20 April 2021
Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has revealed the first renderings of its upcoming new sport fish model, Project 406.
Designed in tandem with Vripack Yacht Design, who is behind both the exterior and interiors, the Project 406 runs at 171 feet, or 52 metres, making it the largest true sport fish yacht currently in construction.
Sport fishing yachts have become more appealing in recent decades with larger boats growing to size from 30–40 metres.
With an original design purposed for high-end sport fishing while simultaneously affording a sense of luxury, Project 406 represents an ambitious, versatile design. Its use of AluStar aluminium for both the hull and superstructure afford the vessel strength, durability and lighter weight – the latter being essential for smooth, efficient cruising to fishing grounds.
Aesthetically, the use of purposeful lines that sweep from the long, sleek bow through six towering decks and toward the downward arc create a clean, sophisticated stern profile.
“It is well known that the Royal Huisman team likes nothing better than the opportunity to solve fresh engineering challenges, especially when they come in the shape of a unique project concept,” said Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman.
“The world’s first true sport fish superyacht is a very exciting order. We’re delighted to be unveiling it as we prepare to launch another highly distinctive motor yacht – the 58.5-metre/192-foot sub 500GT Phi.
“It’s good to know that our reputation as the home of the world’s finest sailing yachts is now expanding to embrace the world’s most distinctive motor yachts.”
Vripack Co-Creative Director Bart M Bouwhuis shared Timmerman’s sentiments: “This is an exceptional brief. And the result is an exceptional boat. Project 406 is a sport fisher on steroids.”
“It has the true proportions and long flaring bow of a typical American sport fish boat paired with the harmonious feel of a luxurious superyacht. It’s a supersized model with super chic curves, realised on a grand scale.”
No further details of this project are currently available but both Royal Huisman and Vripack Yacht Design have indicated more will be released in the near future.
The project is managed by Aqua Marine, representing the owner’s team. Aqua Marine has been reported as working collaboratively with Bush and Noble and Hampshire Marine, who have been taken on as technical managers.