Royal Huisman to build Project Phi

Secretive rendering of PROJECT PHI by Cor D Rover crop16-9

Secret project

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has announced that contracts have been signed for the building of Project Phi.

Project Phi is a mysterious motor yacht with exterior design from the drawing board of Cor D. Rover, interior design by Lawson Robb and naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Only a dark rendering of the 55m vessel has been released by the shipyard.

Secretive rendering of PROJECT PHI by Cor D Rover crop2

As a result of many hours of deep conversation, over a period of years, between the experienced owner and Cor D. Rover, Phi was born, utilising the especially developed Fast Displacement XL hull form from Van Oossanen, which allowed this yacht to take such proportions and still remain under the 500 GT mark. Relating to ”Sectio divina” or the Golden Ratio, Phi is the formula that governs continuation of dimensions and shapes in natural proportions throughout the design.

Preliminary details available show a design, true to the philosophy, of a completely bespoke and highly detailed exterior, incorporating numerous technically innovative features.

Secretive rendering of PROJECT PHI by Cor D Rover crop1

Further key-players in the development of Phi were the Owner’s current Captain, in association with Yacht Consult as well as Arcon Yachts.

The Fast Displacement XL by Van Oossanen hull of Project Phi has been optimized for a maximum speed of approximately 22 knots, is gyro-stabilized and she will be sub 500 GT, yet providing the feeling and comfort of a much larger vessel.

A matter of utmost importance to the Owner was for the interior design to seamlessly embrace and continue the principles of the progressive design of Phi. Lawson Robb, globally renowned known for their highly-coutured and forward thinking design, were the perfect fit to help realise the vision.

Technical Director Jaap Gelling of Royal Huisman comments: “The Phi-team approached Royal Huisman because the client was looking for a yard renowned for its great dedication and ability to realize this yacht with its inherent challenges, staying within the definition of Phi."

The 55m Project Phi will be able to accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 11 people. Delivery date has been set for 2021.