HomeLifestyleFirst Look: Royal Huisman’s 192-Foot-Long Superyacht PHI Sets Sail For Sea Trials

First Look: Royal Huisman’s 192-Foot-Long Superyacht PHI Sets Sail For Sea Trials

Good things come to those who wait. At least that’s the case when it comes to Royal Huisman’s highly-anticipated superyacht PHI, which was spotted leaving the shipyard’s new build facility in Vollenhove this week.

At 192-feet-long, PHI is the longest motoryacht in the below 500GT class – and one of 2021’s highlight launches. Designed by Amsterdam-based Cor D. Rover with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, PHI was a sight to behold as she set sail for sea trials in The Netherlands.

The vessel’s low profile and the fine lines of her specially developed fast displacement hull make her extremely fuel-efficient – and recognisable. Inspired by the ‘golden ratio’, PHI reflects “the formula that governs the continuation of dimensions and shapes in natural proportions throughout the design”. Three themes – the galaxy, the ocean surface and the underwater world – flow throughout her three sleek decks, which are kitted out with yet-to-be-unveiled interiors by British design studio Lawson Robb.

It’s a powerful project that was created over a number of years in collaboration with some of Europe’s leading talents. The Owner’s representative Guy Booth says, “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.”

The launch of PHI – alongside the unveiling of Royal Huisman’s project 406, a unique 52m sportfish yacht which will be the largest of her kind – raises the shipyard’s bar in terms of innovation.

Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman says, “The individual aspirations and challenges of each of these projects were seen to be well outside the comfort zone by some yards. With the benefit of expert advice, each of these owners brought their highly distinctive individual projects to Royal Huisman, where fresh opportunities for creative problem-solving and innovation were enthusiastically welcomed.”

“So, what gives us so much confidence in Royal Huisman’s capability to build exceptional motoryachts? Here are two good examples of the ‘edge’ Royal Huisman has to offer,” he continues. “First, the expertise we have acquired from our unrivalled 55 years’ experience in aluminium construction. This enables us to maximise performance and efficiency through compact, lightweight and high strength engineering. Second, our ability to design and install complex operational systems in restricted volume hull areas provides the owner with more net space for amenities and further increases efficiency.

“Add to that a can-do mentality, seeking to optimize and enhance the ideas of the owner, their architects and designers, rather than trying to persuade them to scale back their ambitions to what the shipyard is accustomed to delivering. We think that’s a pretty good combination!”

PHI is scheduled for delivery later in 2021, along with 36m shadow vessel PHI Phantom, once sea trails are complete.

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