Your 48 LS

The Build Process

Raw Materials

Before the work begins, all Tiara Yachts vessels are assigned a two-letter hull stamp and three-digit hull number. Your 48 LS's hull stamp is KE and its hull number is 035. You may hear us refer to your boat as 'KE035.' This number is unique to your vessel, similar to a vin number on a vehicle. KE035 is born in receiving, where raw materials such as resins, fiberglass cloth, insulation material and lumber are delivered. These are the materials that will eventually become your 48 LS.

This is the start of the build process of your yacht where raw materials are set aside. In this production prep phase, most of your cabin, galley and seating components are cut by a CNC router from many different materials like marine plywood, teak veneer, solid teak, laminate ply and resin starboard. Each part is labeled with a bar code containing your hull number and then organized onto carts for assembly.

At the same time, the Eastman cutting machine begins cutting hundreds of specific shapes and sizes of various fiberglass fabrics that will make up your hull, deck, stringer grid and other parts. The fiberglass cloth pieces are organized onto carts for Phase 2 where the cloth is put into molds.


In this phase, the foundation of your yacht takes shape. All fiberglass parts are made from molds including hull, deck, and stringer grid. At the same time, cabin and seating parts are being finished and assembled into kits and sub-assemblies. Custom wiring harnesses, plumbing and upholstery are also being prepared for the assembly phase.


To learn more about our fiberglass processes, watch our Innovation in Composites feature.


This phase of your yacht’s journey is where parts, components, and partially assembled units converge on the assembly line at their assigned line locations. The hull begins at one end where engines, tanks and machinery are installed. The deck resides at the other end of the line. Seating, cabinets, helm, and windshield are installed there.

The deck and hull meet where the assembled cabin sub-assemblies are brought together. These sub-assemblies are secured on the floor pan. This now becomes the Super Unit which comprises all below deck cabin spaces.


In this dynamic phase, all the components of your yacht come together. The Super Unit is set into the hull and bonded to the stringer system and glassed to the hull at each bulkhead. Then the deck is set onto the hull and all connections for electrical, and plumbing are completed. The deck is then secured to the hull and the rub rail is installed.


Watch our feature on the Super Unit Build to learn more about the process.


Pond testing is the first time your yacht is introduced to water. This phase is where all systems, engines and components are tested and adjusted. Tanks are pressurized and exterior surfaces sprayed down with water to test all seals and connections. Engines are run and diagnostics are checked. If you have optioned your yacht with a custom painted hull, it then goes to our paint booth for paint, clear coat, and polish.


Learm more about Tiara's renowned paint process in our Passion for Paint video feature.


Once at the end of the production line, your yacht receives a thorough cleaning and inspection. All loose equipment such as dock lines, safety equipment and manuals are placed on your yacht. A careful process of shipping prep begins with applying protective materials, removing equipment required for road clearance and then covering with a full wrap to protect your yacht during transport.


Our Commitment

Experience the unique craftsmanship found in Holland, Michigan, and witness the pride we carry manufacturing an American made product. Our craft, calling and passion are the common threads woven throughout not only the products we build, but also our relationships with our dealer network, vendor partners and ultimately, our customers.

Innovation in Composites

Our Passion for Paint

Super Unit Build

Materials Selection Process

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