Published: Monday, 01 August 2016

Italian boatbuilder Absolute Yachts selected Volvo Penta’s intelligent Inboard Performance System (IPS) for its new 50Fly motor yacht. 

Absolute 50 Fly Installed With Volvo Penta Ips

(Photo: Volvo Penta - Absolute 50Fly)

In harnessing the concepts usually found in larger motor yachts, Absolute Yachts has created a new high-end, three-cabin vessel for the discerning leisure boater. In doing so, the company opted for Volvo Penta’s IPS-600 to utilise the drive’s high power to weight ratio. 

“We needed an engine that would provide the best performance for our yacht, while also offering low fuel consumption, reduced noise and vibration, and have a minimal ecological impact with low emissions,” says Absolute Yachts Vice President Sales and Chief Commercial Officer Cesare Mastroianni. “We have found the ideal propulsion drive with Volvo Penta’s IPS.” 

Absolute Yachts has been designing and building boats for the leisure market since 2002 at its shipyard near Piacenza, Italy. It creates a range of marine vessels from 12 metres to 22 metres, including the Flybridge series, Sport Yacht, Sport Line, and Navetta models. All of the series employ Volvo Penta IPS. 

Absolute 50 Fly Installed With Volvo Penta Ips 2

(Absolute Navetta 52)

The new 15-metre 50Fly combines functionality and comfort in a compact boat. It can accommodate up to six guests in its three cabins, while a fourth supplementary cabin can house an additional crew member. The boat has a well-equipped galley, a dining area and a sunbathing deck. Glass sliding doors optimise the use of space and light. The flybridge hosts further touches to maximise convenience and on-board enjoyment including sofas and additional dining space, as well as an ice-maker and fridge, sink and barbecue grill. 

The twin installation Volvo Penta IPS-600 drives each produce 435hp at a rated 3,500 RPM. The forward-facing twin counter-rotating propellers sit below the hull to operate in undisturbed water. As such they cause less drag and can provide up to 30 per cent better fuel consumption than a traditional inboard shaft engine. The Stage III/Tier 3 IPS-600 also reduces particulate, NOx and hydrocarbon emissions. 

Volvo Penta’s complete IPS range is suitable for yachts, sport cruisers, sport-fishing and semi-planning boats up to 100 feet. All installations are equally easy to drive with standard controls, joystick and all ‘Easy Boating’ options available. 

Easy Boating encompasses Volvo Penta’s philosophy that leisure boating should be simple, safe and enjoyable. Optional components of Easy Boating include the customisable glass cockpit controls, e-key remote, joystick inboard, and battery management system. 

“Absolute Yachts has been a great customer of ours for many years, using different IPS drives in their yachts,” says Volvo Penta Marine Sales Manager Nicola Pomi. “We’re delighted that it has chosen the IPS-600 as the propulsion system for its new 50Fly yacht, and we look forward to a continuing relationship.”