The most-unusual Royal Huisman Project 406 sportfishing yacht is getting closer to her launch date. With that, her design and construction teams are giving better (though still brief) looks at her towering decks.
Nicknamed a sportfisher on steroids, the 177-footer (52-meter) is, obviously, for an avid angler. What’s further obvious if you follow sportfishing is that upon delivery, she will rank as the world’s largest actual fishing yacht. Several large superyachts have seen construction at shipyards worldwide for fishing enthusiasts. However, nearly all of them were, and remain, traditional motoryachts. Many, for instance, cruise in tandem with smaller dedicated fishing platforms. Others, meanwhile, do have large, cockpit-like areas aft, but the owners and guests (even crew) only occasionally use rods.
That’s what makes the Royal Huisman Project 406 sportfishing yacht really stand out. Besides having six decks, she has an authentic tower for spotting big ones fore and aft. Her long bow flows aft into appropriately high bulwarks. The cockpit, complete with nearly a dozen rocket launchers, features a fighting chair, too. Additionally, it’s uncluttered, for mates to assist an angler, help drag a tuna through the opening cockpit door, and more.
Still under wraps, though, are the interior accommodations. Vripack has been working with the owner since the contract signing in 2020. Not that fishing fans really mind. They’re more interested in seeing this big boat back down on big fish.
Brett Noble, a partner at Bush & Noble and a consultant for the owner, is especially excited. “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.
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More About the Royal Huisman Project 406 Sportfishing Yacht
LOA: 170’6” (52 meters)
Beam: not available
Draft: not available
Guests: not available
Engines: not available
Range: 1,030 nautical miles at 12 knots
Builder: Royal Huisman
Naval Architect: Vripack
Interior Designer: Vripack