Sessa Marine C38

A bright, stylish and very cool take on sportscruiser design from this Italian builder

Outside the look is sleek and understated, the optional black hull colour adding a bit of menace.

Backing up the cool looks is the performance with Volvo Penta 300hp D4 diesels delivering a top speed of 34 knots and a very confident, agile ride.

We tested the boat in some big seas and the hull ran very well, cutting smoothly through the waves and responding quickly to throttle and steering adjustments.

On board the cockpit looks smart with Sessa’s planked, contemporary take on teak decking and some sparkling upholstery.

So while the hardtop is a little low, with barely 6ft of headroom, the style is high.

Below decks the two-cabin interior might not quite have the glamour and rich finish of the larger boats in the range but it’s still a very smart look with a mix of light walnut and high-gloss cabinetry.

The galley area is a little small but the toilet compartment comes with a separate shower stall finished in teak.

Tested January 2010

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  • Overall score:


  • Cool looks and fast cruising


  • A bit tight inside the hardtop

Price as reviewed:



Sessa moves its uber-cool style to the mainstream sportscruiser market and does it with a keen eye on price. An immediate class leader


Displacement: 8 tonnes
Top Speed: 34 knots
Cabins: 2
Fuel Capacity: 210gal (960lt)
Beam: 12ft 6in (4.4m)
Cruising Speed: 26 knots
Water Capacity: 66gal (300lt)
RCD Category: B
Length Overall: 38ft 3in (11.7m)
Engines: twin Volvo Penta D4-300hp
Range: 280nm
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Contact: Sessa Marine

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