The Vanqraft VQ16 Is The Jet-Ski/Yacht Hybrid You Never Knew You Wanted

16 September 2019
WATER SCOOTER, Superyacht, Beach
At 16 feet long, the company calls it “a crossover between a superyacht tender and a water scooter”

With the intense heat of the long Middle Eastern summer hopefully starting to abate over the next three or four weeks, a leisurely weekend at the beach is once again a viable option for the weekend.

But let's be clear, there are those who merely park there caboose in the sand and fight over space under the shade of the umbrella, and then there are those who actually enjoy the water. Who don’t just find themselves getting dumped by waves, but creating them. We’re talking superyachts, water scooters and everything in between.

They’re head-turning and they’re fun. But few can rival that of the new Vanqraft VQ16 by Vanquish Yachts, who seem to have solved the problems of water enthusiasts everywhere. With the new model, the company has delivered a luxurious water scooter and more manoeuvrable superyacht in the one model. And we’re not only impressed. We want it.

But before you start thinking that compromises were made on power or design, think again. The Vanqraft VQ16 is powered by a 1.8-litre Yamaha engine that boasts a jet propulsion of 200 hp. You can expect to find yourself covering considerable distances in lightning quick time, as the VQ16 can reach a top speed of 40 knots.

As for design, a collaboration between Guido de Groot Design and Studio Delta results in a sleek and stylish water vehicle that looks like the type of thing you could expect to see in a James Bond movie. A foot longer than its predecessor, the VQ16 has a fibreglass construction and features two dedicated seats up front for passengers along with padded benches towards the rear. In the centre of the craft is the helm seat, outfitted with handlebars that give the drive better control and precision handling. With the jet drive built flat into the hull, the craft can easily be parked into any garage – but chances are you’d want to keep it in street view, where it will attract some heavy eye traffic.

As anyone who has ever taken to the waves can attest, such water vehicles don’t come cheap and when you’re looking at one of the more stylish, high-end vehicles on the market, you’ll likely be forking out a fair bit of cash. Currently pricing for the VQ16 is only available on request, but it’s reported that the starting price is a cool $129,400.

Perhaps this is one for the Christmas list.

Via GQ Australia