Vripack Yacht Design and Royal Huisman have unveiled the renderings of their 171ft/ 52m ground breaking sport fishing yacht, Project 406, which has been under contract since the end of last year.
Vripack Yacht Design is responsible for the exterior and interior design and naval architecture of this project and is working in close collaboration with Royal Huisman. The project is managed by Aqua Marine representing the Owner’s team, working with Bush & Noble and Hampshire Marine as technical managers in a close collaboration to deliver an exceptional project.
The yacht’s purposeful lines sweep dramatically aft from her distinctive long bow, through six towering decks to the downward arc of her stern profile. Here is a unique vessel that effortlessly blends the ultimate sports fishing experience with superyacht scale, comfort and refinement.
Designed for an experienced owner who is passionate about fishing, Project 406 will be extensively fitted out both for high end sportfishing and for luxurious living. Her Alustar® aluminum hull and superstructure offer strength and resilience as well as the lighter weight that facilitates smooth and efficient passages from berth to fishing grounds.
Sport fishing has attracted many new owners in recent decades, with larger boats growing to around 100ft/30m in length and a handful exceeding 131ft/ 40m. Against this backdrop, Project 406’s 171ft/50m is a serious step up, involving significant design and engineering challenges.
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.”
Project 406 will be equipped to explore all sorts of sport fishing including the larger predatory fish of the open seas, such as swordfish and marlin, that can be found in tropical waters all around the world.
“This is an exceptional brief,” notes 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, realized on a grand scale.”