2019 Vanquish 26 Center Console

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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As with any boat built in the classic New England tradition, if you have a familiarity with boats, you could probably spot a Vanquish from a distance. New England boats have “that look,” that design, that essence. And so it is with Vanquish Boats out of Newport, Rhode Island.

Vanquish currently offers three models in twenty-one and twenty-three feet in its Bristol Harbor Series and another six models in twenty-four and twenty-six feet in its Vanquish series. All Bristol Harbor Series boats and the twenty-six foot Vanquish boats are outboard powered, with the exception of the 26 Dual Console which is electric powered. All twenty-four foot Vanquish models are powered in the classic New England tradition of straight-drive inboard engines with the propeller partially recessed in a tunnel.


The Vanquish 26 Center Console, subject of this review, looks nothing like a “normal” center console that you would be familiar with from any of the mainstream manufacturers. It is not the utility boat that most center consoles are known for, but it can be one if you so choose. It is not the dedicated fishing machine that many center consoles are used for, but it could be if you so choose. What it is, is a gentleman’s day boat for enjoying one’s leisure time on the water, whether with family and friends, or with associates from The Club. And to those ends it is perfect.

In profile, the Vanquish 26 CC looks different too in that the console itself is located further astern. Aside from a foredeck anchor locker, most center consoles are open right to the bow. On the Vanquish, the first few feet of the bow area is enclosed presumably to help prevent spray from reaching the large accommodating forward U-shaped passenger seating.

And to really make your Vanquish 26 CC stand out, choose the optional forward canvas dodger which completely covers this entire forward seating area to keep any passengers in this area free from inclement weather or sun. Seeing this dodger will then confirm to anyone even from a distance that this is truly a boat built in the classic New England tradition.

This tradition is found in the construction of the 26 CC too. It of course has wood-free construction using vinylester epoxy resin in the laminates with fully closed cell foam coring vacuum bagged to the hull and deck with both of these liners reinforced with one-piece carbon fibre. You can optionally choose from five hullside colours in Armor Flex Back gelcoat or in painted Awl Grip and you can also ask for a custom colour of your choice. Bottom paint is optionally available. For the authentic New England look, choose the varnished mahogany transom.

To continue the image, choose the optional mahogany trim or choose teak trim and/or teak decks and/or teak inlay on the swim platform. Or you could be practical and go for Flexiteek on the decks and swim platform. Of course you must choose the optional and most practical canvas covered T-top for sun and some weather protection. In lieu of the T-top, you could choose a bimini top.

The cockpit of the Vanquish 26 CC is self-bailing and features molded two-tone anti-skid decking. The center console complete with an acrylic windscreen features an enclosed head compartment with marine head and holding tank. A fibreglass leaning post with full double-wide bench seat serves this console and is located just ahead of the full-beam stern bench seat. A two-person seat on the forward face of the console creates a conversation area with the forward U-shaped seating area. You have a choice of Nautolex vinyl or Sunbrella fabric upholstery.

Storage is found beneath all seat cushions plus in a large in-floor storage locker located just ahead of the console. An Edson polished stainless steering wheel with hydraulic steering controls the available choices of 200 or 250 horsepower Mercury or Yamaha outboards with electronic controls. Vanquish recommends the Mercury Verado 250 with a claimed cruising speed of 42 mph and a top speed of 53 mph.

Other notable standard equipment includes stainless steel bow rail, drink holders, and grab handles. Also included is a swim ladder, LED courtesy lights, a 12-volt outlet plus two USB charging ports and of course a teak flag staff plus a Vanquish burgee with its own teak staff. Notable optional equipment includes a ski pole, trim tabs, sun pad filler cushions, helm and leaning post covers, bow thruster, windlass, transom shower, docking lights, underwater lighting, battery charger, Fusion stereo, VHF radio, and a Garmin 741xs plotter.

The design and detailing and classic look of the Vanquish 26 Center Console will not only make you stop to ponder but will arouse your sensitivities and emotions. It is that different a boat.

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Length: 26'8" 8.1 m
Beam: 8' 2.4 m
Dry weight: 4,200 lbs 1,905 kg
Draft: 1'7" 48 cm
Fuel Capacity: 75 US gals 284 L
Base Engine / Drive: Mercury, Yamaha Outboard
Engine HP: 200-250
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 16
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