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Brief Summary

The Absolute 45 Fly is a superb example of Italian-based Absolute’s clever arrangements and tasteful styling. The result is a 46’5” (14.14 m) boat that has the amenities of a much larger vessel. With three staterooms and plenty of entertaining room, the 45 Fly is sure to impress anyone looking for yacht-class amenities in a manageable package.

Key Features

  • Dual helms – on bridge deck and on main deck
  • Three staterooms – Master, guest and crew
  • Entertainment areas on bridge deck, in cockpit and in main salon
  • Sun lounge areas on bow and bridge deck
  • Aft galley with full-breadth cockpit doors
  • Retractable television athwartships from interior settee
  • Wet bar and grill on bridge deck


Length Overall 46' 5'' / 14.15 m
Beam 13' 5''
4.09 m
Dry Weight N/A
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 343.43 gal.
1,300 L
Water Capacity 92.46 gal.
350 L


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Std. Power 2x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6-IPS600
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Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Absolute 45 Fly

This running shot of the 45 Fly showcases the boat’s impressive handling characteristics, as well as her generous offering of hull and cabin windows.

Mission of the Absolute 45 Fly

Absolute positions its 45 Fly as a “small megayacht,” thus defining her mission. What this means is that the boat must have downright impressive accommodations and amenities for her size. To that end, she has a full-beam en suite master stateroom, ample seating in the salon, and copious seating on the flying bridge. What’s more, she is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS drives with a joystick, something that most megayachts don’t have.

Distinguishing Features

  • Volvo Penta IPS Technology. The Absolute 45 Fly is powered by the 435-hp D6 Volvo Penta IPS600 propulsion system. The result is improved efficiency and joystick control which makes handling around the dock much easier.
  • Full-Beam Owner’s Stateroom. Typically only found on much larger yachts, the master stateroom aboard the 45 Fly is located midships and runs the entire breadth of the vessel.
  • Natural Light. Nearly every interior space aboard the 45 Fly is furnished with a great deal of windows, making the interior of this boat extremely bright and welcoming.
  • Port Side Lower Helm. Most boats in class have their lower helm on the starboard side and the upper helm to port or in the center. The Absolute 45 Fly goes the reverse route. By have the helms on opposite sides, skippers can pick the appropriate one when going alongside a dock.
  • Third Sleeping Cabin. We hesitate to call the crew quarters in the stern of the boat a stateroom, but in fact it can certainly function as one. In fact, we like it more than the bunk bed third cabins without a dedicated head, that we typically find on boats 10’ (3.05 m) larger. (More below).
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    The three deck views of the Absolute 45 Fly – bridge deck, main deck and lower deck.

    Major Standard Features

    • Dual helms – on bridge deck and on main deck

    • Three staterooms – master, guest and crew (although crew stateroom is aptly endowed to serve as a second guest stateroom)

    • Entertainment areas on bridge deck, in cockpit and in main salon

    • Sun lounge areas on bow and bridge deck

    • Aft galley with full-breadth cockpit doors to allow seamless entertaining

    • Retractable television athwartships from interior settee

    • Wet bar and grill on bridge deck

    • Air conditioning

    • Diesel generator

    • Three private heads with two private, stand-up showers

    • Power windows in salon to provide ample airflow

    • Teak decking exterior, solid oak decking interior

    • Canaletto walnut interior wood

    • Corian surfaces in galley and in head compartments

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    The large aft platform is great for swimming, sunning, boarding, meeting friends in their tenders, and also serves as the entrance to the crew cabin. Note the large window in the transom which will make the aft cabin bright and not claustrophobic.

    Performance and Handling

    We have not had the opportunity to test the 45 Fly ourselves, and unfortunately the only performance information published is from Absolute’s website. According to the website, the 45 Fly will cruise at 27 knots (31 mph) burning 116 liters/hour (30.6 gallons/hour). This yields an efficiency of 1.0 miles per gallon. With a 343-gallon fuel tank, the 45 Fly has a 313 statute mile range, or 272 nautical miles with a 10% reserve.

    Consumer Caveat.

    The performance numbers published by Absolute were not accompanied by any information on the testing regime, load, rpm, nor were any other speed figures given.

    Hull Design to Optimize Volvo Penta-IPS Technology

    Absolute has been designing their boats for IPS drives since Volvo first introduced the technology. The advantages of the IPS drives over conventional inboard straight-shaft propulsion is well known, and tests on other boats have confirmed this. Likewise, joystick control for docking is also well-proven. With these two technological advancements, the Absolute 45 Fly has state-of-the-art propulsion.

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    The bridge deck’s chaise lounge is a pleasant way to relax while also keeping the captain company underway.

    Features Inspection

    One quick inspection of the 45 Fly will reveal its primary purpose: to entertain on the water in style, luxury and most importantly, comfort. The Italian styling and high-quality materials are simply Absolute’s method of delivering comfort and convenience to its customers.

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    The flying bridge on the Absolute 45 Fly has devoted most of its square footage to seating and sunning.

    Flying Bridge

    Passengers wishing to enjoy the experience of piloting the 45 Fly with the captain will find the bridge deck extremely accommodating. While the helm seat is wide, it is not wide enough for two people; however, there is an expansive sun lounge immediately to port of the helm.

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    The bench seating and solid teak table atop the bridge overhang is a great way to enjoy the open air, and makes a dramatic venue for cocktail or even dinner parties. Seating capacity is as large as any we have seen in class.


    Behind the helm is a well-appointed wet bar, and a large U-shaped settee surrounding a solid teak table. By our count, at least 8 people can be seated around the table. If the boat is being used as a VIP platform even more can be seated on the flying bridge.
    While we often look at boats in this class for entertaining, we should forget that boats are often primarily used for family outings and cruising. With such a large seating area on the 45 Fly, even a large extended family should be able to be accommodated.

    Grilling Anyone?

    By putting a grill, sink and refrigerator across from the table the chef can easily have a BBQ lunch for guests while at anchor. Compartments under the seats are available for storing place mats, napkins, glasses, china and flatware that will be used exclusively on the bridge. When not being used for grilling, the fiberglass top can be put down, making a convenient place for an ice bucket and a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio.

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    A small wet bar, complete with a gas barbecue grill and a slide-out drawer refrigerator.

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    The main deck is where the action will be on the Absolute 45 Fly.

    Main Deck

    The cockpit is two easy steps up from the large swim platform. There is a comfortable transom bench seat in the cockpit. Like the swim platform, the cockpit deck is teak and this can only make a good first impression on guests.

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    The swim platform on the Absolute 45 Fly is a teak beach and is an easy way to bring guests aboard.

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    Once in the cockpit, seating is ample and versatile as well as cab noted by the platform inserted under the model.

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    The aft galley is positioned between the cockpit and salon/dinette making it handy to serve sandwiches and snacks. It is also convenient to the stairway to the flying bridge. Note the credenza on the left which can add food-prep counter space to the galley.

    Inside, there is an aft galley which leads the way to a comfortable salon with a dinette to starboard and a sofa to port. One of the most impressive features of the 45 Fly is the amount of windows, and the salon is where this feature is best exemplified. With few obstructions, there is nearly 360 degrees of outside visibility. The wood work is all Caneletto walnut which is carried on to the cabins below. This dark wood with its fine, “Canaletto-like” stained grain, adds a rich, yachty look to this otherwise very modern powerboat.

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    An optional dishwasher and two-burner glass stove top are part of the features found in the Absolute 45 Fly’s galley. The counter is Corian.

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    Looking aft from the helm, this view shows the spacious salon entertainment area, followed by the aft galley and the large sliding doors leading out to the cockpit. Note the impressive amount of natural light, as well as the ease one would have in serving hors d’oeuvres to guests inside or out from the aft galley.

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    After the sun has set and the beautiful views are dark, all one has to do is press a button and the flatscreen TV rises from behind this bench couch, in yet another example of Absolute’s clever use of space.

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    As with the upper helm, the main deck helm features all vessel controls within arm’s reach, including wheel, throttles, and the IPS joystick. A generously sized navigation screen is shown here, as well as all engine gauges and even two air conditioning ports.

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    Note the amount of space dedicated to living spaces vs. mechanical compartments.


    The two primary staterooms are accessed through a companionway to the right of the helm. Because the boat is powered by IPS pod drives the engines are placed farther aft than they would be in a standard inboard-powered boat, leaving more room below for living spaces. And, because the galley and dinette are above on the main deck, all of the interior space below -- from the engine room bulkhead forward to the chain locker, except for a small passageway -- is occupied by the master and VIP staterooms and their private heads.
    In this way Absolute has been able to maximize the two staterooms below, and we think thereby does a fair job of creating that “small megayacht” concept. Certainly the owner and the VIP guests are pampered with space and amenities.

    The master stateroom is full-beam and includes all of the typical comforts usually found in a far larger boat. This includes a large bed, walk-in closet, a comfortable, built-in sofa to port, two small night stands and an elegant headboard. Six, huge windows permit fantastic views and pour in lots of natural light from both sides of the boat. There are also two round opening portlights to bring fresh air into he cabin. This is a little detail that only becomes important when one wants some fresh air or the sounds of the water lapping the hull outside to come in. Not all boats in class have them.

    Head Room? Importantly for a 45’ (13.7 m) is the fact that there is full standing head room all around much of the bed, not just at the foot. This feat has been achieved by dropping the deck below the stringers literally onto the floor of the boat. And that’s ok, because it creates a functional and classy stateroom.

    En Suite Head. The master head is forward and features a large, unusual oval wash basin on top of the counter which maximizes space below for storage. Forward there is a separate shower stall with it own seat and opening portlight. We like the large grate that will catch shower water and take into the gray water sump.

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    The full-beam master stateroom features expansive hull side windows, a large-sized bed, and a sofa to port. There is deep pile carpeting on the deck and over the stringers port and starboard. Note the opening portlight at left.

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    A view of the master stateroom looking from starboard to port and forward: note the vanity/desk and stool in the background and the combo washer/dryer to the right of it.

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    The master head is large for this size boat. Many boats this size have only one head and some with a wet head at that. We like the seat, and portlight in the separate shower stall.

    VIP Stateroom

    The primary guest stateroom is located in the bow and features a large-sized island bed, a private head, and the largest and most numerous hullside windows we have ever seen in this size boat in the forward cabin. Any guests lucky enough to be a passenger on the Absolute 45 Fly will be talking about the views for years. We are reminded once again of Absolute’s mission statement of being a “small megayacht”. We can’t think of a guest cabin in any boat under 150’ (46 m) that has six windows in a guest stateroom. While there are no opening portlights in this cabin, there is an opening forward hatch over the head of the bed which will bring in plenty of fresh air.

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    The VIP cabin will be popular with guests. We like the cubbies port and starboard for books, cell phones and the like. Regular readers know we would like to see the bow flare over the windows used for small cabinets which provide much-needed storage space.

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    The VIP head serves double duty as both “private” head and day head. Also, as can be seen in this image, the shower stall doubles as the water closet with a raised toilet bowl. But the amazing thing about this 45-footer (13.72 m) is that she has two heads instead of the one found on most boats this size.

    The Third Cabin

    One of the surprising features of the 45 Fly is the “crew” cabin. This “stateroom” is accessible through a private, water-tight entrance on the aft platform and has its own windows looking aft. While quite small, this cabin is no slouch. It has its own, wash basin, hanging locker, and cubbies. It also has the same quality Canaletto walnut wood and hardware as the rest of the boat.

    Crew or Who?

    So this means that either a crew member is going to sleep in comfort, or, if no crew is aboard, an additional guest can stay here and still have privacy and a dedicated head. Once again, we are reminded of the “small megayacht” concept that Absolute professes to have in this yacht, and once again there is an element of truth to it. We can’t think of many boats this size that have crew quarters of any size.

    A Lazarette?

    We heartily endorse this crew quarters/guest stateroom concept which obviously takes the space of what would otherwise be a lazarette in which to store fenders, water toys, bikes, golf clubs and other gear. Owners who don’t plan to have a mate to wash down the boat and check the oil, or who don’t have a son or grandson who would be thrilled to have his own private cabin, may want to clear out the cushions and make this space a lazarette.

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    The crew cabin shown here is appointed with the same high quality hardware as the forward staterooms, ensuring crew comfort and also opening up the availability to use this as an additional guest room.

    Three Sunning Venues

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    Sun bathing is an integral part of boating around the world. Absolute recognizes that and has placed three dedicated places for sunning around the boat. The first and largest place is seen above – the huge pad to port of the upper helm where the sun worshipers can help the captain pilot the boat.

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    The second venue aboard the 45 Fly is on the bow of the boat. We don’t recommend laying here when the boat is under way.

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    The third sunning venue is adjacent to the cockpit. Here the bench seat converts into a large pad big enough for two or three people – or in this case just one.


    As with the rest of Absolute’s lineup, the 45 Fly is constructed using a solid fiberglass hull and incorporates Absolute’s Integrated Structural System (ISS). The ISS is the series of bulkheads, stringers and various stiffeners that make up the boat’s structure. Absolute designs the ISS in conjunction with the boat’s stylists in order to maximize the usable interior volume and also to maintain easy access to major mechanical items for repair or replacement.

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    Here we have a CAD image of different components that serve not only their own function, but because they are bonded to the hull, they give it additional strength as well.

    The ISS structures are then fiberglassed to the hull before it is removed from the mold, and is then subsequently bonded to the interior liners and deck. The deck is fastened to the hull using stainless steel fasteners as well as having a chemical bond.
    The large surface area which the grid covers allow Absolute's engineers to lower the height of the stringers (thus offering more headroom), while at the same time increasing the stifness and integrity of the structure as a result of the large surface which the grid encompasses.

    The ISS Advantage.

    These days many boats are designed to be constructed in this fashion – where virtually all internal components are bonded to the hull or deck or to each other in order to form an “egg crate-type” structure for hull strength. The advantage of this construction method is that it allows mass to be taken out of the hull laminate in order to save weight. Usually the result is a structure that is far stronger than conventional hulls with lots of fiberglass and resin mass in the laminate. The distinction here is that by calling the construction discipline “ISS”, Absolute has come up with a name for it.


    The price of the Absolute 45 Fly landed in the U.S. on the East Coast is $1,171,300. This MSRP includes many things such as a 13kW Kohler generator, MarineAir Tropical A/C 46,000 BTU, and all shipping and import duties among other things. Consumers must realize that boats in this class are very much customized and built to order, so prices vary depending on the build. We’re way beyond talking about an S-Class Benz sedan here. There is no Henry Ford type production line at Absolute; the boats are built one at a time – by hand.

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    The Absolute 45 Fly is a lot of yacht in a relatively compact package.


    The Absolute 45 Fly offers a lot of yacht for the size and for the money. In our opinion, it is still small enough to be easily handled by its owners, which saves a lot of money on operating expenses. With Volvo Penta’s IPS drive technology, docking and maneuvering should be a breeze. And this is all packaged with two staterooms (plus one), spacious entertaining areas, and Italian styling. For anyone in the market for a good looking, cleverly designed cruiser, the Absolute 45 Fly should be on the list.

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