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Original and extremely knowledgeable, dedicated owner. Highly maintained and equipped with the optimal equipment, all systems operating to specification. Optional bigger twin Cummins QSM 11's, 660 hp, 1,300 hours, 1,000 hour service completed by Cummins July 2017. Kohler generator 1,403 hours. NEW: June 2019 Garmin package-8616 XSV port, 8616 stbd, Fantom radar, Grid 20 display remote control, GHC 20 Autopilot with Reactor 40 hydraulic smart pump, GPS 19 NMEA antenna, Vhf 300 radio, GHS 10 Vhf, CHIRP transducer, dual frequency transducers for sounder readings in shallow and deep water, cameras for engine room and aft views, NEW stereo speakers with tweeters, all professionally installed in custom helm panel. BOW THRUSTER, updated windlass to stronger Maxwell with 50' chain and plait rode, SS anchor, aft folding lounge seat, full enclosure with NEW curtains in 2017, custom cockpit shade with SS frame that can be enjoyed at cruise speed, KVH SAT TV, blue underwater lights. Truly immaculate for instant pride and gratification.
The rare Plan B layout features the most open salon for maximum space and comfort. Sleeps 4 in convertible salon berths with privacy screen plus 2 in the private forward master, Tiara bedding included. Full galley to starboard, full head with stall shower to port. Cockpit tackle center with freezer, helm deck wet bar with NEW Dometic refrigerator, swim platform with Tiara custom rub rail plus SS insert. Enjoyed for cruising mostly. Always professionally maintained, always thoroughly detailed and surfaces protected with select products. Cruise 25-27 knots in real seas with absolute comfort and safety. Her condition is superior to all others, ready NOW to cruise and fish offshore, no time delays and expenses required for repairs. Schedule your private appointment to see DETERMINATION off site.
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With plenty of room for friends, family, and gear, the Tiara 4200 Open offers room to spare, allowing any Tiara owner to travel in style. An upper cockpit wetbar with sink, cutting board, refrigerator, and insulated cooler aft mean that the sportsman and cruiser alike will have enough room for preparation and storage of bait, fish and food. An automatic rope / chain anchor windlass system with operation from foredeck foot pedal and remote switch at the helm, ensures that in high or low seas, the captain will remain in control. Four 10-inch spring line cleats and two 6-inch fender cleats mean the 4200 can be tied up safely and securely. The 4200 Open features a hull and deck constructed with a gelcoat outer layer, hand-laid fiberglass and balsa core (deck and hullsides) with a special blended premium resin. The custom composite windshield frame, with tempered safety glass, offers safety handrails, power opening center section, and three washer / wipers. Tiara's custom 12V DC and 120V / 240V AC electrical system, 50 amp battery charger, and a 12V DC 2-bank battery system with gel cell batteries, ensures heavy-duty power. Power, performance and safety are important to any Tiara owner and the 4200 engine platform is no exception. The 4200 Open will run on either the CAT C12 engine platform, equipped with the CAT MPD engine display or the Cummins diesel engine platform, equipped with the Cummins C-Cruise engine display.
It was a cold, mid-November, I-should-have-stayed-in-bed morning when my plane took off from New York's Kennedy airport amid mist and fog. I was on my way to Fort Lauderdale to do a "turnaround" of Hull No. 1 of Tiara Yacht's 4200 Open, which meant I'd test the boat all day and head back to New York that evening. I was feeling grumpy about the winter and thought this trip would only remind me of what I'd be missing for the next several months. Little did I know that the 4200 would leave me with some breezy, palm-tree calm to help me endure another season in the tundra.
Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, I stepped off the plane and immediately felt the warmth of the 85-degree air and enjoyed the view of bright blue sky. The cold, gray morning behind me, I felt the grouch within melt in the same way that infamous Grinch had his change of heart. I was in warm weather and going for a boat ride. It looked like it was going to be a good day after all.
I met up with Tiara's marketing manager, Rob Everse, at the Marriott Marina, and he wasted no time starting the optional twin 700-hp Caterpillar C-12 diesel inboards (535-hp Cummins QSM11s are standard). On startup I saw no smoke, and I'm sure the patrons having their breakfast on the dock just a few feet way appreciated the cleanliness of these electronically controlled powerplants as well.
With a bulkhead lying ahead and larger boats surrounding the 4200 (complete with anchors hanging out), our end slip was a bit tight. However, Everse, a skilled helmsman, demonstrated the maneuverability of the 4200 in close quarters. Pushing the standard Teleflex hydraulic controls forward, the 27x37 four-blade Michigan wheels bit the brackish water, and the 4200 exited the slip with purpose. A simple adjustment of the starboard shifter to reverse and port to forward, and the 4200 spun out of her berth effortlessly. I'm accustomed to the ease of finger-flipping electronic controls, so I'd recommend the optional Glendinning electronic controls, which run $13,750. This may seem pricey, but the benefits are worthwhile.
The ocean was flat like a checkerboard, so I can't attest to the 4200's seakeeping in a swell or a chop, but I can say that she made a top speed of 39.9 mph at 2300 rpm. I was impressed by her speed, and at WOT the Cats ate a respectable 70 gph, giving the 4200 Open a 232-NM range. At 2000 rpm, the 4200 easily made a 34-mph cruise while burning 48 gph and providing a 288-NM range.
The 4200's sweet speed comes courtesy of big power and light weight, but don't think for a second that Tiara skimps on construction to achieve speed. She has a hand-laid solid fiberglass hull bottom, and from the chine up she's balsa-cored for reduced weight and added stiffness. Composite stringers are integrated into the hull for even more strength. This combination keeps the Tiara 4200 Open lightweight at 28,000 pounds (dry).
My one issue with the 4200's running at WOT is that my decibel meter read 93 dB-A at the helm (65 dB-A is the level of normal conversation). That's not surprising given the fact that the Cats sit right below the helm, but the area was loud for my taste. An inspection of the engine room, which has access via a door in the cockpit to port, later revealed that these powerplants are a snug fit for the space. Although inboard access is adequate, getting outboard on these engines to do work is tough.
Everse offered me the 4200's traditional Teleflex destroyer wheel, and as I sat in the standard double-wide electrically adjustable—fore, aft, and vertical—helm seat, my transition from gray grouch to grinning captain was complete. Playing with the helm seat like someone who's never sat in one before, I went up and down repeatedly to find just the right setting. (Well, maybe I went up and down once or twice just for fun.) Seat adjusted and ready to run, I pushed the 4200's throttles to wide-open, and she sprinted up and down the coast. I noticed some air in the steering, which Everse also noted, and this caused some slippage in the wheel. The boat still handled well, even on hard-over (albeit wide) turns at WOT. I also tried to fill her cockpit with water while backing down quickly, but her reverse transom resisted, and what little water did squeak through the well-positioned, molded-in transom door was evacuated in rapid fashion.
Sightlines at the helm were excellent at all speeds, even with some bow rise before planing. The seat's adjustable nature enhanced viewing, but the newly designed composite windshield frame gets most of the credit here. The fiberglass frame is smooth and unobtrusive, unlike some more traditional aluminum windshield frames.
The 4200's helm is well thought out, with the electronics console located so you can glance and pilot simultaneously—no head bobbing. The console is positioned so you don't have to look through or around the wheel at the displays. By simply looking forward, your eye can catch a view of the screens while also taking in the view of what's ahead. Just below the console, switches for the horn, wipers, tabs, and engine synch are within arm's reach. To starboard of the helm seat, fuel level, battery level, and rudder-angle gauges are easily read on the fly.
"Look natural" must have been Tiara's motto when constructing the 4200's bridge deck and cockpit. The L-shape lounge, just aft and to port of the helm, features a glove-like fit for guests to enjoy the ride and keep in close contact with the captain (and, of course, the standard wet bar just abaft the helm). The cockpit's aft-facing benchseat blends into the area, and a tackle center is optional here if you wanted to fish your 4200. Don't worry about losing the seat, as another benchseat folds out from under the transom.
One thing I didn't care for in the cockpit was the optional lockable rod stowage. I had difficulty getting my finger under the latches to open them, and the positioning and curve of the lockable covers allows water to run down the rod holders and collect at the covers' base near the screws. Everse later told me that there are typically two drainage holes here and that our boat would be corrected.
Like the wide-open feeling on the bridge deck and cockpit, the below-deck accommodations are airy and expansive. The lounge to port converts into a berth for two and is a great place to view the standard 22-inch flat-panel TV to starboard. The back of the lounge forms a Pullman berth for one more. To starboard, the galley featured the optional teak-and-holly sole (teak is standard). I liked the teak and holly, and Everse says most customers go for this $1,140 option. The interior was all standard teak, but honey ash veneer is also available for $5,850.
The head, just forward of the galley, has access to the saloon, and a second door leads to the master forward, which features a pedestal berth and innerspring mattress. A 13-inch flat-screen TV is also here. Two-zone air conditioning, a 16,000-Btu unit in the saloon and 6,000-Btu unit forward, kept below decks just cool enough to remind me it was about time to catch that flight home.
Maybe it was the vitamin D from the sun shining down on me all day or the fact that I had just spent time on a flat-calm ocean running a power-packed, sloping-sheerline, multipurpose express cruiser, but I didn't even notice the torrential rain when my plane landed in New York that evening. My mind was focused on an endless day at the helm, running over South Florida's teal-tinted water. After all, endless days are what boating is all about, and it's what Tiara Yachts has provided with the 4200 Open—at least for this reformed grouch.
22" flat-screen TV in saloon and 13" flat-screen TV in master; Corian countertops in galley and head; VacuFlush MSD; Black & Decker coffee maker; Panasonic microwave; recessed two-burner ceramic cooktop; 120-volt Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer; reverse-cycle heat and A/C; Bose Lifestyle AM/FM stereo/CD player w/integrated DVD; teak interior; central vacuum; hardwood sole; fresh- and saltwater washdownsOptional Equipment
antifouling bottom paint; helm seat w/wet bar, refrigerator, and insulated cooler; 240-volt Glendinning cable recoiler; automatic all-chain Maxwell 800 windlass; teak-and-holly cabin sole; port and starboard lockable rod stowage; 4/rod holders; macerator systems for in-deck stowage boxes; hardtop w/ front and side enclosuresOther Specification
Daily, nightly, and ever so rightlyBy Kevin Falvey August 1, 2003
Waterbikes are like bees: They stop buzzing around at night. Still, prudent skippers will swivel their heads and scan as much after dark as they do in bright daylight. In acknowledgment of this, there are both red and white lights mounted under the hardtop of the Tiara 4200 Open. Flip a switch and the entire helm deck glows red instead of white. Typical Tiara. Many boatbuilders install a single red light, usually just above the helm itself. This gives the salesperson something to point out at the boat show. And it does help preserve your night vision-until you look over your shoulder.
Going the extra mile is the name of the 4200 Open's game. It's fast and efficient, and it provides a soft, sure ride. Since we leadered and released a number of sailfish during our test, I can attest to its fishability. I balked, however, at the accessibility to the air conditioner and a couple of other details. But when the fishing's done and you've reached your destination, the accommodations are well crafted and luxurious.
RUN, RABBIT, RUN. Given the 4200 Open's high level of execution throughout, my list for comparison shopping is short: Cabo's 40 Express ($595,000 powered by twin 690-bhp MAN D2876LE diesel inboards). When tested by us, that 42'10"-by-15'9", 28,000-pound express topped a class-beating 42 mph. And it accomplished that while carrying 400 gallons of fuel, a dry water tank, a crew of three, and a tower. Cruising at 1800 rpm and 33.9 mph, the Cabo burned 50.2 gph for a range of 317 miles.
Punch the throttles aboard the 4200 Open. Our test boat hurtled to 39.6 mph with 520 gallons of fuel, 130 gallons of water, and a crew of four under a hardtop ($24,680). With the 700-bhp Caterpillar C-12 diesels spooled up and turning 1800 rpm, it made 30.5 mph and burned 40 gph, netting a 357-mile range. Different motors. Different loads. Different day. One's a bit faster, one has a bit more range. Like apples and oranges, they're both sweet.
Ride quality aboard the 4200 Open is excellent. Run in the trough, head downsea, or make a head-on assault into the waves. The Tiara tracks precisely, always answers the helm, and never jolted us. A fairly full entry keeps its bow from plunging. Generous bow flare and reversed chines deflect spray so the ride is dry. Visibility, in general, is excellent thanks to the height of the helm deck, three steps above the cockpit. Still, the thick windshield mullions caused me to stretch my neck on occasion. The chair-and-a-half helm bench counters this somewhat by adjusting up and down, fore and aft, at the touch of a button. The two-level footrest, molded into the helm, complements its wide range of travel.
EXPRESS YOURSELF. The 4200 Open is on the cruisey side of fishing. The slightly reversed transom looks great, and it didn't stop us from catching sails and dolphin. But tournament anglers will prefer the vertical transom on the Cabo. Also, although the 4200 Open's cockpit is spacious at 87 square feet and incorporates a backing plate in the sole for a fighting chair, you must cough up another $12,230 to get a livewell, locking rod stowage, a rigging station with a freezer, and a macerator for the insole boxes. The Cabo's 100-square-foot cockpit comes equipped to fish, though its cockpit seating is accomplished by hopping up on the bait station. The 4200 Open's standard arrangement includes a transom door, an aft-facing lounge with engine room access, a foldaway transom lounge, and fresh- and raw-water washdown systems. A gripe: On the transom are boarding steps, as per ABYC recommendation and common sense. But these lead from several feet below the water to the waterline on center, several feet from the transom door. Need I say more?
The upper cockpit, or helm deck, features a day hatch to the engine room and an L-lounge and table to port. There's stowage below and a drink cooler built in one end with a side-mounted lid. If the lid-a door, really-were higher, more ice and cans would fit in the space. Abaft the helm seat is a wetbar with sink, refrigerator, cutting board, 110-volt outlet, and another cooler. The arrangement is well thought out: With the cockpit seating deployed, your guests can spread out. And since the air conditioning/heat is ducted to the helm, comfort is ensured.
HEAVY METAL. Tiara's toggle system is one of the better ways of skinning the engine mount cat. This setup consists of a thick steel rod running laterally through the stringers and pinning vibration-attenuating, saddle-type mounts in place. Those CATs ain't going nowhere.
Fuel tanks are fiberglass. Wiring and plumbing are labeled, well supported, and neatly run. The oil exchange system handles both motors, both sets of gears, and the generator. In all, the rigging and installation is comparable to the oft-heralded Cabo, though I took exception to two things. The air conditioner, which is pinned between the port engine and the hull, is virtually inaccessible. Second, the portside shaft seal is hidden beneath the genset. More mundane service items, however, such as filters, batteries, bilge pumps, and dipsticks, were all in easy reach. The shower sump pump is serviced through a hatch in the salon sole.
FORESTRY. That sole in the salon is teak, by the way, as are the bulkhead coverings. Tiara's lovely, conservatively salty interior also includes a thickly varnished, gloriously grained bird's-eye maple table with teak edge banding. Countertops are solid-surface faux-granite, with under-mount sinks. The headliner is snare-drum tight. The galley is equipped with such high-end appliances as a ceramic cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigeration. Pull up the sole hatch here and you'll discover large stowage bins, perfect for paper towels, cereal boxes, or other bulky goods.
Without considering parking the kids under the hardtop for the night, the 4200 Open sleeps five. Captain and mate enjoy the innerspring island berth in the forward stateroom. This is complete with two cedar-lined hanging lockers, a flat-screen TV, and private access to the head.
Up to three can sleep in the convertible salon lounge. The bottom half folds out to form a double bunk; a pipe berth above it folds out to sleep a third. When used for lounging, the bottom section also incorporates a recliner, perfect for viewing the flat-screen TV in the entertainment center opposite.
The head incorporates a linen closet in addition to the MSD and shower. Not content with relying solely on the shower door's magnetic catch, Tiara installed a turn button to make sure it's secure. Another extra mile.
The Highs: No other boat fishes and cruises with so little compromise. Turn buttons, Cheerios stowage, colored lights: The details are in the details. Supercozy is the cabin.
The Lows: Transom steps to where? Drink-cooler door limits its capacity. Access to the air conditioner and the portside prop shaft seal is unacceptable.
EXTRA POINT: Opening ports are optional aboard Tiaras. They can leak. And boaters in most climates prefer to rely on the air conditioner for controlling temperature and humidity.
LOA.................44'10" ** **
Draft (max.)........4'2" ** **
Displacement (lbs., approx.)..........28,000 ** **
Transom deadrise............17.5° ****
Bridge clearance...........12.4' ****
Minimum cockpit depth..................2'6" ****
Max. cabin headroom...........7'0" ****
Fuel capacity (gal.).....520 ****
Water capacity (gal.).....130 ****
Standard power Twin 535-bhp Cummins QSM-11 diesel inboards.
Test boat power 700-bhp Caterpillar C-12 in-line-6 diesel inboards with 732 cid, 5.1" bore x 5.9" stroke, swinging 27" x 37" four-bladed Nibral props through 1.73:1 reductions.
Standard equipment (major items): Windlass; Anchor washdowns (fresh and raw water); windshield power vent; cockpit wetbar; coaming pads; cockpit shower; raw/freshwater washdowns; central vacuum; 2 LCD TVs; AM/FM/CD/ DVD stereo w/6 speakers; 22,000-Btu a/c; vacuum-flush commode; microwave; 2-burner ceramic cooktop; microwave/convection oven; Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer; 30a/120v, 50a/240v shorepower; 8kW genset; battery charger; oil exchange system; fuel/water separators; internal sea strainers; fiberglass fuel tanks; water heater.
A smart, stylish evolution of a longtime favorite model.By Jay Coyle October 3, 2007
Tiara's new 4200 Open has a familiar feel. While her styling is in step with the builder's latest offerings, she was inspired by and replaces its popular 4100 Open. I fished aboard the 4100 shortly after her introduction in 1996, and while I do not recall my exact words at the time, I was impressed. In fact, I have long felt the 4100 was one of the builder's best hulls. A hard act to follow, but Tiara has skillfully moved forward.
"Owners have been telling us that they wanted a more stylish look", said John Garland, Tiara's vice president of design. Tiara has loosened its tie in recent years, and the 4200 has the satisfying, soft look that is popular these days. She incorporates Tiara's new fiberglass windshield design, a feature that is attractive and practical, as aluminum-framed windscreens tend to shed paint. Her corners are rounded a bit, and her sheer has a gentle S-curve that terminates in a shapely transom.
Tiara's experience with the 4100 demonstrated that while most owners cruise, roughly 20 percent fish casually and 10 percent take angling quite seriously. For this reason, the 4200 is offered with options designed to fit a particular owner's mission.
For example, aft-facing cockpit seating can be substituted for a bait-prep center with a sink, freezer and tackle drawers. A fold-down transom seat tucks out of the way, and there is a transom door and cockpit shower. A cooler box can be configured as a live well, and there is an under-sole fishbox/stowage locker that can be plumbed with a macerator (it discharges overboard).
The 4200's bridge can be capped with a factory fiberglass hardtop or a custom tower. Our test boat had the molded fiberglass hardtop, an impressive affair with painted aluminum supports and a fitted isinglass enclosure. Hatches provide natural ventilation, and an air-conditioning discharge is placed to please the captain. An L-shape settee serves as a stowage locker for life jackets, and the wet bar can be fitted with a refrigerator or ice maker.
Her main cabin layout is similar to the 4100's, however, the L-shape settee is larger, more plush and fitted with a section that has a recliner. A 22-inch flat-screen TV is positioned for easy viewing, and a Bose sound system is positioned for easy listening. The settee back tips up to form a single Pullman-style berth.
The U-shape galley is finished with Corian countertops and has a two-burner cooktop, a microwave/convection oven and an under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer.
The satin-finished teak joinery and teak-and-holly sole are Tiara trademarks that I find a pleasing alternative to more radical high-gloss interiors, which seem the rage.
A stateroom with a queen island berth is forward and has a private head with a molded fiberglass shower. The stateroom door is not fully framed and has a gap at the top. I do not favor this Tiara standard, as it compromises privacy.
Tiara has always been good at utilizing every inch of a design. This is because, as Garland said, "Over the years, we have discovered that our customers are cruising for longer periods of time. What might have easily been written off as lost space aboard the 4200 is put to use. This includes stowage in the settee, beneath the galley sole and beneath the berth. A portion of the electrical panel is stashed out of the way under the steps in the cabin entryway. While this is a clever space-saving idea, it makes the panel a bit hard to see.
The view from the helm is excellent thanks in part to the Stidd helm seat, which is adjustable with the push of a button (up/down, fore/aft). A molded-in tiered footrest allows for comfort, regardless of the chair's position. The console is designed to accommodate the engine instrumentation and a fair share of electronics-at least two large displays. The console's tilt-back design is a Tiara innovation that simplifies access to the backside of the instruments. The destroyer-style (vertical) wheel is a standard feature that serious fishermen will simply have to accept.
Marine diesels and owner expectations have changed quite a bit since I tested the Detroit Diesel 6V92TA-powered 4100. She had a cruising speed of about 28 knots. A pair of 435 hp 3208TA Caterpillars were also offered and yielded a 25-knot cruise.
"Everybody wants to go fast today", Garland said. "There's no magic. You just add horsepower."
Tiara chose 700 hp Caterpillar C12s for hull number one. I recorded a cruising speed of 30.4 knots at 2100 rpm, and noted a combined fuel burn of 56 gallons per hour on the Caterpillar electronics. The C12s have what it takes to get the 4200 up and running in a hurry. From a dead stop, it took less than 30 seconds to reach a maximum speed of 33.4 knots, without any significant smoke.
The 4200's hull form has fine convex sections forward that moderate to 17.5 degrees of deadrise at the transom. She has a shallow keel to enhance directional stability, and shallow propeller pockets to reduce shaft angle and draft. Her ride at cruising speed was comfortable and dry in the 2- to 4-foot seas. The Teleflex steering was responsive, and the Bennett trim tabs were only necessary for minor adjustments to athwartships trim.
Big horsepower in small boats often results in tight enginerooms, which is the case with the 4200. The engineroom is accessible from the cockpit, as well as via a hatch adjacent to the helm. On hull number one (our test boat), access about the space was limited to the centerline, which will make it difficult to service components outboard of the engines.
Garland indicated that Tiara's team was looking into the problem and said access would be much better with the 660 hp Cummins QSM11 package. Garland also said Tiara's sea trials with the QSM11s yielded a maximum speed of 35.1 knots, which is slightly more than our test 4200 achieved.
While the C12s are a solid choice, considering Garland's observations and my own, I would probably opt for the 660 hp QSM11s.
Tiara has been noted in the past for the effort it puts into tooling, and the 4200's gelcoat finish follows in form. It is virtually flawless. The hull laminate is a solid blend of stitched and woven reinforcements and polyester resin. A vinylester skin coat is used below the waterline to reduce the chance of blistering.
The bottom laminate is supported by a network of fiberglass stingers built over foam and wood forms, which are supported by marine plywood bulkheads and web frames. Balsa coring is used to stiffen the topsides and exterior decks.
I have written before that Tiara's designs are a product of evolution, not revolution. This is a compliment, for as some builders chase one trend or another, Tiara's brand and pedigree have followed a steady course. This is why Tiara owners keep coming back, and why other yachtsmen gravitate to the marque.
It is also why the 4200 is worthy of consideration.