Natural Light and 360 degree views, which are unique to the Absolute Yacht design. You will notice that the topsides are almost all windows. The windows to the main deck are larger and Absolute drops the bulwarks down in customary fashion of the brand to allow for amazing sightlines. Externally, the windows are reflective to give the glass are more seamless look.
STRENGTH IN THE CHARM
The characteristic good looks of the 58 can’t overshadow the quality of the build in an Absolute. The formed hull is supported and strengthened by Absolute’s version of a grid stringer system called ISS for Integrated Structural System. The ISS is laid in place, then bonded to the hull. Then the decking, bulkheads etc are brought in and are then all bonded together. The result is a single structural component with surprising strength. This gives the Absolute a solid feel.
The exterior of the 58 Fly features a large gathering area in the flybridge and another at the bow.
The swim platform is offered with a hydraulic option that can launch a tender or PWC and even has the ability to serve as a private beach when partially submerged. The entertainment value of the platform can be further increased with the addition of an optional transom grilling station with sink, all under a protective fibreglass cover. If you don’t want the optional grill, you will love the enclosed storage area that is perfect for ropes, fenders and swimming equipment.
CREW QUARTERS OR HUGE STORAGE AREA
Portside to the platform offers you a crew quarters that fits a single bed and toilet, which is perfect to use when you want to wash off the salt and sand from your swim. There is also a hanging shower and pull across curtain.
The aft deck is protected from the sun via the extended overhead of the flybridge. Additional protection can be had with the optional sunscreen that drops down from the overhead and behind the bench seat. The bench seating is across the stern, wrapping around a solid wood table on a stainless pedestal. Behind the seating is a sun pad that can be extended forward to the table. This clever use of space is the first of a continuing theme by Absolute. There is also clever fender storage under the seats that takes the fenders and stores them vertically.
Steps to both port and starboard lead to the symmetrical side decks to the bow. Fully forward, there’s a nice gathering area in the form of curved forward-facing seating. Absolute created another comfortable relaxing spot by adding the large sun pad with adjustable backrests to the top of the trunk cabin, just ahead of this seating. Retractable lighting adds to the ambiance when desired.
Upon entry to the flybridge you are greeted with the enclosed grilling station. Under the lid is an electric grill and sink. Below is an ice maker or refrigerator alongside storage. For seating, there is a c shaped settee to starboard that surrounds a solid woo table o double pedestals. The aft seatback includes an integrated freshwater wash down. Fully forward there is a doublewide sun pad with adjustable seatbacks that allow it to convert from lying flat to a chaise lounge position. Above all is the optional and expansive hardtop providing protection for all the seating area. It’s supported by 2 sets of polished stanchions to the forward corners and the standard radar arch to the rear. In the centre is a fabric sunroof that can be electrically slid back to allow the sun to enter the deck area. Without the hardtop option, this deck remains open and an arch remains to support the antennas.
Access to the interior is via a set of sliding glass doors. A flush threshold helps maintain the single level to the inside of the 58. Upon entering, there are wide-open spaces and a beautiful contrast between light and dark oak woods. Walnut- bark decking further adds to the tasteful atmosphere and design.
Absolute went with an aft-galley layout with the 58 and this keeps the host within easy reach and close proximity of the three main deck entertainment and gathering venues. The main features of the galley are to port with a full size refrigerator/freezer against the aft doors. It’s finished in wood that matches the cabinetry. An L-shaped Corian counter is ahead with a backsplash that doubles as storage for cups and hinged lids. A small cubby at the fridge bulkhead houses the coffee machine. A ceramic induction stove occupies the corner of the counter space. Further to the right is the single stainless steel sink. Below the cooktop is the convection microwave, corner mounted to save space and precious deck volume, all of which further enhances the open feel of the interior space.
The dining area is directly to starboard of the galley. It consists of a U-shaped, Ecru leather upholstered dinette surrounding a nicely finished solid wood table on a stainless steel pedestal. The table is mounted to sides so it can be moved into and out of the centre passageway to make it easier to get in and out of the seating. Storage is under the seating that includes access drawers at the ends of the seats.
The salon is a single step up from the galley and dining areas. Opposing seating to port and starboard generates a welcoming and social atmosphere. A three-across sofa to starboard has storage underneath for glasses and tableware in soft-close drawers. A TV rises on an electric lift from behind the seatbacks.
To port is a C-shaped sofa wrapping around another table, this time on a high-low lift. As with the seating opposite, this also includes storage beneath. All seats have soft- touch Ecru leather upholstery and clear nightlines to the horizon from the seated positions. Opening side windows allow for cross ventilation, lessening the dependency on air conditioning.
The lower helm is starboard-side mounted and includes a doublewide seat, so an observer can accompany the Captain. A single flip-up bolster allows for varying the operating position. This console includes a pair of 17″ displays along with Volvo Penta’s EVC display, all providing selectable information via touchscreen interfaces. Climate control vents to both sides flank these displays. A great feature at the helm station is the opening side door. This provides immediate access to the starboard side deck, making it a far more simple affair to tie the 58 up. The door also provides clear nightlines to the whole starboard side, along with the stern from the back window and down the steps to the aft platform. Of course the pleasure of opening the door and allowing the breeze to flow past the helm cannot be overlooked.
The lower decks are accessed from a centre companionway adjacent to the helm. There are 3 staterooms and 4 heads. There is a lot of natural light that comes through the massive windshields above.
The master stateroom is located just aft and is full beam. It’s well appointment and there is storage on both sides as well as under the berth. There is also opening portholes for ventilation. Ahead of the berth is a corner mounted vanity. Forward of that the cabinet houses the combination washer and dryer.
Back towards the entrance is the private ensuite head. Its position along the hull dictates the roomy layout with the sink and toilet right at the doorway with a separate walk-in shower. Solid surface counters, a vessel sink, and plenty of storage are all included in the design layout.
Absolute faced a dilemma with regards to how to please those customers that wanted a hull side window and those that wanted the obligatory mirror over the sink. Once again, outside-the-box thinking, coupled with creative use of space, managed to combine both, with an electrically actuated mirror that rises and lowers in front of the hull side window.
The VIP is at the bow, and at first glance, it’s easy to confuse this stateroom with the master stateroom thanks to its roominess and features. Guests will certainly love this space, which may present problems with regards to getting them to ever leave, but that’s for another report.
In yet another example of how Absolute has mastered the proper utilization of space, the queen-sized island berth is mounted against the starboard hull, rather than shoehorned into the forepeak as is the norm. This solution works, and works quite well. Now, not only do we have walking access to both sides of the bed, along with nightstands to both sides, but this layout also allows Absolute to add drawers to all sides of the bed. Additional storage is liberally spread about the rest of the stateroom. One of the two massive hull side windows is now above the head of the berth. An opening portlight is forward, and convenient storage is right behind the pillows. To port, the window and opening portlight are repeated.
A third cabin and private head are to the starboard side of the atrium. This stateroom features twin berths, with one being designed to slide over to create a larger, single berth. The head is just forward, and this time it does serve double duty as the day head with both a private and separate shared entrance.