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Article selected from thousand boat trials performed by Nautica in nearly 50 years

Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by Roberto Moneda


This boat, expressly designed for cruising, below deck feature a settee with table at the extreme bow (convertible into a double bed), followed by a separate bathroom, in front of which is the galley area, and, finally, an additional double bed. On deck the main characteristics include: a comfortable steering station with pilot and co-pilot seats, a comfortable "L" shaped settee which is also convertible into a sun-bed, a small furniture with sink and shower and a spacious swimming-platform with retractable ladder, fender-holder and access door to the cockpit.

The tested unit was fitted with a 230 hp gasoline engine with sterndrive, enough to achieve a 34 knots top speed with 3 persons on board. With a precise and handy character, the Oyster 22 can satisfy the young family wishing to enjoy short coastal cruises, in complete comfort and on a reliable boat.


Builder: Sessa Marine, via C. Maggi 41, 20050 Lesmo (MI) Italy, tel. +39-39-6980851, fax +39-39-6980206
Project by: Massimo Radice
LOA: 6.20 mt
Max. beam: 2.50 mt
Molded depth: 1.70 mt
Max. draft: 0.85 mt
Full load displacement: 1300 kg.
Max. passengers capacity: 7 persons
Engines: 1 - Mercruiser 4.3 LX - petrol
Total installed power: 230 hp
Transmission: sterndrive
Engines weight: 365 kg
Top speed (declared): 35 knots
Fuel capacity: 205 liters
Fresh water capacity: 60 liters
Berths: 4 in 2 areas
Standard equipment: galley area with refrigerator and sink, burner, Sony stereo system, cabin fitted carpets, separate bathroom with marine w.c. and sink, compass, briar dashboard panel, engine monitoring instruments including: rev-counter, hours-counter, LOG, water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, fuel level indicator, sterndrive trim indicator, voltmeter, mahogany Momo wheel, 12 volts socket, stern towing bracket, retractable ladder, fender-holder, electric windlass, hawse, fore sun-bed cushions, convertible cockpit settee, cockpit cover, cockpit fitted carpets, battery, fresh water autoclave, trim tabs, navigation lights, automatic and manual bilge pump, hydraulic steering.
Optional: additional stereo loudspeakers, second battery, boiler, boat cover, 220 volts electrical plant with shore connection, wooden cradle, radar-arch and cover, surge waters tank, auxiliary engine holder
Tested boat's price with standard equipment: 73.000.000 Lit (VAT not included)


wind: -
sea state: calm

Planning time: 6.9 seconds
Minimum planning speed:
Top speed: 38.8 knots at 4750 rpm
Cruise speed: 25 knots at 3500 rpm


Construction material and detailing: hand lay-up reinforced fiberglass; polyurethane filled voids ensure buoyancy in all conditions; stainless steel handrail; toughened glass windshield featuring a comfortable and practical design.
Lockers number and place: 4 in the cockpit, 1 in the fore deck.
Deck: large built-in swimming-platform, practical cockpit furniture with sink and telephone shower; "L" shaped cockpit settee convertible into a sun-lounge, pilot and co-pilot settee with head-rest and ergonomically designed; radar-arch (optional); fiberglass antenna holder, large bow sun-lounge, with comfortable cushions (a practical separated cushions allows to obtain a complete sun-lounge with the fore deck hatch opened).
Interiors: fore cabin with "V" shaped settee and table, convertible into a double bed; cotton cushions with the choice of three different colors, galley area fitted with burner, sink and marine refrigerator; aft bed with porthole to the cockpit; separated bathroom with sink and electric w.c.
Steering position: to the starboard side, with briar dashboard panel; complete engine monitoring instruments and gauges set, wheel and wall-mounted throttle (ergonomically placed).