Canadian-based Vector Powerboats has recently designed its new V-40, the second go-fast model in the company's line followed by its popular V280 Type R. The V-40 is expected to be launched next week in Kelowna, BC.
Designed by naval architect, Ocke Mannerfelt (the designer who also created the Vector V280), the V-40 has an LOA of 42 feet with a maximum beam of 14 feet. The model also rides on a twin-step design incorporating four strakes per side and has a 22-degree deadrise. With a series of twin power options available ranging from 700 hp to 1,200 hp, the first V-40 will be powered by Teague Custom Marine (TCM) 1,200 hp engines mated to Number Six drives.
“We wanted a model larger than the V280 that is geared more towards the offshore crowd and the international market, rather than just North America,” said Rex Jardine, president of Vector Powerboats. “We wanted a model that will offer all the elements of a go-fast, plus a little more. Obviously, the performance and safety of the ride are paramount.”
According to Jardine, the V-40 shares the similar wing design of the V280, but they mechanically retract to allow easier towing and docking.
“The really neat thing about the boat is the fact that once we scaled it from 28 to 42 feet, the beam increased from 10 feet, four inches to 14 feet, which is not very practical for towing down the road or docking when the wings out. So we designed a retractable wing system where they mechanically pivot on the front and come in at the back to reduce the beam,” said Jardine.
Functionality is another element on the V-40 and one of the key concepts was to offer practicality as well as performance. For instance, appointments in the cockpit include a convenient seating capacity of six, wet bar, large aft platform as well as an easily accessible transom.
“This is for a boater who appreciates the quality and the performance of this concept,” says Jardine. “There are a lot of go-fast boats out there that are half-enclosed and you can seat four people. This is a great for going from A to B, but there is a little more to boating than that. You want to stop and sit around with friends, listen to music and socialize. With this boat you can do easily do that.”
Following its launch, Jardine explained the V-40 will be showcased at a few poker run events in Western Canada prior to displaying the model at the Miami International Boat Show in 2010.