UPDATE, NOVEMBER 10, 2021: Phi sea trials so far have clocked her at 20-plus knots, according to Royal Huisman. This, with Beaufort force winds at level 5 (17 to 21 knots) and waves up to about five feet (1.4 meters).
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Between her exotic color and strikingly slim stance, Royal Huisman’s soon-to-be-delivered Phi is, happily, hard to miss. As much as recent still photos of her attract plenty of interest, there’s nothing quite like seeing her move. Now with Phi sea trials underway, yacht watchers are getting just what they want.
The megayacht departed the Royal Huisman facility in Vollenhove in October for the shipyard’s second site in Amsterdam. Then, Phi sea trials started on a rainy November 2 morning on the North Sea. Results aren’t publicly available just yet. However, the 192-footer (58.5-meter) should confirm a 22-knot maximum speed thanks to having Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ XL Fast Displacement Hull Form. Briefly, because it’s slim, it results in lower drag, which in turn results in more fuel efficiency. All of this becomes even more noteworthy when you realize that the megayacht is the longest power project beneath 500 gross tons based on current classification rules.
Yet another benefit of the hull form is more usable space outside and inside. In fact, the megayacht should have 10 percent more inside and 30 to 40 percent more outside compared to similar-LOA yachts. Unfortunately no interior imagery is available. However, her deck levels—and her overall philosophy—focus on the themes of the galaxy, the ocean surface, and the underwater world.
Even though curiosity remains high over what she looks like inside, of more importance is the yacht’s guiding principle. It’s the same as her name, too. Phi, a.k.a. the Golden Ratio, relates to mathematics, but also design. 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. The owner spent years working this through with Cor D. Rover, who’s responsible for her styling and general arrangement.
Cor D. Rover Design cor-d-rover.com
Royal Huisman royalhuisman.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl