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1996 Tiara Yachts Open

  • 31 ft
  • Express Cruiser
  • Stuart, FL, US

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31' Tiara 31 Open 1996
We are very pleased to introduce this nice 1996 Tiara 31 Open to the market.  
"Sandy Bottom" is a great example of a dual purpose yacht.  She cruises very comfortably and easily can fish for the big ones.  This is easily one of the finest helm layouts of any production boat of this size.  Combine that with a huge cockpit and you have an extremely versatile boat.  
This yacht deserves a detailed look.  Please review all of her features, but here are some of the highlights:
  • Huge open cockpit
  • Flawless cushions
  • Custom interior features (view her detailed descriptions for more info)
  • Twin Crusader 454 fuel injected XLI engines 
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive Transmissions with PSS Shaft Seals
  • Westerbeke 7.0 BCGB Generator
  • Simrad NSS12 EVO3 MFD 
  • Simrad Broadband 4G Radar
  • Simrad AP44 VRF Autopilot
  • JVC Digital Media Receiver with Bluetooth and Sirius/XM ready
  • New Taco 15' Side Mount Outriggers
  • Cockpit H/C shower
  • Maxwell Windlass with foot controls
  • 12,000 BTU Reverse Cycle A/C
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Basic Information

Tiara Yachts
Stuart, FL, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Sandy Bottom
Boat Type:
Express Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight

31 ft - 9.45 meter
33 ft - 10.06 meter
12 ft - 3.66 meter
Draft - max:
2 ft 8 in - 0.81 meter
Bridge Clearance:
10 ft - 3.05 meter
Dry Weight:
12300 lbs


454 XLI
Cruise Speed:
30 MPH
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
375 (Individual), 750 (combined)
Max Speed:
40 MPH

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
246 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
33 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
20 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Accomodations Overview
Your first impression is the huge open cockpit.  It is a full 12 feet long, so it's big enough for sunning an entire family or boating a Hemingway-sized fish. There's a big storage bin under the cockpit sole that also provides good access to the rudder posts and steering gear.  Padded bolsters encircle the cockpit coaming, and everywhere you look is diamond non-slip texture.
A step up from the cockpit is the bridge level, with helm and curved companion lounge that wraps around. Against the transom was is a fold-down bench seat for extra lounging space.
You won't find many helm designs better than this one. 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. 
The companionway door slides into a pocket, and three steps lead to the spacious cabin. It is an open and bright cabin (6 feet 4 inch headroom) from the companionway to the bow.

Forward, a double berth is offset to starboard, while a seat and a large storage locker are to port. Beneath the berth are three storage bins. Privacy for the forward cabin is achieved by a heavy curtain that closes off the entire area.  A convertible dinette is just aft to starboard, with a teak table.
Along the port side is a formica and teak trimmed galley counter that has a deep, stainless-stell sink, Force 10 two-burner electric cooktop, Norcold AC/DC refrigerator/freezer, and plenty of stowage space in lockers and drawers. If you want to check quality, slide open the drawers or peer into the lockers. Not only are the drawers flawlessly crafted of wood, but they have dovetail joints for strength, while the lockers are fully finished inside.
Aft is the enclosed head, with a one-piece molded fiberglass liner that makes for easy cleaning. Shower with hot and cold water, and marine head.

This is a well designed boat that is comfortable running, and for extended stays.

  • Large V-Berth with new custom cut 4" foam mattress - 4/2019
  • Cut in sections for easy access to storage compartment
  • All segment sewn together with water and stain resistant breathable cotton cover.
  • Netting bottoms
  • Custom bed linens by for fit and shape
  • Custom Dacron coverlet shaped to fit well with custom decorative pilows by Barbara Bay Interiors
  • Custom V-Berth curtain with lining and matching decorative valance panels by Barbara Bay Interiors
  • LED lighting behind valances
  • Extensive storage below
  • Shelving in cabin around berth 
  • Large  hatch above berth for excellent ventilation

  • 2-burner Force 10 electric stovetop - 110V, new 12/17
  • SS sink
  • Newer Norcold refrigerator/freezer, AC/DC
  • Large pantry with deep shelves
  • Above sink storage for dishware and glassware
  • Full sized kitchen drawers
  • Under sink storage
  • Space for microwave, toaster, or oven/broiler
  • Hatch above galley

  • U-Shaped seating with large storage below
  • Large teak table that drops down for creating a large berth
  • Storage cabinets above settee
  • 2 Ports and overhead hatch for ventilation
  • Updated lighting, USB port, new Xinrex carbon monoxide alarm
  • Shelving
  • 12,000BTU Dometic A/C - Replaced in 2015
  • Digital thermostat 

  • Morse controls
  • USB Ports
  • Simrad NSS12 EVO3 MFD - 12/2019
  • Simrad Broadband 4G Radar - 12/2019
  • Simrad AP44 VRF Autopilot - 12/2019
  • JVC digital media receiver with Bluetooth & Sirius/XM ready
  • 2 new 6"x9" West Marine speakers in cockpit
  • 2 new 5" round speakers in cabin

Cockpit and Deck
  • Transom fold-down seat
  • Large fishbox (drain currently not hooked up)
  • Livewell (currently not hooked up)
  • 4 Gunner mounted rod holders
  • New Taco 15' side mount outriggers - 6/2020
  • H/C cockpit shower
  • Freshwater washdown
  • Transom door
  • Swim platform with molded in ladder
  • Coaming cushions
  • Recently reupholstered Captain's chair
  • Hydraulic opening vent in windscreen
  • Surround Eisenglass
  • Removable seat
  • Cockpit cooler
  • Under-seat storage
  • Lockers beneath wrap around seatin on port side
  • Maxwell windlass with foot controls
  • Fluke anchor with 200' rode

  • Twin Crusader 454 fuel injected XLI - 375HP 
  • Manifolds replaced - 8/2013
  • New exhaust hoses from mufflers to T's, replaced T's - 1/2018
  • Replaced port side exhaust hose from T to engine - 1/2018
  • New spark plugs both engines - 6/2019
  • New house battery (1 of 2) - 6/2019
  • New house battery and 2 starting batteries - 10/2019
  • New starboard elbow/riser, raw water pump/belt - 11/2019
  • Heat exchanger removed, cleaned, flushed, freshwater system flushed and refilled - 11/2019
  • Oil changed with new filters, fuel filters both engines - 6/2020
  • New elbow/riser, raw water pump/belt, port side - 6/2020
  • 2000 Westerbeke 7.0 BCGB - 400 hrs.
  • New spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor and overspeed board - 5/2019
  • Heat exchanger removed, cleaned and rodded - 5/2019
  • New zinc, replaced water separator filter - 5/2019

  • Two bilge pumps
  • Four batteries - 2 house, 2 starting - all recent
  • Two 30 amp shore power outlets
  • Large switch panel

  • Oil analysis - mains - 2/2019
  • Oil analysis - transmissions - 2/2019
  • Oil analysis - generator - 2/2019

Broker's Comments
Sandy Bottom is a very nice boat.  She looks and feels great.  The huge cockpit can easily handle several folding chairs to allow you the configuration you desire.  I like that type of "customizing" so that it fits my that time.  It's better than fixed seating that can't be changed.
I also like the fact that you don't have to duck down to see through the windscreen.  That makes it a great boat to operate.  It really is a comfortable helm.  This is a very comfortable boat that is great to handle.  She already knows how to take you to the Bahamas.
This is great value and one that deserves your attention.

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.


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Disclaimer: Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7573805)