The Tiara Q 44 is a 45-foot day cruiser launched by the award-winning Michigan-based shipyard Tiara Yachts in 2015. Presented as an adventure yacht, this adaptable and ultra-sporty vessel has been fine-tuned for outdoor enjoyment and boasts features such as al-fresco lounge space, a modern helm, a sports rack and an extra-large swim platform. A quick mover across the water, this yacht comes fitted with powerful engines while a proprietary deep-V hull with a flared bow, a rounded stern and an 18-degree transom deadrise will outmaneuver many a sportfisher.
A teak-lined foredeck impresses with not only a pair of curving modular sunpads, but a forward-facing bench sofa lined in Ultraleather with views out across the pulpit. To stern, meanwhile, you will discover a 60-inch, timber-lined hydraulic bathing platform from Nautical Structures that can store an inflatable, as well as a transom locker. There is also a rear sunpad back here with an adjustable backrest that can be moved to turn this into a pair of sofas. Stepping up into the aft-cockpit there is an outdoor island galley boasting wet-bar facilities, an Isotherm fridge-freezer, an icemaker, a Kenyon electric grill, a sink and stowage, while appliances can be hidden under the marble-effect work counters when not in use. This space can also be turned into a dedicated fishing center complete with fish boxes, a live-well, tackle storage, rod holders, outriggers, a rocket launcher and more, while up on the hard-top roof there is a sports rack that can be used to securely store bikes, rods, kayaks and paddleboards.
Inside the main-deck salon there are a pair of leather L-shaped side sofas and a pop-up cocktail table as well as a pair of forward loveseats, one of which faces the starboard helm. The Volvo Glass dashboard features Penta joystick handling, a pair of Garmin multi-function touchscreens, VHF radio and Lenco trim tab controls. There is also something of a surprise up here in the form of two electronic skipper’s doors to the side deck that slide open at the push of a button, enhancing your connection to the elements while piloting.
What is very much a day-boat layout above the waterline transforms into a genuine weekend cruiser as you head below deck. Warm timber surrounds, leather and Corian accents and the extensive use of skylights and hull glazing gives this space an unexpectedly cavernous feel. There is a mini-galley in the lower-deck lobby complete with masses of cabinetry, a combination microwave oven, another fridge and a sink, while towards the bow there is a scissor lounge with two side sofas that can be pushed together to create a double bed. Rather than a cramped main head with an open shower Tiara have decided to introduce a main head with a toilet, mirrored cabinets and a ceramic sink as well as a separate shower room on this level.
A pair of 435MHP Volvo Penta IPS600 pod-drive diesel engines offer superb efficiency over longer trips, with a range of 1300 nautical miles at a sedate speed of 6.5 knots. However, you may not be able to resist firing these engines up to their top speed of 33 knots, nor settling in at a comfortable 26-knot cruising pace.