A number of superyacht shipyards trace their roots to the fishing industry, with Royal Huisman being no exception. So a 171-foot (52-meter) motoryacht poised to be the world’s largest sportfisherman shares something with the yard’s craft from the 1880s. Royal Huisman Project 406 is for an owner as passionate about wetting a line as about cruising.
Twenty-one seconds of time-lapsed sketching is all we can show you (below) for now of this lean, mean fishing machine. The length overall is also the only yacht-specific fact the build and design teams will reveal at this point.
Regardless, those teams are notable. Firstly, styling, interior design, and naval architecture for Royal Huisman Project 406 are all from Vripack. Most yachting consumers know the studio for its range of production boats and custom yachts. However, it has designed sportfishing yachts, too. In fact, recently it collaborated with Burger Boat Company for that builder’s 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht.
Meanwhile, the three companies comprising the owner’s team have varied backgrounds, too. Aqua Marine, a division of the multi-family office Aqua Group, is liaising with the client, the yacht-consultancy firm, and the technical manager. As for the consultancy, it’s Bush & Noble, based in the United Arab Emirates (and further with brokerage experience). Finally, Hampshire Marine, yet another consultancy, is providing technical management. The company has represented a number of clients with power and sailing yachts in terms of new construction, as well as refit, up to 328 feet (100 meters) LOA.
Brett Noble, a Bush & Noble partner, is especially eager to see Royal Huisman Project 406 take shape. “Having started my yachting career building luxury sportfish cruisers over two decades ago, to now be an integral part of the world’s largest true sportfish yacht is a once-in-a-lifetime privilege,” he says.
“The Vollenhove shipyard, which continues to be the ‘Home of the World’s Finest Sailing Yachts,’ looks forward to becoming a ‘Home to the World’s Finest Powerboats’ as well,” adds Jan Timmerman, Royal Huisman’s CEO. “Project 406 is the perfect complement,” joining Project Phi as the latest power yacht to see construction under its roof.
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