Perhaps the most talked-about helm station in the past year or so is the one onboard the Tiara 50 Coupe—and rightly so. The Glass Cockpit system it employs was inspired by aeronautic design and was developed by Tiara in conjunction with Garmin and Volvo Penta. All the Garmin electronic and Volvo propulsion systems on the boat, as well as sundry other systems built by Tiara, are fully integrated, making for an ease of use that some feel is unparalleled. The helm is also advanced in an ergonomic sense, since the button-and-knob system that controls it is fully accessible even when sitting down (a trait we wouldn’t mind seeing more of, come to think of it.)
One last point, the 50 Coupe doesn’t even need a steering wheel. She can be fully controlled—even at speed—using her joystick, just in case you feel like going into Han Solo mode. May the force be with you if you choose that route, bold sir.
This Memorial Day, remember those who were lost serving our country on the high seas in the U.S. Navy aboard PT Boats. Recently we were invited out for a ride on the only operational combat-veteran PT Boat, PT 305 in New Orleans.
See what it was like here. ▶