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There’s nothing like a traditional Carolina sportfish blasting toward the canyons with a few thousand ponies pushing her. Perhaps it’s the sheer line, the flared bow and tumblehome that gets the heart thumping, but each one is a work of art — handcrafted to romp in the ocean and raise fish from the briny.

Something very different caught our eye when Dutch builder Vanquish Yachts announced an 80-foot sportfish as a chase boat for the owner of a superyacht. Powered by twin 2,400-hp diesels, the VQ80 has an aggressive, angular profile and a 51-knot top end.

If James Bond were an offshore angler, this is the boat he’d use to chase billfish and tuna.

Guido de Groot designed the VQ80’s exterior and interior in collaboration with naval architects from Studio Delta in the Netherlands.

The yacht’s Caterpillar C32B diesels are mated to surface drives, and a 1,505-gallon fuel supply provides an estimated range of 330 nautical miles. A Seakeeper 26 gyroscopic stabilizer keeps the ride smooth.

Glass surrounds the centerline helm station in the saloon, where there is lounge seating around a table. Below deck is a full galley and three staterooms, with hullside glass providing natural light. Touches of carbon fiber, teak and LED lighting give the interior a distinct, sporty vibe.

The cockpit will have a variety of fishing features, and there is plenty of room for running a kite or a trolling spread. Twin hydraulic dive doors will make it easier to haul aboard oversized catches.

The boat’s scheduled completion date is spring 2022. The price is not available. We’re guessing it will be worth the wait for her new owner. For more about this custom build, visit

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