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Vanquish Yachts tarts up a jet ski to look a little less vulgar

Vanquish Yachts tarts up a jet ski to look a little less vulgar
The Vanquish VQ11 is designed to mimic the shape of a decent yacht instead of the vulgar, luminescent plastic of a jet ski
The Vanquish VQ11 is designed to mimic the shape of a decent yacht instead of the vulgar, luminescent plastic of a jet ski
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Yes, it's larger than your average jet ski, but it does have planks
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Yes, it's larger than your average jet ski, but it does have planks
The Vanquish VQ11 is designed to mimic the shape of a decent yacht instead of the vulgar, luminescent plastic of a jet ski
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The Vanquish VQ11 is designed to mimic the shape of a decent yacht instead of the vulgar, luminescent plastic of a jet ski
Under the skin, it's got a SeaDoo engine, but nobody needs to know
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Under the skin, it's got a SeaDoo engine, but nobody needs to know
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Jet skis are such handy things to have around a yacht, either for a little offshore fun, or as mini-tenders to reach land with. Even the expensive ones, though, look like they were designed by people with their caps on backwards, who might say things like "yo" and "gnarly," and who probably don't put their little finger up when they drink tea, the savages.

Some are able to look past this. Others might enjoy the VQ11 from Vanquish Yachts, which might staunch any eye-bleeding caused by your average low-brow, lime-green plastic Kawasaki design.

For here is a pretty trifle designed around a much more dignified and yachty hull shape, which can even be specified with a pleasingly planky decking to bring out the best in your boat shoes. It's larger than most personal watercraft, at 11 ft (3.32 m) long and 5.28 ft (1.6 m) wide, but its 170-horsepower motor is good for a top speed of 58 mph (93 km/h), and it turns snappily enough to shower the lower decks on your main vessel with spray if you find yourself feeling young at heart.

Yes, it's larger than your average jet ski, but it does have planks
Yes, it's larger than your average jet ski, but it does have planks

The idea is that you'd specify it to look like a smaller version of your yacht – but the dirty secret here is that the VQ11 is built on a SeaDoo engine rather than anything more exotic. Fear not, it's sure to be prohibitively expensive anyway – its bigger brother the VQ16, a similar machine but large enough to seat five, starts at around US$100,000. So SeaDoo engine or no, you'll not be mistaken for a commoner as you waft this thing up to a pier.

Vanquish seems unable to sum up the experience of riding the VQ11 in its own words, so instead provides the following (uncredited) quote from Nikos Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek: "I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else."

Well, nothing else except a roaring jet ski drowning out the sound of the sea, perhaps. Either way, I think there's something in that for all of us.

Vanqraft VQ11 in Miami.

Source: Vanquish Yachts

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Jorel
Why not avoid the vulgar noise level with a classy-looking electric jet ski from Cigarette (yes, that Cigarette, already a darling among the marine cognoscenti)? Available with a jewel-like, all black, bare carbon fiber finish it goes well with the Maybach, Lamborghini or McLaren, plus it's a relative bargain at <$40K. Alas, it doesn't look like a mini-yacht, and planking isn't an option, but it does charge quickly and is still chock full of all the precious exclusivity you crave. See it at
https://watercraftjournal.com/cigarette-racing-teases-40k-all-electric-2023-e-jet-pwc/
BlueOak
“Vanquish Yachts tarts up a jet ski to look a little less vulgar”

Haha, great mocking headline. But $100K? For a glorified Jetski?

If more than a jetski is what you’re after, that same money could buy three Yahama Jet boats. Or for truly “vulgar”, three SeaDoo Switch tri-hull “jet-pontoon” boats.
paul314
So a dinghy with a pump instead of a prop to make it go, only much louder? How delightful.