The new Verve 47 isn’t your typical Azimut. Indeed, it’s only Azimut’s second outboard boat, powered by four 450-hp Mercury Racing engines, and it is expected to top out at 45 knots.
The Verve 47 builds on the success of the Verve 40, which was launched at the Newport, Rhode Island, boat show in 2016 and was powered by three 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards. In a sense, with the new 47, Azimut is doubling down on outboards, particularly in the American market. Even such traditional American builders as Hinckley, Back Cove and MJM have introduced outboard-powered cruising boats in the past few years.
Designed as a weekend cruiser, the Verve 47 has two staterooms and one head below. The design, by Francesco Struglia, is striking, and distinctly Azimut, while the hull, by Michael Peters, from Sarasota Florida, is stepped and slippery; under the surface, the Verve looks like an offshore racing machine.
You walk on the boat through a gate on the port side of the transom. The cockpit has aft seating and an L-shaped settee on the starboard side. The port bulwark folds out to provide more space for entertaining or enjoying water sports. Three seats face the helm, which is centered and protected by large front and side windows and a hardtop.
You go down four steps on the port side to the accommodation deck. A lounge is on the port side with an L-shaped settee and table; the galley is to starboard, just forward of the head. The master stateroom is in the bow, with a queen bed. The guest cabin is tucked under the helm with two berths running fore and aft.
Verve is Azimut’s entry-level line. It is sold in the U.S. by MarineMax.
Specs.: LOA: 47’7”; Beam: 14’9”; Draft: NA.; Disp.: 38,580 lbs.; Fuel: 660 gals.; Water: 79 gals.; Power: 4×450-hp Mercury Racing outboards.