First drive of the Absolute 58 Navetta

We put the Absolute 58 Navetta to the test at the Genoa Boat Show

The Genoa Boat Show, where we we find Absolute‘s latest model, may no longer be in its 2,500-boat pomp, but even if it was the Absolute 58 Navetta would stand out from the crowd.

Of course, the mint-green hull colour helps, though without that it’s still a boat that challenges the eye and draws you in with its knife-like bow, towering topsides, upright screens and forward-raked radar arch. It’s divisive but you can’t call it boring.

The 58 Navetta managed 28.5 knots on test

Absolute has become synonymous with IPS and the 58 Navetta follows suit with the option of either IPS600 or IPS800. Hull number one has IPS800, which means 600hp per side and an impressive top speed just shy of 29 knots.

The Navetta is supposed to be a versatile cruiser, the yard envisages owners cruising at 10 knots or 26 knots but time will tell whether the slow lane will suit a planing boat on IPS.

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Optional extras like Volvo Penta’s Trim Assist and a €75,000 gyroscope are there to make life more comfortable whichever speed you choose.

Thanks to the sheer height of the thing space on board is excellent, be that in the saloon or the three spacious cabins and bathrooms.

Lots of space and light in the full-beam master

It also gets a walk-in engineroom, with access from the the twin-berth crew cabin, although this being an IPS boat you do lose the lazarette.

You can read our full report in an upcoming issue of Motor Boat & Yachting but one thing is for sure, the 58 Navetta gives you a very good reason to plump for the less familiar Absolute name than if you were, say, comparing the Absolute 60 to an equivalent 60ft flybridge.

It’s a quirky boat from a quirky marque – but initial signs are very promising.

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