John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
JUNE 2014
Length overall  25' 8"
Beam  8'                
Draft  19"
Disp.  4,200 lb
Fuel  75 gals 
Base Price  $90,000

She looks like an elegant inboard runabout from the 1950s, with a graceful bow flare, tumblehome at her stern quarters and striped upholstery. But don’t for an instant dismiss her as a warmed-over retro imitator. The Vanquish 24 Runabout is state-of-the-art modern in her design, materials (including vinylester epoxy resin throughout), construction techniques (including vacuum-bagging the fabric and coring), power plant (electronic gas or diesel), and yes, upholstery (Sunbrella and Nautolex).

Her design takes advantage of the inherent good balance and seaworthiness of an inboard engine mounted amidships, but the similarity to the slanted inboard drive shafts of those classic Chris-Craft and Higgins hulls ends there. Designed by Doug Zurn, the Vanquish hull includes an aft propeller pocket that allows the engine-to-prop angle to be nearly flat, extracting maximum thrust from the engine. An added benefit of this layout is a scant 19-inch draft. The hull’s modest deadrise and strakes provide dynamic lift at a wide range of speeds with minimal bow rise and a super-clean wake. (Watch the video on the builder’s website to see it.) Engine options include two gas V-8s (Crusader 330- or 375-hp) and Yanmar’s super-efficient 6BY3 260-hp electronic diesel. Figure cruising speeds in the low 30s and top speed from the high 30s to low 40s.

The Runabout’s standard layout includes helm and companion seats forward (with an under-sole ski locker between), seating on the engine box (with a cooler set into the forward end), and a bench seat across the transom. The optional premium seating arrangement provides an L-shaped lounge to port of the helm seat, with a wet bar immediately aft.

Base price for the 24 Runabout is $90,000 with a 330-hp Crusader engine. Vanquish Boats, Newport Shipyard, Newport, R.I. 401-396-5173,