Rise of the Supersportfisherman

Rise of the Supersportfisherman

Photos by Tom Van

When police chief Martin Brody so famously exclaimed, “We’re going to need a bigger boat,” he probably would have been hoping for something more akin to Project 406. This monster would have made Jaws’ fictitious great white look like a guppy.

Royal Huisman’s aluminum hulled Project 406, equipped with an endlessly long bow, high bulwarks and an uncluttered cockpit you could comfortably play a half-court pickup game on, has easily stolen the title of world’s largest sportfisherman, at 171 feet—the previous belt holder, a Trinity Yachts design named Bad Company, measures in at a mere 144 feet. She’s also, without a doubt, one of the most luxurious sportfishermen ever conceived; so not only can you catch Jaws with her (and half a dozen of his cousins), but you could proceed to throw a needlessly lavish ball in celebration with everyone from Amity Island, including Quint.

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According to Royal Huisman, the tower on Project 406 offers outstanding views with a downward angle on the water for “specialized fishing.” What in the world the owner plans on fishing for, God only knows—but hopefully that space comes with built-in oxygen masks to combat the high altitude.

Let’s talk logistics. Coupled with the work of Vripack Yacht Designs, it took the shipyard of over 350 craftspeople over three years to build this yacht, which launched in Amsterdam in February. And … that’s about all the builder and owner are willing to disclose. Though she stands out more than a (massive) white whale, beyond her exterior, Project 406 ironically remains shrouded in maritime mystery.

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This article originally appeared in the August/September 2024 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

Source: https://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/megayachts/rise-of-the-supersportfisherman

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