This Italian Absolute Navetta 58 is 1 of only 3 in North America. It was shipped to Florida and cruised up here into the Great Lakes where it is in a marina in the port of Grand Haven on Lake Michigan. There is a nicely written story about how it got here and there are lots of great pictures of the boat. This is an unusual, elegant and well equipped cruiser.
I am talking to the dealer tomorrow, after having had an hysterically funny conversation with him by email, with me trying to convince him I wasn't a scammer—because I was emailing from the UK, and not able to phone him because I do not have a local SIM. My partner and I are teaching workshops here. She does have a local SIM in her phone, so the dealer and I will chat tomorrow.
This boat is just bare bones, really, but to me good-looking bones: no autopilot, a single instrument (I am guessing that Lowrance is a sounder, but I could be wrong). It looks like a very good hull (it's only 15 years old, young for a wooden trawler). Clearly it needs a bottom clean and antifouling, but the dealer is a marina and boat service shop too, so that should not be a problem. And the rot in the gunwales aft look pretty simple to fix. This might seem odd, but the fact that she has no navigation instruments is a plus for me: I can install exactly the instruments I want, and as we know, they get better and less expensive every year.
I like the flush decks at the bow, the generous scuppers, and the simple layout. I know the engine type well, and I will be inspecting her when I get back with a mechanic guru friend when I get back. I will be asking the dealer a bunch of questions, but I do like the look of her, I must say.
On another note: I pulled out of the Coral Queen deal because closer inspection of her below-decks revealed an immense amount of work, and I do not want to spend my sabbatical only working on a boat!