The Tiara 48 LS is a 48-foot outboard-powered sport yacht that was launched by the iconic Michigan-based yacht-building firm Tiara Yachts in 2021. The largest outboard vessel in the company’s history, this is a boat that has been designed for outdoor living, featuring free-flowing and open living space from bow to stern. Sporty angles, a sunken foredeck lounge, an oversized flared hard-top across the helm, a two-tier aft cockpit and a sloping transom give this yacht a sleek and contemporary appeal, while a V-hull with a 21-degree deadrise and a trio of turbo-charged engines deliver best-in-class speed and performance. Not only popular with discerning Tiara Yachts owners worldwide, the 48 LS was listed as a reader’s favorite at the 2021 Power & Motoryacht Reader’s Choice Awards in 2021, and also won the coveted Robb Report “Best of the Best award in the “Modular Design” category in 2021.
Out front there is a sunken bow lounge with a hook-shaped set of sofas that are entirely built up against the bulwarks. Clad in pale Ultraleather with comfortable backrests, the sofas seat up to eight guests, come with integrated Fusion stereo speakers and surround a teak-topped breakfast table perfect for socializing.
To the rear of the yacht there is a timber-lined bathing platform with access to the water either side of the engines, though a fold-down Bulwark to port creates a floating cocktail terrace that can be used as a swim platform and a hullside door to starboard gives convenient access to both dock and water. There is a huge sunpad back here with an adjustable headrest that turns this into a pair of sofas or a single cushioned platform on which to spread out and work on your tan. Behind this you’ll find another sofa with an extending table and the outdoor galley that sits underneath the hard-top canopy. This splendid breezy kitchen features a pop-out seat, timber-lined cabinets, an icemaker, Corian counters, a molded sink, a Vitrifrigo fridge-freezer unit, a Kenyon grill and a Yeti Tundra drinks chiller. Though you may notice the absence of a microwave oven in here worry not, as one sits by the steps down to the lower deck.
The centerline helm console on this model features a trio of Garmin Multi-function touchscreens, a VesselView LCD screen, VHF radio, autopilot, a FLIR thermal imaging camera, electro-hydraulic steering, a Lenco active trim system, Skyhook GPS and a Lewmar bow thruster, not to mention bench-style helm seating lined in plush leather.
Across a lower-deck clad in teak and driftwood you will discover sleeping space for up to four overnight guests across a VIP double cabin with a panoramic skylight and full-height closets by the bow and a snug twin room with storage to aft. There is also a generously proportioned main head down on this level with a porcelain sink, ash-lined cabinets and a fully enclosed shower cubicle.
Three 600MHP Mercury Verado V12 Duo-Prop gasoline outboard engines produce thrilling top speeds of around 52 knots, a pace that rival yachts will find hard to match. Even at cruising speeds of 37 knots you are likely to outpace the pack and enjoy a cruising range of 324 nautical miles. Take things a little slower and trundle along at a leisurely 7 knots and this range increases to 511 nautical miles.