The Italian shipyard Absolute takes another (and big) step forward. At the Cannes Yachting Festival, the flybridge yacht, the Absolute 47 Fly, debuted. It so happened that we visited her on board twice: in Cannes and Genoa.
Design, outdoor decks
Scale glazing is the first thing you notice when you look at the Absolute 47 Fly. Indeed, the superstructure is literally packed in glass, and there are two huge “windows” in the hull. Their unusual shape can evoke different associations, but one thing is clear: the yacht has an original and recognizable appearance.
Now I’m going to board. As with the larger boats, access to the cockpit from the aft platform is solid here, with steps from both sides. The platform with a hydraulic drive can be lowered into the water (the control button is on the starboard coaming). It is wide enough to hold an impressive tender (up to 300 kg). The high transom has a large locker behind the door that can accommodate the ends and fenders, so you don’t have to run around the deck when mooring. An optional mooring winch can be installed.
We will not linger in the cockpit for now and will climb the flybridge. The main thing to know about this deck is that it is very long. I will even say that for a 47-foot boat, the flybridge is simply gigantic. Ahead, in front of the helm station, there is a large full-width sunbed, also with a “branch” in the form of a seat on the left side. There is a vetbar nearby with a sink, grill and refrigerator. The aft part is occupied by the dining area, which also transforms into a lounger: from the bow you can look at the course, and from this you can meditate on the wake trail, and in both cases the views are excellent.
Optionally, a hardtop can be installed that protects from the sun or rain the flybridge from the helm station aft, but leaves the bow lounger open.
The “beach” area on the foredeck is no less attractive. The sofa is encircled by a teak table, and the whole structure is again transformed into a lounger with the help of embedded pillows. Comfort here (and not only here) does not negate practicality: access to the anchor device is convenient. Unless it makes sense to slightly expand the side passages, albeit at the expense of the recreation area. There are wide passages along the superstructure, protected by a bulwark – for greater safety. It’s a bit narrow in the nose, although for the same safety the railing is increased here.
A hardtop protecting the flybridge from sun or rain is a useful option
But back to the cockpit. The dining table was not made transformable into a lounger: as we already know, there is where to sunbathe on board the Absolute 47, so the cockpit is in its purest form a lounge area for relaxing or dining in the air. The flybridge overhang is supported by chrome struts; they also serve as guides for the sliding curtain covering the cockpit from the stern. It’s even strange that this is a rational solution, which shelters those sitting in the cockpit from the gaze of onlookers, when the boat is moored astern in the marina, is not often seen.
Above the table, in the “roof” of the cockpit (it is also the overhang of the flybridge), there are intricate lines of LED-backlighting, which looks very atmospheric in the evening. The speakers of the audio system are also mounted there. Under the sofa there are comfortable niches and lockers where you can keep a liferaft and a lot of other stuff.
Dossier Absolute 47 Fly
Fuel / water supply:
2 × Volvo Penta IPS650 (480 HP)