Originally Posted by AMG
Are you talking of a 1998 Azimut 40´ now and what is the major problem then?
I had perhaps the only 40 Azimut 1998 listed for sale in North America for the past three years and, likely, is the very same boat the gentleman is concerned with.
Other than issues induced by vendors unencumbered by the thinking process (leading to a difficult-to-fix fuel leak) and the usual milky spots in the interior varnish (not too visible, unless one knows where to look), the 40 is a great boat.
There are, as I used to point out to prospective clients, many features found on the larger Azimuts, which I also have had the pleasure to list. Naysayers may point out wiring issues on these boats, but I have found these are related to someone--post OEM--buggering up the electricals with additions and "fixes".
This boat--no longer listed by me--is still for sale in my area.
BTW, she gets up in a hurry with no vibration or smoke.
In short, she is, as opposed to at least what one poster opined on this thread, a very nice boat.
p.s.: Liam is correct---same issues with the cheap worn teak veneer in the cockpit..thinner than my wallet.