3 June, 2018
Designed to sail with low coast and high autonomy, this little mermaid is a comfortable yacht with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the nature
Sirena Marine Group has been around for a decade, primarily as a contracted parts maker for larger yards, and as builder of brands Azzure Yachts and Euphoria Yachts. Their first in-house motor yacht, Sirena 64 from the eponymous line, debuted last year in Düsseldorf, and the Sirena 58 made its debut later same year in Cannes, where we tested it. Both Sirena yachts were designed by the renowned Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering, founded in 1925. Sirena 58 is a striking yacht that attracts the eye, whose design was guided by efficiency. The vertical bow and the hull widening toward the center is what makes a yacht efficient, and Sirena 58 has both. The bow is rather clean, with not much obstructing the view, and with only one sun mat, while the superstructure (housing the salon with a top-covered middle part) starts almost mid-ship. The aft is large enough for a wide platform, which houses the tender, and a skipper’s cabin with a private head.
The hull of Sirena 58 stands rather tall, so the main deck is lifted above the aft platform and needs to be reached via stairs. The main deck is interesting, with outdoor and indoor salons connected seamlessly, almost as if they were a single space. The indoor salon is separated by a bar into two spaces: a raised galley with a dining space, and a living room with an L-shaped sofa and a foldable table for four. The command post is up front in the bow, as is the semi-spiral staircase leading to the lower deck. The salon is well lit, surrounded by five large windows, and the view is fantastic. The command post also enjoys excellent visibility, and all the main deck windows can be covered with venetian blinds. The salon is a bit conservative in style and feel, but the cabins more than make up for it. The unit we tested had a large double VIP cabin amid-ship on the lower deck, accessible by the command post-adjacent staircase, which also serves the bow cabin. In the bow cabin the bed is placed diagonally, which leaves the bow space free for a private salon – two sofas and a small table ideal for intimate breakfast.
Long side windows in the bow allow natural light to seep into this cabin, which also has a private head. The owner suite is also mid-ship and has a double bed, an office space and a small salon, as well as large windows. The lofty interiors were designed by studio Spadolini, whose designers used light wood and fine dark lines to add to the spacious feel of the yacht. The fly bridge is the most interesting part of the yacht: open and with excellent visibility from the command post, it is sturdy and large enough to carry the antennae and radar arch designed to blend in with the surroundings. The fly bridge can be protected by a fixed roof with some movable parts. Although more interesting for its economy than speed – the yacht needs only 20 liters of fuel per hour at the 10 knot cruising speed – Sirena 58 reached 24 knots of speed on our test. This surprisingly fast yacht is maneuverable and stable like a planing boat, and an excellent first model for a brand whose ten years of experience shine through in every detail.
Photos by Jeff Brown