Design and practicality are often at odds. A feature may look pretty but that doesn’t mean it will serve its purpose. The design team at Sessa, headed by Christian Grande, worked hard not to fall prey to this age-old binary, trying throughout the creation process of the new C46 to brace function with form. And although at first glance, it seemed that some styling may have superceded pragmatism, on closer inspection I found that most every feature aboard not only had a smart look but was also built with a purpose, made of high-grade materials, and could be easily maintained.
Large scuttles in the teak-and-holly saloon sole are prime examples of how pleasing joinery doesn’t have to hinder access. They’re light due to their plywood cores but provide shoulder-wide access to the bilges, which contain a 114-gallon aluminum water tank and 41-gallon black-water tank. Forward, the VIP has a scissor berth—twins that close together to form a queen— with drawers at the foot of each bed so accessing stowed items is simple in either configuration. The aft master, with its angular flooring and tiered ceiling, has its main hanging locker in the entryway—the only part of the cabin with standing headroom—so owners need not slouch to get dressed.