When something is good, is good all around the world. Moreover, Made in Italy is always a guarantee. A yacht like the Azimut Yachts Verve 47 – 15 meters long and powered by four 450HP engines – immediately recalls the American performance above all style. However, this 2020-launched boat is not only designed for the American market. Sure, it was originally designed for American boaters but, later, it was highly appreciated even in Europe. Verve 47 is the result of a successful collaboration between Azimut Yachts Design Manager Francesco Struglia and Michael Peters and is the largest boat ever built with a Frers-signed hull, specially designed to guarantee perfect sturdiness and extreme performance at sea.
In order to better understand such a special boat, we have interviewed Azimut Benetti CEO Marco Valle, who showed us some interesting details.
Azimut Verve 47 illustrates by Marco Valle (Azimut CEO)
What about the engines?
“It comes from four Mercury Verado V8 450 HP outboards that, developed from the Mercury Racing 450R, deliver a top speed of 50 knots, absolutely not bad for a boat of this size”.
The Azimut Verve 47 was born in Italy as an American-style boat. The result is a great global success. How was this made possible?
“I think that this boat can appeal to a particular type of owner, not necessarily linked to a specific geographical origin. American or European, but not only, but this yacht is also designed for all those who love island hopping (wandering from one island to another, with many stops along the journey to discover the area). Verve 47 is designed for all those who want to continuously change the scenarios of their trips, attracted by the possibility of reaching different coves in a short time and looking for exciting speed and performance. In short, it is an ultimate boating machine for those who love to live the ‘American’ sea without sacrificing the worldwide known Italian style”.
According to the characteristics of the Mediterranean Sea, this boat will also be very popular in Europe, won’t it?
“Yes, it will. Verve 47 is very popular also in Europe and many owners have asked us for more information, so much so that, after the American debut, we decided to take it to the European boat shows next autumn, where we are sure to collect important reception”.
Verve 47 is an atypical open boat. Why?
“Verve 47 is a 50-knot open boat with extraordinary interior comfort. So, it’s a unique and special boat. The bridge is amazing, designed by Francesco Struglia with the implementation of a lateral window that enhances communication between inside and outside, thus providing a closer contact with the sea, especially at high speed. Moreover, construction makes extensive use of original materials: next-gen interior laminates have been chosen to offer the materiality of wood in an extremely technological context, while the ‘shockwave’ pattern of synthetic teak wants to make the most of the potential of an ecological and practical choice”.
Is there a link with the automotive industry?
“The windscreen recalls some famous car 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. From a practical point of view, the window allows the helmsman to communicate with the interiors more easily”.
What about your future plans?
“After the great success achieved, we are going to work on other models based on the same features”.
About Azimut Verve 47
Verve 47 embraces the current trend of folding platforms. The main strength of the boat, in fact, lies in the large “open-space” area in the bow cockpit where also the galley is positioned. Below deck, there are up to 6 berths: two in the bow master cabin, two in the stern cabin, and two in the dinette. There’s even a bathroom with a separate shower and many storage compartments.
The boat makes extensive use of virtual prototyping and immersive reality technology for the dashboard, visibility study, and ergonomic analyzes for the wet bar the Oculus type virtual helmet for the interiors.