“Best sailing yacht” and “Best sportsfisherman in the water”


11 June 2024
“Best sailing yacht” and “Best sportsfisherman in the water”


The team of Royal Huisman is honored to receive two awards from Robb Report USA magazine:

  • Best Sailing Yacht Award for Nilaya
  • Best Sportsfisherman in the Water Award for Special One

Congratulations to both owners and of course an honor for her design and build team.

“This year marks 36 years of Best of the Best.” explains Paul Croughton, editor in chief of Robb Report: “In that time, the awards have grown into one of the premier accolades in luxury, recognized around the world.”

Michael Verdon, Aviation and marine editor, adds: “No other yachting brand has won two awards in the same year.”

Nilaya has won the Best of the Best award for sailing yachts. From Robb Report magazine:

“The owner of 154-foot Nilaya is a sailor who owned a previous yacht with the same name, but some 39 feet shorter. The prime directive this time around: comparable performance but without the noise of the other boat’s carbon-fiber hull. “He wanted to explore the world, but in a lightweight yacht that wins regattas,” says designer Mario Pedol of Nauta. The new Nilaya was builder Royal Huisman’s first Featherlight racing yacht in lightweight aluminum: Its engineers used a computer modeling tool based on technology from the European Space Agency for designing the structure, saving weight and abating noise wherever possible. The build was a gamble, but the result is a fast, stylish superyacht for racing and cruising. In the latter mode, three deck areas and a beach club accommodate gatherings, while below-decks are dining and social areas, guest staterooms, and the full-beam main suite. The owner has already crossed the Atlantic twice aboard Nilaya and also claimed a win in the St. Barths Bucket, fulfilling both missions.”

“No other
yachting brand
has won
two awards
in the same year”

Special One was named Robb Report’s pick for best sportsfisherman in the water category. The judges loved not only the scale of the world’s largest sportfisherman, but the details that make it an authentic battlewagon, including the tuna tower and fighting chair. The article in Robb Report magazine adds:

“Special One is the largest and most heavily customized sportfisherman ever. Studio Vripack did its best to define the vessel as a serious offshore battlewagon, with a dramatically long forefoot, high bulwarks, six decks, and signature tuna tower on top. In profile, it looks like a conventional sportfisherman on steroids. In the stern is an oversize angler’s cockpit, complete with the requisite fighting chair. Four tiered aft decks give spectators a view of the action, while the tuna tower is designed for spotting pelagics many miles away. Despite the interior luxuries, this vessel is no pretender: It’s equipped with livebait wells, rod holders, fish freezers, tuna tubes, and a bait-and-tackle room. On the foredeck, an outdoor cinema screen and studio-quality speakers provide a post-catch respite from fishing. The behemoth will be delivered to its owner in June.”


It is not easy to be objective about the quality of your own work. Organisations such as the International Superyacht Society, Robb Report, World Superyacht Awards and their expert, independent juries help to provide an unbiased measure of achievement.

Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman: “On behalf of our team I would like to say that we are very happy and honoured with these awards. At the same time and although we have received more than a fair share of such recognition, we are not planning to lean back following this success: we will never forget that a shipyard is only as good as its next boat.”

An overview of all awards in recent years can be found via this link.

Curious to learn more about these yachts?

Project 405, Nilaya: link | Project 406, Special One: link