Cagin Genç talks to us a year after being appointed CEO of the Sirena Yachts shipyard
by Bruno Cianci – photo by Emre Boyoglu Media and Pozitif Studio
Cannes always brings innovation. This is true of many shipyards and Sirena Yachts is no exception. Indeed, Cagin Genç, a naval architect who, commercial sector aside, has held every position possible and imaginable within the shipyard where he has worked continuously since 2008, was promoted to CEO in 2021. Born in 1974 and originally from Izmit (Kocaeli), Cagin Genç represents the historical memory of the shipyard that is almost exclusively owned by Ipek Kıraç, who left the post of Sirena CEO to this brilliant architect precisely because of the commitment entailed by her presence on the Board of Directors of her industrial Group. «Ipek continues to own the yard and makes herself present when a strategic decision needs to be taken. Despite this, she’s promised me the role of CEO. This is a dream come true for me, as well as a great honour», specifies Genç.
The Sirena 78 has been designed to be an “all-round” cruiser that excels both as an entertainment platform and in long-distance cruising. It also stands out for its interior and exterior layout options and, in particular, for the fact that it offers the possibility to have two lounges in keeping with the owner’s preference.
Cagin Genç knows all the secrets of every model that has ever come out of the Sirena yard. «I’ve looked after all the boats we’ve made, whether sail or motor-powered. Then, when the joint venture with Azimut came to an end, my work changed. We tried our hand at building our first motor boat and thus the 64-foot model was born». This was a rather successful boat, that paved the way for the young Turkish yard. «The 64 is the boat I’m most attached to for sentimental reasons. Its success exceeded all expectations in terms of customer satisfaction, seaworthiness, consumption, and use of internal space. It was moving to see it entering the sea and gaining people’s approval», says Genç.
AT THE MOMENT THE SIRENA YACHTS RANGE INCLUDES FIVE MODELS OF MOTORBOATS BETWEEN 58 AND 88 FEET IN LENGTH.
The Sirena 64 marked the start of a whole cascade of motor yachts from Sirena Yachts, with contributions from names such as Tommaso Spadolini, Germán Frers, and Cor D. Rover: Sirena 58, 68, and 88. The big innovation for this year, presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival, is the 78, a yacht that, to quote the yard itself, «can do everything». A few days after its media presentation, Cagin Genç revealed that: «The Sirena 78 has already aroused a great deal of interest in the global semi-displacement yacht market; we’re delighted to have won the appreciation of enthusiasts by raising the bar even higher with this versatile model, which offers various interior and exterior solutions to better meet the owner’s needs».
Despite being named 78, the model measures 82 feet overall (equivalent to 25 meters), but is registered as 78 and therefore does not necessitate a professional sailor on board, a requirement that is known to be in place for all pleasure vessels.
The yacht, which bears the signature of the aforementioned Germán Frers (exterior and hull) and Cor D. Rover (interior), is designed to be an all-round long-distance cruiser, as well as an excellent entertainment platform. As mentioned, the yacht stands out for its exclusive interior and exterior layout options and, particularly, for the possibility of offering two lounges if so desired by the owner. Its flybridge is available in an open, semi-closed, or completely closed version. The choice was dictated by the fact that its customers tend to sail in a variety of locations and often different climates. The 78 will not feature a dashboard on the main deck, a solution that frees up more space in that area precisely for entertainment, comfort, and socialising. The centerpiece of the main deck interior will be a large galley that will make people feel at home. What’s more, the furniture, sofas, and poufs can be moved around as required. The boat layout will therefore evolve continuously and be even more customisable.
The lower deck houses a full-beam master cabin with an en-suite bathroom and dressing area in the center of the yacht, for the owner’s use, while a spacious VIP cabin, also with an en-suite bathroom, is located on the bow. Above this part of the yacht, on deck, there is a unique bow area that is sure to be a favourite with this boat’s owner and their guests.
The management team of Sirena Marine. Left to right, Ali Onger, Ipek Kıraç, Federico Martini and Cagin Genç.
In terms of size, the Sirena 78 sits roughly in the middle of the current range – which currently runs from 58 to 88 feet – and, so we are assured by engineer Federico Martini, a former board member and current advisor to the shipyard’s owners, will by no means stop at this model. «Another boat will be presented in 2023 that will complete the range initially conceived for Sirena Yachts. Furthermore, the shipyard is thinking of a new range, featuring an even higher standard of product, but I can’t yet say any more about what this will involve». We just have to wait.
(Cagin Genç, a case of destiny – Barchemagazine.com – September 2022)