Residents of Vollenhove, The Netherlands are accustomed to seeing superyachts exit its build sheds. However, it’s safe to say they’ve never seen anything like the still-somewhat-clandestine yacht Project 406. This substantial sportfishing yacht, which rolled outside this month for her upper deck, hardtop, and radar mast installations, is a first for the shipyard, too.
Vripack, her naval architect and interior designer, nicknamed her a “sportfisher on steroids” due to her massive scale. Firstly, she’s nearly 171 feet (52 meters) in length. Secondly, she towers six decks high. Every aspect of her is big, too, from her outriggers to her cockpit. Unfortunately, due to confidentiality agreements, those dimensions are remaining out of the public domain, at least for now. However, and perhaps helpful for some perspective, the fighting-chair-equipped cockpit will come with nearly 12 rocket launchers. (For the uninitiated among you, a rocket launcher is a fishing rod holder. The name comes from the shape of the holder.)
The all-aluminum yacht Project 406 is without question a true fishing yacht, and will be the world’s largest at delivery. Although a number of anglers have commissioned yachts to pursue this passion at other yards, these were primarily cruising motoryachts. Only a few of the owners actually use their fishing gear onboard, and even then it’s rare.
By contrast, the owner of the Royal Huisman build will not only handle rods in her cockpit, but also land fish for mates to bring through her cockpit door. Among the big game he likes to pursue: tuna and marlin. Of course, like fishing fanatics who have smaller yachts, the owner wants comfortable relaxation and conversation areas. Actually, he wanted extra-comfortable amenities, to the same standards as a cruising superyacht. For now, though, that’s about the only information that Royal Huisman or Vripack can disclose.
Despite the air of confidentiality, there is one notable fact previously undisclosed. More than 350 people under the direct employ of Royal Huisman as well as subcontractors have contributed to her design and construction so far.
Look for sea trials to begin likely after the beginning of 2024.
Royal Huisman royalhuisman.com
More About the Yacht Project 406
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