Italy is home to some of the world’s most intoxicating automotive creations and with names like Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini, its heritage in emotive engineering is without equal anywhere in the world—and the same is true of its powerboats, including Sessa Marine. Italy in general is blessed with an extraordinary array of prestigious historical boatyards, building fast, stylish platforms for the highest echelons of the world market. While names like Riva, Pershing and Mochi tend to inspire a little extra fanfare, Randy Sweers at FB Marine is in no doubt that Sessa is as desirable a brand as any. “Sessa Marine builds exclusive boats,” he explains, “that combine design and technology, quality and style, without ever losing sight of the ultimate goal of connecting with its customer.”
That core ambition has defined the Sessa approach since the company’s foundation at the hands of engineer, Camillo Braga, in 1958—and the last 60 years have proven its effectiveness. More than 20,000 boats have been delivered to owners throughout the Americas, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. And yet now, more than ever, there is a breadth to the Sessa fleet that goes way beyond the compact sporting platforms of the past to engage customers at every level of the powerboat market.
FB Marine currently offers three lines of Sessa craft from 18 to 68 feet, in both Open and Fly configurations. And as Randy points out, that means almost every boater can now find a way of getting on board with the Sessa family. “Sessa Marine offers a diverse range of boats in a variety of sizes, so the brand captures a diverse audience,” he says. “From the smaller outboard and stern drive models to the larger cruiser, flybridge, and yacht lines, there are now plenty of entry points to the Sessa range.”
However, the common thread throughout the fleet, he says, is “unrivaled Italian design, style and quality,” and that distinctive Sessa bloodline can be seen in lots of gratifying ways: in the classical Italian fusion of curve and angle; in the sportscar-style helm stations; in the uninhibited design flare of the internal arrangements, and in the unstinting quality of materials. And yet there’s no doubt that several specific models continue to stand out from the crowd.
The C54 Coupe, for instance, is very popular due to its progressive styling and 25-knot top end. And the company’s new wave of Fly models, with input from internationally acclaimed designer, Christian Grande, is also a major high point. By replacing the lofty, cumbersome shapes endemic to the sector with sporting, low-profile lines and a cocktail of traditional portholes and large, structural windows, Sessa’s flybridge solution feels starkly fresh in a market that can sometimes feel quite formulaic.
However, if there’s one boat that continues to garner acclaim as the frontrunner among FB Marine customers, it has to be the Sessa Key Largo 36. Randy Sweers himself has owned several of them and he remains enthusiastic about its blend of dynamic ability and user-friendliness. “It’s just a superb all-around boat that gives you great performance and ease of use in the shallow waters of South Florida and the Bahamas,” he notes. More to the point, this flagship day cruiser also provides a pair of spacious suites, a top speed well in excess of 50 knots, sleeping for four guests and a full-beam master stateroom aft, which makes it all but unique in its size range.
Ultimately, whether you opt for a high-performance craft like the Key Largo 36 or a larger model from the Cruiser, Yacht, or Fly line, Sessa boats look and feel as though they were crafted by people who take pride in the distinctive ‘Italianness’ of their work. By backing that up with through-life service tailored to the needs of each vessel, FB Marine is in a fine position to ensure that boaters in search of La Bella Vita have more options than ever before.
For more information, visit FB Marine Group.
Editor’s Note: Promotional consideration for this article was provided by FB Marine.