Countdown to Cannes Yachting Festival 2022: Absolute 56 Fly

Absolute has revealed new renderings and details of the all-new Absolute 56 Fly ahead of its public debut at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival.

The new Absolute 56 Fly is exactly the kind of boat we tend to associate with this Italian builder. On the main deck, there are open railings, cutaway gunwales and transparent panels in the transom gates to maximise visibility.

Huge drop-down side windows also help open out the main deck saloon, while bringing plenty of fresh air into the lounge. The aft galley is well positioned to keep the modular cockpit and flybridge well serviced for food and drink.

And on the upper level, the hardtop features integrated solar panels to help reduce dependence on the diesel generator during a lengthy cruise away from shore power.

Clearly, the Absolute 56 takes its design cues from the recently launched Absolute 60 Fly but appears to feature even bigger hull windows relative to its length.

Both models offer beamy upright bows with oversized trapezoid windows, terrace cockpits and full-height picture windows in the main saloon which align with cutaway bulwarks.

The reason for those big bow windows is the unusual location of the owner’s suite forward on the lower deck rather than amidships, as is typically the case with craft of this size.

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Absolute reckons this makes for a brighter, more private cabin, especially when moored stern-to. It is configured with a forward-facing double bed and a generous shower room in the forepeak.

The VIP suite occupies the full beam amidships space normally reserved for the owner’s cabin. The third cabin is to starboard and has its own bathroom opposite, which also doubles as the day-head. Surprisingly for this size of craft, there’s also room for two separate crew bunks and a bathroom at the stern.

The Absolute 56 Fly will be propelled by twin 600hp Volvo Penta IPS800s. Absolute hasn’t divulged a maximum speed but expect around 28-30 knots.

Absolute 56 Fly specifications

LOA: 57ft 10in (17.64m)
Beam: 15ft 9in (4.79m)
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s
Top speed: 35 knots
Starting price: Available on application