Vripack Yacht Design and Royal Huisman have announced their new sportfish yacht, Project 406, after contracts were signed at the end of 2020. The 52-metre yacht will be the largest luxury sportfish yacht in the world and has been created for an enthusiastic owner. Vripack Yacht Design are the naval architects of the project, and have created the exterior and interior designs of the yacht. This groundbreaking vessel has been designed in close collaboration with the Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, where she will be constructed, while Aqua Marine project managers are representing the owner. Bush & Noble and Hampshire Marine are acting as technical managers for the project.
Designed for an experienced owner, the superyacht will be outfitted for both sportfishing and for personal use as a luxury motor yacht. Royal Huisman noted that they have seen an upturn of owners who have specific interests in sportfishing, and more yachts are being outfitted for this particular niche, though these yachts generally sit at around 30-metres. Project 406 will therefore be unique due to her 52-metre length.The specific demands of sport fishing yachts have meant that the design has presented a unique challenge for her designers. Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman commented: “It is well known that the Royal Huisman team likes nothing better than the opportunity to solve fresh engineering challenges – especially if they come in the shape of a unique project concept. The world’s first true sportfish superyacht is a very exciting order and we are delighted to be unveiling it as we prepare to launch another highly distinctive motor yacht – the 58.5m / 192ft sub 500GT Phi. It is 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.”Among her unique designs, Project 406 offers a sky lounge where sportfishing can be observed during the day, but which can be transformed into a dining and lounge area at night. She has a Alustar® aluminium hull.