Photography by Jeff Brown
08 September 2022
The new Sirena 78 is an all-in-one yacht that offers safe, comfortable and reliable cruising for extended voyages, but also excels as a platform for family relaxation and entertainment.
Offering unique features and creative enhancements that few others in her class can rival, she effectively advances the on-the-water experience by perfecting the combination of interior comfort, personal choice and efficient performance.
First off, there’s the luxury of choosing between no fewer than three flybridge solutions: Open, Semi-Enclosed and Fully-Enclosed. Sirena decided to offer these options as clients tend to cruise in a variety of locales with differing climates.
The Open model is obviously for fair weather cruising in sunny weather, but the robust hardtop still provides shade and shelter. The Fully-Enclosed version offers all-season comfort and enjoyment in colder climes or perhaps at the end of the season, while the Semi-Enclosed option has an open aft section for the best of both worlds.
The enclosed iterations benefit from super-sized windows (the side windows can be electronically activated for that refreshing sea breeze) to let in natural light and allow for excellent views.
They all have direct access to the main deck interior via a floating, spiral staircase that maximises both space and utility.
The Sirena 78 takes the groundbreaking layouts exhibited across the entire range of Sirena Yachts, which have resulted in class-leading volume together with unmatched sightlines and circulation flow, and further develops them with impressive results.
The bold decision to do away with the main-deck helm station, for example, has opened up much more space and flexibility for entertainment and socialising with family or friends. As on the flybridge, the full-height windows ensure delightful, multi-use dining and seating areas in a fresh and brightly lit interior as they would be in a comfortable modern home.
Just like the kitchen at home, the galley is usually a focal point on family yachts and so the centrepiece on the main deck is the enormous galley with a deep sink, plenty of storage and high-end appliances.
Available either with a massive open-space island or wraparound layout, the abundance of counter space makes entertaining easy and food prep a cinch.
Those for whom entertaining and family-focused cooking is an essential part of the onboard experience will not be disappointed – and the same goes for their guests.
“As cooking becomes more and more central on board, the open galley concept has become a focal point in the saloon,” says interior designer Cor D Rover.
“By taking the design of the galley to the next level and integrating it into the overall design concept, it stands out in terms of functionality and becomes a relaxed gathering place for family and guests.”
The Sirena 78 is especially noteworthy for her unique interior design. In particular, Sirena’s loose-furniture concept encourages customers to be as creative as possible by giving them the freedom to place items such as settees and ottomans according to their own preference.
Owners can also choose between three interior styles developed by Cor D Rover: Inspiration, Serenity and Elegance. Inspiration is based on light, airy materials and colour palettes that soothe the senses and invite the outside environment in.
The light honey-hued wood and soft semi-gloss lacquer of Serenity provide a warm and inviting atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. The bold dark wood and anthracite look of Elegance, on the other hand, creates a very masculine and energetic look without being heavy.
Below deck is a full-beam, amidships master stateroom with a private bath and dressing area for the owner’s use.
Although reminiscent of similar layouts in other Sirena models with a king-size berth, large hull windows and plenty of stowage, the Sirena 78 reinvents the space with a two-seat dinette for the ultimate private experience for an owner couple.
The forward VIP stateroom has the double bed at an angle to capitalise on the deck area, while a built-in chaise longue means guests can watch the water peel away from the four-metre-long hull windows when the yacht is underway.
To port and starboard between the master and VIP are two twin guest cabins, both with ensuite bathrooms.
Besides the flybridge that can be arranged according to owner preference with pop-up television, lounging, dining and cooking facilities, there is a generous stern platform for easy access to the sea (the transom area houses a twin-berth crew cabin).
But the exterior highlight is arguably the unique foredeck area with its comfy, forward-facing sofa that transforms into a sunpad with fill-in cushions, low-rise tables and accompanying L-shaped settees. The overall effect of this setup is a true alfresco lounge – one that will be a hit wherever this capable cruiser may roam.
Like her stablemates, the Sirena 78 is built using advanced technology and craftsmanship on a hull design that seamlessly marries efficiency and performance. Thanks to the innovative semi-displacement hull lines by German Frers, the yacht delivers both comfortable cruising and world-class range at displacement speeds.
“The sea-kindly hull geometry follows that of the well-proven 68 model,” says the Argentinean designer.
“Various power options are available and she can reach a maximum speed of 27 knots, and a cruising range of 1550 nautical miles at 10 knots. This is the sixth model we design for Sirena Marine. We are proud of being associated with the brand known for their excellent workmanship and very high value.”
The Sirena 78 falls in the middle of the builder’s line-up in a sweet spot for owner-operators and those who prefer to cruise with a crew.
In terms of space, amenities and seaworthiness, she continues her Turkish builder’s attention to the needs of families who like to spend long periods on board their yacht and benefits greatly from the brand’s construction expertise and design innovation.