Hull Turned on Royal Huisman's 55 Metre In-Build Project Phi
by Miranda Blazeby
The "narrow and fuel efficient hull" was rolled out of the hall, turned by four cranes in a "seamless manoeuvre" and rolled back inside to begin the next stage of construction.
It comes after Turkish yard Alia Yachts revealed it is building the 36 metre shadow vessel to Project Phi, which is due for a 2021 delivery.
Royal Huisman revealed the first in-build construction images of Phi earlier this year. Construction began on the fast-displacement aluminium hull in February.
"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 previously said.
Phi is due for delivery in 2021.
The yard has not revealed 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.
Guy Booth and Kirill Ivanenko are acting as the owner's representatives.
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."