Absolute was founded in 2002 by a couple of Italian yachting veterans, Sergio Maggi and Marcello Bè, building first the Absolute 25 and 45. Since that time they have dropped the 25, and lengthened the 45 to 47 in 2007. Now the company has a total of 10 different boats in their line ranging from 40' to 70'.
Absolute 47 (2011-) Specifications
47' 10'' 14.60 m
13' 8'' 4.19 m
248 gal. 940 L
79 gal. 300 L
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The Absolute 47 is the right size for a lot things, including zipping off to the islands for a long weekend.
The main deck of the Absolute 47 has the settee to port and the wet bar to starboard.
All Absolute yachts are designed to go to sea, a point of pride for the company. But the people running Absolute are also realists. They know that the market, particularly in Europe, wants sleek, beautifully-styled boats that are au courant with the latest decor and fashion. Indeed, the Absolute factory is located just a few miles southeast of Milan, one of the two main fashion capitals of Europe.
Capt. Rob sits on the settee on the bridge deck. Note this boat is designed to be operated by a skipper in the sitting position.
Builders Maggi and Bè are trying hard to build boats to even higher standards of perfection in a country where the bar is already in the stratosphere. That takes courage and expertise. These men believe in luxury but not in glitz. They believe in speed, particularly if it can be done efficiently. To this end, when Volvo Penta came along with the IPS system a few years after Absolute was founded, they jumped on this more efficient system.
The sun pad takes center stage abaft the settee. The side decks are narrow but serviceable.
The Absolute 47 is a hardtop express that is nearly 49' LOA and 47' on deck. It has a beam of 13' 8" a draft of under 3'. It is a two stateroom vessel and both have en suite heads with separate shower stalls. The boat has two, large U-shaped settees, one below opposite the galley, and the other on the bridge deck on the port side, which is so often the case.
Capt. Rob points out in his video that Absolute has a dark gel-coated surface on the dash under the windshield to minimize glare on the windscreen both during the day, as well as at night. This is not a common practice of express builders and indicates management's commitment to good seamanship in the build.
The hardtop has a massive sunroof that is powered open, but while closed, has skylights to let in light. Aft of the settee on deck is a huge sun pad, below which is a garage for an inflatable tender. Below that is the engine room.
The garage for the inflatable is immediately under the large aft sun pad. There needs to be a place outside on deck to secure the small outboard motor and its fuel.
The Absolute 47 follows the template used by most express boats in this range by having the mid-cabin full beam, en suite with standing headroom. Where it is different from many others is that its queen bed is set on the diagonal. This trick gives added headroom at the foot and also makes the cabin look bigger than it actually is. This can be either the master or the VIP.
In between the two staterooms is a lovely settee to starboard.
This photo is taken of the mid cabin looking from the area near the head which is to the right. This could be the master or a great VIP stateroom.
This photo of the forward head gives some idea of the fit-and-finish and the level of style, materials and design that can be found throughout the Absolute 47.
The forward cabin is well styled. Note the cabinets forward that use the bow flare for much-needed storage and the Roman curtains port and starboard are tastefully executed.
Power and Performance
Standard power on the 47 is the Volvo Penta IPS600, which uses the 435-hp Volvo Penta diesel engine, one of the few marine diesels on the market that was designed specifically for boats instead of trucks. The folks at Absolute tell us that with the IPS600s she will cruise in the low 30s and has a WOT speed in the mid 30s. We have not tested this boat, but based on our tests of other express cruisers of about this size, weight and purpose, we would say that those speeds should be attainable.
The swim platform on the Absolute 47 is much larger than on other boats in this class. Note that the bottom of the boat extends almost to the end of the platform. This is a good thing for several reasons: It adds buoyancy to the stern when accelerating to keep the bow down, it helps keep the draft on the shoal side, it adds stability, and storage area.
Since most boats in this size range have about the same layout, and since they also pretty much use the same engines and equipment, the big differentiator will be in her fit-and-finish, styling details, quality of systems installations, and over-all ergonomics and utility. If and when we test this boat we will be able to drill down deeper into those subjects.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, and the best way to get a feel for this boat's finish work is to see for your self, we are offering you a video and a gallery of photos.
Below the aft sun pad is the garage for the inflatable dinghy. This boat was sans dinghy and seemed to have some extra bunny pads stored here.
Below the garage is access to the engine room. Both the sun pad and the dinghy garage lift on hydraulic rams.
Few boat builders have come so far so fast as has Absolute, which along the way became a public company. Here is a brief history of the company's meteoric rise-
2002. Sergio Maggi and Marcello Bè, two well-established names in the world of yachting, set up Absolute.
2003. Absolute 25 and 45, future winners of important international awards, are launched.
2005. Plans are made for a yacht over 50 feet with a hardtop. The sales network is expanded. Production rises by 35%.
2006. The new flagship, Absolute 56, is launched. The yacht-building yard is expanded and all the construction stages are optimized.
2007. The 250th vessel enters the water. Absolute 47 and 52 are received with acclaim at Cannes.
2008. Absolute wins the Brand Management prize at the Nautical Marketing Awards. Two new models are being created: Absolute 43 and 70, the company’s new flagship.
2009. Prize to Absolute 70 for the best interior layout for sport yachts below 24 meters. Absolute 64 is first presented.
2010. Entrance to the flybridge market. First presentation of the Absolute 43 Fly and Absolute 50 Fly at the autumn Boat Shows.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Absolute 47 (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Absolute 47 (2011-) Warranty
Absolute 47 (2011-) Warranty Information
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