A highly anticipated motoryacht project from Royal Huisman hit the water a few days ago. With Phi finally outside of her build shed, yacht watchers have their first full looks at her long, lean lines.
At 192 feet (58.5 meters) LOA yet below the 500-gross-ton mark, Phi breaks with convention. In fact, she’s the longest power megayacht in her tonnage category based on current classification rules. Additionally, everything about her dimensions, space planning, performance, and interior design comply with the principle of phi, a.k.a. the Golden Ratio. Briefly, it’s a formula of harmony and proportion in design. Cor D. Rover, who has known the owner for several years, applied it for her concept, styling, and general arrangement. This came after a series of detailed conversations between them. Rover explains: “Rather than just building a large yacht on a so-called shipyard ‘platform’ to enjoy the pleasures of being at sea, the owner of Phi wanted to build a yacht with a profound underlying story, a deep-rooted knowledge that runs through all aspects of the yacht, from her exterior appearance all the way to internal experience.”
That internal appearance, from London-based Lawson Robb, still remains mostly under wraps. However, one surely striking feature is a wine cellar that fools the eye into thinking it’s infinite. Furthermore, her deck levels—and her overall philosophy—focus on the themes of the galaxy, the ocean surface, and the underwater world.
With Phi finally in the water, sea trials should confirm her anticipated 22-knot top speed. Her aluminum hull employs theh XL Fast Displacement Hull Form, from Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Therefore, it has lower drag for better fuel efficiency, plus affords more usable space outside and inside compared to traditional sub-500-gross-ton megayachts. Specifically, it lends 10 percent more interior space and 30 to 40 percent more alfresco space.
Look for Phi as well as her support yacht, Phi Phantom, to be in her owner’s hands by the end of the year. Phi Phantom, by the way, is from the same design team but built at Alia Yachts.
Cor D. Rover Design cor-d-rover.com
Lawson Robb lawsonrobb.com
Royal Huisman royalhuisman.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl