John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
3100 Tiara Coronet Boat Review
NOVEMBER 2012
 
   
LOA  36' 5"
Beam  12' 6"
Draft  2' 8"
Displ. 13,550 lb
Fuel 210 gal   Water 33 gal
Base Price $319,900


This past June I had the opportunity to review a Tiara Yachts 3100 Coronet offered by Grande Yachts of Grasonville, MD. For the 2012 model year, Tiara added an attractive hardtop to this twin inboard open express cruiser. While this boat is primarily designed around offering plenty of seating and amenities for entertaining onboard, the addition of the hard top combined with inboard propulsion provides the Coronet with the versatility to do more weekend cruising as well as and enhancing its overnight accommodations for a young couple.

Size wise, the 3100 also bridges the gap between the small day boat and a larger cruiser. This gives her a unique blend of small boat feel and handling characteristics while maintaining the look and cockpit space of its larger counter parts. Boarding is best via the oversized swim platform aft. Tiara has placed a handsome centerline transom door reminiscent of something you would find on a larger motor yacht. Cockpit seating is plentiful with a large L-shaped settees port and starboard that wrap around from the transom and up both sides of the cockpit and stop just short of teak steps that lead to the side decks that make going forward safe and easy. Just forward of the steps there even more seating facing aft which literally make it possible to entertain a large group in the cockpit area. To starboard a varnished high-low table which makes this seat capable of converting to a temporary double bunk.

Moving forward, there is a built-in grill and refrigerator to starboard just behind the helm seat and yet another large L-Shaped settee to port with a small varnished table. The sole is flush as you move under the hard top and the lack of a step up makes these two areas flow together nicely. Visibility from the helm is very good. Engine access is achieved by an electric lift of the cockpit sole.

Down below, the Coronet features a centerline queen bed and a small galley to starboard. The galley is equipped with a sink, refrigerator and microwave oven as well as adequate storage for a boat of this size. The head is to port and is equipped with an electric flush head and shower.

Underway, the 3100 Coronet was maneuverable in close quarters. Once we were clear of the no wake zone, I pushed the throttles forward and the twin gas inboards pushed the shallow V hull up onto plane quickly and easily despite the added weight of her hard top.

The Tiara 3100 Coronet is an interesting boat that spans the gap between small day cruiser and a larger family boat. She can handle a full load of people for entertaining and offers comfortable sleeping accommodations for a couple out on a weekend cruise.