The new Verve 47 by Azimut Yachts is an open cruiser with four outboards, capable of touching 50 knots. But it’s alsoa relaxing boat, for the large outdoor spaces and the two cabins.
The Shipyard defines this Azimut Verve 47 as “The ultimate boating machine“. A rather important eponym, so we want to understand why. Meanwhile, we can anticipate that the project is a joint work of Francesco Struglia for exteriors and interiors, Michael Peters for the hull, and Azimut Yachts for the overall project. At the stern, four Mercury Racing 450s provide a total of 1800 horsepower for above-the-average performance.
Helm with a view
The external and internal design of Francesco Struglia came from the desire to create a deep bond with the sea. The bow copies the geometry of offshore boats, maintaining the family feeling of Azimut, while the hull windows go up to merge with the gunwale. We also like the new solution adopted for the wheelhouse, which is enriched by a large side window that increases the driver’s view. They will enjoy a particular connection with the water especially at higher speeds, when the wake on the sides of the boat, perfectly visible from the inside, seems to merge with the volumes of the yacht. According to the shipyard, this solution, typical of Struglia’s work, recalls some automotive design projects, such as the Lamborghini Marzal, designed by Marcello Gandini (1967), the Maserati Boomerang by Giorgetto Giugiaro (1971) or, more recently, the Vision GT line by Lamborghini.
Azimut Verve 47 uses the internal and external spaces smartly. The cockpit area has a totally hiding table and a collapsible side for access to water. There is also a cabinet with wet bar, fridge, icemaker, barbecue, hob and sink, and a retractable TV. A space that can therefore be lived in different ways, depending on the times of the day: dining area, relaxation and sunbathing area, or night party deck, completely free and facing the sea. Moving forward, the bow has an asymmetrical layout, and sports additional seats and a large sundeck.
The wheelhouse features a glass cockpit dashboard with a clean and high tech design: the captain’s chair with electric adjustments is sided by another two ergonomically designed seats to port and starboard.
A three-seater L-shaped sofa and a table with a fixed stainless steel base serve the dinette – kitchen amidships, and on request also there’s the chance to have a wine cooler.
Below deck the forward stateroom has a double bed, while in the second cabin to aft the choice is for twin. As you could tell by the sportiness of the shape, there is only one heads, but it has a separate shower.
To complete the spaces, a stern lazarette can accommodate two seabobs and an inflatable paddle board.
Michael Peters’ hull is the famous Stepped V Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) type, created and patented by the American designer. It consists of a classic deep V hull with two transverse steps and a central aft tunnel, which serves to increase the longitudinal stability of the boat in high-speed turns.
Peters started his activity in the 1970s, and soon he become an authority in the field of fast hulls. To date, Azimut Verve 47 is the largest boat on the market with this type of hull, designed to ensure a significant reduction in water resistance and excellent performance.
Having been launched at Miami Boat Show, it’s no wonder that Verve 47 is powered by a pack of outboard motors. In particular, there’s four brand new Mercury Verado V8s, derived from the Mercury Racing 450R: they deliver 450 hp each and push the boat up to 50 knots, with a cruising speed of 37 knots. An electronic joystick facilitates maneuverability.
A major innovation in the overall project is represented by the intensive application of virtual prototyping and immersive reality techniques, used for the development of the dashboard, the visibility study, and the ergonomic study of the wetbar and interiors, carried out using the Oculus virtual helmet. The application of these techniques has led to a control of spaces and movements that normally would have required much more work.
The numbers of Azimut Verve 47
- Length overall …………… 14.50 m (47ft 7in)
- Length LH …………… 13.97 m (45ft 10in)
- Beam …………… 4.10 m (13ft 5in)
- Draft …………… 1.20 m (3ft 1in)
- Full load displacement …………… 17.5 t
- Engines …………… 4 x Mercury Verado V8 450 hp
- Max speed …………… 50 kn
- Cruise speed …………… 37 kn
- Fuel reserve …………… 2.340 l
- Fresh water reserve …………… 300 l
- Cabins …………… 2
- Berths …………… 4
- Construction material …………… VTR
- Exterior design …………… Francesco Struglia
- Interior design …………… Francesco Struglia
- Hull design …………… Michael Peters
- CE design category …………… B