an unusual non-glare blue-gray finish.

The type of person who buys a Tiara to fish wants elegant luxury. Belowdecks, buttery leathers, rich fabrics, designer lighting, flawlessly finished fine woods and the finest equipment available all combine to make this a luxury vessel that will stand up to the harshest conditions with aplomb.

Anyone who must navigate the way to the bow will appreciate the inordinate amount of side walkway space, as well as the really aggressive nonskid that is a signature of all Tiara yachts. And whether working the cockpit or cruising to the fishing grounds, the hull-side exhausts help keep the ride quiet and exhaust-free.
With both Cummins 370B diesel engines in gear, idle throttle of 590 rpm provides a speed of 4.7 knots - just a hair too fast for live-baiting. Single-engine running works ideally for this application, however. The most fuel-efficient speed appears to be just over 20 knots, burning 20.3 gph or 1.18 mpg. This gives a range of roughly 384 nautical miles. Top speed of 32 knots is reached at 3,127 rpm and uses 41 gph.

If you like to fish but also want total luxury in a quality cruising package, try on the Tiara for size.