Some people think that paradise lies on a beach in the Pacific, but when you’re standing aboard a Sirena Yachts 58 floating on the Chesapeake Bay, you’d be hard pressed to argue you weren’t already there. You and all of your friends, too, because this yacht has so many social areas to kick back and relax in that you’ll have a hard time filling them up.
Our favorite: the bow. There’s a massive sunpad forward with backrests that flip up to become loungers, and a second lounger just aft. No, wait—our fave is actually the flybridge, which has a huge lounger across from the double upper helm seats, an aft settee with dinette, an outdoor galley, and a skin-cooling freshwater shower built into the hard top mast. Hold on one more time, now we’re thinking it’s got to be the voluminous cockpit with the settee and dinette shaded by the extended hard top, and… wait a sec, no, no, no. It’s the stern with an utterly monstrous hydraulic swim platform (big enough for a tender) and the crew’s quarters including a private head built into the transom.
Uh oh, we keep changing favorites and we haven’t even opened up the sliding glass doors and entered the cabin yet. See what we mean about nearly endless social areas? You could invite dozens of guests aboard and enjoy plenty of elbow room, cruise aboard the Sirena for days at a time, or even live aboard with all the panache of a Manhattan penthouse apartment.
Speaking of extended stays aboard: the 58 is available in several layouts. The standard is a three-stateroom, three-head arrangement that has a full-beam master, a guest stateroom with pedestal berth forward, and a stateroom with a pair of singles in-between. You can also have a two-stateroom layout with the full-beam mid-cabin and the forward cabin enlarged, or the mid-cabin can be divided between port and starboard with the enlarged forward stateroom becoming the master.
However you choose to have the accommodations laid out, the upper deck features a lower helm station forward, a large settee and dinette to port, and a second settee to starboard. The galley is aft and to starboard. A couple of unexpected and appreciated touches jumped out at us in the upper cabin, as well. The wrap-around windshield is only interrupted by a single center mullion and provides visibility and natural light all around, joysticks for both bow and stern thrusters sit at the helm, and there’s a side entry door to the starboard side-decks.
As captivating as the exterior and interior of this yacht may be, it’s what lies below the waterline that’s really (really! really!) our favorite part. The semi-displacement hull is designed for cruising versatility, whether you plan to make long voyages to distant ports or zip across the Bay for lunch. When serious travel is on your mind, set cruising speed at around 10 knots, kick back, and enjoy over 800 nautical miles of range. That means you could travel from Baltimore to the Bahamas on a single tank of fuel. Or if you feel the need to move along at a faster clip, push down the throttles a bit and you can cruise in the 16-knot range and top out at 23 to 25 knots. Standard power comes courtesy of V-drives driven by Volvo Penta D11 670-hp engines, but if you want even more oomph from down below, upgrades to 900-hp D13s or CAT C12.9 850-hp engines are options.
Okay: it’s time for the final answer. Which part of the Sirena 58 is really our favorite? The part between the stem and the stern.
By Lenny Rudow
Sirena Yachts 58 Specifications:
Displacement (approx.): 29.5 tons
Fuel Capacity: 950 gal.
Water Capacity: 210 gal.
Max HP: 1800
Local Dealer: Chesapeake Yacht Center in Baltimore, MD—(410) 823-2628