We Say: Living space aboard a 35-foot express like Sessa’s C35 is most often a compromise. If you want privacy, you opt for a boat with two staterooms separated by a bulky doorlike hatch forward that swings into the wrong space at the worst time. Those who like a more open layout wind up with a boat that sleeps a second couple on a no-privacy pullout settee.
I discovered a smart solution aboard the C35, an idea that’s so simple you just shake your head. It’s a sliding pocket door that separates the midcabin (with a nice athwartship queen berth) and the forward convertible lounge area. Each has convenient access to the well-equipped galley and head.