Light yet strong construction and dual capabilities allow the Tiara 4100 to fill a niche in the open-express market.

What! Another 40-something open boat? Who needs it? Well, actually you do if you're looking for a Tiara between 37 and 43 feet. The same holds true if you want to trade down to a boat a couple can handle. Or you're tired of climbing bridge ladders yet still want perks like a spacious saloon, air conditioning, and a fully equipped entertainment center.

In designing the 4100, Tiara took a fresh look at everything from cockpit and cabin layouts to engine-room access and helm design. It specified a hull and deck laminate schedule that would produce a light, strong boat and is offering the high-end, well-built result in two styles, one for cruising and one for fishing.

If you're looking for Euro-styling, look elsewhere. Tiara's practical streak and understanding of its market runs too deep. The 4100 is a born family cruiser. No one will have to choose between riding on the bridge or in the saloon underway because everyone can stay neighborly on this split-level layout. This layout also keeps the skipper close to the action back aft, an important consideration if you order the fishing version.

The 4100 employs Tiara's typical solid-glass bottom laminate, which starts with a vinylester resin skin coat over a proprietary gelcoat application process designed to prevent osmotic blistering and ends with biaxial and triaxial knit fabrics. What's different about the 4100 is the lighter, more efficient hull-side and deck laminates, which use thicker cores encapsulated in thinner fiberglass skins.

Instead of solid-wood cores, stringers are of Baltec's pre laminated Decolite 1.5-inch, balsa-core panels encapsulated in fiberglass for high strength and light weight; wood coring is still used around the engine mount toggles to resist compression loads. Engine room and lazarette bulkheads are of vacuum-bagged , balsa-core fiberglass that create one-piece, lightweight assemblies without the weak spots inherent in plywood butt joints.

Tiara 4100 Open Review

"For a 41-foot open boat with a reasonably low profile, the Tiara's cabin headroom is exceptional."

The heart of this boat is the bridge deck, which is high off the water for a 41-footer. This design improves helm visibility all around and provides greater engine-room headroom. And Tiara's trademark aluminum-framed windshield set the standard as far as I'm concerned ; it's solidly built inhouse and high enough for a six-footer like me to see out of without ducking, even when the boat is at zero trim dockside. It also uses large, flat glass sections that are distortion-free and easily wiped with oversize wipers.

The starboard-side helm station is done right, too, with gauges clustered in pairs by function. I found the helm's power seat and footrest comfortable, and my sightline stayed about the same whether I was seated or standing. The two-tier console allows plenty of room for an elaborate electronics suite, and the console tilts aft for easy electronics installation and maintenance.

It's three steps down to the cockpit, and if you can't catch a fish from the stern of the well-equipped boat, don't blame Tiara. The 30-inch-high padded combings will keep you safely in side the boat, and the deck-16 inches off the waterline-will keep your feet dry even in rough offshore conditions. The nonskid is aggressive, and the deck drains quickly through a well-defined gutter system and large recessed scuppers.

Want features? A fold-down lounge seat for two tucks away inside the transom, and the inboard end of the aft-facing lounge seat raises for engine-room access. The huge under-deck fish box and baitwell lift out easily for access to the steering gear. The fishing version of the Tiara 4100 Open has a lightly different cockpit layout. In this case a full bait-prep and tackle-stowage station replaces the aft-facing lounge seat, and a half-door provides access to the engine room. A full Pipewelders tower is also available as an option.

But the boat's not perfect. The cockpit liner needs a toe kick all around, and the nonskid should continue right up to the liner-that's where you need it most when leaning over the side on your tiptoes. The scupper pocket should be shallower-you could twist your ankle if you don't watch your step. And the hatch-scupper drain lines are too small- they plugged up with debris on our test boat.

Against that, large molded cockpit step lead to the foredeck via foot-wide walkways. Rugged, 1 3/4-inch stainless steel bowrails- a full 28 inches high forward-make this foredeck well suited to the real world of boating. The cabin top (cored with 1 1/2-inch end-grain balsa) feels as solid as a concrete slab, with a finer-textured but still grippy nonskid surface.

Back at the business end of the 4100, the engine room is easy to enter, so there's no excuse for neglecting machinery. Cockpit access is excellent, even for a big guy like me, and the 5/5" headroom is courtesy of the raised bridge deck. The big DOC 6V- 92TAs are here to stay; drift-pins are tapped out and boiled in to anchor the rigid engine mounts atop rugged engine beds. The space is well lit with overhead fluorescent lights, and the neatly tooled headliner even has molded-in exhaust blower ducting and lighting cableways. Shifting the portside raw-water intake a foot or so forward would allow better access to the 9-kW genset, though.

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This review/article originally appeared in Power & Motoryacht Magazine, April 1996 and was written by Capt. Eric W. Sorensen. For more great yacht reviews, visit their website and subscribe at: https://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/uncategorized/subscribe-power-motoryacht

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