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World's Biggest Sportfishing Yacht 'Project 406' Is Nearly Complete

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman is putting the finishing touches on the world's largest sportfishing yacht.

Dubbed Project 406, the 171-foot (52 m) luxury sportfishing vessel features everything a superyacht owner and a hardcore angler could possibly hope for.

The boat was commissioned in 2020 and her superstructure was completed in June of 2022.

The the interior, exterior, and architecture is designed by the Vripack Yacht Design Studio. Their portfolio includes a vast array of luxury vessels totaling over 7500 complete projects and spans everything from explorer superyachts to luxury sailboats.

"Project 406 is a Sportfisher on steroids," said Vripack Co-Creative Director Bart M. Bouwhuis in a statement. "It has the true proportions and long flaring bow of a typical American Sportfish Boat. We paired this with the harmonious feel of a luxurious yacht. It’s a supersized model with super chic curves, realized on a grand scale."

Project 406 will feature six decks, including a top tower that offers unobstructed views of the stern deck when crews are battling fish. At night, the top deck becomes a 'Sky Lounge' with expansive 360 degree views.

Her entire hull and superstructure will be made from lightweight Alustar aluminum. The aluminum-magnesium allow is becoming increasingly popular with superyachts due to its ability to minimize weight while maximizing strength, thereby increasing fuel efficiency and lowering the vessel's gross tonnage.

Currently, the boat is having her finishing touches completed on the upper decks before beginning sea trials. Her next construction phase will include the installation of the upper deck, sun awning hardtop, and the radar mast.

“It is well known that the Royal Huisman team likes nothing better than the opportunity to solve fresh engineering challenges,” says Royal Huisman CEO, Jan Timmerman. “The world’s first true sportfish superyacht is a very exciting order.”

According to a recent company update, due to the unique nature of the build and the requirements of the buyer, Royal Huisman had to seek out 300 specialists and builders to complete the intricate work involved with the unique design.

You can get a look at the floorplan and layout of Project 406 in the video below:

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