Koenig’s First Take:
Tiara has staked its claim on building quality, do-it-all boats that are made for fun, and the Q44 looks to be the Platonic ideal of that philosophy.
The Q44 is what Tiara is referring to as its “adventure yacht,” and for good reason. This boat is built for a host of activities, and slides right into that size range where she’s big enough to do just about whatever, but small enough to be manageable to take care of.
Like many Tiaras, the Q44’s design has a concentration in exterior space, a nod to the boat’s adventurous nature. After all, what’s the point of heading out to points unknown if you don’t even have the wind in your hair? The Q44 is actually based on the hull of last year’s 44 Coupe, just with more exterior space, and less focus on the overnight accommodations below. Those exterior spaces include plenty of seating, a spacious cockpit, noticeably wide side decks, and two large sunpads in the bow. An island galley in the cockpit is great for whipping up some burgers while at anchor or at the docks, and spacious aft seating allows passengers to take in some sun in comfort.
As you might expect, the Q44’s main deck is all on one level, which is in line with the designers’ emphasis on freedom of movement and efficient use of space. Two electrically actuated doors lead to the saloon, which is great for shielding yourself from bad weather (or too much sun), and nice to have in a pinch. But it’s probably of secondary importance on a boat like this, because the Tiara Q44 is all about fun in the sun, and enjoying the natural environment around you. Shove off from the docks, take her for a spin, feel the breeze, and don’t forget to smile. (Something tells me that last part will be pretty easy to remember.)
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- Builder: Tiara
- Model: Tiara Q44
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: Upon Request
- LOA: 45'6"
- Draft: 3'9"
- Beam: 14'11"
- Displacement: 25,000 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 350 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 118 GAL.
- Standard Power: 2/435-Hp Volvo Penta Ips600S Or 2/550-Hp Cummins Straight Shafts
- Cruise Speed: 27 Knots (Estimated)
- Top Speed: 31 Knots (Estimated)
This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.