This past summer, Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the 192ft motoryacht PHI at its newly build facility in Vollenhove, The Netherlands. Developed and constructed below 500GT, she is the longest motoryacht in this category. Currently, the stunning boat turns heads and attracts well-deserved attention while undergoing sea trials.
The luxury yacht designer Cor D. Rover created the general concept, exterior design and interior layout of the vessel based on conversations with the owner. The ”sectio divina” or the Golden Ratio brings structure and harmony to PHI. Her naval architecture is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Their specially developed Fast Displacement XL hull form allows this yacht to be long and sleek, yet still remain under the 500 GT mark. Deck levels of the yacht are focused on three themes: the galaxy, the ocean surface and the underwater world.
PHI’s interior design and styling are created by the London-based studio Lawson Robb.
Within the superyacht sector PHI’s fine – and therefore very fuel-efficient – hull lines, together with her very low profile, are considered to be a great challenge to engineer and build. But with its immense experience and track record of innovation in delivering over thirty low-profile and award- winning custom sailing superyachts, Royal Huisman and is not remotely intimidated by such projects.
Just take a look at our two current motoryacht projects: project 403, PHI, and project 406, a unique 52m / 171ft sportfish yacht that will become the largest of its kind in the world. 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. 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! – Jan Timmerman, Royal Huisman CEO
Scheduled for delivery later this year, PHI will be supported by a matching 118ft shadow vessel that will be designed by the same designers and constructed at Alia Yachts.