It’s not to talk about the Absolute Navetta 52 without mentioning its looks, so we may as well start there.

For some it just won’t work but for those who can get past its out there design the benefits reaped on board are substantial.

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Those towering topsides and the lofty wheelhouse make for an incredibly spacious boat for one of this size, with three excellent cabins where the midships master and VIP in the bow are pretty much as spacious and luxurious as one another.

This is a quality machine, too, with top-notch mouldings, beautiful woodwork, a solid ride and excellent practical detailing.

Absolute was an early adopter of IPS and therefore knows a thing or two about making Volvo’s pod system hum, hence why the 52 delivers a mix of secure ride, punchy enough performance and perfectly weighted handling.

If you can get past the unusual looks then there is a lot like here; you can read the full report in the December 2015 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.