The Tiara 2900 Coronet is a 31-foot day cruiser yacht produced by the award-winning Michigan-based yacht-building firm Tiara Yachts from 1997 to 2007. This entry-level boat was a best-seller for an entire decade thanks to its sleek and sporty form, a seaworthy v-hull, 114-square feet of sun-kissed main-deck lounge space and Tiara’s signature attention to detail. This is also a surprisingly adaptable yacht, with an aft cockpit that can be used for entertaining or be turned into a fishing hub, as well as a below deck layout superb for overnighting.
An extended swim platform to the rear offers plenty of opportunity for guests to take a dip into the warm, soft currents of the sea, while a central transom door supplies access back into the aft cockpit. This adaptable space comes fitted with a pair of L-shaped transom sofas as standard and room for a pop-up breakfast table, as well as integrated high-definition speakers and plenty of hidden storage. This cockpit can also be turned into a fishing deck complete with rod holders, a fighting chair, soft coaming pads, a tackle center and a lift-gate. Further forward there is an L-shaped sofa to port, a starboard loveseat that folds out to turn into a daybed and a nifty wet-bar console with a sink and chilled storage. At the front of the main-deck you will find a starboard helm station hidden behind a wrap-around glazed windscreen with a twin piloting seat lined in plush leatherette. The charcoal-toned helm pod with an anti-glare finish boasts hydraulic steering, trim tab controls, Navman VHF radio, bow thruster controls and a Ritchie compass. Though this entire deck has been built as an al-fresco space the boat also comes with a manual Bimini roof to keep you cool and shaded.
Below-deck accommodation transforms this vessel from mere dayboat into a genuine weekend cruiser, at least for a couple of guests who don’t mind sleeping at close quarters. Laminated hard-top work-surfaces with a glossy teak trim frame a galley with a microwave oven, a sink and an under-counter fridge unit. Nestled up by the bow, meanwhile, is a V-shaped seating area that doubles as a twin bed with plenty of natural light thanks to an overhead skylight and masses of hidden storage under the mattresses. There is also a main head on this level with a toilet, a sink and an optional open shower fixture.
This yacht can be fitted with a range of powerful inboard engines, from twin 230MHP Volvo Penta KAMD diesels to a pair of top-of-the-range 385MHP Crusader 454XL gasoline engines. With the latter choice, you can expect thrilling top speeds of around 36 knots and cruising speeds of approximately 29 knots. A modified V-hull with a 19-degree transom deadrise and half prop tunnels delivers a superbly balanced and dry ride across both coastal and inland waterways.