Azimut unveils an outboard-powered weekender.
In creating its latest boat model, Azimut Yachts borrowed some features from boats much larger than the new Verve 40 and from boats smaller than the near-43- foot Verve. From the smaller end of things, Azimut elected to go with outboard power for the walk-around weekender. Triple Mercury Verado 350s, to be precise. That’s 1,050 hp that deliver a top speed of 44 knots. From the bigger end of things, Azimut turned the bow into a social space, the kind you might see on a yacht twice its size, with a large sunpad and bench settees that face each other.
At the rear of the vessel, against the aft transom and the starboard side, is an L-shaped settee with a dining table. A rear-facing bench settee is just forward, set against the back of the helm seating console, but it can join the L-settee, since it is mounted on tracks that let it slide aft. Part of this area is exposed to the sun, but an electrically operated SureShade extends to cover everyone, if so desired. Two built-in in consoles house a grill, a wet bar, an optional wine cooler, a refrigerator and in ice-maker.
Three captain’s chairs front an automotive- inspired helm that includes twin Raymarine HybridTouch MFDs, thruster controls, engine throttles and a Mercury joystick (if added as an option). The hardtop has a skylight that opens for ventilation, and the sides are open, so the helm is protected but “outdoors.”
Below are the salon, the galley, the head and the only cabin, which is in the bow. Its aft half has standup headroom, while the forward half doesn’t due to the deck being lowered to accommodate the bow seating area. The salon settee converts to a berth for two.
While this is among Azimut’s smallest yachts, it retains the Azimut design flair and takes advantage of the builder’s design and construction processes that have been improved again and again.
Azimut Yachts, azimutyachts.com