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World's largest sportfish Special One delivered

12 June 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

The 52-metre Royal Huisman sportfisher Special One has now been delivered. 

The largest sportfisher yacht in the world, Special One was last sighted on her sea trials in late April 2024. The superyacht has been described as a "sportfisher on steroids" and was commissioned by an experienced yachtsman and passionate fisherman.

Credit: Royal Huisman

"The individual aspirations and challenges of [this project] were well outside the comfort zone of other yards," said Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman. "Special One showcases our ability to create custom solutions that perfectly align with our client's vision. We are excited to see her embark on her journey and provide unforgettable experiences to her owner: the ultimate expression of personal freedom."

Special One is designed by Dutch studio Vripack and is characterised by a long bow, high bulwarks and a low and uncluttered fishing cockpit aft. She has an all-alumininum Alustar® superstructure with a towering profile that accommodates six decks, fitted out "for both high-end sportsfishing and luxurious living".

Credit: Tom Van Oossanen
Credit: Tom Van Oossanen

Vripack is also responsible for the yacht's interior, which is yet to be revealed. The aluminium yacht is fitted with equipment geared towards hunting larger predatory fish, such as swordfish and marlin. The tower offers a viewing platform to the dedicated fishing area aft and, at night, the yacht will be illuminated by laser-powered exterior lighting.

Speaking more broadly about the project, Timmerman said: "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."

Credit: Guy Fleury
She was launched in February 2024

To bring such a unique design to life, Royal Huisman teamed up with the owner's representative and other team members. This includes Bush & Noble for expertise on sportfishing and classic yacht forms and Hampshire Marine for the day-to-day technical aspects at the shipyard.

"This is an exceptional brief," added Vripack co-creative director Bart M Bouwhuis. "And the result is an exceptional boat. It has the true proportions and long flaring bow of a typical American sportfish boat paired with the harmonious feel of a luxurious superyacht. It’s a supersized model with super chic curves, realised on a grand scale."

This follows the news that Royal Huisman is to build an 81-metre sailing yacht, codenamed Noir. She will rank among the 10 largest sailing yachts in the world once delivered.

Read More/Royal Huisman announces contract for record-breaking 81m sailing yacht

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