WIf you are looking for a floating home for comfortable sea voyages, have a good 2.3 million euros ready and have a suitable berth in prospect, you can take a look at the new Absolute Navetta 64. Everyone else can still read on and just dream.
Absolute is one of the noble shipyards from Italy. Innovative concepts and uncompromising implementation have always been the goal of the company founders Marcello Bè and Sergio Maggi. The shipyard, founded in 2002, now has an impressive range of motor yachts on offer. The boats are built in production facilities with modern machinery in Podenzano, about 150 kilometers northeast of Genoa. The Navetta line starts at 48 feet and goes all the way to Navetta 73.
Mind you, only the basic version of the almost 20 meter long Navetta 64 represents 2.3 million euros. The shipyard offers tempting extras such as the hard top or a hydraulically lowerable bathing platform. It is no great art to increase the price to the level of the test boat – we did an extensive test lap with hull number one: more than three million euros.
The first highlight, the “Beach Club”, can be admired as soon as you step on the bathing platform. This is a completely separate residential unit in the aft ship. A wide sliding glass door in combination with the bathing platform creates a private bathing zone. The air-conditioned cabin has a double lounger with a sofa function and a private bathroom. So this is a completely separate “granny flat” with a separate entrance and corresponding privacy.
In addition to the bathing platform, there are wide stairs on both sides up to the cockpit. Here, an upholstered sofa with a table and variable privacy screens awaits the travelers. A staircase on port side leads to the flybridge. Here, too, the residents can expect a lavish amount of space. In the front there is a fully equipped open-air steering position with an excellent view, which is flanked on both sides by upholstered furniture. A wet bar with an artificial stone worktop, sink and cooling options has its place on the port side. An L-shaped seating group with a table is conducive to a relaxed get-together. This area is spanned by the optional hardtop with sliding roof. Aft there is still a large open space, which can be provided with additional seating furniture on request.
Back to the main deck: From there, wide gangways lead to the foredeck, where there is another upholstery combination including a table and sun loungers. On the port side is the fitted kitchen with an artificial stone worktop and complete equipment, opposite the dining table. In front of it is the living area with two sofas and a coffee table as well as an armchair and additional storage space in front of the pantry. The steering position follows on the gallery in front of it. The captain and a passenger sit here in bucket seats. All information is shown on large multifunctional displays, which, thanks to their touch function, also serve as a switching and control center for all the technology on board. The companionway to the lower deck connects to the steering position. Three cabins are available to the owners and their guests. The luxurious master cabin surprises with huge windows with a magnificent view.
The top engine – installed in construction number one – consists of two Volvo Penta diesel engines of the type D13-IPS 1350 with 735 kW (1000 PS) each. IPS 1200 are also available as an alternative. Joystick controls, bow and stern thrusters simplify maneuvering. There is nothing wrong with the handling characteristics of the 50-tonner. Due to the drive technology, full circles have a large diameter, which curbs hotspurs at the wheel and accommodates sensitive passengers. The ride through waves is smooth as butter. During the measurement runs, after nine seconds at 14.6 knots with 1750 revolutions, we achieve stable planing. The top speed is 27 knots. Consumption changes only slightly between 15 and 23 knots and is 12 to 13 liters of diesel per nautical mile. Unfortunately, the range of 255 nautical miles is measly for a cruising yacht; A safety reserve of 15 percent in the 3600 liter fuel tank is factored in. Therefore, even in the Mediterranean, refueling stops must be planned for bridging longer distances. When it comes to safety equipment – fire extinguishers and alarms, electrical and manual bilge pumps – the shipyard does not show any weaknesses, nor does the shipyard with regard to the installation of electrical and other technical components.
Solvent customers will assume this and instead worry more about whether they like the design. Absolute relies on a striking appearance with exciting curves and enormous window areas, as well as pure space with a bright, friendly ambience and phenomenal view.