The 52 metre Project 406 - better known as the largest sportfish yacht currently in build - has reached another major construction milestone as its aluminium superstructure is joined to the hull at the Royal Huisman shipyard.
Project 406 was commissioned by an experienced yachtsman and passionate fisherman and has been described as a “sportfisher on steroids". The project is designed by Dutch studio Vripack and features a towering profile spread across six decks with a long bow, high bulwarks, and a low and uncluttered fishing cockpit aft.
The installation of the superstructure took place at the Royal Huisman headquarters in Vollenhove and was attended by the owner’s team, naval architects, designers and specialist consultants. Preparation and fit-out of the remaining four decks are now underway with the launch date set for 2023.
Vripack is responsible for the project's naval architecture, dramatic exterior and interior, which is yet to be revealed. The aluminium yacht will combine sportfishing passion and experience with onboard facilities and equipment geared towards hunting larger predatory fish, such as swordfish and marlin. The tower will offer a viewing platform to the dedicated fishing area aft and, at night, the yacht will be illuminated by laser-powered exterior lighting.
Speaking about the project, Royal Huisman chief executive Jan 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."
"Our shipyard started its journey as a builder of wooden fishing boats,“ added Timmerman. "The world’s first true sportfish superyacht is a very exciting order and we are delighted to be unveiling it.”
To bring such a unique project to life, Royal Huisman teamed up with the owner's representative and other team members which include 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. Project 406 is a sportfisher on steroids."
“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,” said Bouwhuis.