The Tiara 2900 Open is a 30-foot dual-purpose express cruiser produced by iconic Michigan-based shipyard Tiara Yachts between 1993 and 2006. Perfect for weekend cruising or ambitious fishing adventures, this sporty boat boasts masses of vintage appeal, with sharp angles, an open deck, tasteful lower-deck surrounds and a V-hull that has stood the test of time.
Though this is one of the smallest vessels in the Tiara back catalogue it certainly does not feel like it when you are situated in the 61-square foot aft-cockpit. This adaptable space has been tailor-made for the enthusiastic fisher, though it can also be easily turned into an open lounge for the whole family. A pair of mezzanine seats, a fold-out transom sofa and an optional pop-up breakfast table set the scene for leisurely starlit evenings spent listening to music piped through the integrated Fusion speakers or sipping on drinks assembled at the wet-bar with an icemaker. If you prefer spending your time chasing down prize marlin instead, then exchange the wet-bar for a bait and tackle center and enjoy utilizing macerated fish boxes, a live-well, wash down hoses, a transom lift-gate, flush rod holders and a floor plate for the fighting chair. To stern there is a fixed, full-beam bathing platform that can be used to haul your catch aboard or enjoyed by warm water swimmers. Those who prefer to take it easy and work on their tan, meanwhile, should head to the foredeck, where a double-width cushioned sunpad tempts you with hours of sun-kissed comfort.
Heading into the pilothouse you will discover a pair of forward-facing twin seats, one of which faces a “Head’s Up” tilting dashboard behind an aluminum and Solex windshield. The helm comes with Garmin electronics, analogue instrumentation, bow thruster controls, Navman VHF radio, a compass and a timber-lined steering wheel. This part of the deck typically boasts an open-air aspect but there is the option to install a lightweight fiberglass canopy over the helm for protection from rain and glare.
Down on the lower deck you will discover an open lobby lined in varnished honey ash with a teak and holly sole as well as oval portholes and skylights. There are a pair of plush leather sofas surrounding a booth-style dining table and an open galley with Corian counter-tops, a two-zone electric hob, a microwave, a sink and an under-counter refrigerator. By the bow there is a double bed and a full-height storage locker, while amidship there is a single main head with an open shower fixture. Should you need a bit of extra sleeping space down here than the dining booth can be turned into an extra bed.
Still quick even by today’s standards, the Tiara 2900 Open can reach top speeds of around 32 knots and cruising speeds of 26 knots thanks to a pair of 375mhp Crusader 60L MPI gasoline inboard engines. At lower speeds you should enjoy a range of well over 200 nautical miles.