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Brief Summary

One of the interesting features on the Tiara Q44 is the optional toy rack, which makes it convenient to stow bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards and other gear safely atop the hardtop -- a big plus for action-oriented families who want to bring their toys along. A sliding power door adjacent to the helm makes it convenient for the captain to handle his own dock lines when necessary. Below decks, she has the shower in a stall to port and the toilet and sink in their own compartment to starboard -- unusual in a yacht of this LOA.

Key Features

  • Custom diamond pattern non-skid deck and cockpit surfaces
  • Forward deck sun pad and jump seat with weather covers
  • Opposing L-lounge seating convertible to exterior berth with Cooler box and storage on starboard side
  • Helm with Volvo/Garmin Glass Cockpit electronics
  • Sliding companionway door with screen and privacy cover
  • Cockpit teak/Corian table with removable pedestals
  • Aft cockpit center island galley includes Corian countertop, refrigerator/freezer and electric grill
  • Salon scissors berth for seating or can be pushed together for use as a berth
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 45' 6''
    13.8 m
    Beam 14' 11''
    4.55 m
    Dry Weight 25,000 lbs.
    11,339 kg
    Tested Weight 28,370 lbs.
    12,868 kg
    Draft 3' 9''
    1.14 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 350 gal.
    1,325 L
    Water Capacity 118 gal.
    446 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
    Opt. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 with Glass Cockpit
    2 x 550-hp Cummins QSB550 with Garmin Electronics

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.9 4.3 0.6 8.2 7.1 2573 2237 82
    850 6.8 5.9 1.5 4.7 4.1 1466 1275 82
    1100 8.1 7.0 1.8 4.5 3.9 1409 1225 80
    1350 9.5 8.2 4.2 2.3 2.0 709 616 79
    1600 10.7 9.3 6.7 1.6 1.4 503 437 80
    1850 11.9 10.3 10.1 1.2 1.0 371 323 80
    2100 12.7 11.0 14.6 0.9 0.8 274 238 80
    2350 16.3 14.1 18.2 0.9 0.8 282 245 81
    2600 20.2 17.5 23.2 0.9 0.8 274 238 81
    2850 24.3 21.1 27.0 0.9 0.8 284 247 82
    3100 28.7 24.9 31.6 0.9 0.8 286 249 83
    3350 32.8 28.5 36.1 0.9 0.8 286 249 81
    3600 37.0 32.1 44.0 0.8 0.7 265 230 81
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 2237 4141 7.90 2.27 3.47 82
    850 1275 2359 10.90 5.49 1.98 82
    1100 1225 2268 13.00 6.81 1.90 80
    1350 616 1141 15.30 15.90 0.96 79
    1600 437 810 17.20 25.36 0.68 80
    1850 323 597 19.20 38.04 0.50 80
    2100 238 441 20.40 55.27 0.37 80
    2350 245 454 26.20 68.71 0.38 81
    2600 238 441 32.50 87.63 0.37 81
    2850 247 457 39.10 102.21 0.38 82
    3100 249 460 46.20 119.43 0.39 83
    3350 249 460 52.80 136.46 0.39 81
    3600 230 426 59.50 166.56 0.36 81

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.9 sec.
    0 to 30 15.5 sec.
    Ratio 1.82:1
    Props T3 Nibral Set
    Load 4 persons, full fuel, 1/2 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 84 deg., 68 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: 2'-3'
    Elevation 617

    Captain's Report

    Tiara Q44 running shot
    The Tiara Q44 is available with Volvo Penta IPS pod drives or Cummins diesels with straight shaft inboards. Both propulsion systems have joystick controls.

    Mission Statement

    When he started Tiara Yachts, company chairman Leon Slikkers said he was building boats for the way he liked to go boating. With the new Q44 adventure yacht, Slikkers and his son, Tiara CEO Tom Slikkers, said they are building a boat for the way people go boating today. The Q44 is designed to be a versatile boat that offers passengers a variety of recreational activities during the day and returns to the docks in the evening.

    Tiara Q44 floor plan
    A priority for the Tiara designers was to provide forward facing seating for two couples on the captain’s and co-pilot’s seats.

    Major Features

    Roof Rack.

    For the optional hardtop toy rack, Tiara engineers took a look at the systems made by automobile accessories manufacturer Thule and spoke with the company before developing its own roof rack system for the Q44. It can be customized to carry kayaks, bicycles or stand up paddleboards. Tiara recommends that buyers consider the placement of radomes and other antennae when setting up the rack.

    Tiara Q44 rack
    The stainless-steel rack on top of the Q44’s pilothouse was designed to accommodate a variety of recreational toys.
    Tiara Q44 ladder
    This ladder secures just outboard of the helm to starboard so crewmembers can access the pilothouse roof.

    Power Sliding Doors.

    Sometimes the boss just knows best. From the start, Leon Slikkers said the Q44 needed power sliding doors to enhance her versatility and he got what he wanted. There are buttons outboard of the helm and co-pilot’s seats and on the outside as well. A captain can open the starboard door, start backing into a slip and stop to grab the forward dockline off a piling before completing the process.

    Island Galley.

    Reinforcing the idea that the Q44’s focus is for passengers to enjoy the outdoors, the island galley is aft in the cockpit. It has a Corian countertop with two removable cutting boards over the sink and grill, an Isotherm 2.3-cu. ft. refrigerator, a wastebasket and storage.While there is a safety switch on the grill, we'd still like to see a heat shield on the underside of the cover. For no charge, owners can opt for a similarly equipped island galley in place of the aft lounge that would open up the cockpit.

    Tiara Q44 refrigerator
    Buyers can opt to replace the Isotherm refrigerator with an icemaker.

    Mediterranean Shades.

    They’re optional, but after seeing them in action, we think the Mediterranean shades will be popular accessories on the Q44. They install quickly with stainless-steel stanchions and provide shade for the bow seating area and aft cockpit.The optional Mediterranean-style shade covers the bow and can be deployed quickly.

    Separate Shower.

    Below decks, the Q44 has the shower in a stall to port and the toilet and sink in their own compartment to starboard.

    Tiara Q44 toilet and sink compartments
    Below decks, the toilet and sink are in their own compartment to starboard with the shower in its own stall to port.

    Features Inspection

    The Bow.

    Tiara made the most of the space in the Q44’s bow with a two-person couch-style lounge front and center and upholstered cushions outboard on each side where a person can stretch out. The side and bow decks are covered in non-skid and are wide enough for passengers to sit.There are six cup holders and a track to secure the weather covers. Storage includes rounded trays beneath the deck that can accommodate 10” (.25 m) diameter fenders. A large hatch in the bow opens on twin stainless-steel gas struts to reveal the Lewmar CPX3 windlass with a remote control. It hauls in a 37-lb. (17 kg) anchor with a rode made up of 40’ (12.2 m) of chain and 200’ (61 m) of rope.

    Tiara Q44 two person lounge
    The Q44’s bow has a two-person lounge and recessed into the backrest is a window that lets in light for the cabin.

    Easy Passage.

    The Q44’s side decks are wide enough that our test captain could pass by our cameraman without hitting each other. At about 32” (.81 m) tall and capped with a stainless-steel rail, the side decks also feel secure. The fuel fills and waste outlets are outboard of the power sliding doors on each side.

    Tiara Q44 teak decking
    The teak decking is an available option on the Q44 and note the under-deck fender storage.

    The Stern.

    Stairs on each side at the end of the side decks close with stainless-steel gates. When opened, they lead to the Q44’s stern, which comes with a 5’ (1.5 m) standard swim platform with a stainless-steel boarding ladder. It can be upgraded with an optional hydraulic platform from Nautical Structures that can be lowered beneath the water’s surface.To starboard, there’s a freshwater shower and forward is a cabinet with the freshwater inlet and raw-water washdown. To port, the cabin has the controls for the swim platform and for the trunk that houses the supports for the optional Mediterranean shades. Beneath the table, there’s a removable panel that provides access to the generator.

    Tiara Q44 hydraulic swim platform
    In this picture, the optional hydraulic swim platform is lowered to the water’s surface.
    Tiara Q44 aft trunk
    The optional tables store in the aft trunk and the compartment beneath the tables opens to provide access to the generator.

    The Cockpit.

    Abaft the island galley, there’s a lounge with a convertible backrest so passengers can sit facing forward or aft. The whole lounge structure is hinged at the front and opens the aforementioned transom trunk. For a quick snack, there’s a small flip-up table on the aft side of the galley.Forward of the galley, a hatch in the center of the cockpit sole opens to the engine compartment. Outboard on each side, locking hatches with thick rubber gaskets open on stainless-steel gas struts to access storage.

    Tiara Q44 aft bench
    The backrest for the aft bench seat straps in place for forward-facing travel.
    Tiara Q44 sun pad
    With the backrest folded forward, the lounge converts into a large sun pad.

    Helm Deck.

    When we stepped up and forward from the cockpit to the helm deck, the Q44 retained her open airy feel. On each side of a center passageway, there are L-shaped lounges with storage in the base around optional teak tables on stainless-steel pedestals. The two individual tables can be replaced with a large one that folds out. By replacing the table legs with shorter ones and using filler cushions, this area can convert to an open-air berth.

    Tiara Q44 fold out table
    This doublewide table folds out so that passengers can enjoy a meal.
    Tiara Q44 storage
    There’s storage beneath the cushions in the dinette. The cushions open on stainless-steel struts.

    Forward Seating Area.

    At the Q44’s helm, Leon Slikkers had another requirement for Tiara’s designers. The boat had to have space for four passengers, including the captain to travel facing forward and have ease of passage to the cabin door. As a result, there are raised doublewide seats to port and starboard with multi-position footrests just ahead.Outboard of the seats, there are buttons that open and close the power doors and move the seats forward and aft.

    Tiara Q44 helm seat
    Across from the helm, this doublewide seat has multi-level footrests and the controls for the seat and power door are outboard next to the air conditioning duct.

    The Cellar.

    A surprise in the sole forward of the co-pilot’s seat is a hatch that opens up a huge storage area. Instead of designing the boat with a small aft cabin, Tiara gave her this locker that is large enough for our 5’8” (1.72 m) test captain to duck down in and close the hatch. The access ladder for the coach roof stores in this area and there are dedicated spots for 5-gallon (19 m) buckets and baskets to hold tools and other accessories used for maintenance.

    Tiara Q44 hatch
    This hatch in the sole forward of the co-pilot’s seat opens an area that Tiara calls “The Cellar storage.”
    Tiara Q44 below deck
    Once below deck, deckhands will find a large storage area that’s well laid out.

    The Helm.

    Tiara teamed with Volvo Penta on the Q44, using the engine manufacturer’s Glass Cockpit system that features navigation and engine instrumentation on two Garmin 8212 12” displays.There’s a traditional compass up top and below the screens are the accessory switches and a 12-volt power plug. With the Volvo Penta power, the Tiara Q44 also comes with Volvo IPS Joystick controls that lets the captain drive and dock the boat with the accessory and autopilot. There are electronic traditional shift/throttle controls and Lenco electric trim tabs as well.

    Tiara Q44 helm
    The Q44 we tested had the trim tab switches ahead of the throttles/shifts as indicated by the red arrow above the controls. Tiara is planning to move the tab switches between the steering wheel and the controls, shown by the lower red arrow.
    Tiara Q44 joystick
    Most drivers will find the joystick a comfortable reach with their elbow on the rest abaft the controls for the Garmin screens. Note how these controls are recessed so the captain won’t hit them with his arm.

    Accommodations

    The Cabin.

    The entryway to the Q44’s below decks area is opened with a large door that slides to port. There is a sliding screen that lets in fresh air as well as an overhead deck hatch and two side ports, all of which have screens. The boat also has a 10,000 BTU air conditioning system. In keeping with the boat’s versatile theme, she has a scissor-style berth that opens to create a V-shaped lounge in the bow and closes to sleep two in one berth.Aft to starboard, there’s a mini-galley with a microwave oven and another 2.3-cu. ft. refrigerator and to starboard is a hanging locker. The 29” flatscreen TV is forward and there is a Blu-ray player as well as a pair of speakers and a remote for the Fusion stereo. A large hatch in the sole provides access to the shower sump and other plumbing accessories.

    Tiara Q44 scissor berth
    With the scissor-style berth open, there’s good seated headroom and notice the forward window that lets in extra light.
    Tiara Q44 closed berth
    Close the berth, which has storage in the base, and there’s room for a couple to overnight or for kids to nap.

    Construction.

    Tiara builds the Q44 with a hand-laid solid fiberglass bottom and balsa coring in the hullsides and deck. The stringers are cored with wood and foam and encapsulated in fiberglass. The hardtop and windshield frame are composite for weight savings and strength. Deck hardware includes six 12” stainless steel cleats and a 1 ¼” diameter stainless steel bow rail.

    Electrical Systems.

    The Q44 has 12-volt DC and 120- and 240-volt AC electrical systems. She’s equipped with an Onan 9 kW diesel generator plus nine batteries, five for engine cranking and four house batteries. There is a 65’ shorepower cord with a power retractor.

    Engine Compartment.

    The engine compartment has an automatic fire extinguishing system, sea strainers and fuel-water separators for the engines and generator and a triple-port oil changing system. The engines are installed on vibration dampening mounts through-bolted to the stringers.

    Tiara Q44 engine hatch
    The engine hatch is located between the island galley and dinette seats.

    Performance.

    We tested the Tiara Q44 with twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesel pod drives turning T3 propsets through 1.82:1 gear ratios. She hit a top speed of 37 mph at 3600 rpm, where we burned 44 gph, giving the boat a range of 265 miles at wide open.

    Best cruising speed

    was 28.7 mph at 3100 rpm, where she burned 31.55 gph for a range of 296 miles with a 10% reserve. In acceleration tests, the Q44 hit 20 mph in 7.5 seconds and was fully on plane in 7.9 seconds. She hit 30 mph in 15.5 seconds.

    Handling.

    Our test captain drove the boat while standing with the steering wheel and controls and while seated with the joystick and the boat responded smoothly to steering input from each source. For long-distance cruising, just set the speed and trim, have a seat and work the joystick. Our test day on Lake Michigan brought 2’ to 3’ (.61 m to .91 m) seas and the deep-V hull with 18-degrees of deadrise at the transom carved through the waves with ease.

    Tiara Q44 running shot
    Tiara designed the Q44 to be a boat that returns to the docks at the end of the day and a top speed of 37 mph will help get her home.

    Price

    • $798,000 with twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s with Glass Cockpit and Joystick Plus control
    • $822,765 with twin Cummins QSB550 inboards with Garmin Electronics and Joystick Docking System

    Warranty

    Transferrable limited lifetime warranties. Five years on hull and deck. Two years on accessories. Refer to warranty statement for details.

    Options to Consider and Price

    • Forward deck shorepower with 25’ TV cable, 25’ 50-Amp shorepower cord and outlets ($5,970)
    • Anchor locker washdowns: freshwater ($790) or raw water ($790)
    • Teak inlay for swim platform ($13,295)
    • Nautical Structures hydraulic swim platform ($44,640)
    • Blue LED underwater lights 12V/50W ($7,470)
    • Aft curtain enclosure (covers island galley) ($3,290)
    • Hardtop toy storage system ($4,190)
    • Teak decking, aft cockpit and walkway ($40,860)
    • Round teak tables for cockpit L-lounges ($1,565)
    • Mediterranean-style sunshades for foredeck and aft cockpit ($3,220 each)
    • Dirt Devil central vacuum system ($795)
    • Rocket launcher with six rod holders on hardtop ($2,980)
    Tiara Q44 running shot
    Whether it’s the toy rack on the roof or the loveseat in the bow, the Tiara Q44 will draw inquiring looks.

    Observations

    With her day-boat approach, the Tiara Q44 is a departure that could appeal to families who like to stay active during a day on the water. Tiara spent three years researching before deciding to pull the trigger on the new model and that it can go up or down in size from the 45’6” (13.8 m) length with the concept.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Tiara Q44 (2015-) is 37.0 mph (59.5 kph), burning 44.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 166.54 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Tiara Q44 (2015-) is 16.3 mph (26.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.90 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.38 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 282 miles (453.84 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Vacuum Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    5
    Yes

    Accessories Warranty
    Transferable
    2 Yes
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