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Old 08-04-2010, 08:27 AM
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Hey Guys,

I'm looking to move up into a fish/cruiser boat. One that satisfied my girl and my fishing addiction. I have a 300 Sundancer now but am looking at really two boats.

A 1988-1990 36 Tiara Open or a 342 Luhrs Tournament/Sportfish Flybridge.

Any recommendations? I know they are very different boats but in terms of fishing and cruising which is better. I'm out of Beverly MA, and most of my cruising is to the NWC or up to Thacher (20 Miles +/-). No real big trips yet, but I'd like to go up to Acadia next summer so I need a boat that can handle that also.

Thanks in advance!

PS....anone interested in a 1988 300 Sundancer
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My vote is on the tiara hands down (and NOT because I have one for sale and take trades ).

On a serious note, I think the build quality and resale is much better on the tiara. Aesthetically, I think the lines are timeless as well.
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Dennin,

I own a Luhrs and know a lot about their boats and the company. I would have to tell you to stay clear of the 342. Anything pre-1992ish from Luhrs was build to a different quality than some of their newer stock and most likely that boat may have a cored hull.

I can't speak for the Tiara's of that era but I have been looking at their newer ones for for my next boat and love them.

Now - Express/open vs flybridge:

If you fish more often, go for the express/open style boat. When you need to, you can always run the boat from the lower helm when short-handed to work the lines.

If you want more room 80% cruise / 20% fish you may want the convertible.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:33 AM
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Tiara just an all around better quality boat.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:37 PM
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Any idea on the cost to operate between the 2? Obviously the Tiara is longer but I have to imagine the Luhrs is more to move...
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That really depends on the power plants inside each boat, how they are proped, the weight of each boat, and of course, how hard you push her.
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88 -90 Tiara is comparable to a 2000 or newer Luhrs.
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I love my Tiara, but I've always felt that some model Luhrs gave you a heck of a lot of boat for the money. A carefully picked and thoroughly inspected Luhrs certainly should not be eliminated from your consideration automatically. That said, the factory and dealer support I've received from Tiara has been unbelieveable. Whatever you buy, buying from a really good dealership definately adds value IMO.

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Tiara = Mercedes Benz, Luhrs = Ford, Plain and simple.
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Tiara's are nice. Some get bad reviews for engine access. This would be an issue if you do your own work.

I like the luhrs also. The 32 better than the 34, the 34 being a floating camper. One of the few boats where the 32 brings in more dollars and more desirable than the 34. But with the bridges, engine access is not much better having to take out the furniture. Again, not an issue unless you are doing your own work.

You really need to walk through both boats and see how each one fits your family, or not.
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We have a 1989 Tiara 2700 Open and drool over the thought of owning a vintage 1988-1990 3600 Tiara Open.

Have you looked at the Tiara yachts forum? http://www.tiarayachts.com/Brix?pageID=23

Technical information and support from Tiara has been great, even though our boat is 21 years old.
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I would also look at a Grady 33. It is a great express fishing boat with a great cabin.
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
I would also look at a Grady 33. It is a great express fishing boat with a great cabin.
Isn't Grady exclusive to outboards? From the sounds of the above two boats he might be looking at diesels...
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I'd vote for the Tiara. If you single hand, the express style lets you manage the boat without running up and down a ladder. I have friends with bigger boats who envy the engine access. It's not a stand up engine room, but I have no real issues. In my last boat, a 38 Hatteras, I couldn't really get outboard of the 8v53s to do anything.
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Originally Posted by Justin_NJ View Post
Isn't Grady exclusive to outboards? From the sounds of the above two boats he might be looking at diesels...
Yes they are outboard, but I did not see anything saying diesel only. Lots of Grady 33 around on the used market so it might allow a bigger boat that still fits his budget.
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Originally Posted by 1white tail View Post
Tiara = Mercedes Benz, Luhrs = Ford, Plain and simple.










Yeah, Tiara and Luhrs shouldn't even be in the same sentence let alone compared to one another.

Brand name to brand name, Tiara. Hands down.

Reminds me of my Hummer (H1) forum days. A casual member actually had the guts/stupidity to start a thread titled, "Hummer vs. Aztec".

He didn't last too long after that...
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Thanks for all the replies. A guy down the dock has a 33 Grady...it think it might be a little to fishy to satisfy the "other half" but its something I will look into.

As far as outboard vs inboard vs diesel i'm not too picky given my budget. Obviously diesel would be great, but looking for a boat under 60K i'm reasonable enough to assume a diesel isnt going to happen.


Any other suggestions for other options....and how do you all feel about the performanace (GPH) of the two...i am looking at boats with the gas engines (454s) not the diesels.


Thanks in advance!
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My thoughts on your burn rate will be somewhere in the 16 to 17 gph depending on how hard your run the boat....

I actually drove past this dealership the other day and saw this boat in the lot. Didn't get more than a drive by glance but it actually caught my eye - before this thread was started.

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...ng_id=1313&url=
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Dennin,

I own a Luhrs and know a lot about their boats and the company. I would have to tell you to stay clear of the 342. Anything pre-1992ish from Luhrs was build to a different quality than some of their newer stock and most likely that boat may have a cored hull.

I can't speak for the Tiara's of that era but I have been looking at their newer ones for for my next boat and love them.

Now - Express/open vs flybridge:

If you fish more often, go for the express/open style boat. When you need to, you can always run the boat from the lower helm when short-handed to work the lines.

If you want more room 80% cruise / 20% fish you may want the convertible.
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Older Luhrs are complete crap. New ones are better but I still here about quality issues. Tiara makes a nice boat. I was never a fan of their looks, but know their older express models made for nice canyon runners. Why'd you narrow it down to just these? I've been seeing some awesome deals on that size express boats. My advice is to sea trial different models to see which really fits your bill.
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Hummer vs Aztec, that's classic! Too funny.
Tiara hands down and, personally, wouldn't compare a Tiara to Mercedes since, in my opinion Mercedes quality is way down........OK, sorry for the bash against Benz. I just hate them and have had very poor experiences.
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