Captain's ReportFishing Above, Relaxation Below on the 3000 OpenBy Capt. Bob SmithTiara Yacht proudly displayed their new model, the 3000 Open at the 2006 Miami Boat Show for 2006. Tiara is ready to sunset the 29, which has been a stalwart for them for many years. Rather than refit the old, they built the new 3000 Open. This is a well-configured boat that is just as comfortable running offshore, as is it is pulling up to a dockside restaurant in Key Biscayne. The sleek lines on this new model betray her functionality as a fishing machine, and play up on her overall sophistication. The only outward appearance that reveals she is a fishing machine is the rod holders in the uprights for the hardtop at the back. This is unless you opt for the TSS, Tiara Tournament Series which includes additional rocket launcher rod holders as our test model did. Regardless, this boat is impressive.At the BowUp front, our boat was well-equipped with high protective stainless steel bow railings. The pulpit houses the anchor roller and we had the optional electric windlass for near effort-free anchoring. The deep line locker certainly is large enough to stow the anchor line needed for offshore anchoring. The expansive bow deck gives you a great chance to lay out and catch a few rays or to work the fish from the front of the boat. Side access from the cockpit to the bow is plenty wide for comfortable movement and the expansive front windows have large wipers to help out in heavy chop or rain. There are also large washer ports for both sides.Configurable CockpitThe aft cockpit was outfitted for primarily fishing, therefore instead of the side benches we had a large live baitwell in the center of the stern wall. The baitwell has a rounded interior with soft lighting for better bait maintenance. Fish lockers on either side of the stern are divided with an upper section and lower section with pump-outs and macerators. Access to the fuel shut-offs was through a center hatch that was a bit impeded by the baitwell. Not a big deal, but it was a bit awkward. The walkthrough stern door was heavy duty with an easy to use latch system. I can see this being handy when you are boating the big tuna, or bringing well-dressed guests aboard across the optional swim platform.Accessing the EnginesThe motorized engine hatch is actually the base for the entire forward section of the cockpit, or the helm and companion sections. With my 6-foot height and over 200-pound frame, I found it a real squeeze to get into the engine compartment with the limited rise of the hatch. The generator is center and forces you to crawl even further into the compartment to check the engines. Now there is a day hatch forward I had no problem getting in and out of, but still, if I were a smaller-built guy, there would be less of a problem with the engine hatch. The batteries were mounted outboard of the massive 8.1L engines. Once again, that is a problem if you want to maintain them, or need to ever change them. Tiara representatives there told me they recognized these issues and were working on a better solution. The Helm StationOn the starboard side of the cockpit is a rear-facing bench with storage in the seat back for lines or small items. The helm seat slides and the entire seat flips forward to give you access to a very large, ventilated storage box below. The helm seat is quite comfortable, but I would prefer to have a little more space between the seat and the helm. The console is well arranged with analog gauges across the top, flush mounted electronics in the center, and the hydraulic wheel mounted below. For an express cruiser, visibility from the helm was outstanding. Tiara eliminated the center window and now ventilation is drawn through elongated ports at the top that are located below the lip of the hardtop. This really pulls a lot of fresh air into the cockpit and opens up the vision forward. Over on the companion side is another double bench seat with equally impressive storage beneath. Down BelowAccess to the cabin is through a center sliding door. Once inside I was immediately impressed with the abundant use of teak. Battery switches and breakers are tucked behind slides at the top of the stairs leading inside. Entertainment features are mounted in the hanging closet to port, and a flat panel TV is displayed in the corner where it’s easily viewed from the cabin.The wraparound lounger converts into a double bed with a clever use of the old idea of lee sheet straps. The back of one section flips up and is held in place with the straps to increase the space on the upper berth. An extension slides out to provide room for a filler cushion, and there you have two berths in one compact area. This is a very smart use of space. The head is located on the port side across from the galley and has a VacuFlush toilet, vanity with Corian countertop, stainless steel sink, and shower with wraparound curtain.Functional GalleyA compact galley is mounted on the starboard side below the helm. It features a Formica countertop with Corian trim, a stainless steel sink, single-burner electric cooktop, microwave, cabinets and a 3.7 cu. ft. Isotherm drawer-style refrigerator, which is another great use of space. I would add a plastic pan in the bottom to keep the spills from getting into the section that is hard to clean, but I like the drawer refrigerators since they offer more room for groceries. SpecificationsThis new model measures 30’6” length overall not including the standard bow pulpit, or optional swim platform. With these items included the length is pushed to 35’ 0’’overall. She has a beamy 12’6” beam for smoother rides and more stability while trolling in the ocean.Tiara Yachts has done a fine job of bringing the elements of many of their larger models into the 30-foot express cruiser range. This model fits well in a family that really enjoys cruising, and still wants to go offshore to chase grouper, snapper, red fish, or other big game fish.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tiara 3000 Open (2006) is 39.2 mph (63.1 kph), burning 67.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 255.87 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tiara 3000 Open (2006) is 25.6 mph (41.2 kph), and the boat gets 1.12 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.48 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 211 miles (339.57 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 385-hp Crusader 8.1 L (inboard).
Standard and Optional Features
|Fishfinder||Optional Upgrade to Raymarine|
|GPS/Chart||Optional Upgrade to Raymarine|
|Radar||Optional Upgrade to Raymarine|
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Power Steering||Standard Teleflex|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Optional|
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