May 17, 2010

Project: Sessa C54 Sport-Coupe

Sessa pulls out a new project for a sixteen metres open yacht, the C54 Sport-Coupe. Coming live in the next Cannes Show in September this new model will continue Sessa vocation as a trend-setter, and ever improving quality coming by, reviving and expand its sport yacht range, what will be a challenge in this size. Designer Christian Grande and Sessa set the tones for a Sport Yacht with closed lounge main deck concept as the C68 flagship, and as recent models continue with striking aggressive looks and so called animal features. Sessa objective is to give the C54 Sport-Coupe the C68 amenities, and as it happens this project mirrors the flagship in many ways combining characteristics of a performing and sporty open, to those of a comfortable, elegant yacht. The C54 Sport-Coupe is also Sessa's fourth generation hull developed for IPS, following the C46, C43 and the 54 Fly. Sessa is one of the few to have used IPS so extensively and in my memory only another Italian yard does in fact uses the Volvo forward looking pods more to this, which made possible to take advantage of an experience to optimise this technology to the full and incorporate better use of volumes. This does in fact deliver a lower deck with three double cabins, including a full beam owner stateroom to mid-ship with separate shower head. A spacious galley is also located on the lower deck, entirely freeing the main saloon for entertainment and lounging having here an eight person guest table, bar, convertible settee which transforms into a sun pad, and the separation glass patio door which makes the C54 a summer and winter sport yacht. There will also be a BBQ area behind the cockpit, a hydraulic stern platform, and a crew cabin which is so welcoming that can also be used for guests. The C54 Sport-Coupe shares a similar hull shape, twin Volvo 700hp engines, and second generation larger IPS pods to the 54 Fly which should also mirror the 32 knots top speeds achieved by Sessa first flybridge yacht.