Vanquish 26 DCE

Classic styling with a twist.

by Tom Serio
Vanquish Boats makes a sporty, open bow, day boat in their 26-foot dual console platform. Proven in the past with a gas outboard, the Vanquish team is stepping it up by being environmentally conscience and reducing the carbon footprint with their new offering: the Vanquish 26 DCE.

Specifications

  • LOA: 26'8"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft:
  • Weight: 4,500 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity:
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: Elco EP-7000 (electric)
  • Price: $123,000

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Yup, that “E” stands for electric, as in propulsion system. Fitted with a 35-horsepower Elco EP-7000 motor designed for the marine environment, it charges the 255-amp battery bank and supports AC induction technology, which is much more efficient than a DC motor.   

A premier day boat in its own right, the 26 DCE sports a huge, fully cushioned U-shaped open bow with center table, as well as aft, L-shaped seating. Dual helms with a walk-thru windshield have double functions; the port helm contains an enclosed head, as the starboard console is the helm station. There’s a raised console panel for a chartplotter display and gauges. Add in the wet bar and swim ladder and you’ll see that even with the new power option, the 26 DCE holds true to her layout and function.

Construction techniques incorporate a vinylester epoxy resin hull with a carbon fiber stringer system and Armor Flex Buff gel coat finish.

Understand that not everyone has a need for speed. The original 26 DC could zip along upwards of 50 mph (depending on gas engine package). The new 26 DCE is a more refined 8-plus knots (or 9.5 mph).

Cruise along at 6 knots and the power range is near 6.5 hours of runtime. Maximum range is about 20 hours. With the optional 50-amp, 240-volt cord, the boat recharges in a matter of hours, however the boat can also be charged with a 30-amp cord or a standard household plug. Take a cruise with the family, quickly charge, then grab dinner with friends in the very same day.

As the owner of the first 26 DCE hull states about the boat, “We are very happy with the performance. The batteries and the propulsion package far outlast the children when it comes to time on the water.”

The Vanquish 26 DCE is a new option that needs a look. The only footprint left behind should be in the sand.
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