Royal Huisman’s New Blue 192-Foot Superyacht ‘Phi’ Hits the Water
Royal Huisman has a long track record of building complex, interesting and distinctive sailing superyachts, including the 184-foot Aquarius and the 190-foot Ngoni. The just released Phi is a 192-foot motor yacht that is just as stunning and unique as its sister sailing ships.
The Dutch shipyard is reluctant to reveal too many details before the yacht is handed over to the owner later this year. Phi's interior by London design firm Lawson Robb is definitely a no-go area, but readers can get a taste of the naval architecture and exterior design through pictures the shipyard has just released.
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Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, with years of successful designs in both custom and semi-custom areas, designed the exterior of Phi and named it after a mathematical concept for the irrational number Phi, which has been around since the ancient Greeks . Also known as the golden ratio, phi always goes on after the decimal point without repeating itself, with the result that it has earned a reputation for reflecting infinite beauty and natural harmony. Rover ran the concept and said he was inspired by "the galaxy, the ocean surface and the underwater world" in creating the design.
The superyacht's launch last week was just a preview of more design details and pictures after it was delivered to the owner later that year. - Photo credit: Tom van Oossanen / Royal Huisman
Tom van Oossanen / Royal Huisman
How these three big ideas are physically translated into the actual design requires a lengthy explanation from Rover, who are now bound to secrecy, but it is clear that the naval architecture by Phi of Van Oossanen Naval Architects gives the yacht its long, slender shape . The Fast Displacement XL hull keeps it under the 500 gross designation and, according to Royal Huisman, makes it the longest superyacht under 500 gross tons. The design also gives Phi a respectable top speed, along with increased fuel efficiency.
The design was technically challenging, the shipyard said, but Royal Huisman is used to facing complex technical problems. She also faced enormous challenges on his other major motor yacht project, the 406, which will be the largest sport fishing yacht in the world when it is launched. Not only does the 171 foot look like a true angler convertible on steroids, complete with a massive fishing cockpit and Billfish fighting chair, but it will also have impressive top speeds on the way to the offshore fishing spots.
Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman, says the yard is trying to take into account the big, seemingly fantastic ideas of owners and designers "rather than convincing them to reduce their ambitions".
The Fast Displacement XL hull allowed the designers to create a long, sleek tread that is also quick and efficient. - Photo credit: Courtesy of Tom van Oossanen / Royal Huisman
Courtesy of Tom van Oossanen / Royal Huisman
PHI also comes with a matching 118 foot shadow boat provided by the same design team but built at Alia Yachts. Both the mother ship and the shadow boat will be announced in more detail by the end of the year.
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