Ordered by and developed in tandem with a repeat client, the first VQ115 Veloce will roar along at a blistering 50+ knots and break records in the process.
“Having had a lot of fun on his current Vanquish, the client was fully aware of our capacity for customization,” says Vanquish’s founder Tom Steentjes. “This launch model for the VQ115 Veloce line is therefore the result of some serious brainstorming sessions about a remarkable tri-deck powerboat that will allow large groups of people to be entertained, enjoy extended stays on board and tap into a wide range of water sports.”
While the initial discussions were based on design concepts for a VQ90, the talks soon evolved as the owner added an extra cabin, a dedicated dining area on the lower deck and two garages. The resulting 115ft/35m motoryacht has more of everything while staying totally in tune with the brand DNA.
That also means no compromises in terms of speed, with the installation of the largest engines possible— a trio of MTU-Rolls-Royce 2650s. Backed up by surface drives, this setup will power the VQ115 Veloce to an exceptional speed of 50+ knots. And she will also quite possibly be the fastest aluminum yacht over 30 meters with ‘normal’ diesel engines – i.e., non-turbine-driven – built to date.
While all VQs are famously fast, this combination of length and knots posed such an extreme challenge that the entire design trajectory revolved around this issue. Studio Delta in the Netherlands was called in for the naval architecture of a hull that features deflectors in the bottom shell to direct the spray aft. The result is optimal comfort and performance levels and a significant efficiency increase at top speeds.
Exterior designer Guido de Groot and his team had a relatively narrow hull on which to base their design. The engines will be placed in a trapezium shape with the middle engine forward. Two gyro stabilisers will enable the retention of another typical Vanquish characteristic – genuine comfort at all speeds – on this smart synthesis of a race boat and luxury yacht. An impressive range of up to 600 nm will be possible when running on one or two engines, with an extra fuel tank available for cruising at lower speeds.
Tenders, Toys, and Entertainment
Despite the propulsion package, lots of space remains aft for a large tender bay that will house a VQ16. This craft will be launched by a dedicated tender system, while a multifunctional hydraulic platform will ensure easy access to and from the water via a passerelle and swimming ladder. Another tender in the form of a VQ11 water scooter will be housed in a second garage on the starboard side. This area will double as a leisure playground with a live bait tank, paddleboards, sea bobs and other toys. A hydraulic ladder will make diving a breeze.
Outdoor entertainment is a major factor in all areas of the yacht; while this is the norm on every Vanquish, the theme is being literally and figuratively taken to new lengths on the VQ115. The expansive foredeck, for instance, has a large seating area for lounging and dining, plus the option to lift up the sun beds and create a saltwater jacuzzi. There is a wealth of relaxation options on the aft deck too while the flybridge has a dedicated sunbathing area as well as its own helm station.
The flybridge has been integrated within a distinctive exterior profile, part of a pure design with clean lines.
The interior features a futuristic style to match the exterior design, with a casual groove, emblematic Vanquish details and 45-degree treatments. A smart layout makes optimum use of the enlarged space available. The main deck saloon will be fully tailored to the owner’s wishes with movable furniture to allow flexibility of occasion and time of day. Office space is included for when work calls, there is a neat pantry with its own cocktail bar, plus a day head to keep the lower deck private. Stairs rise to the sport flybridge above while the aft door opens fully to create a unified space with the aft deck: matching floors will ensure continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces.
The lower deck features a more extensive galley and a U-shaped seating/dining area in a country kitchen style. Accommodations include a full-beam master suite, a VIP and a guest cabin, all with their own bathrooms. A dedicated media room includes a large television, a high-end sound system plus two Pullmans that bring the potential sleeping capacity to eight. There are also berths for four crew members.
This potentially record-breaking powerboat is due to be delivered in the Hamptons in 2022.
other clients seeking to enjoy the same amount of interior space. In addition to customising the interior and exterior facilities to their personal preferences, owners who appreciate the design but prefer not to go so extremely fast can adapt their engine configuration accordingly.
Length overall: 35m/115ft
Beam: Max 6.7m/22ft
Draught: 1.35m /4.5ft
Displacement: 95t (depending on load and options)
Fuel: 9000 liters / 2377 US gallon
Max Speed: 50+ knots (depending on load and options)
Engines: Triple R.R. MTU 2650 with surface drives