On the first day of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, we immediately had the chance to test one of the season’s most interesting new entries, the latest model by the Turkish brand, a sleek 21-metre with a semi-planing hull
by Luca Sordelli
The Sirena 68 was born as an evolution of the 64, picking up its winning legacy and reinterpreting it with intelligence. Although the stern is 70 cm longer, the hull is the same. In terms of space, the cockpit and aft dashboard have benefited from this change. Aesthetically, you can now see the full-height windows in the saloon and the transparent sections of the bulwarks. The boat’s main strong point remains its beautiful hull designed by German Frers, with excellent performance in both planing and displacement.
On a day of calm sea, powered by two 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13s (the basic version has two 900s) with V-Drive transmissions, we reached a top speed of 25.8 knots fully loaded (90% liquids and 14 people on board). This is a good record, in line with the boat’s design philosophy, which is also aimed at the sailing world, at those discerning owners who want to sail well and enjoy the pleasures of the sea without the urge to achieve an extra knot of top speed.
However, far more interesting, is the total sailing comfort that can be enjoyed, beginning with absolute silence in all areas. No vibrations, no creaking. Just like an Oxford library. Fast cruising speed 18.5 knots (225 litres/hour), economy cruising speed 12 knots (106 litres/hour).
Sirena 68 – Technical details
LOA 21.4 metres
Beam 5.9 metres
Full mass displacement 47 tons
Diesel tank volume 5,250 litres
Water tank volume 1,400 litres
Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering (Exterior Styling & Concept)
Cor.D.Rover Design Studio (Interior Decor)
Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering (Hull design)
Volvo D13 900 hp – Volvo D13 1000 hp x 2 (optional)
(Sirena 68, moving forward – Barchemagazine.com – September 2021)