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Vanquish VQ80

With a reverse bow and surface-drive propulsion, the Vanquish VQ80 expects to break the 50-knot barrier and offers some fishing features to boot.

It’s a superyacht. It’s a sportfishing yacht. It’s a tender. It’s the latest creation from Vanquish Yachts. Whatever you choose to call the 79-foot Vanquish VQ80, it’s certainly unique, and much like the company’s tag line, it may “Not be for everyone.”

Vanquish VQ80 Deck Salon

Vanquish VQ80 Deck Salon

Powered by twin Cat C32s generating a total of 4,800 hp and paired to surface drive propulsion—yup, surface drives—this sleek vessel is expected to hit upwards of 50-plus knots. If that’s not impressive enough, she is also going to be used as an, ahem, “chase boat” for the 200-foot Heesen superyacht Sky Fall.

Vanquish calls the vessel a “hybrid” between a luxurious super-yacht and high-performance sportfisherman. When you first glance at the renderings, there is little in the way of classic fishing design to be seen, but that’s kind of the point. Yes, there is a fighting chair in the cockpit and a sort of “tuna tower” integrated into the boat’s superstructure above the deckhouse, but there’s nothing inherently Carolina or Palm Beach about this fishing yacht.

“The client has set out to create a very special sportfish that resembles nothing else on the water today,” says designer Guido de Groot.

With that in mind, the VQ80 sports an aggressive paint scheme in keeping with Sky Fall’s penchant for dark grays and black with a splash of red.

Designed for an avid-angler owner, the VQ80 offers much in the way of open entertaining space, including a wide cockpit with twin 211-gallon fish boxes and elegant accommodations in the salon and main cabin.

“It was a unique challenge to design a chase-standard boat with the best possible fishing cockpit. We were given carte blanche as long as key VQ elements such as the reverse bow were retained,” says de Groot.

Two hydraulic gunwale doors open to port and starboard to haul fish on board, and the wide side decks make walking a fish to the bow an easy endeavor. There are also two large sunbathing pads and seating on the bow. The bright salon space floods with natural light and offers outdoor seating to scan for fish or simply enjoy the watery show as you motor offshore. The interior features an owner’s suite forward, two guest cabins, three full heads and crew quarters. And the entire vessel will stay nice and stable thanks to a Seakeeper 26.

While we aren’t quite sure how fishing blood and the smell of bait will commingle with the sleek, carbon fiber finish and light wood accents, or how the lures might swim when pulled behind those powerful surface drives, we’re certainly going to watch this project with great interest. The boat is slated for delivery in spring 2023.

This article originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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