Tiara Launches 4300 Open - 03/24/2010

The newly-launched Tiara 4300 Open was designed to replace the hugely popular 4200 Open and serve as a response to customer feedback. Some significant design changes were made to the layout, and some others were carried over from the old 4200 to this model. The bottom line is a (slightly) bigger and (very much) better yacht. Given her fast-paced boat show schedule, current images aren’t even available on this boat yet, and won’t be until about the middle of next month, but until they are, we wanted to point out some of the features that are new and unique to this boat.

Tiara 4300 Open
Fresh from her debut at the Miami Boat Show, the Tiara 4300 Open is currently making the rounds.

Capt. Steve Says...

To start with, as you may have guessed, it’s bigger. One foot (.3 m) bigger, and it’s added to the cockpit. Tiara has gone with a straight transom and kept the widely popular mezzanine seating and the option of choosing between a bait prep module or an entertainment center with refrigerated drawers.

Overhead Integration

One significant change is in the hardtop. While still an option (add $29,090 for the cruising hardtop and $33,780 for the tournament) it’s in the integration to the windshield that’s different. Previous versions had a space between the hardtop and the windshield that typically got filled with isinglass. Now, Tiara has removed the power opening vent from the bottom center of the windshield, and replaced it with an integrated system at the top of the windshield. This results in a vastly improved air flow with visibility improved exponentially as well due to the fact that there is now only a single mullion running down the middle of the windshield.

New Cabin Layout

Gone are the days of the single berth forward and a settee that converts to a berth. Now, the 4300 features a two stateroom design with the master forward and a guest stateroom with over/under bunks to port. This is a vast improvement over the previous design and should be a huge hit with the families shopping the 4300 for use as a fishing/cruising boat.

This is a major change in our book, and it makes this boat more desirable, we think, than other boats in this class with just one dedicated cabin, or one cabin plus a large hanging-locker with a berth squeezed into it.

A feature that Tiara aficionados will be glad is here to stay is the full length skylight over the saloon that bathes the room in natural light.

Keep It Quiet

Tiara’s Dave Walsh tells us that the company worked long and hard to lower the noise level throughout the boat as well. Aside from design changes to the engine room access, Tiara has added sound deadening features such as insulation, seals, and isolators to create, what Tiara says, is their quietest straight drive boat to date.

As far as performance goes, obviously it is too soon to tell, but you will get a rough idea by looking at our test numbers of the old 4200. The 4300 should be able to improve upon them slightly.

We’ll look forward to doing a touch and feel to the new 4300 soon and verifying these and other items. Until then, you have to hit the South Florida boat show circuit to get an early look at this new and improved version. We’ll certainly be looking forward to our peek.