The interior of the C52 is an altogether more tasteful confection than either of those infamous Greeks would have appreciated. Sessa offers a choice of styles, which gives you the option of a chic and modern interior or a warm and traditional one—or, of course, a combination of the two. The paneling can be of white lacquer or natural oak and the upholstery white or beige leather. The galley surfaces can be brushed stainless steel, as on my test model, or nut-brown marble, while silk fabrics in the staterooms can be in either yellows and creams or fiery reds and browns.
The flagship of the company’s range, Sessa’s C52 is a well-thought-out three-cabin boat with two heads, an en suite for the master cabin in the forepeak and a second one amidships, semi-en suite with the port guest cabin. The accommodation below decks is arranged around a central saloon and galley area, with a large dinette on the starboard side and the galley to port. The folding table is an elegantly simple oak double-leaf design with a nested pair of upholstered stools stowed underneath and held in place by a sort of elasticated leather garter—using these, you could comfortably seat six or maybe more. The galley is short, straight, and simple, with both high and low cabinets, a single sink, and a central fridge below the worktop.
Up forward, the owner’s cabin is a relatively palatial affair. I had three fingers’ clearance over my head, or around 6'2” headroom, plus there was a queen-size central berth and a head to starboard with a circular shower stall. The owner is clearly expected to go cruising, with plenty of stowage provided: a 40-inch-wide, double-fronted wardrobe on the port side, a smaller one opposite, and three big drawers under the foot of the bed.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of stowage for the guests. Neither the double cabin to port nor the twin on the starboard side has enough locker space for more than a weekend away, with just a smallish hanging locker apiece and some shelves. The cabins themselves are fine, however—reasonably spacious, and with marginally better headroom in the standing areas than the master. If you have guests of different sizes, it might be worth remembering that the berths are slightly lower in the starboard cabin and so have more sitting headroom.
Of course the focus aboard the C52 is the cockpit, and it excels. Essential to its success is the upper galley, complete with two-burner cooktop, U-shape counter area, and 4.6-cubic-foot ,fridge. It might seem an extravagance, but with seating for six at the dinette and a three-person sunbed aft, it makes perfect sense. With the sliding hardtop open or closed, it is a comfortable and sociable place to prepare a meal, in touch with both the helm area and the big oval dinette. One of the boat’s hidden extras reveals itself at the push of a switch: a TV that appears from behind the starboard sofa.
The helm position is a model of common sense and practicality. The seats are adjustable and comfortable whether you sit or stand, and visibility all around is unusually good for a hardtop sport cruiser. The instrumentation layout is simple and clean, and the beautiful wheel (also adjustable) is as easy on the hands as it is on the eyes. Best of all, the moldings under the windscreen are dark brown, to minimize reflections. It’s clear that as much thought has gone into the driver’s environment as everybody else’s.
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