Last March the opportunity arose to leave the chill of Michigan and meet up with Kevin Falvey from Boating for a fish trip aboard the new Tiara 4200 Open. Meeting at Allied Richard Bertram/Ft. Lauderdale, we joined Ben Smith (local fish finder) and Capt. Chris Scrimger, on a beautiful south Florida morning. Ben suggested that we set off to Miami, where the concentration of baitfish had been greater than off Lauderdale.
Running with a set of 700 HP CAT C-12’s at 2100 RPM gave an efficient 32-knot cruise for the quick trip down to Miami. Kevin and I had a chance to talk about the lineage of the 4200, and why it didn’t look like a typical sport fishing machine. I noted that the sloping sheer line, fiberglass windshield, and reverse transom of the 4200 were characteristic of the Tiara Open Series. The 42 also took attributes from the 4100 and 4300 to create the perfect platform for cruising or fishing.
Our boat didn’t have a tuna tower or outriggers (although either could easily be added), and we had the standard aft facing seat, in place of the optional bait and tackle center. All we had were 4 rod holders and a big cockpit, which was exactly the point. You don’t have to be tournament rigged to have fun and catch fish.
The Tiara Open Series lends itself perfectly to casual or serious sport fishing. Tiaras have a well deserved reputation for creative design, solid construction and unequalled craftsmanship, and the 4200 is no different. One of the foremost qualities of the Open Series is how easy it is for 2 people to handle and fish the boat. Whether clearing lines or joining in the action, you’re not confined to a bridge - helm to cockpit is just a few steps away.
We came off plane just east of Government cut at Miami and the sun was already hot. Kevin and I were camped under the hardtop as Ben quickly rigged up 4 rods with goggle eyes, and just like that, we were fishing. We were into it for about 30 minutes when we had our first strike, and saw a feisty young sailfish shoot out of the water. It is amazing the power these fish display, and this one was giving quite a show. Once I had enough, the young buck conceded and let me work him to the transom. Ben flipped the transom door open and pulled the fish aboard for a quick photo-op, then back in he went.
Kevin and I both had to catch flights home that night, so we called it an early day, giving us time to run performance numbers on our way back to Lauderdale. We ended going 2 for 4 with the sailfish, a few kings worked their way in on us, and a small mako came out of nowhere, giving Kevin some last minute fun. Clearly, the 4200 Open shows as a versatile express style boat for cruise and fish.