Royal Huisman project 406, the world’s largest Sportfish Yacht
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:26 PM
Royal Huisman has great pleasure in unveiling the commission to build a truly unique powerboat designed by the renowned Vripack Yacht Design Studio for a very experienced Client. This exceptional high speed motor yacht will proudly become the world’s largest true Sportfish Yacht, with her towering profile accommodating six decks, and her powerful hull measuring 52m / 171 ft overall.
Returning to their roots in the most impressive of ways, perfectly sums up this new project for Royal Huisman. Building vessels for local fishermen was the core business of Royal Huisman for decades after the shipyard was founded in 1884. Vripack’s heritage since 1961, is very similar with a design range of sportfisherman yachts and fishing boats developed over the years. So, a matching history and a joint passion to create unique and innovative yachts lie at the basis for this new assignment, which was commissioned by a Client who very passionately enjoys fishing: this project will clearly be a veritable celebration of excellence.
The exterior and interior design are by the Vripack studio, who combine the stunning design with their state-of-the-art in-house naval architecture. Development of the relevant main aspects is in full progress, and all key components of this Sportfish Yacht, which Royal Huisman is referring to as “Project 406”, will be engineered in close collaboration with the Vripack studio, and produced at the shipyard in Vollenhove.
Bart M. Bouwhuis, Creative Director at Vripack, comments: “This is a true sportfisher, designed for a private Client who takes sportfishing very seriously. We have ensured that all elements of the design are underpinned by our naval architectural expertise, and that means zero compromise. As the world’s largest true Sportfish Yacht, this aluminium build will be hugely technologically challenging, and we are truly delighted to work with a world-class shipyard such as Royal Huisman to bring this iconic creation to life.”
Aqua Marine heading up the Client’s team, which includes Bush & Noble and Hampshire Marine as technical manager, is working in close collaboration with Vripack and Royal Huisman to deliver this iconic project. Aqua Marine brings the Client’s clarity into the process, ensuring excellent delivery of the project from its initial conception through to build. Lydia Wilding, director of the Aqua Marine team, states: “The connected interface with Vripack and Royal Huisman and the whole team has allowed us to build a supportive communication framework and carved out a collaboration that adds value and supports our Client’s’ clear vision, as this truly is a project of dreams being turned into a reality by Royal Huisman. It’s very exciting.”
Brett Noble, Partner at Bush & Noble, comments: “It is indeed an honor for Bush & Noble to be involved with such an iconic project for such an experienced yacht owner. To be entrusted to participate in the building of the largest true Sportfish Yacht ever made, and knowing that it will be of the highest quality, makes the experience all the more exhilarating. Having started my yachting career building luxury Sportfish Cruisers over two decades ago, to now be an integral part of the world’s largest true Sportfish Yacht, is a once in a lifetime privilege.
Enabling us to work alongside our exceptionally talented friends at Vripack, Aqua Marine and world-renowned shipyard Royal Huisman to build the Client’s dream, shows the level of commitment and passion this Client has for quality yacht design, construction and a Game Fishing experience never before seen in our industry…and likely never to be seen again!”
Royal Huisman’s CEO Jan Timmerman comments: “It is most energizing to know that our upcoming launch of the striking motor yacht Phi will be followed by this awe-inspiring Sportfish Yacht. In these times of Covid-19 restrictions we’ve been able to secure two new construction contracts and now have four projects under construction, together with multiple Huisfit and rebuild projects. Each and every one a unique build and therefore truly bespoke Royal Huisman projects. The Vollenhove shipyard which continues to be the ‘Home of the World’s Finest Sailing Yachts’, looks forward to becoming a ‘Home to the World’s Finest Powerboats’, as well – and Project 406 is the perfect complement.”
In due time updates with more detailed information will be made available as the project progresses.