One of the many reasons I love writing about (and occasionally escaping aboard) superyachts is the sheer blue sky thinking that goes into each one-of-a-kind creation that employs thousands of skilled craftspeople, costs hundreds of millions of dollars and takes years to design and build.
And I was reminded of that fact when I saw these just released photos of the new, 192-Foot-Long Superyacht PHI that Royal Huisman launched recently. Not only is it a spectacular new motor yacht from the Dutch superyacht builders that are also known for building iconic sailing superyachts.
According to published reports, the designer, Cor D. Rover based the general concept, exterior design and interior layout on many in-depth conversations with the owner. As a result, the inside and outside relate to “PHI, ” the “golden ratio” that governs the continuation of dimensions and shapes in natural proportions. And PHI’s “blue sky” philosophy is more than just design jargon or marketing-speak. The deck levels are actually focused on three themes: the galaxy, the ocean surface and the underwater world!
Meanwhile, PHI’s (still mostly secret!) interior design and styling are defined by the London-based studio Lawson Robb. Her naval architecture is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Their specially developed Fast Displacement XL hull form.
Owner’s Representative Guy Booth commented: “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.”
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 was an obvious choice.
Royal Huisman CEO Jan Timmerman explains: “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.”
PHI is scheduled for delivery later this year and will be supported by a matching 36m / 118ft shadow vessel (also designed by the same designers and constructed at Alia Yachts).