STEENWIJK _ In only 7 years, Vanquish Yachts has left a sizeable mark on the grab-that-throttle-and-make-tracks section of recreational boating. Since its founding, it has developed a portfolio of 8 very sleek, very fast dayboats from 16 to 58ft. that can do 40 knots or more.
In the works are 7 new models – from a cool 11ft. water scooter to a massive 90-footer that Vanquish calls “our bold entrance into the world of superyachts.” In 2019, “we expect to sell about 30 boats in different lengths,” says Vanquish Yachts’ New Business Developer Tijl Hetterschijt.
Key among its 2019 launches is the VQ40. The yard sold several while the yacht was in production. “Responding to strong demand for Vanquish yachts under 45ft, the new VQ40 will be built in sturdy, high-quality composite,” says Hetterschijt.
Increasingly, he tells this newsletter, Vanquish expects to build yachts to 40ft in composite, a more price-competitive material than aluminum in that category. Also, using composite instead of aluminum shortens the build time.
The T-topped VQ40 is designed for both family cruising or “12 excited mates escaping for a diving and fishing trip.” It comes with a choice of engines: The Mercury Verado for the outboards and Volvo diesels for the inboards. Vanquish promises top speeds ranging from 35 to 54 knots.
Vanquish recently added to its service network SMN, a yard and dealership in the St Tropez/Port Grimaud area in France that has a workforce of 34.
An upcoming delivery of a VQ58 to Ibiza enables Vanquish Yachts to step up its Mediterranean presence. It says production of VQ58 models _ they come in wheelhouse, open, hardtop and T-top versions – is in full swing. The models differ not just in superstructures as well as below-deck configurations.