First announced in December 2016, and based on the success of the Vanquish VQ48, the 16.4m VQ54 features naval architecture by Studio Delta and design by Guido de Groot Design. Created as a superyacht tender or day cruiser with on-board guest accommodation, the VQ54 will make its industry debut at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show where it will showcase a small hidden addition: A fast Williams 285 Turbojet in its own transom tender garage.
Menno van Dijk, director of Studio Delta said, “The philosophy of Vanquish is creating fully customised aluminium boats with awesome agility and supreme comfort. I think that with the VQ54 we have created a true flagship for this brand, for now that is, as more developments are certainly in the pipeline!”
The VQ54 is powered by surface drives, allowing it to reach top speeds of up to 45 knots. It is equipped with MAN i6-800 in-line, six-cylinder engines, which won the 2016 International Red Dot award for their excellence in design.
The VQ54 is the first tender to carry its own boat, offering greater flexibility and space-saving solutions on board the mothership.
Tom Steentjes, CEO of Vanquish Yachts said, “This two-boats-in-one design opens up a world of options for the owners. The Williams tender is ideal for wakeboarding in the open sea within safe reach of the VQ54. We also designed the door of the tender garage to open aft in order to facilitate easy departure and docking.”
Van Dijk explained the challenges of this innovative design. He said, “The major challenge with the VQ54 was to balance the weight and performance requirements of the project with the given propulsion line. Then, on top of that, to include a tender garage where you want the engines only adds to the challenge, and the fun!”
The first VQ54 has been sold to a client in Ibiza, while the second model will be delivered to her owner in Barbados in August.