Sirena 48 sea trial review: Inside Sirena’s most compact luxury trawler

Reporting from the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, MBY's Alex Smith takes a test drive of the Sirena 48, which was making its global debut...

Turkish yard Sirena Marine has added a new smaller model to its range of award-winning liveaboard cruisers. Called the Sirena 48, it actually measures 52ft 5in from stem to bathing platform and is claimed to provide 25% more usable volume than its competitors…

Like its siblings, the new Sirena 48 treads a fine line between traditional and modern. Renowned naval architect Germán Frers and the in-house design team at Sirena have managed to incorporate many of its larger siblings’ styling cues into their new baby.

This includes a vertical bow and windscreen to maximise internal volume, wide walkaround decks for safe movement around the exterior and big flybridge overhangs to create more space up top and provide shelter for those below.

The Sirena 48’s main saloon is configured with an aft galley, amidships lounge and helm station forward on the starboard side, complete with side deck door. The lower deck features a full-beam owner’s suite amidships with big rectangular hull windows, a VIP double forward and a twin-bed cabin between them.

The latter two share the second bathroom, although the VIP does have its own ensuite access. There’s also the option of a small crew cabin and heads tucked into the transom.

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Like its bigger sisters, the Sirena 48 is based on a semi-displacement platform that delivers a good compromise between low speed cruising efficiency, secure sea-keeping and a decent turn of pace.

The standard powertrain consists of twin 480hp Cummins QSB6.7s on V-drive gearboxes, although 550hp Volvo Penta D8s are also an option. Expect top speeds of 23-26 knots and relaxed continuous cruising of 15-16 knots. However, at just 10 knots the quoted range is a useful 520nm.

Prices have not yet been made public but such is the demand for this new model that 20 have already been pre-sold.

Sirena 48 specifications

LOA: 15.96m / 52ft 4in
Beam: 4.93m / 16ft 2in
Draft: 1.2m / 3ft 11in
Displacement: 24.6 tonnes / 54,233lbs
Fuel capacity: 1,900L
Water capacity: 600L
Engines: 2 x 480hp Cummins QSB 6.7 / 2 x 550hp Volvo D8
Top speed: 26 knots
Cruising range: 520nm @ 10 knots
CE category: B
Price: Available upon application


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