21 December, 2015
Absolute Navetta 52
Absolute Navetta 52 – Spacious little yacht
Inspired by the larger Navetta 58, this fresh yacht debuted in Cannes, winning us over with excellent solutions and interesting performance in a lovely little package
Merely one year after debuting their new Navetta line and its first model, the 58, Absolute presented the next model from the same line. Navetta 52 debuted this fall in Cannes boat show, appealing primarily to the new type of client looking for more space, more range, and less consumption. Absolute seems to have found the perfect mix with the 58 – just as popular now as it was when it was launched a year ago, and more than 10% of all units sold in the past year was the 58 – so to make it even more appealing in size only seemed logical. Enter the 52. Built rather quickly due to the yard’s proprietary ISS technology, she features some invisible qualities like bulkheads connected to both hull and deck. But what is immediately visible is that 52 is surprisingly roomy for such a small boat and uniquely sturdy. While the first feature is every client’s favorite, the second one attracts more experienced owners looking for a seaworthiness. Partially esthetically inspired by the 58, the new model looks robust – pack that much interior volume into that length and you’ll inevitably end up with a yacht that looks like it spent time at the gym.
Still, the bow is rather dainty, well protected and very cozy, equipped with a pillowy sofa (my favorite spot) and a large sunbed. When we say ‘protected’, we primarily refer to the railing, stretching all around the deck and nipping every fear of falling overboard, very nice when you have small children on board. Navetta 52 is basically a modern interpretation of a trawler, and that is probably most obvious in the middle of the main deck, where also on the starboard, the door to enter the salon next to helm station are situated. The cockpit astern is small, as it ‘borrowed’ some of its space to the interior saloon, but the exterior lacks nothing, because the flybridge makes up for every shortcoming of the stern cockpit. Covering the main deck from the windshield to the transom, the upper deck is we believe the largest we have seen in years on yacht of this size. It hosts a second command post and is split in two by the seating behind the command console, so this deck has two functional spaces; the hard-top covered skipper’s space on the bow and dining room astern (bar, grill, teak table and a U-shaped sofa are all standard equipment) and still there is room for two sofas on the stern part. The flybridge is our favorite spot on this yacht, but as functional as it may be, it still comes in second in that category, behind the hydraulic stern platform that is usual but always extremely practical solution. You may like the exterior choices, but we simply love soft feeling of the interior of 52.
Large windows and glass surfaces make sure each and every inch of interior is flooded with natural light, and allow the eyes to roam across the sea. Absolute’s designers can be proud of their fresh ideas when it comes to storage: there literally is no space left unused and we seriously doubt even the most enthusiastic packers will find themselves longing for more storage space. Astern, the cozy galley fills up the port corner, and can be separated from the rest by electrically operated movable glass surface, or stay connected to the saloon and the cockpit. The dining room (with a big wooden dining table) is located in the front on the port with a long sofa opposes it on the starboard side. The saloon is spacious and comfortable, larger than one would expect from a 52-feet yacht, and decorated with good taste, in fine materials and fabrics – in the way we are used by Absolute since the beginning. Below deck, the new Absolute has three cabins and two heads. The master’s cabin is in usual full beam position, rather classical in layout and decoration, and has a private head, and small nigh table in front of it. A smaller double guest cabin lies starboard amidships, while the VIP is in the bow and looks especially roomy due to the clever side positioning of its queen-size bed. Absolute Navetta 52 is comfortable, cozy and spacious, and also offers interesting performance. Powered by two Volvo Penta IPS 600 (2 x 435 hp), the 52 reaches top speed of 24 knots using 90 liters of fuel per hour, but only needs under 3 liters per mile to cruise comfortably at 15 knots. This mini trawler has a skipper’s cabin right next to the stern platform and therefore can be used for charter too, but if you wish to grab the steering wheel yourself, you can use the space as storage for toys and tools that makes her a perfect owner’s yacht. Inspired by her larger sister, the lovely little Absolute 52 is a practically designed, comfortable yacht bound to be as popular as her predecessor. www.absoluteyachts.com