Saudi Prince to take delivery of world’s largest fishing yacht

  • The world’s largest fishing yacht is en route to its Saudi Prince owner
  • It cost him $70m
  • It’s longer than an Olympic-sized swimming pool and spread across six decks

Published on May 21, 2024 at 7:18 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 22, 2024 at 12:08 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The world’s largest fishing yacht is en route to a Saudi Prince who’s a huge fan of sportfishing.

The sprawling vessel, named ‘Special One’, required deep pockets, setting him back $70 million.

What’s more, it’s longer than an Olympic-sized swimming pool at 52 m (171 feet) and has a volume of 499 tons.

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In fact, formerly known as Royal Huisman motor yacht Project 406, it’s the largest sportfishing yacht in the world.

Think that’s big? Check out this 394-foot superyacht, where the only thing more impressive than the size is the living quarters.

Designed by Dutch studio, Vripack, the boat is spread across six decks and features a long bow, high bulwarks, and a low fishing cockpit aft.

Aside from his passion for fishing, Saudi Prince Turki bin Salman Al Saud, has established Rabigh Wings Aviation Academy in both the UK and Lebanon.

According to the industry insiders the vessel belongs to Turki bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the 50-year-old nephew of King Salman of Saudi Arabia. 

The licensed helicopter and fixed-wing pilot also owns a real estate firm in Turkey.

Prince Turki wanted his new vessel’s performance to match its other impressive statistics.

It’s so fast it’s said to outpace the US Navy’s newest destroyer, the Zumwalt-class destroyer, which is capable of top speeds of 30 knots, per the US Navy.

In fact, the MTU engines of the fishing yacht allow this rich man with a hobby to achieve an impressive top speed of 35 knots.

Prince Turki recently elicited a response from Elon Musk after getting a brand new Tesla Cybertruck.

His Royal Huisman sportfisher is the world’s largest and currently undergoing sea trials.

However, delivery to her royal owner is expected as early as next month.

Although its sumptuous interiors are kept largely confidential due to its high-profile owner, it’s thought to include a saloon, lounge area, and a large galley.

The world’s largest fishing yacht is capable of hosting 12 guests, served by eight members of the crew.

Aside from being a luxe vessel for the Saudi Prince, its primary function as a fishing vessel is evident via a tower doubling as a viewing platform for the aft fishing area, allowing its occupants to catch larger fish.

“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,” Royal Huisman chief executive Jan Timmerman, said.

And if you think $70 million is steep to pursue a hobby, Jeff Bezos’ $75m support yacht is only there to back up his $500m megayacht that’s the real deal.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.