Leave it to the Italians to design a weekend cruiser that seems perfect for a jaunt out on the water with friends to enjoy some sunshine, swimming, and perhaps a Negroni or two if the time is right. The Sessa C44 is that boat. At just a shade over 45 feet and fitted with Volvo Penta IPS500s or 600s, she should be highly maneuverable and incredibly fun to drive.
And fun at anchor too. Her hydraulic swim platform is capable of supporting more than 1,300 pounds and serves as a great headquarters for watersports as well as a serviceable perch for tenders up to 7'6" in length.
Another onboard highlight is the helm station, which features the metallic-gold accents that are a trademark of designer Christian Grande. Electronics include Raymarine VHF, GPS, autopilot, and cockpit and engine room cameras. A side door leads to the foredeck where a large sunpad beckons those who’d like to work on their tans. Down below there’s a common area decked out with a variety of warmly colored woods, leathers, and linens. It’s flanked fore and aft by en suite staterooms. The amidships master sports large ports and excellent headroom, which creates an airy, open feel, and the forepeak VIP has a double berth that converts into separate bunks should you use it for the kids.
The Sessa C44 is a classic Italian cruising boat with the amenities to make your day on the water a truly memorable one—as long as you don’t overdo it on those Negronis.
This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.