Vanquish Yachts has unveiled its first VQ48 sports boat in Saint-Tropez, with a second being delivered in Ibiza shortly. The VQ48 is the ultimate expression of the Vanquish driver’s boat proposition, offering stunning steering, awesome acceleration, immense agility and unrivalled seakeeping abilities. The lines of the VQ48 draw on previous models in a new way that clearly appeals to car lovers in particular.
The initial design concept merges some of the best features such as a foredeck version of the dinette seen on the VQ50 and the popular sun beds found on the VQ43. Other design highlights include two specially developed helm seats, a large lounge settee and an ingenious convertible top with a clever bimini solution. The amount of plastic on board has been kept to a minimum, most components being hand-made in aluminium. Space – for socialising and parties in particular – is central to the design of the VQ48: the standard configuration provides 19 sitting or lying places, making it especially well-suited for day trips with many guests. The VQ48 has lots of freedom of movement, and features a specially developed parasol for smart protection against the sun. Moreover, there is plenty of space for toys under the settees.
Cooking is great fun as well, thanks to a super-efficient galley developed by famous Swiss TV chef René Schudel. René has channelled all his experience as a cook and boat lover into the galley equipment and layout, and also proposed installing a Green Egg Mini barbeque in the aft section, suspended above the water.
Like all new Vanquish vessels, the high-end audio installation of the VQ48 is custom fitted, adapted specifically to the owner’s requirements in a partnership with Brian’s Custom Audio a Dutch company renowned for its work on the latest Ferrari models.
The underwater segment and engine of the VQ48 satisfy the highest yachting standards imaginable today.
As with other Vanquish models, the VQ48 stands out for its low weight, which allows for terrific manoeuvrability, super-fast acceleration, low fuel consumption and remarkable top speed of 40+-plus knots. And it is available in a Veloce version, with an even more impressive top speed exceeding 50 knots.
Among the many innovations on the VQ48 is a submarine folding anchor system that conceals the chain and winch while at anchor. All of this has the added value of making the VQ48 a practical and popular charter boat.