37.4 t. (wet)
|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||2 x 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
Our apologizes to Robert M Pirsig and the title of his 1974 book (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) inquiring into the nature of the quality of products and life in the modern age. When addressing the Absolute 64 STY the whole subject seems terribly relevant. A yacht is not transportation yet it moves us from one place to another. At the opposite extreme, a motoryacht is also not art, yet when well designed and executed in fiberglass, steel and wood it can be as captivating as a Brancusi sculpture. Here's our "Snap-Shot" of the Absolute 64 STY…
A major difference between the Absolute 64 STY and other boats in class is the table and seating on the bow which creates a big improvement in entertaining possibilities. There is a hole for an umbrella for shade and LED pinbot lights in bulwark port and starboard and under seating area.
Mission Statement -- Absolute 64 STY
Make no mistake, the Absolute 64's first mission is to make a statement about the person who owns her. It is someone who has an eye for modern nautical lines and knows there is more to motoryacht ownership than simply how fast the boat goes and how many staterooms she has. This boat is about style, elegance, and gracious entertaining in a yacht that makes up in artfully-executed details what she doesn't have in sheer size when compared to the megayachts tied-up beside her in the Med.
Main deck plan.
Lower deck plan.
The Absolute 64 STY is one of a half-dozen express motoryachts built in Europe in class that are all intended for pretty much the same thing -- hanging out on the French and Italian Riviera. They are all designed to maximize dockside eye-appeal because that is where they spend most of their time. Their range is limited because they can all go fast, but rarely travel more than a few miles down the coast to a cove or beach to drop anchor for the day.
So what sets the Absolute 64 STY apart, if anything? The answer seems to be four things: 1) She is slightly larger than most of her competition; 2) Her builder was an early adapter of IPS and the IPS1200 is the only package available ; 3) She is a relative new-comer to the motoryacht business (12 years) and her designers have therefore surveyed the existing vessels and tried to improve on them all; and 4) She is the only boat in class that has a cocktail/dining table on the bow.
The aft deck is asymmetrical which opens up deck space for better traffic flow into the main saloon and provides more seating for al fresco dining.
Designed for Entertaining. Essentially this class of boat is intended primarily for use during the day and as such the Absolute 64 STY is designed to maximize the space and utility of her main deck. Forward there is not only the typical large sunning pad, but there is also a table that can be used for cocktails in one position, then opened up to serve six in al fresco dining.
As noted, the Absolute 64 is the only boat in class which offers this design and we like it for several reasons: first, it allows guests to gather in two different places on deck; second, it permits the host to seat twice as many people for al fresco dining at anchor or at the marina than would otherwise be possible; third, it is a very good use of space for all sorts of entertaining that simply goes to waste on many other boats in class.
Stainless steel doors slide port and starboard to open up the boat and let the outside in. Note the wide side decks and the skylights in the overhead. Note there is no step up to the salon making the areas as large as a cabaret dance floor.
Aft Deck. We like the fact that Absolute has designed an asymmetrical aft deck. By having only one stairway from the swim platform to the aft deck Absolute is able to create more usable space on deck for sitting around the table which is offset to starboard. In fact, no boat in class can handle as many people on the aft deck as can the Absolute 64 STY. Her design also permits unimpeded traffic flow from the aft deck into the saloon.
Her main saloon is large and serves double duty as both a conversation area, sports bar when watching the TV, or with table up an inside dinning venue. Forward is the helm which is unobtrusive. The galley is down, which maximizes space on deck.
The Master Stateroom
The full-beam master takes advantage of the boat's 16'11" (5.15 m) beam, which is greatest in class.
To starboard in the master is a pull-out vanity or computer work station. Note the size of the port lights.
The Absolute 64 STY has an electrically raised TV opposite the bed.
Below Decks. The Absolute 64 has three staterooms, each with its own en suite head -- and separate shower stall. This is another place where the Absolute shines vis a vis most of its competition. Her heads are generally larger and more functional. Some of this is due to the boat being slightly wider and longer, but most, we suspect, is because the Absolute designers had the advantage of seeing what came before, and simply improved on it.
Not only do three large heads with separate shower stalls make the cabins more comfortable for guests, but they also make the boat far more desirable in the charter trade. This little detail, along with the table on the bow, could well make the Absolute 64 worth several thousand dollars a week more in charter fees.
A tender garage makes the 64 complete as a cruising boat. Charter parties will love it.
Cruising Amenities. Any true cruising boat needs to have a tender and here the Absolute does not disappoint. She has a tender garage nestled under the aft deck. With rollers it can be easily launched and retrieved. When underway this arrangement provides a much more pleasing profile than having the tender perched on an elongated aft swim platform. The stern platform is hydraulically actuated to raise and lower.
From any angle the Absolute 64 looks sleek and fast.
Styling and Taste. When spending several million dollars on something that no one really needs it is easy to get carried away with excess. Absolute's designers have resisted that urge and we find the exterior lines and the interior decor as tasteful as any in class. But since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, every boater will have to make his own decision on this subject. Following is a portfolio of photos that describe the boat better than we ever could--
The Main Deck
No boat in class has made use of the fore deck as has the Absolute 64 with table and seating in addition to the large sun pad.
Large enough for six people the forward table is an ideal venue for cocktails or dinner at anchor. Or, put the kids here while the adults hang out on the aft deck.
Everyone will like the hydraulic swim platform which can lower a jet ski into the water as well as being a teak beach. On hot days guests will love being able to be submersed in the water while still sitting on the platform. It is also ideal for launching and retrieving scuba divers. There are even stainless steel steps to the platform in the down position.
The U-shaped dinette on the aft deck has fold-out leaves so the table can be used for cocktails or dining.
Opposite the dinette is a full wet bar with optional ice maker, refrigerator, grill and sink.
Also an optional hide-away TV can be placed here.
From the inside looking out: Absolute has been careful not to cram too much furniture in the main saloon and thereby hamper movement. Note that the high-low table here is in cocktail mode.
The Absolute 64 saloon features hardwood decking and two tasteful earth tones that are as modern as anything on the market. Note the windows, some of which are electrically actuated. For the U.S., Absolute installs a large Kohler generator and a 100,000 BTU A/C system.
The entertainment center to port contains the high-low flat screen TV that is serviced by the optional satellite.
The helm seats two in total comfort. Note that the nav screens can be easily seen when sitting or standing. Like all boats in class the Absolute is intended to be controlled by an autopilot wand in the hand of the skipper when underway -- there is no need to have to touch the wheel while sitting. The helm is full electric adjustable up and down forward and back. The autopilot can have three separate displays and the wheel position can be customized.
The automatic sunroof has deep channels to keep rainwater out. Running with the top open brings in the sea air as well as the sun and gives the helm an outdoor feel.
The galley is down in the Absolute 64 STY. Note the overhead skylight and exhaust hood over the glass stove top and the opening portlight by the sink. All appliances are Botch or Meile.
The VIP stateroom is forward and as can be seen in this photo has plenty of ambient light.
The guest stateroom to starboard has wide twin berths. These are designed for actual sleeping unlike some in class which are very much on the narrow side. This cabin has its own head with separate shower stall. It also serves as the day head for the boat.
No boat should go cruising without a washer/dryer. Absolute has nestled this combo unit under the companionway stairs.
The crew quarters abaft the master has its own wet head and private access.
This photo demonstrates the size of the aft sun pad, but we urge boaters not to use it when underway. In addition to the big fiberglass overhang an extensible awning to cover the people on the sun pad is also available. Her retail price is about $2.9 million.
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