Disappear for a few miles or a few months
By Mike Burns
Boat Test #1653
Founded in 2002, and based out of Podenzano, Italy, Absolute Yachts designs and builds luxury yachts from 47 up to 73 feet in the Navetta, Flybridge and Coupé ranges. The Absolute 47 Fly has the honours of the ‘entry level’ model in this series, which features flybridge yachts up to 72 feet.
This Volvo powered 47 Fly features many similar design elements and materials used on their larger models, but to consider to be the ‘baby’ of the fleet would be unfitting. Fitted with three cabins, wide and comfortable exteriors and an additional cockpit with a table in the bow, the Absolute 47 Fly offer many ‘big boat’ features of models of larger size.
As you step aboard a generous sized hydraulic swim platform, two set of steps to port and starboard lead to the spacious cockpit. A large U-shaped lounge can accommodate about 6 guests comfortably. To starboard, a set of moulded steps leads to an enormous flybridge. It is very well organized and features another large seating area that equals the cockpit. A functional wetbar to port features a BBQ, and up forward, a large sunpad is located alongside and forward of the helm.
The helm itself features two bucket style seats and due to the offset position of the helm, you’ll generally want to be docking to starboard, whether coming alongside or backing into a slip. The dash is large enough to accommodate two large screens, and all of the controls, including the joystick for the IPS drives, are within easy reach.
As you enter the main salon through a large glass door, you immediately step into the galley, which is a great feature for when entertaining guests inside or out. The well-equipped galley features plenty of counter space, under-counter microwave, and a large upright fridge / freezer combination is within easy reach off to starboard.
A step up leads you to a large salon seating area feature a U shaped dinette to port, and bench seating to starboard. The 47 Fly is fitted with a lower station to starboard. Generally I am not a fan of most lower stations due to their lack of functionality, however enormous panoramic windows and a large forward windshield offer the operator a generally unobstructed view. In additional, a useful side door allows for easy deck access during docking manoeuvers.
Amidships, a set of steps leads down to the accommodation area where you’ll find a mater cabin forward, a VIP cabin with a large double bed to port, and a guest cabin equipped with two single beds is off to starboard. The mater features an en-suite head, complete with a shower fitted with a portlight, a vanity desk, and ample closet space. A second day head (with direct access to the VIP cabin) is located off to port and is fitted with an equally spacious separate shower stall.
An inviting feature of the 47 Fly is the lounging area on the foredeck. Access to the area is via spacious sidedecks fitted with high ergonomic handrails. The forward cockpit features a telescopic table that can be lowered into a sunpad, and when you need a break from the sun, this area can be fitted with an overhead canopy, supported by four uprights.
The 47 Fly is powered by twin Volvo Penta D6 IPS650’s, with Joystick control, which will allow for comfortable close-quarter maneuvering. With this power, you can expect to see cruising speeds in the mid 20’s (mph) range, and a top speed around the 30 mph mark.
The Absolute 47 Fly offers spacious and functional living space both on deck and down below. That combined with stylish looks, functional features, and the generous three stateroom layout will make for many comfortable cruising day for your family!
Length Overall: 47’ 12” / 14.63m
Beam: 14’ 10” / 4.52m
Fuel Capacity: 422 gal. / 1,600 L
Water Capacity: 140 gal. / 530 L
MSRP: approx. $1,105,500 USD
For more information: www.marine360.ca, www.absoluteyachts.com