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.
Tiara 3900 Open
JUNE 2009
 
   
Length overall  41'11"
Beam  15'
Draft  3' 6"
Displacement  24,500 lb
Fuel Capacity  535 gals
Water Capacity  120 gals
Base Price  $784,265

S2 Yachts is a family-owned company with a boatbuilding tradition that reaches back to 1946 when company founder, Leon Slikkers, first began working as a cabin top builder for Chris Craft. In the early 1950s, Slikkers ventured out on his own and was one of the pioneers in fiberglass boatbuilding.

Today S2 Yachts has two product lines: Tiara Yachts, which offers inboard powered yachts from 29 to 58 feet, and Pursuit Boats, which offers outboard and stern-drive boats from 22 to 38 feet. Both companies enjoy a reputation for building fine boats with a high degree of engineering and attention to detail. Having had an opportunity in the past to review both brands, I can honestly say that the S2's dedication to producing a top quality product is nothing short of impressive.

The all-new Tiara 3900 Open is no exception. I got a chance to review her at Martini Yacht Sales at the Bay Bridge Marina on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It was one of the first truly nice spring days of the season. Tiara built this boat to handle rough water, but Mother

Nature offered nothing but calm winds, flat water and a sunny clear sky for this boat ride. 

The 3900 Open's flaired bow and 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom means that she can handle big water. But just in case her crew is skittish about getting wet, the bridge deck is enclosed by an integrated hard top and wrap-around windshield. With drop canvas in the back and air-conditioning on the bridge, the area is as comfortable as any pilot house but still maintains an open feel. Visibility from the bridge deck is excellent in all directions.

A key design feature of this boat is Tiara's stylistic focus on clean lines. Both below and on deck, there is a noticeable absence of knobs, latches, hinges or any kind of hardware protrusions. Among other advantages, this eliminates potential snags for fishing lines. 

Down below, the Tiara's cabin is bathed in natural light from center skylights on both the cabin top and hard top. The skylights eliminate the need for lots of small port lights on the side of the boat, which creates more cabin space and enhances dockside privacy. The boat offers a master stateroom with center-line queen bed and separate access door to the head, which has a separate stall shower. The galley is fully equipped with drawer-type refrigerator and freezer, microwave and two-burner cook top. The U-shaped dinette can seat five. Its back rest flips up to provide a single upper bunk, while a filler cushion converts the bottom into a double bunk.

Twin 600 hp Cummins diesels give gobs of torque to make close-quarter maneuvering simple, especially in combination with a bow thruster. Underway, she cruised at 27 to 30 knots burning between 40 and 45 gallons per hour respectively. Wide open she reached 34 knots and burned about 65 gph.

The Tiarra 3900 Open is a finely built boat that is designed to serve both cruisers and hard-core fisherman equally well. Her large cockpit, is ideal for fighting that big fish or just sitting with family and friends.