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The new 36 footer of the Sessa Marine yard bears the same name and is just as beautiful as the much-loved shells of the ocean world. The Oyster 36 is the flagship of the Sessa Marine. Last year, she was first presented at Genoa Boat Show and was more successful than expected by the yard itself. The boat perfectly reflects the high standards of quality and design of the yard and attracts the Sessa clients with this new series of open motorboats longer than 33 feet.

The Oyster 36 has a beautiful outside line and an incredibly refined interior. Often, the first model is subject to future improvements, nevertheless, this boat is excellent from the start, as if the yard had been building cabin cruisers of this size ever since. The reason is that over the last thirty years, the yard managers, of the same family, interpreted at best the modern market trend. Moreover, compared to other Italian yards, they developed a good productive capacity in what is today the most versatile range of boats - over 20 different models in the 14'-36' range. Nowadays, the Sessa yard ranks first and second as the most productive yard in Italy - the yard's next objective is a yearly production of 1,000 units.

What can be said about this new 36 footer? The boat has a very pleasant outside line marked by special identification elements. Underway she is very stable. The interior layout is extraordinary with headroom in all cabins. The boat includes one nice true cabin aft and one forward, two separated bathrooms and a very practical and large open galley. The finishing level is above average and the price is incomparable!


Designer: Massimo Radice & Styleproject
Yard: Sessa Marine; Via C. M. Maggi, 41 - 20050 Lesmo (MI); tel. +39-39-6980851 fax +39-39-6980260
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 37'3"
Beam: 12'6"
Displacement with test power: 13,686 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 10
Berths: 4+2 in 3 cabins
Test boat power: 2x250hp Turbo Diesel D-Tronic D4.2L Mercruiser
Total installed power: 500 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 1,044 lbs.
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 12.40
Type of transmission: stern drive leg
Maximum declared speed: 38 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 18 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: 265 miles
Fuel capacity: 2x91 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 53 gallons
Road transportation: exceptional cargo
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 280,000,000 ex VAT.


Hull: deep V-hull aft
Hull construction material: reinforced and hand-stratified GRP; GRP molded deck, GRP roll bar with special joint for deck connection, integrated aft platform
Deck materials and characteristics: large deck area, surrounding stainless steel railings connected to the roll-bar; sunning area; low grab rails surrounding the sunning area
Bow area: round hatch, bow pulpit extension integrated in the deck mold with anchor hawse and chain roller; standard electric windlass
Characteristics of the aft platform: integrated aft swimming platform with anti-slipping flooring, stainless steel recessed swimming ladder, hot/cold water shower; fender container and big locker for storage of inflatable raft
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: very well fitted. The cockpit includes a round and spacious dinette with bar-fridge-sink cabinet to the side. The helm station is amidships, on a higher level with pilot's seat and passengers' settee to the side for three adults.


Layout and characteristics: access is to port through a sliding door; at the bottom of three steps, there are the open galley to starboard and the dinette. The master stateroom is forward with ensuite bathroom with double access doors. Aft, to port there is the second bathroom, with access door from the aft cabin entrance. The aft cabin is very spacious and bright with twin beds, many lockers, cabinets and a nice décor
Helm station: simple with embedded lights and Sessa Marine personalized wooden steering wheel. The pilot's seat is comfortable and may be adjusted; driving may be done while standing by using a comfortable support fitted forward in order to enjoy the sunning area on deck.
Chart table: it is located in front of the outer helm station, below the instrument dashboard
Galley: very practical, with a wooden worktop and surrounding wooden bulkhead. This galley was designed for frequent use. It is fitted with several lockers, range, refrigerator and oven
Bathroom: there are two bathrooms, both are fitted with sink, cabinet, marine type toilet and shower. Interiors are bright and well ventilated.


Standard fittings: anchor and 164-foot anchor chain, 5-gallon water heater, compass, stereo and two additional loudspeakers, bow area sunning cushions, shower on deck with 16 gallon container, echo-sounder, refrigerator, ice-box, 220V electric system with dockside electric connection, carpet in cockpit, automatic bilge pump, 12V socket, sewage tank, cockpit cover, electrical windlass, 2 electrical marine-type toilets
Optional fittings: anti-fouling treatment, air conditioning system, auto-pilot, additional battery, dodger, dockside connection cable, chain counter, recessed davits, 3.5 kW generating set, GPS plotter, cradle, VHF dockside connection kit, fixed gangway, hydraulic gangway, 10"screen TV set, 25W-VHF.


Wind: none
Sea: rippled

Time needed to reach planing speed: 7.1 seconds
Cruising speed at 3,000 rpm's: 26 knots
Maximum speed at 3,700 rpm's: 38 knots


Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the boat is very stable thanks to the large beam and the wide stern
Wheel and flap response: the boat's response to the wheel is quick and adequate. Trim tabs are not necessary at full speed
Helm station is comfortable and well protected against the wind; instrument dashboard is a bit far from the driving position. Valuable driving wheel is fitted and the two levers are positioned in casing to starboard
Docking maneuverability: docking is simple thanks to the comfortable reversing gears and stern drive legs.


Deck: excellent solutions for comfortable navigation. The sunning area on deck is ample, the cockpit is practical with a cabinet with covered sink and refrigerator. The central fore-and- aft passage is very practical nevertheless the steps are a bit too high. The overall design of the cockpit is perfect
Interiors: finishing level is very high. The master stateroom is rational and bright. The dinette is very comfortable. All spaces have been carefully used. The aft cabin offers great habitability. The different types of wood, upholstery (beige), paneling (yellow) and carpet (carpet) combine to offer a great chromatic effect
Helm station: high and well protected. The dashboard is on two levels and it is very well fitted; close to it a grab rail was fitted. Pilot's seat is of adequate size and adjustable
Galley: simple and practical, with ample spaces and fitted with the suitable household appliances. Several lockers and cabinets
Bathrooms: good finishing, both are fitted with recessed sinks. Both bathrooms are every bright
Engine room: excellent access from the cockpit
Electrical switchboard and plants: electrical switchboard belowdecks and battery switches inside a locker on deck.