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Video: New renderings revealed of Royal Huisman's 58m Project Phi

15 December 2020By Miranda Blazeby

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has revealed new details and renderings of the in-build superyacht Project Phi.

The yard also announced that the length of the yacht will be 58.5 metres, making Project Phi the longest sub-500GT yacht in the world, according to today's regulations.

The 55 metre superyacht is taking shape at Royal Huisman

Due to launch next year, the fast-displacement, aluminium Project Phi was designed inside and out by Cor D Rover, who was personally selected by the owner. 

Alia Yachts is building the support vessel to accompany Project Phi

Owner's representative and project manager Guy Booth revealed the owner's team met with "six or seven" of the "most pedigree yacht designers in the world" before choosing Rover.

"There was something about Cor D. Rover’s approach that resonated with the owner, asking thousands of questions, and proposing thousands of crazy ideas," Booth said.

After a year of deliberation, Rover proposed the design for Phi.

"From this moment, she has always been ‘PHI’. With such a powerful vision, a demand for the absolute highest level of quality available anywhere and such difficult engineering challenges, Royal Huisman were clearly the best partner to build the boat," Booth added.

The yacht has now begun outfitting

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 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 fresh water 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. Phil 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.

A 36 metre shadow vessel to Project Phi is currently underway at Alia Yachts.