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Sporty, Aggressive-Looking Vanquish VQ80 Chase Boat Hits the Water, Can Reach 51 Knots

After introducing the world to its VQ115 tri-deck powerboat, which was touted as the world’s fastest aluminum superyacht with conventional engines, Netherlands-based shipbuilder Vanquish comes back with another impressive model: the VQ80 SportsFish chase boat, which just hit the water for the first time.
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The VQ80 was unveiled two years ago and the keel for it was laid last year. Both its exterior and interior design were entrusted to Guido de Groot, with Studio Delta handling the naval architecture. Sleek-looking and classy, the vessel measures 80 ft (24 m) in length, has a beam of 19 ft (almost 6 m), and can seat 20 people and sleep up to six. It was ordered as a chase boat for Heesen’s Project SkyFall, a 197 ft (60 m) custom superyacht that should be delivered next year.

Back to our VQ80, Vanquish describes it as a hybrid between a luxurious sportfish superyacht and a VQ powerboat at the peak of its performance. The yacht builder also boasts of its VQ80 being among the fastest superyachts in the world, capable of hitting speeds over 51 knots (58 mph/93 kph).

The VQ80 is powered by a C32 marine engine that offers 4800 hp. Its ability to carry 5700 liters of fuel allows it to stay in the water for up to 330 nautical miles at cruising speeds ranging from 48 to 50 knots (55 to 57 mph/88 to 91 mph).

With a sporty, powerful look to it, the VQ80 has a slightly aggressive paint scheme and is not afraid to flaunt its swiftness through its design. As explained by Vanquish, “the upper line of the spacious stern fishing cockpit flows over the hull, blending with the engine room and cabin windows, to generate a unified design signature and true sense of swiftness”.

The interior design of the VQ80 looks just as sporty but also elegant, featuring a large saloon that also offers outside sitting if you want to get a taste of that fishing action. There are two double guest cabins plus the owner’s suite, and the possibility to also accommodate two crew members.

VQ80 is equipped with Seakeeper 26 stabilization and the latest Garmin gear including fishfinders and chart plotters. Hydraulic doors open to port and starboard to safely haul the fish into the hold.

Next, the recently launched VQ80 will begin its sea trials before it gets delivered to its “very demanding client”, as described by Vanquish.


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