Absolute 45 Fly: Preloved

By: John Willis, Photography by: Supplied

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We see our fair share of new Absolute powerboats by way of new-vessel reviews, so when one popped up secondhand we couldn’t resist a look.


Absolute 45 Fly Second Hand

Absolute is an internationally renowned Italian company who, since 2002, manufacture luxury yachts in Fly, Sport and "Navetta" ranges from 40 to 73 feet. The Absolute  founders, Marcello Bè and Sergio Maggi bring an air of European luxury with bold Italian character and passion to their premium seafaring motor yachts.

"Reaching for the Absolute" is the brand philosophy. Absolute strongly believes in the potential of technology to create all-encompassing and easily utilized complete boat management. The low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low sound levels are a testament to their efficiency, structural strength, premium componentry and dedication to design.

Their sensible, high-end fit outs and advanced shipbuilding processes ensure that Absolute motor yachts appeal to navigators in all waters around the globe.

Absolute motor yachts have been honored with prestigious international awards including design awards, interior layout and innovation, and the "Best European Boat of the year" – particularly impressive considering their massive growth and development over the last decade.



Absolute call the 45 Fly their "Small Magayacht". This hot-blooded Italian has the conditioning of a virile stallion, combined with chic curvaceous allure backed by a dynamic seafaring attributes. In keeping with their dedication to state of the art technology Absolute specifically integrates and builds the 45 Fly with the benefits of twin Volvo IPS 600 propulsion. Absolute’s ‘Integrated Structural System’ bonds the internal bulkheads, sandwich walls and floor of the interior to a hand-laid hull, forming a rigid and robust entity that provides strong and seaworthy construction with improved sound insulation and reduced vibration.

She is truly a heart stopper with the outward appeal of an alluring temptress, at the same time being an elegant entertainer and a comfortable cruiser with multiple party zones and welcoming accommodation. Whether cruising the harbour, anchored in a sedate cove or simply moored in your favoured marina the 45 Fly offers sporty and luxurious platform to enhance your marine lifestyle.

The extended flybridge (Bridge Deck) is just the platform for an evening ensemble, or maybe get the wind in your hair in a sporty sprint to blow away life’s cobwebs. Dual station controls bring the helmsman to the party with enormous upholstered chez lounges for the sun worshippers, plus a huge dinette with teak table for elevated relaxation, all aided by the wet bar and grill. The upper deck is easily accessed with a stainless steel stairwell finished with teak treads.

Back downstairs the teak lined cockpit features a unique convertible rear lounge/sun lounge, a cozy and shaded nook for the quiet times with a good book or a quiet breakfast. Out back the full width transom platform provides the launching pad for family water sports, perhaps the boarding ramp for a tender, or a mooring point for when friends drop in.

Huge windows and café style, mirror finish sliding saloon doors combined with massive windscreen and side windows (some electric) give the Absolute a free and open feel that’s simply flooded with natural light. There’s terrific flow from the cockpit into the rear galley and internal saloon presenting a truly livable feel that can be secluded and intimate or expansive and flowing, depending on our mood and climate. The inclusive rear galley makes it the hub of the upper and lower decks. Of course it wouldn’t be Italian without marble laminate finishes hi-lighting the plush beige leather upholstery and timber trims that reveal true craftsmanship.

The long convertible settee to the port side and massive U-shaped dinette form the perfect setting for a more formal dinner party, but are also warm and inviting for day to day living. Amongst a plethora of internal features the front cabinet houses a large retractable television completing the on-board sound and entertainment system.

The helm is a driver’s delight with the sports feel of a Maserati. The dash and helmsman seat are trimmed in offset black leather with a beautiful convertible bolster seat featuring a unique cantilevered mechanism. It is a compact helm but still allows a large multi-function screen plus twin binnacle controls. There’s an IPS joystick supplying the ultimate in precise docking and maneuverability, as well as fuel economy, handling and performance.

Downstairs is a full beam master stateroom amidships, with private toilet and separate shower, a huge double cabin in the bow, with private bathroom, separate shower and plenty of closet space. Together with the a fully equipped kids/crew cabin at the stern providing plenty of premium accommodation for the family and/or friends.



Absolute have designed the boat from the keel up with the incorporation of the gutsy and economical Volvo D6-IPS600 (2×320 Kw - 2×435 HP) in-line 6-cylinder D6, a 5.5-liter, common-rail diesel with turbo and supercharger for incredible low-rpm response. Working together with a perfectly matched IPS1 pod, twin counter-rotating propellers and the

Electronic Vessel Control system, this package offers excellent maneuverability, long action range and low emissions. The IPS pods provide superior slow-speed maneuverability and excellent high-speed handling. Docking is easy and safe, even in confined spaces. The outstanding maneuverability combined with joystick control also leads to efficient driver response and high safety.

With a cruising speed specified as 26 knots this thrifty combination uses only 77 lph allowing excellent range from the 1300 litre tanks. This combination certainly takes the 45 Fly into the realm of an efficient coastal cruiser.



Victorian based Melbourne Boat Sales are the regional dealer for the range of Absolute Motor Yachts. They currently have a 2014 model 45 Fly available for sale at a very reasonable $749K. From all accounts she’s a plumb boat in beautiful condition and is very well appointed with a host of accessories, as well as a strong service and maintenance record. On current pricing a new replacement would be in the region of $1.1M plus options (realistic $1.2 - $1.3M), hence a 30% reduction for a well presented and maintained package is most suitable and affordable. Plus, the summer boating season is almost upon us and she’s available for immediate delivery!

Quick Specs


PRICE $749,000

MATERIAL Fibreglass
TYPE monohull
LENGTH 13.73M (45’) OA
BEAM 4.15m (13’4")
WEIGHT Approx 14,000 kg dry

BERTHS – 4 plus kids/crew and convertible lounge
FUEL 1300 lt
WATER 380 lt

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This story was originally published in issue #508 of Trade-a-Boat magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest boat news, reviews and travel inspiration.


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