Hydrokinetic energy contains the major uncontrolled source of renewable marine energy. The highest level of converter technology readiness offered in the last three decades is TRL8–9, which is related to the first-generation horizontal axis converters. In low-depth calm waters, one of the best options to harvest tidal energy is vertical axis turbines. About 16% of the conceptual designs presented in the last 30 years apply this type of converter, which does not have a high level of technological readiness. In this study, a laboratory-designed vertical axis turbine has been introduced in which the effects of the number of blades, the blade profile, and attack angle on the performance of the turbine were analyzed. A 3D incompressible viscous turbulent computational finite volume approach is applied, with the spatial second-order and temporal first-order accuracies. The turbulent model k-ω SST was used to obtain the flow inside the turbine. Rotors include two, three, and six blades with three different profiles, including NACA2421, NACA16021, and NACA0020. Computational results reveal that the turbine with three blades and an angle of attack of +8 using the NACA2421 profile has a maximum generation capacity of about 4 kW, with a strength factor of 0.4 and a power factor of about 20%. The capacity, however, was lower for a higher number of blades.