2003 Tiara 3100 Open Freeport, NY
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2003 Tiara 3100 Open
Price : $129,888
Builder | Manufacturer : Tiara
Condition : Used
Year : 2003
Length : 31ft
Model : 3100 Open
Hull Warranty : 5 year
Engine Make : Mercruiser
Engine Model : 8.1 MPI Horizon
Engine/s Year : 2010
Total Power : 770hp
Max. Passengers : 10
LOA : 31'
Length on Deck : 31.5
Beam : 12
Max Draft : 3
Displacement : 12300
Hull Type/Shape : Deep Vee
Dead Rise : 18
2003 Tiara 3100 Open

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For the true boater demanding quality, condition and versatile boat.  This is for you.  Always professionally serviced by Al Grover’s.  Enjoyed as a local cruiser and inshore fisher.  Her 2010 Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 close cooled engines have 185 hours and NEW EXHAUST, quiet with no vibration and odor like diesel, modern technology for fuel economy, reliability and power, fully equipped with Kohler generator with 84 hours, factory hardtop, enclosure plus aft sloper NEW in 2013, teak & holly cabin sole, full galley, private head with Vacuflush, NEW dual Garmin 5208 in 2013-GPS/Sounder/Radar, helm vent for AC, NEW custom tackle center in 2016, aft folding seat, swim platform, transom door and more.  Superior maintenance history.  CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN.  Ready to survey and cruise now.  Are you ready?

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Manufacturer Provided Description

The 3100 Open proves big boat features are available in a smaller package. Style and function come together with the 3100’s wood-crafted interior detailing and fully-equipped galley, berths and head. With a 12-foot long stepped cockpit, plenty of space is available for entertaining. Designed with port / starboard cockpit steps for safer boarding and the trademark diamond-patterned nonskid surface from bow to stern, the 3100 Open provides both the style owners want and the safety they need for family and friends. The one-piece molded fiberglass helm tilts back for access to all electronics and gauges. Gauges, switches and controls are clustered for ease of use. The helm features over two feet of space for additional electronics. Teleflex hydraulic steering, Morse throttles and shifters, and VDO BlueLine gauges are all standard. Down below, the starboard settee / dinette converts to seven-foot double berth. The galley is equipped with microwave, two-burner ceramic stove, refrigerator, and sink. The forward double berth has a filler cushion, three stowage bins underneath, and a hanging locker. The portside head features a stand-up shower, sink, vanity, portlight, and a one-piece molded fiberglass liner for easy maintenance.

Soundings Review by Steve Knauth-Jan. 18, 2017
Used Boat Review: Tiara 3100 Open Steve KnauthJan 18, 2017

I must have been 14 years old, recalls Eric Uscinski. I had a cousin in Delaware City. I spent a few summers down there. He was older than me, and we got into crabbing. Wed go out in his 16-foot boat and be on the river at 3 a.m., back by 1 in the afternoon with our catch.


It was a beginning, says Uscinski, driving the boat, working the crab pots, packing the crabs and getting them ready for sale. Uscinskis cousin eventually made crabbing a profession, but the 58-year-old Yale University facilities manager from Clinton, Connecticut, went a different way. However, he still has a love for boats and boating, born of crabbing on the river years ago.

The first boat of his own was a 28-foot Celebrity, followed by a 24-foot Sportcraft, an inboard-powered open boat he used for fishing. Along the way, he found hed kept his penchant for working on boats, doing the maintenance and the myriad chores that keep a boat running a trait he passed on to his family.

My son, Chris, bought a 19-foot Seaway, built in Maine, as a project boat, Uscinski says. He picked it up cheap. It needed work. Father and son stripped the boat, removed the outboard, redid the wiring and put everything back together. A coat of flag blue paint finished the job. I enjoy doing projects, he says. Its always challenging

Uscinskis life in boats might have ended there in 2010. An illness caused him to consider getting rid of the Sportcraft and getting out of boating. My wife, Kathy, said, Its something you enjoy why dont you get something bigger, something that we can go places on? he says.

Less than a year later, they owned a 1996 Tiara 3100 Open, a family cruiser with comfortable accommodations, a 20-mph speed and wide-ranging cruising capabilities.

Hed been on his way home from New Jersey when he decided to take a closer look at a Tiara hed noticed in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut. Everything about the boat seemed right, he says. My wife wanted the basic cruising comforts an enclosed head compartment with a shower and a comfortable place to sleep, Uscinski says. I liked the styling, the look of the boat. It had nice, wide side decks and was easy to get around on. You didnt have to go through the windshield to get to the foredeck.

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 33 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 12 feet DRAFT: 3 feet WEIGHT: 12,300 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee PROPULSION: twin 350-hp gas or 330-hp diesel engines  TANKAGE: 246 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water BUILDER: Tiara Yachts, Holland, Michigan, (616) 392-7163. tiarayachts.com

The couple bought the boat in May 2011 for $60,000 through Southpaw Yacht Sales in Cos Cob (southpawyachtsales.com). They were good, very helpful, Uscinski says. The boat was in good condition, with no serious issues.

The couple fished and cruised for a summer, enjoying the greater range and added comforts of the 31-foot cabin boat, compared to the 24-footer. We had more range in going places, and it was easy to stay on board a night or two, Uscinski says.

Now the boat is a summer home for their son. The last four summers its been kept in Block Island [Rhode Island], Uscinski says. Our son got a job at Paynes Dock, and he needed a place to stay, so he has the boat now. And it gives us a good excuse to go visit him three or four times a season.

The arrangement works out well for all. You can easily sleep on the boat, have a shower in the morning,

Review by Jack Hornor
Tiara 3100 Open By Jack Hornor Revised by BoatUS editors in October 2012

Noted for her superior quality construction and outstanding fishability, the Tiara 3100 Open is compared, in some circles, to the iconic 31 Bertram. And, although some would disagree with this comparison, most would agree the 3100 Open’s quality, versatility and practicality is what kept her a popular model in Tiara’s lineup for more than 25 years. The original 3100 Open was introduced in 1979 and was updated in 1992 with some style changes to the interior and new cockpit seating arrangements. The most significant change for 1992 and beyond models was a four-degree increase in the dead rise and the addition of “prop pockets” to the bottom. Although still very popular, earlier 3100s were known for their rather wet ride in choppy conditions, which was mitigated by the added dead rise. The shallow prop pockets help to reduce draft while, at the same time, lessening the angle of the propeller shaft resulting in more efficient propulsion. Unlike some manufacturers who rename or add “Mk II” to their models if they change the color of the boot stripe, Tiara kept the 3100 Open designation for the updated model and it remained in production through 2004.

In another departure from what has become many boatbuilders’ propensity for inflating a model’s size with a puffed up name, Tiara has taken the opposite approach. The overall length of the 3100 Open is actually 33′ 10″  which includes a bow pulpit that is part of the deck mold. Add to that another two feet for the swim platform, which was a common option, and the overall length of the boat is nearly 35 feet. Beam is an even 12 feet and the “hull draft” specified by the manufacturer’s brochure is two feet two inches which does not include appendages such as rudders and propellers. I suspect the actual draft would be a little over three feet.

For the sake of brevity, I am not going to spend much time discussing the quality and method of construction of the 3100 Open other than to say that it ranks near the top of production boat manufacturers. Tiara is particularly well regarded for the quality of their fit and finishes and there are seldom problems relating to flaws in construction.

One related matter worth mentioning is the 2000 U.S. Coast Guard recall of several Tiara models, including the 3100 Open, not for a construction problem but for fuel system integrity. The recall involved 473 1983-1993 models including the 3100 Open, Flybridge and Convertible models equipped with a single fuel tank option offered by the company. The concern was for seawater that could become trapped beneath the fuel tank causing corrosion and eventual fuel leakage. The recall campaign was closed by the Coast Guard in 2004, with 464 of the potential problem-boats inspected and repaired where necessary, so there is only a very slim possibility of remaining problems. Owners or potential buyers of boats with single fuel tanks should check with the manufacturer who has records of all repairs.

The deck layout and arrangement are ideally suited for fishing and ease of handling. The molded fiberglass bow pulpit allows for convenient storage of the anchor, and although an option, most models are equipped with an electric anchor windless. The cabin top has three opening deck hatches but is otherwise unobstructed.

A variety of optional cockpit seating and locker arrangements were available but generally all models have a double helm seat to starboard with guest seating and lockers to port forward with a large open cockpit aft. Beginning in 1994 a transom door was included as standard equipment, a feature desired by many anglers.

The interior arrangement remained the same for both iterations of the 3100 Open with a starboard double berth forward, a U-shaped dinette to the starboard side of the main saloon with opposing galley and a head and shower aft to port. The

Boats.com Review

Tiara 3100 Open A Crown Jewel

Tiara’s 3100 Open is sought after for its high quality and practicality.

By Matt Gurnsey September 22, 2003


It’s no surprise that the Tiara 3100 keeps popping up on Sea magazine’s list of most desirable brokerage boats.

The best way to find out about the inner workings of a boat is usually upside down, contorted like a soft pretzel. Upon crawling back out of the hole into which even Alice’s rabbit would avoid will probably find you covered with pretzel-salt like debris.

So, when I offered to crawl into the guts of my friend Dave’s Tiara, it was because as the (slightly) younger man, I might more easily survive the contortions.

It seems that the rear compartment hatch on Dave’s 35 Express was refusing to rise when asked, and the motor was tucked outboard of the storage compartment. So, with the pull of two pins, the lid came up. After clearing the trunk of dock lines, fenders and cleaning supplies (lots of cleaning supplies, as Dave is fanatical about his boat’s cleanliness) I crawled into the compartment.

I twisted around through an access hatch and ended on my back, looking into the inside of the Tiara’s hull, in an area where no one had any right being. This is the area where many builders wouldn’t worry about the finish, as no one is ever likely to see this part of the boat.

Tiaras are different. On this boat, the entire area was nicely finished, gelcoated in white and without any sign of construction debris or dust. It was almost operating-room clean and then I understood why Dave bought his Tiara.

I was able to lie in relative comfort, set my flashlight down and trace out the wiring harness, as Dave called out what color wire I should see. In his hand was a huge three-ring binder containing not only owner’s manual information, but also a complete wiring schematic for the boat.

In my compartment, the wires were neatly bundled, wrapped and supported at regular intervals: a surveyor’s dream. However, I traced the wiring back and discovered one wire that didn’t appear on the schematic. Uh oh.

A quick phone call to Tiara, and Dave received an apology for the erroneous page and the revised page was soon on its way. With a little help from the technical support team at Tiara, we traced down the problem and had Dave’s boat back in business in no time.

So, it comes as no surprise to me that the Tiara 3100 keeps popping up on Sea’s list of most desirable brokerage boats. These are well-constructed boats, with loads of craftsmanship throughout. And as much as that word may be overused, it truly applies to the Tiara line.

A Solid Heritage

Company founder Leon Slikkers cut his teeth in the Chris-Craft plant in Holland, Michigan. Working in the joinery shop, Slikkers crafted cabinetry for Chris-Craft in the company’s heyday during the 1950s.

A few years later, Slikkers would form Slickcraft a company building wooden, and later, fiberglass runabouts. He would gain the attention of AMF Corp. in 1969 along with a large pile of the corporation’s money for selling Slickcraft to AMF.

Not content to sit around and be “retired,” Slikkers started S2 Yachts and began building sailboats. The Tiara line came later, along with Pursuit. After AMF started running out of steam in the boat business, Slikkers reacquired Slickcraft, adding it to the S2 fold.

While the Tiara line was originally more of a sportboat, it wasn’t long before Tiaras became multipurpose boats capable of daycruising, overnight cruising and fishing.

Introduced in 1979, and selling over 800 units in its first 10 years, the 3100 Open struck the right balance. Fast enough to be sporty, the 3100’s modified-V hull (called a Paraplane by Tiara) p

David Pascoe Review
Tiara 3100 Open
A Multipurpose Boat With Flair


by David Pascoe


LOA 31-6 Fuel 246 gallons Beam 12-0 Engines 220 hp Volvo Draft 2-2 Options Crusader, Cummins, Cat Weight 11,500 WOT 24.8 knots Deadrise 20 deg Cruise 21 knots

Tiara has produced a line of open boats that has been enormously successful over the years. Starting out it was a high end boat, and over the years has only gotten more so. The initiation fee to this level of quality for a new boat is stiff, to say the least. But the good news for used boat buyers is that one can easily gain entry for half-price or better, depending on how old you care to go.

Notice that they call this boat an “open,” not “express”. While we have no official explanation, we’d guess that the reason is that this is intended as a multipurpose boat. It is definitely that.

The 3100 has long been one of my favorites in terms of both good styling, layout, quality and reasonable seaworthiness. It’s particularly popular in the southeast, Gulf coast or anywhere the summers are more than three or four months long.  In part this is due to a large cockpit design that is ideal for soft enclosures that can be put up or taken down. Just about everyone hates the hassle and expense of zippered enclosures, but on the other hand, we can’t live without them.  In the warmer climates, one has to be able to open up to get some breeze. 

In addition, the 3100  has an electrically opened center section. This  may not seem very important, but believe me opening this little window section brings in a huge amount of air while underway. This is a feature all boats should

The combination of radar arch and windshield height give plenty of head room under the Bimini. And when you close her up, there is little sense of being seriously closed in because of exceptionally good visibility and spaciousness.

Can’t complain about enough cockpit space here. Great for all water sports. Even two folding chairs hardly get in the way. Notice the foot cove under the gunwale. Leaning over the side is no problem, and the height is right, too.

You won’t find many helm designs better than this one. Notice the removable clear plastic covering to keep salt spray off and everything free of corrosion and looking nice. A great idea!

You don’t have to bend down to see through the windshield as you do on so many boats this size. That’s the result of a very high profile windshield. You can stand or sit normally at the helm with no restrictions at all. This is one of the little “big” details that more experienced boaters understand and know to look out for when buying that second or third boat. 

This is also a wonderful boat if you’re the sort that hates lots of ups and downs or being cramped. Except for that bottleneck between the seat modules, it permits a great deal of freedom of movement. There is no built-in seating in the aft cockpit.  I don’t like seats against the transom because they are too inhibiting to other activities. Personally, I prefer the option of adding folding chairs, as you see above, rather than having space filled with something I can’t move. You’ll find that some of the later models do have the fixed seating, in which case you really loose the freedom of movement.

The cockpits of earlier models are even more open than our 1996 model, which has the full size seating modules that give it more of a look of a cocktail cruiser than a multipurpose boat. With a large L-shaped settee to port, no one is going to mistake this one for a sport fish, though you’ll find many of them decked out with outriggers, bait wells and such. Personally, I could do without the large L-lounge because it takes up too much space. I’d cut the base of the L off and leave it at that.

Our test boat had a pair of TAMD40, 220 hp diesels. The first word to come

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

GPS Plotter Radar Radio VHF Compass Depthsounder Navigation Center Battery Charger Electric Bilge Pump Sea Water Pump Shore Power Inlet Cockpit Shower Cockpit Cushions Cockpit Speakers Swimming Ladder

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