Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
One glance is all it takes to see that this yacht wastes exactly zero outdoor space.Courtesy Absolute

To a certain extent, it’s true that each country builds yachts to particular stereotypes associated with its populace. Australians build rugged boats destined for adventure, while an Anglo fastidiousness pervades many British vessels. Americans, not surprisingly, are all over the board with our boats — a true melting pot. The same cannot be said for the Italians. In Italy, elegance reigns supreme. An example of this phenomenon is the 72 Fly from Absolute, which is headquartered an hour or so northeast of Genoa in the small town of Podenzano.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
A bird’s-eye view shows just how much space the flybridge actually has.Courtesy Absolute

The thing that really draws you to the 72 is her lines. Low profile and aggressively swept back, the silhouette is that of a boat built to impress, both from afar and when on board.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
The 72’s galley can be closed off from the salon by a door, for privacy.Courtesy Absolute

The yacht has three outdoor entertaining areas. Her cockpit has a settee and dining table that makes an ideal place for an alfresco meal. The bow deck constitutes another outdoor space. There, a second dining settee is complemented by a sun pad, so you can perfect your tan while moored in some discrete cove off the Amalfi Coast. (How very Italian.)

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
Absolute wanted a warm, homey feel in the yacht’s interior. The designers achieved that by focusing on ergonomics and feng shui. Look at the amount of space between the facing sofas: enough to pass through, but not so much as to impede conversation.Courtesy Absolute

But as nice as these areas are, it’s the namesake flybridge that represents the 72’s marquee spot to commune with the great outdoors. An ergonomic helm can seat two, so the captain won’t be left longing for company, and sight lines are excellent in all directions. A sprawling U-shaped settee to starboard creates the main social space, while a grill, sink and refrigerator to port make sure everyone stays refreshed.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
LOA: 70'10;" Max Beam: 18'4"Courtesy Absolute

Another sun pad forward and free space aft for lounge chairs or water toys round out the area. There’s also an outdoor shower built into the radar arch. And for my money, an outdoor shower is the best kind of shower, particularly after taking a dip in the ocean.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
The full-beam amidships master is large enough as is, but when complemented by the amount of natural light the Absolute 72’s windows allow in, the space really opens up. Note the laid-back, nautical-looking color scheme as well.Courtesy Absolute

Indoors, the yacht is just as well-equipped. Absolute concentrated on making the salon both ergonomic and well-lighted. To the latter’s end, sizable windows serve not only to whittle down the boat’s profile, but also to let in tons of light. Below are four very private, very comfortable staterooms, though the full-beam, en suite master amidships will leave everyone on board feeling a bit jealous of the owners.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
An alfresco dining settee highlights this yacht’s focus on outdoor entertaining.Courtesy Absolute

And jealousy, of course, is something that Italians are intimately familiar with, since the rest of the world envies their flair for the elegant.

Absolute 72 Flybridge yachts
Absolute made sure the yacht’s heads were spacious enough to be welcomed by the American market.Courtesy Absolute