The hull of the code-named Project Phi now sits united with the superstructure inside Royal Huisman’s biggest built shed. The yacht is still pretty much under wraps from a publicity standpoint. However, the video footage here provides some of the best glimpses yet at what promises to be an intriguing yacht.
Project Phi is one of just a handful of motoryachts to date from Royal Huisman. Further intriguing, the code name derives from the so-called Golden Ratio, a study in balance. Specifically, it often signifies a sense of aesthetic appeal in balance and harmony of design. Therefore, everything about her dimensions, her space planning, her decor, and her performance flow from Phi.
Additionally noteworthy, the yacht, which measures at least 180 feet (55 meters)—her LOA is yet another closely guarded secret—is a fast-displacement design. She comes from the pairing of Van Oossanen Naval Architects with Royal Huisman’s own engineering department. The owner particularly appreciated Royal Huisman’s expertise with sailing yachts, which of course have slender hulls. Similarly, Van Oossanen’s fast-displacement design has a slender hull relative to her LOA, keeping volume beneath the 500-gross-ton mark.
Styling, meanwhile, comes from Cor D. Rover, who held numerous conversations with the owner about this project over several years. The aluminum motoryacht reportedly has some technically innovative, even patented, design features outside. Outside of sneak peeks at particular exterior features like the one below, though, the design and build teams are keeping the full looks and patented information confidential. They do say, though, that the yacht will have about 30 to 40 percent more alfresco relaxation areas than typical for her LOA.
Intended for a guest complement of 12 and a crew head count of 11, Project Phi is intent on putting the “fast” in “fast displacement, too. Her anticipated top speed is 22 knots.
Project Phi remains on pace for delivery next year.
Royal Huisman royalhuisman.com
Cor D. Rover Design cor-d-rover.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl