The 50 fly’s designers did an interesting job of developing this well-done ergonomic project that offers comfort, space, fuel efficiency, quiet and very pleasant views. By Angelo Colombo.
THE NEW ABSOLUTE 50 FLY is based on a consolidated scheme in terms of exterior layout – even if on this 50-footer the Italian yard was able to realise more space than usual in the open air, while paying attention to sun protection on the flybridge thanks to the well-designed top.
The 50 Fly introduces on a yacht of this size many details usually dedicated to bigger yachts, for example the main deck on one level in the exterior as well as interior, sliding doors to maximise space, big beds and windows, wide common areas to enjoy with friends, and a comfortable area dedicated to the Captain.
Designed by the Absolute Research and Development Lab - Centro Studi, the 50 Fly is characterised by a modern design and very high standard of construction quality as normally found with yachts made by the yard in Ancona.
There are many things to appreciate while cruising on this boat, for example the huge fly area with 18.6sqm of space for relaxation in the open air, but also the interior headroom that is never less than 1.9m but mainly 2.15m throughout. The fly area hosts a main sofa with dining room table, side sofa and sunbathing with three single reclining backrests. In addition, the wet bar has a sink, BBQ grill, icemaker and fridge.
The interior receives a lot of natural light from the big windows and portholes, or oblò, and these provide constant visual contact with the sea. The designers did a very interesting job of developing this welldone ergonomic project that offers comfort, space and pleasant views throughout. The big volume and construction method ensure very little vibration and noise, as recorded during the sea trial.
The master cabin is mid-ship, and very large for a boat this size thanks to the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion systems that gave the interior design team more volume at mid-ship and stern. The Owner’s suite has a sizeable private bathroom. The other two cabins are the VIP at the bow that shares a bathroom with a double-bed cabin on the right.
There is a high level of comfort in all areas, including the welldesigned main saloon with a C sofa on the left and double sofa on the right behind the cockpit. The kitchen towards the stern allows the people cooking to mingle with the other guests.
The back deck has sliding doors that can be opened to create a sizeable entertainment area with the saloon and kitchen. There is a big sofa with a sunpad that can be enjoyed during navigation or at anchor.
The stern platform is equipped with a system that allows for easy operation with the tender and creates a pleasant beach area. Another interesting place is the sun area at the bow, with a sofa and a large sunpad.
Designing and building boats always involves compromise. If somebody wants to realise a yacht of 10m with four wide cabins, four baths, a fuel consumption of 20 l/h and goes 40 knots… well, it isn’t possible, simply because the physics don’t change.
The hull shapes, the weight control system during construction process, the efficiency of the engines and propulsion systems can change, but in the end there are some fixed points and everything becomes a compromise. Sometimes people will come up and say: “I saw your test about ****** boat, very nice but it’s a pity that it cannot sail faster than 30 knots.”
Someone probably could push a 15m boat to go 150 knots, but it would not be comfortable with three big cabins, wide areas to relax in the interior and exterior, and so on. When making these compromises, the exercise is to choose the best one for the specific market and optimise all the elements to obtain the best results.
The Absolute 50 Fly is the result of very interesting compromises that still offer space, comfort, reasonable fuel consumption at any speed and max speed of 30 knots that is more than enough during a cruise with family or friends.
The cruising speed is 24 knots, an interesting figure on a boat of this size, but more interesting is the ability to plane at 14.6 knots with a fuel consumption of 130 litres/hour and 7.8 litres per mile. This is the perfect speed for a long and comfortable cruise with family and friends.
The efficient hull works very well with the IPS Volvo Penta propulsion systems, in this case two D6 IPS 600. At 24 knots, the fuel consumption is 142 l/h and 5.9 litres per mile. For people who like fast cruising, fuel consumption is not a problem to ponder while enjoying the 50 Fly’s comfort and safety.
Manoeuvring the 50 Fly is very easy because the propulsion system has been very well tuned by Volvo Penta and the yard to optimise safety and manoeuvrability through working on the algorithm that manages the IPS movement, adapting to the speed and the engine RPMs.
Absolute has done a very good job creating a comfortable and spacious 50ft cruising boat that is also efficient to handle in ports and small areas thanks to the very effective joystick system that makes any kind of operation easy even for a less-experienced Owner or Captain.
www.absolute-marine.com (Hong Kong).
ABSOLUTE 50 FLY
LOA 15.2 metres / 49 feet 10 inches.
Beam 4.43m / 14ft 6in.
Engines 2 x Volvo Penta IPS D6-600 435hp.
Max speed 30 knots.
Cruising speed 24 knots.
Fuel consumption (cruising) 6.2 litres/mile, 1.64 gallons/mile, 142.6 litres/hour, 37.67 gallons/hour.
Displacement (full load) 22.5 tonnes.
Fuel 1,600 litres / 422.68 gallons.
Water 450 litres / 118.88 gallons.
Builder Absolute Spa.
Design Absolute Research and Development Lab – Centro Studi.
People on board 11.
Wind 5 knots.
Fuel 1,200 litres.
Water 400 litres.