The new entry-level boat in the Fly range has surprisingly spacious interiors and a highly functional deck layout. The hull is very versatile, and its pairing with Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines is a winning choice
by Luca Sordelli
Absolute continues to relentlessly drive forwards, reinventing itself year after year. Its premises in Podenzano are being expanded to satisfy the increased demand from buyers for ever-larger models, like the Navetta 73 and Navetta 68.
Its designs are becoming increasingly contemporary and recognisable, and moreover, the entire range is being revamped, from the bottom upwards. The 47 Fly is the new entry-level boat in the Fly series, replacing the old 45 in the catalogue. It’s the smallest craft in the family and aims to lure in new owners before they eventually graduate on to larger models.
It’s no surprise that this 14-metre boat is completely different from the previous model – the shipyard has invested a lot of money in its design and in its manufacturing processes, including the Integrated Structural System, a process honed over many years of work and experimentation
The fibreglass hull is reinforced by a multi-dimensional grid that covers the entire length and width of the base of the ship, and all floors, ceilings and wooden bulkheads are bonded to the grid using fibreglass, creating an extremely sturdy and durable result. Personally, I was very impressed with the liveability and functionality of the deck, as well as the quality of the finishes and workmanship.
In terms of the spaces on board, the most obvious change is the fact that the forward sunbathing area has been replaced by a second, large cockpit. A large living area has also been created, with a small table at its centre and a removable awning. This is a small miracle given the space available – every last inch has been put to the best possible use, especially considering that there is also room below deck for the large owner cabin. Getting around the boat is also straightforward; the side decks are wide and well protected with strong handrails, and the new door leading to the helmsman’s station is a major plus.
In terms of finishes, various significant details prove the shipyard is investing heavily in creating a premium appearance. Take, for example, the invisible air conditioning outlets, integrated into the furniture, and the glass separating the cockpit from the galley that can be raised or lowered electronically, as well as the attention paid to lighting, with dimmable LED lights in all cabins and pop-up lights in the cockpit at the bow.
Unlike the previous model, the layout of the sleeping area no longer includes a space at the stern for the sailor, which was an unusual addition for a boat of this size. There are now three proper cabins (previously there were only two) with the owner cabin at the very front of the ship, above the waterline, like the Navetta 48, with a double bed positioned diagonally in the room. This ingenious and effective solution provides more useable floor space and offers excellent illumination thanks to the large, frameless side windows.
The other two cabins are at the centre of the boat, one smaller one with single beds, and one that is on a par with the master cabin in terms of size (the walk-in wardrobe is especially enormous), but with less natural light. There are two bathrooms, one for the exclusive use of the owner and another with access at the bottom of the staircase, which also acts as a day toilet. The engine room hosts two Volvo Penta D6 engines, paired with two IPS 650s.
I tested them on a calm sea with a significant load, with liquids at 90% and nine people on board. As usual with the boats from the shipyard in Podenzano, working out the best speed for sailing the Absolute 47 Fly is not easy.
Absolute has believed in IPS propulsion from the very beginning, and over the years they have put a lot of work into the propulsion/hull pairing, resulting in the excellent efficiency you can see from the litres/mile fuel consumption curve. Once above the threshold of 2,700 revs, where displacement turns to plan, the curve falls gradually, only rising again right at the end, at full throttle.
I achieved the best litres/mile performance sailing at 22.3 knots and 3400 revs (from the 3750 available): 6.6 (148 l/h), and even at 100% revs, at 28.1 knots, the curve only goes up slightly, to 7.04 (198 l/h). At the same time, the economical cruising speed is intriguing: at 17 knots fuel consumption is just 120 litres per hour. This, therefore, is an impressively versatile hull, in a tried-and-tested combo with the Swedish propulsion system.
Via F. Petrarca 4
Loc. I Casoni – Gariga
I-29027 Podenzano (PC) – Italy
+39 (0)523 354011
PROJECT: Shipyard technical department
HULL: LOA 14.63m • Maximum beam 4.52m
• Draft 1.23m • Full mass displacement 23,000 kg
• Fuel tank volume 1,600 l • Water tank volume 530 l
MAIN PROPULSION: 2 Volvo Penta D6 IPS 650
• Outlet mechanical power 353 kW / 480 hp • Number of cylinders 6 • Bore & Stroke 103mm x110mm
• Total swept volume 5.5 l • Maximal rotational speed 3750/min • Weight 645 kg
EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B-14
PRICE: 700,000 € as standard, Excl. VAT
The new Absolute 47 Fly is powered by a pair of Volvo Penta D6s – 6-cylinder engines with 480 hp of power and a 5.5 litre cylinder volume, with IPS 650 propulsion. The large, capacious and well-organised engine room is also worth a mention.
(Absolute 47 Fly, surprisingly liveable – Barchemagazine.com – February 2020)