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Galene IV Is German, Dutch, and Turkish Yachting for Low Bucks: Still Costs Millions

"Baby!?" "Yes, baby?" "Want to get a yacht?" "...What? What do you mean a yacht?" "Yeah, a yacht. Heck, we've been looking for an RV anyway, and this is like, so much better." "Baby, we don't have millions for something like that." "We don't have to. Check this out. All we need is around $500K each. Oh, and another six friends to get in on the action."
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Folks, the two characters above are simply discussing getting their hands on one of this year's most luxurious and surprisingly affordable superyachts, a Sirena 78 by the name Galene IV, a ship completed just this year (2023). Whip out your checkbooks for this one, folks, but you will need to get a gang of eight folks together.

Why would you ever need to include eight people in your purchase of this superyacht? Well, let's assume you don't have millions of dollars, and if that's the case, it'll take eight people, the Galene IV's guest limit, to split its €3.8M ($4.1M at current exchange rates) price tag. See, owning a yacht isn't as out of reach as we may think. Just be sure to consider all those little upkeep costs before you dive into owning such a piece of floating paradise.

Most importantly, what's this sort of cash bringing into our lives? Well, to find out, we'll be taking a little trip through this ship's halls and staterooms, but what about the crew behind the magic?

Galene IV
Photo: Northrop & Johnson
Personally, I've been seeing a massive wave of Turkish yacht builders popping up in the past few years, and Sirena Yachts is one of them, having been around only since 2017. However, six years later, this team is still alive, and may I add, in a rather cutthroat industry dominated by Italian, Dutch, and German builders. Not to mention that Germany and Turkey have outstanding business relations across countless industries.

Now, the Galene IV is a Sirena 78, one of this builder's largest versions, and it's also a flybridge model, so outdoor living and entertainment are obviously part of the lifestyle you and your friends will be adopting. It's time to hop aboard and see what the Galene IV is all about.

First and foremost, take a look at this ship's exterior design. Upon seeing it for the first time, I found myself starting upon a fresh and modern exterior with a balance between black and white, only to be highlighted with wooden and metallic tones and accents, not to mention the sparkle of glass gleaming in the sun.

Be sure to take in that wonderful forward lounge, the perfect place to be seen as you roll in and out of port, the beach deck, and above all, the flybridge itself, with its hardtop bimini, of which a section is retractable, letting us choose just how crispy we get while soaking up some rays.

Galene IV Main Deck
Photo: Northrop & Johnson
But, the real magic of Galene is brought to life once the sun sets. During the evening and nightly hours, the Galene comes to life through the use of exquisitely placed lighting, both outside and inside the ship, the latter of which allows for a shrouded sneak-peak into the interior of the main salon and flybridge. The staterooms on the lower deck also share this effect. While most yacht owners are all about privacy, you have to admit this effect suits the Galene IV.

Oh, and regarding this book's proverbial cover (exterior design), I wasn't at all surprised to see that a German team did, in fact, work with Sirena on the 78's exterior. None other than Germany's Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering are behind the spotless and balanced looks.

Funny enough, the interior design isn't Turkish either - remember, Sirena Yachts is only the builder of these gorgeous vessels - but rather the work of Cor D. Rover B.V., a Netherlands-based crew with a vision that very few teams have been able to match since their inception. From tenders to towering behemoths, they do it all.

As for what this crew has delivered in the Galene, well, take a long look at the images in the gallery. As you do, notice the simple, modern, and relaxing flybridge with its own bar, the aft alfresco lounge found on the main deck, the bow lounge, and above all, the airy and very homey main lounge with its galley setup.

Galene IV Stateroom
Photo: Northrop & Johnson
Personally, upon witnessing the main deck for the first time, I couldn't help but feel that Galene IV isn't the sort of ship meant just for lounging around and entertaining guests on a weekend evening, but rather, a ship you and your friends or family can spend considerable time upon, or for as long as your supplies last.

The lowest deck, as is customary of ships this size, is reserved for nothing more than the staterooms, engine room, and crew quarters if you're not the captain. Here, the center of this ship houses a beam-to-beam master bedroom, a VIP lounge at the bow, and two twin bedding rooms. Best of all, each room has its own en-suite bathroom, so you won't need to lock eyes with anyone if you don't want to.

From here, all I recommend doing is really picturing yourself in the center of all you see and then start calling your friends to see who is willing to drop around $500K to own this floating kingdom. Once you've gathered wight party members, call up Northrop & Johnson, one of the brokerage firms behind this deal, and consider yourself a superyacht owner.

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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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