If you’ve never heard of Sirena Marine, the Turkish company is something of a powerhouse in the luxury power yacht world, having built more than 220 boats for Azimut Yachts.
Now, with its partnership with Azimut scaling down and a world-class manufacturing facility at its disposal, Sirena is entering the U.S. market with a pair of well-built, stylish sport cruisers blessed with impeccable design pedigrees.
Sail magazine’s Peter Neilsen sailed the smaller of the two, the Azuree 46, on a summer evening off Jamestown, R.I.
Neilsen writes that the Azuree 46 is from the pen of Rob Humphreys, a versatile Brit who has designed everything from luxury bluewater cruisers for Oyster to Volvo 70 and Open 60 ocean racers.
Its purposeful lines reflect the latest in fast-cruising fashion: twin rudders, a pronounced hull chine and a squared-off bow and transom. Draft is a healthy 8 feet, 6 inches, which will prove interesting in the Bahamas or on the Chesapeake. In open water, though, it will come into its own. The low-profile cabin top, with its semi-elliptical window treatment, combines with a graceful sheerline to make this a strikingly attractive boat.
An Azuree 46 placed highly in the recent Caribbean 600 race, proving that its sporty looks are backed up by genuine pace and power, he writes.
At the same time, its accommodations lack nothing in terms of cruising comfort, and it’s easy for a small crew to handle. Fast, pretty and well built, this is a lot of boat for the money.