2008 Absolute 56 HT

2008 Absolute 56 HT

Boat location: Plasmolen / The Netherlands

VAT not paid: Perfect for export. (Norwegian citizens pay 0%)

 

211 pictures on our website grandyachts.eu and in high-resolution upon request by mail

 

Castigno is a 17 metre Absolute 56 HT luxury performance yacht with exceptional sea-keeping capabilities. This Absolute brings you anywhere in Italian styled luxury and comfort. Castigno is equipped to the highest standards and has been kept in a breath-taking condition thanks to her overenthusiastic owner that keeps her in  mint condition. Castigno is a typical luxury performance family cruiser with excellent manoeuvring capabilities thanks to her Volvo Penta IPS-600 system with joystick docking.

One of the unique features of this Absolute is her increased stainless railing, it’s very safe and looks stunning.

She’s well worth viewing! Shipping worldwide.

 

Helm position:

The comfortable helm position is found on starboard with an electric adjustable seat. This well-equipped helm ensures comfortable cruising even when circumstances are cold and wet.

Modern chrome ringed gauges both analog and digital complete her styled dashboard, an autopilot, radar, gps, chart plotter, VHF, searchlight, synchronized wipers and anchor winch control with chain counter.

 

Galley:

A modern galley with lots of cupboards, sink, hot and cold water mixer tap, combi oven, grill,

microwave, dish washer, large fridge/freezer and a beautifully work top makes you feel at home, both space and comfort wise. Very rare on modern boats are the large glass portholes which you will find behind the galley on this 56 HT.

 

Guest cabins:

In her bow the VIP guest cabin is located and of course you find an ensuite bathroom as well. A very well designed bathroom with a beautiful combination of tiny tiles, wood, chrome and wood. Also the Tecma silent toilet wont wake you up at night.

 

On the starboard side of the yacht, just near the integrated staircase you find a twin bedded guest room with plenty space for two and baggage. Hanging lockers, double bed light lamps, mirror and good ventilation with in-hull placed portholes.

 

Owners cabin:

An ample sized full beam owners cabin is found midships, a large French styled double bed accessible by two sides, lots of space and clothing cabinets. Modern large stainless portholes below deck-line gives you ventilation during heavy rain and ensure safe closure at bad sea weather.

Privacy ‘en-suite’ access to the well-equipped bathroom is of course another Absolute standard.

 

Bathrooms:

The well-equipped bathrooms have all common features as Tecma silent flush toilets, sinks, hot and cold water mixing taps for both wash basin and shower compartment. A rectangular glass design wash basin with chrome water taps look really stunning combined with the typical Italian tilework.

 

Cockpit and bathing platform:

The cockpit with electric sliding roof in the hardtop was designed by Absolute yachts for strength, air and lots of glass panels which provides a very extraordinary feeling. Furthermore an electric tv lift with led-tv has been placed in a comfortable viewing angle. The outside galley houses exactly the appliances you would expect on a yacht of this calibre. On her stern you find the usual sun pads and a double staircase with integrated led-lighting to the bathing platform. A hot and cold deck-shower, swim ladder and an electro hydraulic tender garage is also found on this Absolute.

 

Dimensions

 

  • Length: 17.20m
  • Beam: 4.65m
  • Draft: 1.15m
  • Weight: 18 tons
  • Fuel: 1600 Lt
  • Fresh water: 550 Lt plus 60 Lt boiler
  • Waste: 106 Lt
  • Grey: 106 Lt
  • Headroom cockpit: 2.00m
  • Headroom saloon 2.05m
  • Headroom shower 1.96m

 

Engines – Controls – Gearboxes – Genset:

 

  • 2 x Volvo Penta IPS-600
  • Volvo IPS Joystick
  • Volvo EVC controls
  • 730 engine hours
  • Mase IS 9 generator (9Kva)
  • 850 generator hours

 

Electronics & equipment:

 

  • Raymarine e-Series E125 charplotter
  • Raymarine rear-view camera
  • Raymarine HD digital radar
  • Raymarine ST 6002 smart autopilot
  • Raymarine VHF e240
  • Volvo speedometer
  • Ritchie compass
  • Fresh water maker
  • Tankwatch (level indicator for waste)
  • Quick anchor control in cockpit 1202
  • Quick chain counter
  • Quick anchor control on bow
  • Dolphin Pro HD 60A battery charger
  • Waeco sinus inverter 24v > 230v
  • Waeco inverter 24v > 12v

 

  • 4 x Climma airconditioners (53.000 BTU total)
  • Reverse cycle heating system
  • 5 x Bilge-watch and control
  • Lenco trimtabs with led-indicator
  • Jabsco searchlight with remote
  • Synchronized wiper control
  • Volvo rudder indicator
  • Lewmar electric anchor winch
  • Stainless steel anchor
  • 2 x Electric stern winches
  • Besenzoni stainless cassette gangway with LED-lighting
  • Hydraulic garage with AVON tender
  • Electric tender winch
  • Electric sunroof with sun/heat protective glass
  • Electric adjustable helm position
  • LED courtesy lights
  • LED garage lights
  • Tecma silent flush toilets
  • 60 Lt Quick boiler
  • Isotherm American model fridge/freezer
  • 4 zone ceramic HOB
  • Wetbar in cockpit
  • Delonghi grill in cockpit
  • Isotherm icemaker
  • Isotherm cockpit fridge
  • Extractor fan
  • TV-DVD in master cabin
  • TV-DVD in saloon
  • TV in cockpit with TV-lift
  • TV antenna Glomex
  • Radio-CD in saloon with VDO Dayton sound system
  • Radio-CD in cockpit Fusion
  • Foldable cockpit table
  • Foldable cleats on bathing platform
  • Sun covers
  • Life vests
  • Life raft SafeSea 6p

 

List of items renewed in September 2018:

 

  • Teak on bathing platform
  • Cockpit table
  • LED garage lighting
  • LED staircase and cockpit lighting
  • Remote dinghy wich
  • Boiler
  • Engine service
  • Generator service
  • Heat-exchangers
  • Starter motors
  • Alternators
  • Engine anodes
  • Hull anodes
  • IPS anodes
  • Antifouling interspeed ultra
  • Battery charger
  • Generator battery gel-deep-cycle
  • Carpets
  • Showerpumps
  • Radio / speakers
  • Cockpit cover
  • Chrome rings
  • Complete polish and wax.

 

Review: (source TradeBoats.com)

 

Priced under its competitors, and with great handling and economy thanks also to the latest IPS drives, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous Italian styling, the Absolute 56 has till now gone largely unnoticed. DAVID LOCKWOOD reports

 

 

The Absolute 56, which takes its name from the boat's overall length, proves that performance doesn't only come from huge horsepower. Designed for Volvo Penta's IPS pod drives, in cahoots with the Swedish engine manufacturer's naval architects, the agile 17,500kg fully-loaded hull hit a sprightly 31kts. The twin IPS 600s are in fact 435hp diesel engines, so that's quite some achievement for a 50-odd footer.

Ranging from 39 to 70 feet, the sleek Absolute sport or express yachts do a good job of flaunting rakish lines, flowing curves, and chic interior fitouts. There is real Italian performance and styling, too, the kind often emulated but rarely replicated. As such, you could call these boats the genuine articles.

But unlike many boats designed entirely around utility, style and substance are behind the Absolute 56. Externally, with twin tinted sharkfin side windows and a blue hull, the boat looks sleek and sporty. Construction involves closed moulds for the hull, deck and hardtop and, thanks to that process, plus excellent attention to detail in the fitout, the 56 had a seamless feel, something like a cocoon.

The shiny, moulded surfaces in the cockpit are in keeping with a modern wipe-clean apartment, but once you descend into the three-cabin/two-head accommodation plan you will find a wonderful level of luxury derived from beautiful joinery, Italian fabrics, trick lighting, supplied crockery, and trendy bathrooms with the latest designer fittings.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE As for substance, the 56 we tested some time ago ticked just about all the boxes you might imagine: electric sunroof, aft garage with remote tender dispatch, capstans for mooring stern-to a la med', and terrific accommodation including an owner's full-beam stateroom. Not yet done, the importer added satellite TV and Foxtel, a Zodiac 350 jet RIB in the garage, radar for night passagemaking, underwater lights, twin docking cameras, and there was a Joystick controller for the IPS, of course.

A 9kVa Mase generator powers the 26,000btus of air-con, which doubles as a demister and dehumidifier. With all the glass before the helm, you may need this function during dewy autumn starts. The big Italian-made wipers will come in handy when vision might otherwise be compromised offshore, while on the good days and nights you can open the sun/moon roof.

 

DAY LIVING

With the hardtop and sunroof, the Absolute 56 offers a combination of indoor/outdoor living. But first, what the factory terms "lounge attitude" refers to the popular European practice of bearing your bronzed body outdoors. To this end, there's an island double sunbed atop the boat's aft tender garage big enough for four, and another big sunpad on the bow.

Moulded steps, a raked bowrail with intermediate wire, good grade of non-skid, recessed handrails and moulded toerails make the foredeck a safe, second outdoor lifestyle area. At rest, you can send the tykes up here without worrying too much about their safety. Or do sundowners when nose to the wind.

The anchor is a self-stow type and, with chain counter, there's no need to leave the helm during those duties. There's also storage space for fenders, lines and more back outdoors, thereby keeping the decks clean when travelling.

Also at the transom, twin moulded steps lead from the swim platform either side of the island sunpad to a big single-level, teak-laid, all-weather covered cockpit, lunch setting and social helm station. A circular lounge to port around a teak table can take eight, opposite an impressive amenities centre with griddle, sink, icemaker, fridge and a Sharp 20in TV.

Trick helm and co-pilot seats front a purpose-built moulded dash with recessed analogue engine gauges, Raymarine autopilot, EVC controls and monitoring panels, and bilge and fire-alarm systems. The sporty wheel adds to the intent and it's just a fun boat to drive.

Thankfully, the whole deck area is air-conditioned, as the moulded white surfaces and abundant glass direct a lot of light and heat aboard. You'll need sunnies in summer, too.

 

FIVE-STAR SUITE

Plenty of panorama windows and opening ports ensure connectivity below decks, rid the boat of cooking odours, and make for a great calm-water formal entertaining setting. The U-shaped dinette setting opposite the galley can cater for six, with two casual stools that can be stationed on the outboard side of the glass table.

The mood is lively, enhanced by the light timber joinery and cream upholstery, and mood and task lighting. A 26in TV and Bose Lifestyle centre, with flush-mounted speakers, and 3500W inverter take care of entertaining. The DC electric system is mainly 24V, while the water gauge is back up in the dash.

Highlights of the galley including a big, square sink set in a stainless steel counter, four-burner electric hob with pot holder (even the style-conscious Italians fit them), microwave oven, and practical timber floor. The timber door concealing the fridge doubles as a huge glass and crockery cupboard with 36 individual holders. And despite its sleek looks, storage space abounds on the Absolute 56, as do the details and nice touches, such as soft-close doors.

 

WHEN IN ROME

The VIP cabin in the bow has an island double bed, LED lighting, opening portlights, escape hatch with insect and privacy screens, and en suite that doubles as a day head. The shower screen is the circular space-saving type, while the timber and tile finish is smart but not too contemporary. The crew or kid's cabin aft of the saloon has big twin single beds, but it's the full-beam stateroom with en suite that calls loudest back here.

Thanks in part to the aft IPS engine mounting, the owner's get a queen-sized bed on the centreline, with standing room alongside, fully lined his and her hanging lockers, and plenty of storage for personal effects. The shower in the en suite is huge with a stylish Italian-designed rose, and the heads are the good Tecma type.

 

DRIVE TIME

The Absolute 56 comes with optional triple IPS 600s for a 40-knot top speed. But, really, the twins are all you need. And in respect of the engineroom, I thought it tight but serviceable. Top speed of 31kts is exciting and the boat banks nice and flat and rips around off the wheel. If you want to reel in the sea miles, you can sit on 25kts at 3210rpm and the boat just hums along in the groove. And with twin 435hp engines, expect less than 150lt/h.

We came away impressed by the Absolute 56 and only the Global Financial Crisis prevented us from bringing you this report earlier. Should forecasts for a cruiser-led recovery ring true around the waterways of the world, should Absolute keep its prices down as it has done to date, then the smart boats will find more berths Down Under. It's the genuine Italian article, fully loaded and ready to please.

 

Specifications: ABSOLUTE 56

 

PRICE AS TESTED

The Absolute 56 was selling for approx $1.79 million, with twin Volvo Penta IPS 600s, and options

 

OPTIONS FITTED

Joystick, satellite TV/Foxtel, Zodiac 350 jet tender, radar, underwater lights, sea anchor, fore and aft docking cameras, blue hull, dishwasher, icemaker, HD Radar, Bose system in saloon, LCD and TV to guest bedroom, and watermaker

 

  • algemeen

    titel 2008 Absolute 56 HT
    referentie 6848086
    locatie Plasmolen
    prijs: € 335000.00
    BTW status:
    vlag: NL
  • specificaties

    merk: Absolute
    model: 56 HT
    materiaal: Fiberglass
    model jaar: 2008
    lengte: 17.20
    breedte: 4.65
    diepgang: 1.15
    gewicht: 17000.00
  • tanks

    watertank: 106.00
    vuilwatertank: 106.00
    brandstoftank: 1800.00
  • interieur

    aantal bedden: 6
    toiletten: 2
    badkamers: 2
    dubbel bed: 2
    aantal hutten: 3
    stahoogte: 2.05
  • motoren

    merk: Volvo Penta
    model: IPS 600
    draaiuren: 730
    vermogen: 435.00 pk
    maximum snelheid: 31.00 knopen
    kruissnelheid: 25.00 knopen
    bouwjaar: 2008
    brandstof: diesel
    aandrijving: Pod
    schroef: 6 Blade, Bronze, Duo
    motor type: Inboard
  • uitrusting

    • Air conditioning
    • Autopilot
    • Battery charger
    • Bimini top
    • Cd player
    • Cockpit cover
    • Cockpit cushions
    • Cockpit shower
    • Cockpit speakers
    • Cockpit table
    • Compass
    • Deep freezer
    • Depthsounder
    • Dishwasher
    • Dvd player
    • Electric bilge pump
    • Fresh water maker
    • Generator
    • Gps
    • Heating
    • Hot water
    • Hydraulic gangway
    • Inverter
    • Liferaft
    • Log speedometer
    • Manual bilge pump
    • Marine head
    • Microwave oven
    • Oven
    • Plotter
    • Radar
    • Radar reflector
    • Radio
    • Refrigerator
    • Sea water pump
    • Shore power inlet
    • Swimming ladder
    • Teak cockpit
    • Tender
    • Tv set
    • Vhf

omschrijving

Boat location: Plasmolen / The Netherlands

VAT not paid: Perfect for export. (Norwegian citizens pay 0%)

 

211 pictures on our website grandyachts.eu and in high-resolution upon request by mail

 

Castigno is a 17 metre Absolute 56 HT luxury performance yacht with exceptional sea-keeping capabilities. This Absolute brings you anywhere in Italian styled luxury and comfort. Castigno is equipped to the highest standards and has been kept in a breath-taking condition thanks to her overenthusiastic owner that keeps her in  mint condition. Castigno is a typical luxury performance family cruiser with excellent manoeuvring capabilities thanks to her Volvo Penta IPS-600 system with joystick docking.

One of the unique features of this Absolute is her increased stainless railing, it’s very safe and looks stunning.

She’s well worth viewing! Shipping worldwide.

 

Helm position:

The comfortable helm position is found on starboard with an electric adjustable seat. This well-equipped helm ensures comfortable cruising even when circumstances are cold and wet.

Modern chrome ringed gauges both analog and digital complete her styled dashboard, an autopilot, radar, gps, chart plotter, VHF, searchlight, synchronized wipers and anchor winch control with chain counter.

 

Galley:

A modern galley with lots of cupboards, sink, hot and cold water mixer tap, combi oven, grill,

microwave, dish washer, large fridge/freezer and a beautifully work top makes you feel at home, both space and comfort wise. Very rare on modern boats are the large glass portholes which you will find behind the galley on this 56 HT.

 

Guest cabins:

In her bow the VIP guest cabin is located and of course you find an ensuite bathroom as well. A very well designed bathroom with a beautiful combination of tiny tiles, wood, chrome and wood. Also the Tecma silent toilet wont wake you up at night.

 

On the starboard side of the yacht, just near the integrated staircase you find a twin bedded guest room with plenty space for two and baggage. Hanging lockers, double bed light lamps, mirror and good ventilation with in-hull placed portholes.

 

Owners cabin:

An ample sized full beam owners cabin is found midships, a large French styled double bed accessible by two sides, lots of space and clothing cabinets. Modern large stainless portholes below deck-line gives you ventilation during heavy rain and ensure safe closure at bad sea weather.

Privacy ‘en-suite’ access to the well-equipped bathroom is of course another Absolute standard.

 

Bathrooms:

The well-equipped bathrooms have all common features as Tecma silent flush toilets, sinks, hot and cold water mixing taps for both wash basin and shower compartment. A rectangular glass design wash basin with chrome water taps look really stunning combined with the typical Italian tilework.

 

Cockpit and bathing platform:

The cockpit with electric sliding roof in the hardtop was designed by Absolute yachts for strength, air and lots of glass panels which provides a very extraordinary feeling. Furthermore an electric tv lift with led-tv has been placed in a comfortable viewing angle. The outside galley houses exactly the appliances you would expect on a yacht of this calibre. On her stern you find the usual sun pads and a double staircase with integrated led-lighting to the bathing platform. A hot and cold deck-shower, swim ladder and an electro hydraulic tender garage is also found on this Absolute.

 

Dimensions

 

  • Length: 17.20m
  • Beam: 4.65m
  • Draft: 1.15m
  • Weight: 18 tons
  • Fuel: 1600 Lt
  • Fresh water: 550 Lt plus 60 Lt boiler
  • Waste: 106 Lt
  • Grey: 106 Lt
  • Headroom cockpit: 2.00m
  • Headroom saloon 2.05m
  • Headroom shower 1.96m

 

Engines – Controls – Gearboxes – Genset:

 

  • 2 x Volvo Penta IPS-600
  • Volvo IPS Joystick
  • Volvo EVC controls
  • 730 engine hours
  • Mase IS 9 generator (9Kva)
  • 850 generator hours

 

Electronics & equipment:

 

  • Raymarine e-Series E125 charplotter
  • Raymarine rear-view camera
  • Raymarine HD digital radar
  • Raymarine ST 6002 smart autopilot
  • Raymarine VHF e240
  • Volvo speedometer
  • Ritchie compass
  • Fresh water maker
  • Tankwatch (level indicator for waste)
  • Quick anchor control in cockpit 1202
  • Quick chain counter
  • Quick anchor control on bow
  • Dolphin Pro HD 60A battery charger
  • Waeco sinus inverter 24v > 230v
  • Waeco inverter 24v > 12v

 

  • 4 x Climma airconditioners (53.000 BTU total)
  • Reverse cycle heating system
  • 5 x Bilge-watch and control
  • Lenco trimtabs with led-indicator
  • Jabsco searchlight with remote
  • Synchronized wiper control
  • Volvo rudder indicator
  • Lewmar electric anchor winch
  • Stainless steel anchor
  • 2 x Electric stern winches
  • Besenzoni stainless cassette gangway with LED-lighting
  • Hydraulic garage with AVON tender
  • Electric tender winch
  • Electric sunroof with sun/heat protective glass
  • Electric adjustable helm position
  • LED courtesy lights
  • LED garage lights
  • Tecma silent flush toilets
  • 60 Lt Quick boiler
  • Isotherm American model fridge/freezer
  • 4 zone ceramic HOB
  • Wetbar in cockpit
  • Delonghi grill in cockpit
  • Isotherm icemaker
  • Isotherm cockpit fridge
  • Extractor fan
  • TV-DVD in master cabin
  • TV-DVD in saloon
  • TV in cockpit with TV-lift
  • TV antenna Glomex
  • Radio-CD in saloon with VDO Dayton sound system
  • Radio-CD in cockpit Fusion
  • Foldable cockpit table
  • Foldable cleats on bathing platform
  • Sun covers
  • Life vests
  • Life raft SafeSea 6p

 

List of items renewed in September 2018:

 

  • Teak on bathing platform
  • Cockpit table
  • LED garage lighting
  • LED staircase and cockpit lighting
  • Remote dinghy wich
  • Boiler
  • Engine service
  • Generator service
  • Heat-exchangers
  • Starter motors
  • Alternators
  • Engine anodes
  • Hull anodes
  • IPS anodes
  • Antifouling interspeed ultra
  • Battery charger
  • Generator battery gel-deep-cycle
  • Carpets
  • Showerpumps
  • Radio / speakers
  • Cockpit cover
  • Chrome rings
  • Complete polish and wax.

 

Review: (source TradeBoats.com)

 

Priced under its competitors, and with great handling and economy thanks also to the latest IPS drives, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous Italian styling, the Absolute 56 has till now gone largely unnoticed. DAVID LOCKWOOD reports

 

 

The Absolute 56, which takes its name from the boat's overall length, proves that performance doesn't only come from huge horsepower. Designed for Volvo Penta's IPS pod drives, in cahoots with the Swedish engine manufacturer's naval architects, the agile 17,500kg fully-loaded hull hit a sprightly 31kts. The twin IPS 600s are in fact 435hp diesel engines, so that's quite some achievement for a 50-odd footer.

Ranging from 39 to 70 feet, the sleek Absolute sport or express yachts do a good job of flaunting rakish lines, flowing curves, and chic interior fitouts. There is real Italian performance and styling, too, the kind often emulated but rarely replicated. As such, you could call these boats the genuine articles.

But unlike many boats designed entirely around utility, style and substance are behind the Absolute 56. Externally, with twin tinted sharkfin side windows and a blue hull, the boat looks sleek and sporty. Construction involves closed moulds for the hull, deck and hardtop and, thanks to that process, plus excellent attention to detail in the fitout, the 56 had a seamless feel, something like a cocoon.

The shiny, moulded surfaces in the cockpit are in keeping with a modern wipe-clean apartment, but once you descend into the three-cabin/two-head accommodation plan you will find a wonderful level of luxury derived from beautiful joinery, Italian fabrics, trick lighting, supplied crockery, and trendy bathrooms with the latest designer fittings.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE As for substance, the 56 we tested some time ago ticked just about all the boxes you might imagine: electric sunroof, aft garage with remote tender dispatch, capstans for mooring stern-to a la med', and terrific accommodation including an owner's full-beam stateroom. Not yet done, the importer added satellite TV and Foxtel, a Zodiac 350 jet RIB in the garage, radar for night passagemaking, underwater lights, twin docking cameras, and there was a Joystick controller for the IPS, of course.

A 9kVa Mase generator powers the 26,000btus of air-con, which doubles as a demister and dehumidifier. With all the glass before the helm, you may need this function during dewy autumn starts. The big Italian-made wipers will come in handy when vision might otherwise be compromised offshore, while on the good days and nights you can open the sun/moon roof.

 

DAY LIVING

With the hardtop and sunroof, the Absolute 56 offers a combination of indoor/outdoor living. But first, what the factory terms "lounge attitude" refers to the popular European practice of bearing your bronzed body outdoors. To this end, there's an island double sunbed atop the boat's aft tender garage big enough for four, and another big sunpad on the bow.

Moulded steps, a raked bowrail with intermediate wire, good grade of non-skid, recessed handrails and moulded toerails make the foredeck a safe, second outdoor lifestyle area. At rest, you can send the tykes up here without worrying too much about their safety. Or do sundowners when nose to the wind.

The anchor is a self-stow type and, with chain counter, there's no need to leave the helm during those duties. There's also storage space for fenders, lines and more back outdoors, thereby keeping the decks clean when travelling.

Also at the transom, twin moulded steps lead from the swim platform either side of the island sunpad to a big single-level, teak-laid, all-weather covered cockpit, lunch setting and social helm station. A circular lounge to port around a teak table can take eight, opposite an impressive amenities centre with griddle, sink, icemaker, fridge and a Sharp 20in TV.

Trick helm and co-pilot seats front a purpose-built moulded dash with recessed analogue engine gauges, Raymarine autopilot, EVC controls and monitoring panels, and bilge and fire-alarm systems. The sporty wheel adds to the intent and it's just a fun boat to drive.

Thankfully, the whole deck area is air-conditioned, as the moulded white surfaces and abundant glass direct a lot of light and heat aboard. You'll need sunnies in summer, too.

 

FIVE-STAR SUITE

Plenty of panorama windows and opening ports ensure connectivity below decks, rid the boat of cooking odours, and make for a great calm-water formal entertaining setting. The U-shaped dinette setting opposite the galley can cater for six, with two casual stools that can be stationed on the outboard side of the glass table.

The mood is lively, enhanced by the light timber joinery and cream upholstery, and mood and task lighting. A 26in TV and Bose Lifestyle centre, with flush-mounted speakers, and 3500W inverter take care of entertaining. The DC electric system is mainly 24V, while the water gauge is back up in the dash.

Highlights of the galley including a big, square sink set in a stainless steel counter, four-burner electric hob with pot holder (even the style-conscious Italians fit them), microwave oven, and practical timber floor. The timber door concealing the fridge doubles as a huge glass and crockery cupboard with 36 individual holders. And despite its sleek looks, storage space abounds on the Absolute 56, as do the details and nice touches, such as soft-close doors.

 

WHEN IN ROME

The VIP cabin in the bow has an island double bed, LED lighting, opening portlights, escape hatch with insect and privacy screens, and en suite that doubles as a day head. The shower screen is the circular space-saving type, while the timber and tile finish is smart but not too contemporary. The crew or kid's cabin aft of the saloon has big twin single beds, but it's the full-beam stateroom with en suite that calls loudest back here.

Thanks in part to the aft IPS engine mounting, the owner's get a queen-sized bed on the centreline, with standing room alongside, fully lined his and her hanging lockers, and plenty of storage for personal effects. The shower in the en suite is huge with a stylish Italian-designed rose, and the heads are the good Tecma type.

 

DRIVE TIME

The Absolute 56 comes with optional triple IPS 600s for a 40-knot top speed. But, really, the twins are all you need. And in respect of the engineroom, I thought it tight but serviceable. Top speed of 31kts is exciting and the boat banks nice and flat and rips around off the wheel. If you want to reel in the sea miles, you can sit on 25kts at 3210rpm and the boat just hums along in the groove. And with twin 435hp engines, expect less than 150lt/h.

We came away impressed by the Absolute 56 and only the Global Financial Crisis prevented us from bringing you this report earlier. Should forecasts for a cruiser-led recovery ring true around the waterways of the world, should Absolute keep its prices down as it has done to date, then the smart boats will find more berths Down Under. It's the genuine Italian article, fully loaded and ready to please.

 

Specifications: ABSOLUTE 56

 

PRICE AS TESTED

The Absolute 56 was selling for approx $1.79 million, with twin Volvo Penta IPS 600s, and options

 

OPTIONS FITTED

Joystick, satellite TV/Foxtel, Zodiac 350 jet tender, radar, underwater lights, sea anchor, fore and aft docking cameras, blue hull, dishwasher, icemaker, HD Radar, Bose system in saloon, LCD and TV to guest bedroom, and watermaker

 

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