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(w/ 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600)


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Brief Summary

The Navetta 48 is the smallest of Absolute’s Navetta line-up. However, her comfort level, generous beam, and layout belies her size. She feels like a bigger yacht, and with a proven semi-displacement hull and twin Volvo Penta IPS600s, she can cruise at a respectable speed with competent handling characteristics. Accommodations include a unique layout with a forward master suite that allows access to the double berth on both sides and two guest staterooms. The aft deck, forward lounge area and upper deck provide al fresco social space for entertaining family and friends.

Key Features

  • Extended flybridge
  • Wide side decks with hand rails mounted 34” (0.86 m) above the deck
  • Private master stateroom with en-suite head
  • 6’4” (1.93 m) cabin headroom in the master stateroom and guest cabins
  • Upper and lower helm stations
  • Twin Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels with joystick control
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 49' 7''
    15.11 m
    Beam 15' 3''
    4.65 m
    Dry Weight 39,304 lbs.
    17,828 kg
    Tested Weight 41,785 lbs.
    18,953 kg
    Draft 3' 5''
    1.04 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 9''
    2.06 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 14
    Fuel Capacity 476 gal.
    1,802 L
    Water Capacity 140 gal.
    530 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6-IPS600
    Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.5 3.0 0.7 5.3 4.6 2274 1977.2 58
    1000 5.4 4.7 1.6 3.4 2.9 1446 1257.3 60
    1250 7.1 6.1 2.3 3.1 2.7 1313 1141.9 58
    1500 8.5 7.3 5.5 1.5 1.3 658 572.3 61
    1750 9.4 8.1 7.6 1.2 1.1 527 458.3 62
    2000 10.9 9.4 10.5 1.0 0.9 443 384.9 63
    2200 12.0 10.4 14.5 0.8 0.7 353 307.0 65
    2400 13.0 11.3 18.5 0.7 0.6 300 260.8 69
    2600 15.4 13.4 23.5 0.7 0.6 281 244.1 65
    2800 17.9 15.5 26.5 0.7 0.6 289 250.9 67
    3000 21.6 18.7 29.5 0.7 0.6 313 272.1 68
    3200 24.2 21.0 34.5 0.7 0.6 301 261.3 71
    3400 28.6 24.8 42.0 0.7 0.6 291 253.2 71
    3550 30.7 26.7 44.0 0.7 0.6 299 259.9 73
    600 1977.2 3660 5.60 2.65 2.25 58
    1000 1257.3 2327 8.70 6.06 1.45 60
    1250 1141.9 2113 11.40 8.71 1.32 58
    1500 572.3 1059 13.70 20.82 0.64 61
    1750 458.3 848 15.10 28.77 0.51 62
    2000 384.9 713 17.50 39.75 0.43 63
    2200 307.0 568 19.30 54.89 0.34 65
    2400 260.8 483 20.90 70.03 0.30 69
    2600 244.1 452 24.80 88.96 0.30 65
    2800 250.9 465 28.80 100.31 0.30 67
    3000 272.1 504 34.80 111.67 0.30 68
    3200 261.3 484 38.90 130.60 0.30 71
    3400 253.2 468 46.00 158.99 0.30 71
    3550 259.9 481 49.40 166.56 0.30 73

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 N/A
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 4 persons, 1/2 fuel, 3/20 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 82 deg., 63 humid; wind: 8-15 mph; seas: 2-4

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Absolute Navetta 48 running
    The Absolute Navetta 48 is the smallest yacht Absolute manufactures in its factory in Podenzano, Italy.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The Volvo Penta joystick controller on the Absolute Navetta 48 makes close in maneuvering less stressful.


    The Absolute Navetta 48 is designed, engineered, and manufactured to be a luxurious, spacious, bright, and comfortable cruising platform for her owners to enjoy and for entertaining family and friends on the water. Absolute ensured privacy below with a forward master suite with en-suite head and two guest staterooms that share a single guest head. The semi-displacement hull and twin Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels combine to provide an efficient and solid ride underway.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    This overhead view of the extended flybridge shows the wraparound seating on the aft, port, and starboard sides around a wood table. Forward is the upper centerline helm with companion seating on both sides of the helm and a sun pad forward.
    Absolute Navetta 48 layout
    The aft deck transitions into the galley via a fully opening glass partition. The galley is positioned between the aft deck and the salon/dinette. Convenient for serving both inside and outside.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The accommodations are on the lower deck. All have 6’4” (1.93 m) of headroom. The master stateroom is forward with a private en-suite head. Note the position of the master berth allowing access on both sides. The guest staterooms share a single head. The crew’s quarters are accessed through the transom.

    Major Features

    Extended Flybridge. The flybridge deck extends over the aft deck and is designed for entertaining with a solid wood table, wraparound seating, a grill, a full-sized sink, refrigerator, and icemaker below.

      Upper Helm. The centerline upper helm gives 360-degrees of visibility.

      Aft Deck to Galley Doors. The transition from the aft deck to the galley is facilitated by a wide opening glass partition.

      Covered Aft Deck. The aft seating with storage below and solid wood table are somewhat protected under the extended flybridge.

      Wide Side Decks. Side decks run on both sides from the aft deck to the forward sun pad with molded in toe rail and safety rails that run to the bow.

      Stateroom Headroom. There is 6’4” (1.93 m) of headroom throughout the interior staterooms. There is no stooping necessary when entering a stateroom or getting dressed.

      Forward Lounge Area. The forward sun pad converts to lounges with cup holders.

      Private Forward Master Stateroom. The master stateroom has an unusual layout with the master berth angled to allow access to both sides of the bed without steps.

      Large Well-Placed Windows. Large windows wraparound the galley and salon and large hull-side windows bring light into the staterooms and heads.

      Volvo Penta IPS Joystick Control. The twin Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels have pod drives and joystick controls for close in maneuvering.

    Features Inspection


    Most people will board the Absolute Navetta 48 by stepping onto the swim/boarding platform.

    Absolute Navetta 48 teak
    The teak inlay makes boarding more secure and it looks classy, thus setting the tone for the whole vessel.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Three port and starboard stairs lead up to the aft deck, with the starboard ones for guest boarding at 24” (0.61 m) wide, and the port ones just 13” (0.33 m) wide for crew movement when docking.
    Absolute Navetta 48 hardware
    Hardware throughout is heavy duty. Note the handrail. Along the port-side transom stairs is a freshwater shower wand.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    On the starboard side we have the receptacles for the retractable shore-power cables with the controls just above.
    Absolute Navetta 48 bollards
    Other than the traditional cleats on the aft bulwarks, Absolute has equipped the Navetta 48 with heavy-duty, double horned bollards, which are unusual for a boat this size. A clear signal that Absolute has serious work in mind for the Navetta 48.

    Aft Deck

    A necessary feature that boats in the Absolute Navetta 48’s class is an aft deck with a highly social atmosphere for people to gather and enjoy. The Absolute Navetta 48’s aft deck fulfills this requirement. With the extended flybridge, the aft deck is under a hardtop that extends to the transom and out to the gunwales.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    On the aft deck there is transom seating behind a solid wood table on a large diameter stainless steel single support.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Under the bench seating is storage for a life raft which is mandatory in CE countries.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    There is additional storage under the flybridge stairs for gear.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The overhead lights, system switches, and a stereo remote are located on the starboard side bulkhead.
    Absolute Navetta 48 cockpit
    The cockpit is protected by a hardtop that is 6’9” (2.06 m) above the deck and extends to the transom as well as to the side gunwales.
    Absolute Navetta 48 shade
    Absolute has designed a power sun and privacy shade that lowers vertically from the hardtop to the transom bench seating.

    Three Season Capable. Because the hardtop covers the entire aft deck, it is an ideal candidate for being enclosed in isinglass for three season cruising or entertaining when the evening turns cool.

    Absolute Navetta 48 teak deck
    The deck is teak, and all clearances have been carefully calculated to allow three folding chairs to face the table, thus serving six guests for al fresco dining.
    Absolute Navetta 48 clearance
    There is also just enough clearance between the table and the stairs to the flying bridge.


    For safety moving about, Absolute designed wide side-decks that have hardtop above from the extended flybridge overhang. Molded in toe rails and relatively high stainless-steel safety rails provide additional protection.

    Absolute Navetta 48 side decks
    The 17” (0.43 m) wide side-decks are deep and have hardtop protection overhead. The hand-rails are 34” (0.86 m) above the deck.
    Absolute Navetta 48 teak hatch
    The teak hatch in the deck of the Absolute Navetta 48 side-decks covers the fuel filler port.
    Absolute Navetta 48 bollards
    At midships, Absolute has placed double horn bollards in lieu of cleats.
    Absolute Navetta 48 steps
    The side-decks lead forward to three steps with the first having a 9” (22.86 cm) riser and the next two are 7” (17.78 cm) risers. We’d like to see teak treads on these steps.
    Absolute Navetta 48 sun pad
    The side-deck stairs lead to a large sun pad and lounge area complete with a stereo remote (yellow arrow) and drink holders (red arrow).
    Absolute Navetta 48
    For safety, Absolute designed a toe-rail and a stainless-steel hand-rail that surrounds the foredeck.
    Absolute Navetta 48 foredeck
    The foredeck also has heavy-duty, double horn bollards and a stainless-steel delta-style anchor mounted on a stainless-steel bow-roller. On the stem is one of the longest scuff plates we have ever seen, with a chin and anchor washdown sprayer.
    Absolute Navetta 48 windlass
    The vertical windlass feeds the chain rode in and out of the chain-locker where the windlass remote is mounted along with the backup manual winch handle.

    Flybridge and Upper Deck

    Absolute extended the upper deck to make a large social area. The helm is on the centerline, giving the operator a 360-degree view. Companion seating is on both sides of the helm and a sun pad is directly in front of the helm. A summer kitchen and al fresco dining area make the upper deck a place to entertain a crowd.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    There are eight stairs with teak treads from the aft deck up to the flying bridge which is an impressive achievement in a 48’ (15 m) boat.

    Flying Bridge Stairway Handrails. The testing captain would like to see Absolute depart from its vertical support symmetry to bend the left-hand hold from vertical to diagonal at mid-point and add a hand rail to the starboard side in the outboard stairwell.

    Absolute Navetta 48 upper deck
    The upper deck of the Navetta 48 is designed to entertain with a solid wood table with wraparound seating.
    Absolute Navetta 48 grill
    The electric grill, and full-sized sink on the Absolute Navetta 48’s flybridge deck make entertaining easy.
    Absolute Navetta 48 refrigerator
    Directly below the sink and electric grill is a refrigerator and icemaker.
    Absolute Navetta 48 fly bridge
    The flybridge table has the same subtle inlay as the aft deck table running perpendicular to the grain.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    A cantilevered hardtop provides protection from the sun and weather. With swept back supports connecting the aft end and small diameter stainless steel supports forward, the view is not disrupted.

    Upper Helm

    The upper helm is mounted on the centerline. The panoramic view is impressive. The operator’s chair is centered and there is companion seating on both the port and starboard sides. All controls and switches are easily at hand and the wheel is positioned correctly on a tilt base.

    Absolute Navetta 48 running
    As shown, the upper helm is quite a bit further aft than the lower helm.
    Absolute Navetta 48 deflector
    In front of the helm console is an acrylic wind deflector, which would be more effective if it was higher.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The upper helm is complete with port and starboard multifunction displays.
    Absolute Navetta 48 binnacle
    To the right are the control binnacle and joystick which are to the right of the steering wheel.
    Absolute Navetta 48 diagnostics
    Shown on the left side of the steering wheel is the engine diagnostics on the Garmin multifunction display. There is also the dedicated Volvo Penta, trim tabs, VHF remote, and the stereo controller.
    Absolute Navetta 48 helm chair
    The helm chair is on a single pedestal mounted to the deck and it has flip-up armrests. Companion seating is port and starboard facing inboard.

    Main Deck

    Moving inside from the cockpit through the two-part sliding door that has an opening of 6’5” (1.96 m) high and 5’ (1.54 m) wide when fully opened, make the aft deck and the galley one large space.

    Absolute Navetta 48 salon
    Entering from the cockpit, the first impression is the effects of the all-around large windows. They provide outstanding visibility that gives the Navetta 48’s main-deck interior an open and airy feel.


    Strategically placed between the aft deck and salon/dinette areas, the galley can service both areas easily. Entering the galley, there is an ample 6’8” (2.03 m) of headroom.

    Absolute Navetta 48 galley
    The galley features a solid surface countertop, and a full-size dishwasher under the counter to port.
    Absolute Navetta 48 cooktop
    There is a covered trash bin located next to the electric two-burner cooktop with sea rails.
    Absolute Navetta 48 sink
    The deep stainless-steel sink has a contemporary faucet that pulls out to use as a wand.
    Absolute Navetta 48 microwave
    The microwave oven is positioned under the dedicated silverware drawer directly below the cooktop.
    Absolute Navetta 48 galley
    Above the large galley window are four cabinets.
    Absolute Navetta 48 countertop
    On the starboard side is an additional countertop with a wine cooler below, and a latched 58-gallon (220 L) refrigerator with a small freezer above. Above that is storage space.
    Absolute Navetta 48 galley salon
    Separating the galley and the salon is a frosted privacy glass partition that opens and closes with a switch in the galley.
    Absolute Navetta 48 dinette
    This is a clever feature which will contain heat as well hide the galley from people sitting at the dinette.
    Absolute Navetta 48 salon steps
    Moving from the galley to the main salon, there are two 6” (15.24 cm) steps.
    Absolute Navetta 48 head room
    The 6’8” (2.03 m) headroom found in the galley continues into the salon.


    To save space, Absolute combined the salon and dinette into the space forward of the galley, allowing Navetta 48 owners the ability to entertain guests inside or serve meals.

    Absolute Navetta 48 dinette
    The salon doubles as a dinette with J-shaped bench seating surrounding a table mounted on a high-low pedestal, that opens up to form a dining table.
    Absolute Navetta 48 air condition
    Above, on both sides, are stylish openings in the valence which quietly wafts out air conditioning, eliminating the unattractive traditional vents.
    Absolute Navetta 48 windshield
    The wraparound windshield and large side windows give those in the salon a panoramic perspective from practically anywhere in the salon, and the port side salon window opens electrically for fresh air.
    Absolute Navetta 48 windows
    Note that the windows extend below the backs of the seats.
    Absolute Navetta 48 dinnerware
    Under the starboard side sofa is dedicated storage for dinnerware and glasses.

    Flooring. Note that the decking – on the main deck here and below – is Duramast oak with a saw-cut effect. Most major builders these days are going to synthetic interior decking for durability and easy repair.

    Absolute Navetta 48 sofa
    Behind the sofa is a 40” (55.88 cm) flatscreen TV that rises and lowers automatically.

    Lower Helm

    The lower helm provides an enclosed space for operating the Absolute Navetta 48. The helm is positioned on the port side with a double helm seat and a pantograph-style door that allows the operator to acquire a view behind and easy access to the midship spring line.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    Visibility is the most important thing any helm should have, and the Absolute 48’s helm is surrounded in glass.
    Absolute Navetta 48 windshield
    The windshield measures 9’ (2.74 m) wide and 2’2” (0.66 m) top to bottom and because it is at just the right height there is a remarkable view standing or sitting.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Another important feature on a long-range cruiser is the helm seat. Shown is the double wide seat that has a single bolster for leaning.
    Absolute Navetta 48 helm seat
    The helm seat is adjustable fore and aft with a level catch (red arrow).
    Absolute Navetta 48 helm
    The instrument panel is uncluttered and there is enough real estate for two 15” multifunction displays on the carbon fiber dash. Port and starboard are air conditioner vents (yellow arrows) with accessory switches between.
    Absolute Navetta 48 control system
    To the left of the stainless-steel and leather steering wheel is a Quick windlass remote control, Bennett trim tabs with indicators, the engine ignition and the windshield wiper control.
    Absolute Navetta 48 steering wheel
    To the right of the steering wheel is the Volvo Penta engine control binnacle and IPS joystick. Forward of the joystick is the digital Volvo Penta engine display.
    Absolute Navetta 48 sea keeper
    Above the engine display is the SeaKeeper system controller and the spotlight controls.
    Absolute Navetta 48 power panel
    Across the aisle to port under an acrylic cover is the power panel mounted horizontally with a transparent cover.

    Power Panel. The transparent cover allows the operator to see what systems are on or off at a glance. This location is practical and more effective than a panel that is too low or out of the way.

    Absolute Navetta 48 door
    A pantograph-style door is adjacent to the helm. It allows the captain to step out on the deck when backing in and to quickly tie up a spring line amidship.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    On the portside of the helm area is an electrically actuated opening window. With the helm door open, this enables cross ventilation and it makes it easier to hear docking instructions.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The view looking aft from the helm with the glass partition out of the way, gives sight lines to the stern and sides. However, both quarters are obscured which is not unusual.

    Lower Deck

    The sleeping accommodations are located on the lower deck. The three staterooms sleep up to six. For privacy, the master stateroom has an en-suite head. The VIP and guest staterooms share a single head.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    Shown is the functional layout of the Absolute Navetta 48. The master stateroom is forward, (red arrow) with its head to starboard, (blue arrow) the VIP stateroom is to port (yellow arrow), and the guest stateroom is to starboard (green arrow). The VIP and guest staterooms share a head (purple arrow).
    Absolute Navetta 48 below
    Heading below the atrium above allows light to brighten the foyer during the day.

    VIP Stateroom

    The port side VIP stateroom is the larger of the two guest staterooms and features a double berth.

    Absolute Navetta 48 vip
    From the foyer, down two steps is the VIP stateroom with headroom ranging from 6’4” (1.93) to 6’9” (2.06 m).
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The berth has access on both sides and measures 79” (2.00 m) long by 56” (1.42 m) wide.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Light pours in through the large hull-side window and an opening portlight.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Forward is a cabinet that could use a higher fiddle on top, and has an opening cabinet with shelves.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Mounted above the cabinet is a 42” (1.07 m) TV.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Note that there are two steps down from the outboard side to the vanity inboard.
    Absolute Navetta 48 vanity
    Rich-looking dark wood frames two full length mirrors that contrasts with the light-colored wood vanity.

    Decor. The theme of dark wood framing and light tones is continued throughout the cabin and the accommodations deck.

    Absolute Navetta 48 closet
    Shown is the walk-in closet which is an uncommon feature in a guest stateroom on a boat of this size and class.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The walk-in closet is complete with drawers and cabinets, in addition to hanging rods.
    Absolute Navetta 48 bed
    There are night stands on both sides of the bed with a headboard and sconce lighting.
    Absolute Navetta 48 lighting
    The courtesy lighting under the bed and hardwood steps help define the ups and downs of this cabin.

    Second Guest Stateroom

    The Absolute Navetta 48 features a second guest stateroom with twin single berths. This is a luxury feature usually assigned to children or accidental guests.

    Absolute Navetta 48 guest stateroom
    Entering the guest stateroom to starboard there are steps that feature courtesy lighting.
    Absolute Navetta 48 twin beds
    Shown are the twin beds with gooseneck reading lights and a small night table between. Mirrors mounted above the headboard and on the hanging locker at left help make the cabin bright.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The large hull-side window along with an opening portlight pour daylight into the space.

    Single Guest Head

    The two guest staterooms share a common head compartment with 6’4” (1.93 m) headroom.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    Entering from the companionway, the decor carries forward the light and dark material contrasts.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The separate shower enclosure is marble lined and has an adjustable shower wand.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom of the Absolute Navetta 48 is in the bow, which is typical on this size boat. What is not typical is the layout, which is truly one of the most functional and unusual we have ever seen on virtually any size boat under 100’ (30 m).

    Absolute Navetta 48
    The bed in the master stateroom is mounted at an angle with the head on the port side under the large hull-side window.

    Master Stateroom Layout. By not designing the bed as a centerline bed jammed into the forepeak – which is typical of forward cabins – Absolute allowed level access to the bed on both sides, without having to go up two or three steps that become ever narrower as the hull sides close in. Making both sides hard to get into the bed and difficult to make up. Rather, the head of the bed is on the port side below the large side window, and the bed extends diagonally into the cabin. The remarkably large hull-side windows themselves are another aspect of this stateroom that is so unusual. Traditionally, boat builders worry about leaks in bow windows and their strength. Evidently Absolute has broken the code because the Absolute Navetta 48 has a CE B classification.

    Absolute Navetta 48
    The berth measures 79” (2.0 m) long by 64” (1.52 m) wide. Headroom in the master stateroom is 6’4” (1.93 m).
    Absolute Navetta 48 hull portlights
    On both sides of the master stateroom are large hull-side windows and opening portlights.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    On both sides of the berth are valance reading-lights and end tables.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    With access to both sides of the bed, Absolute placed drawer storage on both sides of the base.
    Absolute Navetta 48 vanity
    On the port side is a vanity with built-in mirror, compartmentalized storage, and a stool.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Next to the vanity is a walk-in closet with a full-length mirror mounted inside the door, storage drawers, shelves, and a dedicated place for the emergency exit ladder, something that many boats don’t have.

    Master Head Compartment

    Absolute Navetta 48 master head
    On the starboard-side is the master head compartment. A pocket door entrance saves space, and it is one of four on the boat.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    In the master head, Absolute made extensive use of white marble for the counter, walk-in shower bulkheads, and on the deck.
    Absolute Navetta 48 head mirrors
    Multiple angled mirrors are mounted above the contemporary porcelain sink.

    Crew’s Quarters

    It is very unusual to have a separate crew cabin in a boat of the Absolute Navetta 48’s size and class. This is an ideal space for a young mate or nanny, and of course, kids will love it.

    Absolute Navetta 48 hatch
    Egress to the self-contained contained crew cabin is through a hatch in the transom.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The single berth is located on the forward bulkhead.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    At the foot of the berth is a combination washer and dryer with storage above.
    Absolute Navetta 48 wet head
    In the same space is the crew’s wet head with toilet, shower, and sink. There is a mirror mounted above the toilet.
    Absolute Navetta 48 crew cabin
    The crew cabin space is kept light and airy with large windows built into the transom.

    Machinery Space

    Access to the well-balanced machinery space is through a hatch in the aft deck. The engine room is compact with everything within close proximity.

    Absolute Navetta 48 access
    The hatch is solid wood, unlike most manufacturers who use molded fiberglass hatches with laminated materials. A ladder leads below.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    At the bottom of the ladder is the 21.5 kW generator which is on the centerline between the widely spaced diesel engines.
    Absolute Navetta 48 engines
    The main engines are a pair of 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    As shown here, the raw water strainer for the genset is easily reached.
    Absolute Navetta 48 oil dipstick
    The Volvo Penta raw water strainer, the oil dipstick, and the oil and fuel filters are all within easy reach.
    Absolute Navetta 48 fuel tanks
    Forward of the engines are the two fuel tanks which total 475.5 gallons (1,800 L).
    Absolute Navetta 48
    The two fuel tanks are connected with piping (red arrows) running behind the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer so they only need one sight gauge (yellow arrow).
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Diesel start batteries are outboard.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Aft on the starboard side, there are two Glendinning Cable Master feeds from the tubs.
    Absolute Navetta 48 pod drives
    The IPS pod drives are connected directly to the Volvo Penta diesel engines.
    Absolute Navetta 48
    Their exhaust is piped into the IPS pod and exits under water behind the forward-facing prop.


    The Absolute Navetta 48 has a LOA of 49’7’’ (15.11 m), a beam of 15’3” (4.65 m), and a draft of 3’5” (1.04 m). With an empty weight of 39,304 lbs. (17,828 kg), 50% fuel, and four people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 41,785 lbs. (18,952 kg). Powered by twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s, we reached a top speed of 26.7 knots at 3550 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 44 gph for a range of 259.9 nautical miles.

    Best cruise was 18.7 knots at 3000 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 29.5 gph while still holding back a 10% reserve.


    Absolute does not list price.


    Absolute has been designing, engineering, and building luxury yachts since 2002 and has quickly gained a reputation for excellence. The builder makes Flybridge yachts, Sport Yachts, and their Navetta line of long-range cruisers. The Navetta 48 is the smallest of the line. However, Absolute has created a 49’ (15 m) cruiser that has most of the comfort and features of a much larger yacht.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Absolute Navetta 48 (2019-) is 30.7 mph (49.4 kph), burning 44.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 166.54 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Absolute Navetta 48 (2019-) is 21.6 mph (34.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 313 miles (503.72 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional


    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Bimini Top Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Washer/Dryer Standard


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