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Launched: Royal Huisman's 58m Project Phi hits the water

23 July 2021By Miranda Blazeby

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman is has launched the 58.5 metre superyacht Project Phi, a day after the yacht was glimpsed for the first time. 

Project Phi is due to be delivered later this year alongside its 36m shadow vessel PHI Phantom, which was launched by Alia Yachts in April 2021.

The fast-displacement, aluminium Project Phi was designed by Cor D Rover and is set to be the longest sub-500GT yacht in the world, according to today's regulations.

Naval architecture has been penned by Van Oossanen Naval Architects while the interior is from the boards of London design studio Lawson Robb. 

Speaking about the project, owner's representative and project manager Guy Booth said: "All of us involved in the creation of PHI feel a sense of privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to this innovative project. The co-operation between the owner’s team, the architects, the designers and everyone at Royal Huisman has been exceptional. We can be justifiably proud of what we have achieved."

Project Phi will feature a "sleek, low hull and superstructure profile" and "a range of subtle hints to the natural world that surrounds the yacht”, the yard revealed.

Equipped with Van Oossanen Naval Architect’s XL Fast Displacement Hull Form, Phi is described by the yard as a “technically highly advanced vessel that sets new standards”.

Elsewhere, Cor D Rover previously revealed that the yacht's upper deck will house the owner's "penthouse" apartment, while the main deck will be predominately dedicated to daytime guest activities.

The yacht will also boast a patented DEPP swimming pool, which reduces the amount of freshwater used by heating and treating the water when the pool is not in use. Covered by a flush pool cover, it can become a "sealed tank" at the touch of a button, the yard said. Phi will also feature an "infinite wine cellar" located in the lower deck lobby.

Speaking about the design, Rover said: "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."

Phi is optimised for a maximum speed of 22 knots, and will be gyro-stabilised for added comfort. Accommodation on board will be for a total of 12 guests, with a staff quarters big enough for 11 crew.