Azimut’s new Verve 40 is designed to mark the entry of the Italian shipyard into the popular sports walkaround segment of the American market. The idea is to combine all the typical characteristics of a traditional US walkaround day cruiser with an extra dose of stylistic panache and a more generously appointed owner’s cabin.

On the main deck, the Skipper is treated to a trio of individual swivel seats beneath the hardtop. Behind this, an aft–facing bench is butted up against the helm to make best use of the L-shaped dining area on the starboard side of the cockpit. With an extendable table, this region can easily seat six or seven people for dinner and with wet bar facilities in the lateral units to both port and starboard, in addition to the galley down below, the practicalities look very well considered.

Verve 40 on the water

The Verve 40 is the first sporting walkaround weekender to emerge from the Azimut shipyard.

Opposite the alfresco dining station is a port transom gate and a compact fold-out balcony, which helps expand the cockpit and supplement the unbroken swim platform that wraps around the outboard engines to provide easy water access on both sides. The foredeck is also very user-friendly. It features a large sunbathing platform built into the coachroof moulding, equipped with cupholders, grab rails and teak-lined steps, plus a pair of spacious forward bench seats. And it all looks usefully accessible too, courtesy of some deepset walkways and a peripheral guardrail that extends right back to the helm.

The sliding cabin access to port of the helm takes you down to a central living area, comprising a galley to port and a comfortably appointed dinette to starboard that can be converted into a guest double. Further aft on the starboard side is a separate heads and shower compartment and that’s neatly divided by the central lounge from the owner’s cabin in the V of the bow, where the elevated forward mouldings create uncommonly good space.

With a triple rig of Mercury Verado 350hp outboard engines, this good-looking weekender is expected to match its open deck versatility with sporting performance of around 44 knots. If that appeals to you, you can either head to Fort Lauderdale for a closer look or find out more at Azimut Yachts.

Verve 40

With its triple rig of 350s and its alfresco space, the Azimut Verve 40 is well suited to the American market.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.