When a company known for sport cruisers decides to branch into another realm, it usually gets attention, and Absolute certainly garnered its share of attention with the 50 Fly. She clearly still carries the same DNA as her sisters with sleek lines and the familiar shark fin at the front of the side windows. And in this highly competitive size range, she brings three separate gathering areas along with three different areas to cook in. Oh, and four staterooms with three heads.
- Space designed for seven guests
- 3 cabins for a total of six guests
- Optional 4th cabin aft for either a captain or a guest (kids will love it)
- Fly area with a main sofa, dining room table, a side sofa, and a sunbathing with 3 single reclining backrests
- Wet bar includes sink, BBQ grill, icemaker and refrigerator
|Length Overall||49' 10'' / 15.20 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||8.4 sec.|
|0 to 30||11.0 sec. (0to20)|
|Load||2 persons, 4/5 load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||62 deg., 40 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: <1|
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6-IPS600
Contents of Report
Absolute is well known for its innovative features and creative use of space. We’re happy to say that the tradition is alive and well in this flying bridge design from the Italian builder. Everywhere on the 50 Fly there’s attention to the detail of how to maximize the available space, and the execution is quite well done.
Strong to the Core
Not even the aesthetics of the 50 Fly eclipses the build quality in an Absolute. The formed hull is supported and strengthened by Absolute’s version of a grid stringer system called ISS for Integrated Structural System. This ISS is laid in place, then bonded to the hull. Then the decking, bulkheads, etc. are brought in and are then bonded together. The result is a single structural component with surprising strength. This is what gives the Absolute its characteristic solid feel.
Exterior Features Inspection
The swim platform is covered in teak, and a hydraulic option with a 992-pound (450 kg) lift capacity can launch a tender or PWC in addition to serving as a private beach when submerged to a shallow position.
Just ahead is a storage area that can be optioned out for an electric grill and sink with open counter space between and storage just behind. This will make the first of three available cooking areas on the 50 Fly.
The optional crew cabin is accessed from a door to the port side of the swim platform. It contains a single berth with transom window and opening portlight. The wet head is modest but functional. With the same fit-and-finish as the rest of the yacht, this is virtually a functional fourth cabin. However, it can also be left in the standard “storage” mode if desired.
The 50 Fly engine room is accessed from a hatch in the cockpit deck. A ladder leads between the engines, and the compartment is well laid out with stooping headroom that still allows easy access to all areas.
The engines chosen to power the 50 Fly are the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS D6-600 engines with direct connection to the pods just behind. The air handler is to the port side, and to starboard is the cord reel for the shore power. Ahead are the fuel tanks.
The cockpit is accessed from stairs to the starboard side of the swim platform, and a stainless steel framed acrylic gate maintains safety. The whole area is under the protection of the extended flying bridge overhead that is supported by stainless steel stanchions. Additional protection can be had with the optional sunscreen that can drop from the overhead to just behind the seatback with the touch of a button. Decking is teak.
A bench seat lies across the aft section with a solid wood table on a fixed stainless steel pedestal just ahead and to the port side. The starboard seating remains open to the deck for reasons we’ll get to momentarily. Storage is under the seats that can hold the fenders in a vertical position. The center storage is large enough for a life raft.
Behind the seating is a sun pad that can easily be extended by converting the bench seating just ahead to an extension of the sun pad. This extension lies just alongside the pedestal table, which is why the seats to this side are not behind a table. This creative use of space is clearly an ongoing theme with Absolute, and it’s just starting. Stainless steel rails surrounding the sun pad allow for its use while the 50 Fly is underway.
The 50 Fly includes symmetrical sidedecks offering a safe transition to the bow. Here, Absolute fitted the area with both a forward-facing curved sofa with a triple-wide set of sun pads just ahead. The sun pads have adjustable backs allowing them to convert to forward-facing chaise lounges. This now makes a total of three separate and distinct sunbathing areas on the 50 Fly.
The flying bridge is accessed from molded stairs to the starboard side of the cockpit deck, and courtesy lights are provided in each of the risers. At the top of the stairs, an acrylic hatch is held open by a gas-assist strut.
To the rear, J-shaped seating is across the width of the aft deck with a solid wood table on a stainless pedestal just ahead. Fully forward is a sun pad with adjustments allowing conversion to chaise lounge position.
Another cooking area is ahead of the table and over to port. It includes a sink and electric grill under a hinged lid. Below are an icemaker and fridge.
Overhead, owners can choose a hardtop with opening sunroof. Stainless steel stanchions support the front of the hardtop while an arch holds the aft. Should the hardtop not be selected, then the arch will still remain and support the antenna array.
Flying Bridge Helm
Absolute mounted the flying bridge helm over to the starboard side, and it’s fitted with a 17” (43.2 cm) display just to the left of the wheel. Below are the stereo, autopilot, and basic electrical switches. To the right of the wheel is the IPS joystick, just behind is the windlass control, and behind that is the digital engine control. It’s not lost on us that the throttles are placed well aft, making them reachable from the seated position without having to lean forward. Also, the IPS joystick is well forward, well beyond interference from the throttle positions. This is a workable and ergonomic scenario as most will be standing when manipulating the joystick anyway.
Ahead, a smoked windscreen is framed in stainless steel.
Interior Features Inspection
The interior is accessed from a double set of glass doors that slide to port. A flush threshold ensures a single level as we transition from the outside to the inside, where we are met by the portside galley, aft in the interior to maintain its central location to the main deck gathering areas.
The galley is a prime example of how Absolute maximizes space. The layout is angled with a corner-mounted cooking area that includes an induction cooktop with convection microwave below. To the right is a single basin stainless steel sink with a hi-lo faucet. To the left is an open counter prep area with a full-sized refrigerator/freezer just abaft. Absolute even allowed for space to insert an optional dishwasher.
All counters are Corian. Storage is overhead in cabinets with doors that are held closed with magnetic catches rather than positive latches. Additional storage is in cabinetry below.
To the starboard side is additional space that will serve well as a buffet area. Raised hardwood edges provide a secure counter space. Additional storage is below.
The salon is a single step up, which separates it from the galley. In characteristic Absolute fashion, the large side windows and forward windshields offer enough ambient light to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The overhead is trimmed in hardwoods that match the cabinetry.
Opposing seating creates the social atmosphere with a three-person sofa to starboard and a U-shaped settee to port that wraps around a table mounted to a hi-lo pedestal. Fold-out leafs convert the table from cocktail to dining.
There’s an electrically actuated partition that slides across from the front of the galley to separate the two “rooms.” It’s basically glass panels with a sheer fabric inserted that allows minimal visibility while still allowing ambient light to pass through. While it does serve to effectively divide the galley and salon spaces, it seems to be a contrast to the open design that makes the layout so roomy and spacious. But this is a minimal concern because just as it can be deployed with the touch of a button, so can it be hidden away.
Lower Helm Station
As with the flying bridge station, the lower helm is starboard side mounted; the seasoned Absolute spotter can instantly recognize the characteristic layout. The upper panel includes a pair of 17” (43.2 cm) displays flanked by climate control vents to both sides. The lower panel contains the electrical rocker switches, the Volvo Penta EVC display, and the windlass control with chain counter. The digital ignitions with push-button start/stops are to the left side of the wheel, and a coded key fob placed in close proximity will activate these buttons for starting the main engines. To the right of the wheel are the digital engine controls, with their host of features, and the IPS joystick, also with individual and selectable features.
Visibility is good through the large double windshields. Vents are fitted for defogging during inclement weather. Side windows are before and after the support mullions that are big enough to support the upper deck but small enough to not block visibility. The helm seat is doublewide with a single flip-up bolster. Beneath the seat is an optional wine cooler.
Thankfully, Absolute included an opening side door allowing access to the starboard side deck. This makes the 50 Fly easy to manage single or shorthanded. We can have full sightline of the starboard side and stern from this position, and once laid up, we can send a line from the midship cleat right to the dock or a piling. Then it’s an easy matter of tying up the bow and stern. Of course, the benefits of opening the door and allowing a breeze to pass across the helm and out the aft doors cannot be overstated.
Accommodations Features Inspection
The accommodations deck is accessed from a center companionway adjacent to the lower helm. The 50 Fly is a three-stateroom/two-head motoryacht, not including the crew cabin, allowing her to comfortably sleep six. At the bottom of the stairs is an open atrium that receives plenty of natural light from the windshields overhead. Doors to the three staterooms and day head surround this wide-open space. The ship’s main electrical panel is just to the right of the stairs, allowing easy access to all systems. Glass doors make it easy to see the switches at a glance.
The master is full beam, and just inside the entry door is a corner-mounted vanity, in true space-saving fashion. A padded stool tucks under the vanity. A large mirror is facing the seated position.
The berth is king sized and mounted on the centerline. A settee is to the port side and a storage credenza is to starboard, both under triple hull side windows. Opening portlights are ahead of the windows. Storage includes a walk-in closet forward and to starboard.
The VIP is forward, and the layout is as expected with the berth nestled into the bow. Triple hull side windows and opening portlights are to both sides, providing an opportunity for stunning views. Of course, the volume of natural light is not to be understated. Storage is surrounding the berth in cabinetry under the windows. A hanging locker is to the starboard side. Carpeting is throughout.
A private entrance to the head is provided. It features more of the quality fit-and-finish of the rest of the yacht. A vessel sink is atop a wood cabinet with Corian counter.
With nearly the same volume as the master head, this head also includes a separate walk-in shower. A separate door to the companionway allows this head to also serve as the day head, as well as being shared with the guest cabin.
The guest cabin features a pair of berths with a mirrored bulkhead to one side and opening portlights to the other. Indirect lighting is under the berths.
The Absolute 50 Fly has a LOA of 49’10” (15.20 m) and a beam of 14’6” (4.43 m). With an empty weight of 40,565 lbs. (18,400 kg), 80% fuel and two people, we had an estimated test weight of 43,014 lbs. (19,511 kg).
With twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s running at 3600 rpm, we reached our top speed of 26.7 knots. Best cruise was only slightly lower at 3400 rpm and 24.7 knots. It was at that speed that the combined 38.4 gph fuel burn translated into a range of 245 nm while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 422-gallon (1,600 L) total fuel capacity.
We reached planing speed in 8.4 seconds and accelerated to 20 mph in 11 seconds. Flat calm conditions on test day may have gotten us good performance numbers, but did nothing to help tell us how she rides in chop. However, the occasional wake showed no pounding or hull slap and the spray was kept off the deck during transitions. With her IPS pods, she’s slow turning, and that’s pretty characteristic of boats with this propulsion. Besides, the guests will appreciate that.
We went to a different location for docking because we wanted something more challenging… so here was a spot, with a narrow entry and little room just off the beach. And no surprises here, she slipped right in between two finger piers with no effort whatsoever, and then allowed for fine tuning her position for tying up. Now, once tied up, we can start to look over her operational features.
In true Absolute fashion, the 50 Fly represents a luxurious yacht with evidence of maximizing space throughout. The quality of build is still present, and the only change is the added venue of the flying bridge that takes the brand to new levels.