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Tiara 3900 Sovran (2007-)
(w/ 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500- Diesel)


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Brief Summary

Tiara Yachts has embraced Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system technology by choosing to develop their new Sovran series totally around this power package. The 3900 Sovran is this Midwest builder’s second offering under this new design platform and touts an impressive amount of space and equally impressive performance.

Key Features

  • Custom diamond pattern non-skid deck and cockpit surfaces
  • Balsa cored deck and hullsides
  • QL Marine trim tabs
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Centerline entry to salon
  • Upper cockpit wetbar
  • 48'' swim platform with slide-out ladder
  • Teak hardwood floors
  • Denon media system with DVD/CD
  • Onana 9.5kw MDKBL diesel generator
  • Volvo IPS joystick control
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 41' 9''
    Beam 13' 11''
    Dry Weight 23,000 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 3' 5''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 14.5 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 10' 3''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    Water Capacity 102 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500- Diesel
    Opt. Power 2 x 310-hp Volvo Penta IPS400 Diesels w/joystick
    2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 with joystick

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    1000 7.5 6.5 2.1 3.6 3.1 962 837 76
    1200 9.0 7.8 3.1 2.9 2.5 784 682 77
    1400 9.9 8.6 4.6 2.2 1.9 583 507 78
    1800 11.6 10.0 10.5 1.1 1.0 297 258 79
    2000 13.8 12.0 12.9 1.1 0.9 289 251 79
    2200 16.6 14.4 15.0 1.1 1.0 298 259 81
    2400 21.2 18.4 17.9 1.2 1.0 320 278 82
    2600 24.4 22.0 20.7 1.2 1.1 331 288 84
    2800 29.2 25.4 22.7 1.3 1.1 347 302 84
    3000 31.6 27.5 27.4 1.2 1.0 311 271 85
    3200 34.7 30.2 32.2 1.1 0.9 291 253 83
    3430 37.2 32.3 40.3 0.9 0.8 249 217 84
    1000 837 1548 12.10 7.95 1.51 76
    1200 682 1262 14.50 11.73 1.23 77
    1400 507 938 15.90 17.41 0.92 78
    1800 258 478 18.70 39.75 0.47 79
    2000 251 465 22.20 48.83 0.45 79
    2200 259 480 26.70 56.78 0.47 81
    2400 278 515 34.10 67.76 0.50 82
    2600 288 533 39.30 78.36 0.52 84
    2800 302 558 47.00 85.93 0.55 84
    3000 271 501 50.90 103.72 0.49 85
    3200 253 468 55.80 121.89 0.46 83
    3430 217 401 59.90 152.55 0.39 84

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.7 sec.
    0 to 30 12.6 sec.
    Ratio 1.94:1
    Props IPS T5
    Load Load: 3 persons, Fuel: 1/3 full, Water: full, Gear: min., Waste: full
    Climate Temp: 77 deg., Humid: 60%, Wind: 10 knots, Seas: calm

    Tiara 3900 Sovran (2007-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Tiara Yachts 3900 SovranUnlike other builders who choose to retro-engineer Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system into existing tooling; Tiara Yachts has embraced the technology by choosing to develop their new Sovran series totally around this power package. The 3900 Sovran is this Midwest builder’s second offering under this new design platform and touts an impressive amount of space and equally impressive performance.I tested the 3900 Sovran at Tiara’s Holland, Michigan Yachting Center in late-summer. The water levels in the Midwest have been down quite a bit so we actually had to step down onto her gunwale. Tiara always has done a nice job of placing grab rails where you need them and here it was no different. I also noticed that her full beam swim platform would be great for boarding in those situations where you have low floating docks. The platform itself is large enough for the water toys and has a concealed telescoping ladder for getting in and out of the water. The transom trunk is accessed above where the tubes to your inflatable would sit, so getting in there with the tender aboard is easily accomplished. Cockpit FeaturesAscend couple of steps to the aft cockpit and you will find a casual face to face seating arrangement. There is a removable table for dinner alfresco or drinks with your local dock buddies. Also here and engine room access is through a hatch in the floor. This entire area also lifts hydraulically to give you more light and air when you have to spend any time in the engine room. Mechanicals were well organized and neat, and all daily checks on the Volvo Penta D6 power plants are easily accessible.The upper cockpit rests under a standard coupe-style hardtop and features an L-shaped lounge to port with built-in storage and molded foot rests. There is also a convenient wet bar with a refrigerator and sink (Icemaker optional in lieu of the refrigerator) that sits nicely behind the helm seat. The large single helm chair has full adjustment fore and aft and the single lever controls are set back which place them in a comfortable position while cruising. Tiara also offers a hefty 32,000 BTU bridge deck air conditioning system with reverse cycle heat for comfortable cruising in all weather conditions.At the HelmTiara’s helms are always a work of art and the 3900 Sovran’s is no different. The large stainless steel and wood wheel sits proud from the helm and has an enormous amount of tilt range giving you many adjustment possibilities. Our 3900 was outfitted with two Raymarine multifunction color displays and the Volvo display is nestled neatly between the two. On our test boat there were also a couple of Raymarine T-60 multifunction navigation displays, a Raymarine ST8001 IPS autopilot, and Ray 240 Modular VHF system which are part of an electronics package that Tiara now offers as optional equipment. Interior DetailsYou enter the cabin on the 3900 through a smoked acrylic door that has a handy build-in screen door. Four steps down and you are in the salon which features elegant teak and holly sole. Next to the steps and to the portside-aft is the head which is well appointed with separate stall shower, Vacuflush toilet, and a stylish vessel sink. Forward of the head is a bench settee and small table which is a bit small but works well for a bowl of cereal in the morning. Galley FeaturesThe galley is adjacent the lounge and features all the amenities you would need to prepare a meal. There is a fair amount of storage, side by side refrigerator and freezer, stainless steel sink and a recessed cooktop with Corian covers. I really appreciate the two opening portholes in the galley which most builders tend to overlook.Master StateroomThe master stateroom is forward and sits behind two beautifully crafted pocket doors. The wide opening doors help add to the spacious feel of the salon and provide the privacy you want when traveling with children or another couple. There is a queen sized berth with inner spring mattress, two cedar-lined hanging closets and plenty of additional cabinets along the hullside for other necessities. For even more storage the entire mattress rises and Tiara has also added a drawer below the bed.The one feature Tiara was never able to do prior to IPS was to use the space below the bridge deck for additional living quarters. Stern drive builders and those that design sit down only helms have used the dog house design for years but IPS has enabled Tiara to join the ranks as well. This is a great space which Tiara describes as the “theatre room.” It features a flat panel television and a pair of plush lounges. The entertainment system is first class and even allows you to plug in video games or an iPod directly into the interface. I didn’t feel like I was crawling into a tight space, and it really did feel inviting –this area will surely be a fought after domain.Performance & HandlingWhat can I say about the performance of the 3900 other than awesome. The boat jumps up to speed quickly with the typical express cruiser bow rise but once at speed is where the IPS design shines. Turns were sharp and effortless, unlike any traditional drive boat I’ve ever tested. The seas were calm but after turning a bunch of tight circles I managed to rough it up enough to know that this Tiara designed hull was a chip off the old block. We found a top end speed of just over 32 knots and a comfortable cruise speed of 25.4 knots which gives you a range of 302 statute miles.Dockside performance was equally, if not more impressive due to the assistance of Volvo Penta’s new IPS joystick control. With practically no learning curve maneuvering the boat around tight quarters is effortless. I found myself trying to figure out how we were doing what we were without the use of thrusters. But what I do know is you can make the boat move wherever you want with a simple twist of the hand and that is what makes boating fun.Overall Tiara Yachts continues to tune the engineering fork with respect to their Sovran series. The 3900 is a fine example of how Tiara has utilized new technology to not only deliver a great performing boat but one that performs equally well from a livability stand point. If you enjoy express boat style cruising then you definitely should take some time and check out the 3900 Sovran the next chance you get, I guarantee this one will make your short list.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Tiara 3900 Sovran (2007-) is 37.2 mph (59.9 kph), burning 40.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 152.54 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Tiara 3900 Sovran (2007-) is 29.2 mph (47 kph), and the boat gets 1.29 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.55 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 347 miles (558.44 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500- Diesel.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional Raymarine
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional Raymarine


    Air Cond./Heat Standard Marine Air Systems
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard Clarion
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard Majestic 26
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Hardtop Standard
    Ice Chest Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Standard Onan 9.5 kW
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard


    Hull Warranty
    Deck Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    5-Years Yes N/A
    Engine Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    Engine warranties vary by manufacturer N/A N/A
    Powertrain Warranty
    Gelcoat Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    N/A N/A N/A
    Accessories Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    N/A N/A N/A
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification N/A Yes CE Certification
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