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The Absolute Navetta 68 is built for long-range cruises with the family.

Absolute Navetta 68
Note the seating area with a table just abaft the sun pads on the foredeck. A Bimini top can cover this space at anchor.Courtesy Absolute Yachts

The latest iteration in the navetta line from Absolute Yachts is the Navetta 68, which falls between the 58 and 73. The 68 carries on the series’ tradition of matching striking lines with ­performance that spans the gap between that of a long-range cruiser and a sporty motoryacht. She reportedly sees speeds in the mid- to ­high-20-knot range.

This model has an interior laid out for longer stays aboard. That includes a feeling of roominess: The salon is perhaps most notable for its nearly sole-to-ceiling windows, which allow for a strong interplay between the comforts of home and the nautical environment.

Absolute Navetta 68
The galley aft links to the ­cockpit via a retractable glass window. Opening the sliding doors combines the indoor and outdoor spaces with an uninterrupted floor plan.Courtesy Absolute Yachts

Four staterooms are on her ­accommodations level, including a forepeak master and an amidships VIP—both of which span the yacht’s beam—and twin-berth guest staterooms between them, one with single berths that can join ­together. That last feature should come in handy if this boat is used for cruising with three ­couples.

The Italian-built Navettas have always eschewed sleekness, ­instead ­displaying high bulwarks and a helm ­station that, on the exterior, flirts with a workboat-type look. This is no ­accident. The 68 was meant for longer voyages, say, a ­weeklong excursion in the southern ­Bahama Islands or a sun-soaked trip skirting Croatian hotspots such as Split and Hvar.

Absolute Navetta 68
No sunburn here: The Navetta 68’s cockpit settee has a shade that can be used during lunches and dinners at anchor when the sun is typically beating down on guests’ backs.Courtesy Absolute Yachts

As for exterior spaces, the 68 has a hydraulic swim platform that lends itself well to swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Forward of that, the cockpit has a dining settee protected by a retractable aft sunshade for comfortable meals even when the sun isn’t behaving. Just through the salon door are an aft galley and a fully protected indoor dining area.

Absolute Yachts intends for the yacht’s foredeck to be used as a secondary cockpit, which is why there is more than just the sun pad typical of boats in this range. The sun pad is, of course, there (with reclining seats), but there’s also a settee with a table for cocktails once happy hour rolls around.

Absolute Navetta 68
The Absolute 68’s hydraulic swim platform allows for easy water access as well as tender launching and retrieval. Twin stairways lead up to the cockpit.Courtesy Absolute Yachts

The 68’s flybridge comprises a third outdoor-entertainment space. The L-shaped sofa and dining settee to starboard should be a good place for alfresco meals cooked up at the barbecue. The upper helm is surrounded by sofas as well, so the captain can have some conversation en route to the next waypoint.

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