Project Phi takes shape at Royal Huisman
by Miranda Blazeby
The never-before-seen images show the yacht's fast-displacement, aluminium hull taking shape at the yard. It comes after construction began in February this year.
"The resulting hull will provide a comfortable and stable platform for this radical and high performance vessel, notwithstanding the relatively narrow beam that contributes to Phi's striking looks," the yard said.
The hull turning is scheduled for this summer and delivery is expected to take place in 2021.
The yard did not reveal any further details on the "highly secret" exterior design by Cor D. Rover or interior design by Lawson Robb. However, it did say that Phi will feature extensive external deck space with proportions governed by the ”Sectio divina”, or Golden Ratio, from which the project takes her name.
"Phi is the formula that governs continuation of dimensions and shapes in natural proportions throughout the design," the builder explained.
Phi's naval architecture has been handled by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The yacht will come in just under 500GT, utilising Van Ossanen's Fast Displacement XL hull form. 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.
The design for Project Phi is the result of many years of collaboration between her experienced owner and Cor D. Rover.
Arcon Yachts handled the contract management alongside Guy Booth, who is managing the project, and Kirill Ivanenko, the owner's representative.
The owner's brief put a priority on the interior spaces, designed by Lawson Robb, to seamlessly continue the principles Phi's forward-thinking design ethos.
Charlotte Robb previously said, "This is an extraordinary project, an extraordinary client and team with an extraordinary vision. We are extremely excited to work with such an inspirational team in creating a truly unique home away from home and setting a new bar for yacht design."